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The Most Beautiful New D.C. Restaurants of 2017

Breathtaking spaces emerged all over

Earlier this month the editorial team at Eater DC awarded the stunning Succotash in Penn Quarter best new design of 2017 (readers chose to honor Navy Yard’s District Winery), but there are so many jaw-dropping new restaurants that joined the local scene this year.

Here's a tour of the most striking additions to the area.

A view of the river from inside Ana, the in-house restaurant at District Winery.
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District Winery

D.C.’s inaugural winery won’t be the only player in town for long — fellow chain City Winery is putting down roots across town in Ivy City — but it’s already earned a place in locals’ hearts thanks to its view of the Anacostia River and versatile design. The multifaceted complex, which houses a working winery, tasting room, restaurant, rooftop deck, fire pit-studded patio, and semi-private event spaces, is all about industrial chic, bringing together elements including stainless steel machinery, glass-wrapped wine cellars, and eco-friendly greenery under one roof.

385 Water Street; website. Take a complete look around here.

Music is a major influence at Honeysuckle.
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Chef turned first-time restaurateur Hamilton Johnson didn’t just put his stamp on the Nordic-style cuisine now served at the restaurant that’s emerged from the shell of Southern-themed Vidalia, he’s enveloped diners in a cocoon of his defining experiences. The walls are covered in tributes to iconic musicians, while the ceiling features a patchwork of tattoos that adorn the ink-covered maestro in the kitchen.

1990 M Street NW; website. Take a complete look around here.

The main dining room at New England-themed Milie’s.
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For a while now, the trend in D.C. has been to open a kinda-sorta secret eatery inside a gas station around town. Georgetown Events founder Bo Blair went the other way with Millie’s in Spring Valley, planting a spacious, New England-esque family restaurant atop a drab slab of concrete that used to house a filling station. Modeled after the flagship property in Nantucket, Massachusetts, the D.C. version of Millie’s features mile markers touting well-known destinations around the world — which seems fitting given that dining there seems like a mini-vacation from the daily grind.

4866 Massachusetts Avenue NW; website. Take a complete look around here.

Gold accents abound at Mirabelle.
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Hospitality vet Hakan Ilhan spared no expense in his bid to woo downtown diners. The seasoned restaurateur hired James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Frank Ruta to oversee the kitchen, handed pastry chef Aggie Chin a gold-plated cart upon which to showcase her eye-catching desserts, and went light and bright in this classically French restaurant.

900 16th Street NW; website. Take a complete look around here.

White tablecloths, leather booths, and glittering chandeliers dominate in the upstairs dining room at Rare Steak.
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Rare Steak and Seafood

This Midwestern import is actually two restaurants: the casual, all-day, fried cheese curd-serving tavern, and the fine dining-themed steakhouse up above. Each has its respective charms, including an alluring raw bar (downstairs), nattily dressed dining captains (upstairs), as well as access to exceptional drinks and spirits (both). Dress up or down, depending on the occasion; but don’t miss out on this worthwhile experience.

1595 Eye Street NW; website. Take a complete look around here.

Baltimore’s Sandlot is James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Spike Gjerde’s sun-drenched version of a pop-up.
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While waiting for everything to fall into place at the long-delayed Line hotel, James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Spike Gjerde decided to open a temporary beach bar. No ordinary pop-up, Baltimore’s seasonal Sandlot brings shore living to the Inner Harbor with waterfront vistas, sandy lounging areas, and locally sourced snacks the likes of which have probably never before sizzled atop a portable grill.

1000 Wills Street, Baltimore, Md.; website. Take a complete look around here.

The main dining room at Siren inside the Darcy hotel.
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Serving as the anchor for the boutique Darcy hotel requires a certain amount of panache, and restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier has delivered that with crowd-pleaser Siren. A separate, street-side entrance helps the tony seafood-centric eatery set it itself apart from standard “hotel lobby restaurants.” A sea of overlapping blue-green tones, mermaid-themed fixtures, and shellfish-packed display cases complete the illusion of a satisfying journey beneath the waves.

1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW; website. Take a complete look around here.

The main dining room at Tiger Fork.
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Tiger Fork

This trip to Hong Kong via Blagden Alley has transported D.C. diners around the world with its dragon-covered walls, ornamental China, and vibrant colors. Oriental art and writing are splashed all about, while long communal tables invite everyone to pull up a seat and be thankful for time spent slurping noodles with loved ones.

922 N Street NW; website. Take a complete look around here.

Rare Steak and Seafood

1595 I Street Northwest, , DC 20005 (202) 800-9994 Visit Website


4866 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 202-733-5789 Visit Website


15 Beeston Place, , England SW1W 0JW 020 7769 4485 Visit Website


900 16th Street Northwest, , DC 20006 (202) 506-3833 Visit Website

Tiger Fork

Blagden Alley Northwest, , DC 20001 (202) 733-1152 Visit Website
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