President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated his 55th birthday at Georgetown waterfront restaurant Fiola Mare last night.
Pres Obama dining out for his birthday with family at Fiola Mare, an Italian seafood restaurant on the Georgetown Waterfront.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 4, 2016
According to Tweets from members of the White House Press Corps., the dinner took more than three hours, causing the President and First Lady to return to the White House close to 11 p.m.
The dinner caused enough excitement to gather a crowd who sang "Happy Birthday" to the President outside the restaurant:
Solid choice of restaurant, @barackobama! Happy birthday! (That crazy moment when you're just out for an evening stroll and discover that part of your usual route on the #Georgetown waterfront is blocked off for the birthday dinner of the #President of the United States. So you wait there until he's done eating. ) #igdc #washingtondc #barackobama #obama
Passersby were excited to get a glimpse at the President on his night out.
OBAMA AND HIS FAMILY REAL LIVE JUST WALKED INTO FIOLA MARE IN GEORGETOWN AND I WITNESSED IT! MY LIFE IS COMPLETE— Lynn Nguyen (@ayeitslynnie) August 4, 2016
Eater has reached out to the restaurant for any details on what the pair may have ordered. Chef Fabio Trabocchi's Fiola Mare, a favorite among Washington critics, is known for its pastas, seafood dishes, and raw bar offerings, and frequently attracts a star-studded crowd, particularly politicos.
The President and First Lady have celebrated previous birthdays at such restaurants as Rose's Luxury, The Source and Rasika. The President and First Lady have visited Fiola Mare in the past, notably with White House advisor Valerie B. Jarrett in 2014.