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16 D.C. Restaurant Bathrooms That Are Made for Instagram Selfies

Stylish lavatories that cry out to be photographed

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In today’s Instagram-happy culture, more and more restaurants are making one design element an essential component of new openings: the photo-friendly bathroom. From over-the-top designs to loos that tell a story, these 16 W.C.’s invite customers to linger after freshening up and post an eye-catching status update.

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1. Queen’s English

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3410 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

The chic Hong Kong-style restaurant in Columbia Heights comes from a pair of recent New York City expats, so their eye for fashion is naturally prevalent in the dramatic bathroom. A canvas of sleek black tiling helps a colorful ceiling and bright red washing bowl pop.

Queen’s English
The sleek bathroom at Queen’s English.
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2. Napoli Pasta Bar

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2737 Sherman Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 588-8752
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The bathroom at the Bib Gourmand-designated Italian eatery in Columbia Heights takes diners on a whimsical walk through a lemon grove, reminding them how limoncello is made. The cheery room, which sits across its new upstairs addition, even smells like fruit. Walls are also decorated with the owner’s vacation photos of scenic Italian beaches.

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Napoli’s hand-painted upstairs bathroom.
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3. The Dupont Circle Hotel

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1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 483-6000
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The glitzy Doyle Collection property unveiled its multi-million dollar renovation of its bar, restaurant, and lobby areas this year, and bathroom makeovers are a knockout. Freshen up during dinner at Pembroke inside this pretty parlor, filled with soft lighting and feathery accents.

The bathroom at Dupont Circle Hotel
The Dupont Circle Hotel’s bathroom.
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4. Coconut Club

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540 Penn St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-5500
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Every inch of chef Adam Greenberg’s island-style getaway in Union Market district begs to be photographed (he’s also an avid Instagram user himself). Playful bathrooms are splashed with swaying palm decor and pop culture quotes on mirrors, like Ariana Grande’s Thank You, Next lyrics.

Mirrors at Coconut Club
A “Give them Lala” quote is an ode to a Vanderpump Rules star on Bravo.
Coconut Club/official photo

5. Brasserie Liberté

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3251 Prospect St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 878-8404
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Elaborate bathrooms at this new millennial magnet in Georgetown reference former French colonies with glass-encased jewelry, trinkets, and utensils native to Haiti and Morocco. Shimmering mother-of-pearl tiles envelope one entire stall.

6. Abigail

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1730 M St NW Suite 100
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 827-8274
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A $1.5 million overhaul of this big spender’s paradise in Dupont Circle included updating bathrooms with shimmering graphic wallpaper.

Abigail bathroom
Take a break from bottle service in Abigail’s bathroom.
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7. Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

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3116 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-4733
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The swanky, candle-lit tapas mainstay in Georgetown has a bathroom fit for Catherine Zeta-Jones in Mask of Zorro, complete with black-and-white Spanish tiling and lush velvet drapes.

8. Toki Underground

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1234 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 388-3086
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This iconic ramen spot’s pit stop is decorated with figures painstakingly drawn by hand over several months by former chef Takashi Nakajima. It depicts numerous characters (humans, animals, and demons) in a style popular in Japan.

Hand-drawn character’s in Toki Underground’s bathroom.
Toki Underground [Official photo]

9. Succotash (Multiple locations)

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915 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 849-6933
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To match the grand, Southern opulence of the dining room, owner/designer Knead Hospitality + Design installed Rococo-style gilded mirrors, contemporary brass wall-mounted fixtures, and 3-D wallpaper to line the ceilings. Each bathroom at Eater DC 2017’s Design of the Year Award-winner features a custom concrete trough sink alongside crown moldings and black chevron tile floors.

A waterproof toile wallpaper backsplash by Radform pays homage to the rich French influence found in traditional Southern design.
Succotash/official photo

10. Dirty Habit

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700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-7177
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The bathroom at Kimpton’s Penn Quarter hotel consistently pops up on social media. And that’s no surprise; eye candy across every inch includes touches of jade, orchids, a gold ceiling, and intricate silver and mirrored detailing. Dirty Habit restaurant guests access it via an elevator to the third floor.

11. Jaleo

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480 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-7949
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Along with a floor of smiling faces, designer Juli Capella dressed the walls with colorful dots inspired by traditional flamenco costumes as 3D plants come to life across Spanish tiled walls.

The updated bathroom situation at Jaleo’s OG D.C. location.
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12. Punjab Grill

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427 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 813-3004
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Penn Quarter’s 4,000-square-foot location of the luxury Indian brand is made to mimic the palatial home of a maharaja, notoriously rich rulers from the not-too-distant past. To say bathrooms are ornate is an understatement; each is lined with polished granite, leather, and three-pound solid brass tiles imported from India.

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13. The Eastern

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360 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 621-7950
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A Midcentury modern look flows throughout Capitol Hill’s stylish new wine bar. That means the pop art theme is even present in the bathrooms, which are covered in funky red, white, and black wallpaper.

The bathroom at The Eastern
The bathroom’s mod look at The Eastern.
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14. Little Pearl

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921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 618-1868
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The daytime cafe and nighttime wine bar has bathrooms with banana-covered walls, natural backgrounds for a bathroom selfie.

15. Mi Vida Restaurante

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98 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 516-4656
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A finalist in the 2018 America’s Best Bathroom competition, this Wharf staple has more than just killer margaritas to upload to Instagram. Bathrooms tucked behind hot pink doors are drop-dead gorgeous, complete with hand-stenciled flooring, sleek industrial finishes, and walls comprised of tiny, meticulously-placed circular tiles.

Mi Vida’s bathrooms.
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16. Dacha Navy Yard

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79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 919-3800
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For its sophomore beer garden in Navy Yard, Dacha’s forward-thinking and fashionable Russian-American owners went with adjustable ambient lighting, energy-efficient toilets, and built sinks and shelves in urinals to solve the peeing-while-drinking problem. Retro wood paneling leading to the modern lavatories feature uplifting visuals, like inclusive signage and images of the Kennedys.

1. Queen’s English

3410 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Queen’s English
The sleek bathroom at Queen’s English.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

The chic Hong Kong-style restaurant in Columbia Heights comes from a pair of recent New York City expats, so their eye for fashion is naturally prevalent in the dramatic bathroom. A canvas of sleek black tiling helps a colorful ceiling and bright red washing bowl pop.

3410 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

2. Napoli Pasta Bar

2737 Sherman Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Napoli bathroom
Napoli’s hand-painted upstairs bathroom.
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

The bathroom at the Bib Gourmand-designated Italian eatery in Columbia Heights takes diners on a whimsical walk through a lemon grove, reminding them how limoncello is made. The cheery room, which sits across its new upstairs addition, even smells like fruit. Walls are also decorated with the owner’s vacation photos of scenic Italian beaches.

2737 Sherman Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. The Dupont Circle Hotel

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
The bathroom at Dupont Circle Hotel
The Dupont Circle Hotel’s bathroom.
Dupont Circle Hotel/official photo

The glitzy Doyle Collection property unveiled its multi-million dollar renovation of its bar, restaurant, and lobby areas this year, and bathroom makeovers are a knockout. Freshen up during dinner at Pembroke inside this pretty parlor, filled with soft lighting and feathery accents.

1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

4. Coconut Club

540 Penn St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Mirrors at Coconut Club
A “Give them Lala” quote is an ode to a Vanderpump Rules star on Bravo.
Coconut Club/official photo

Every inch of chef Adam Greenberg’s island-style getaway in Union Market district begs to be photographed (he’s also an avid Instagram user himself). Playful bathrooms are splashed with swaying palm decor and pop culture quotes on mirrors, like Ariana Grande’s Thank You, Next lyrics.

540 Penn St NE
Washington, DC 20002

5. Brasserie Liberté

3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Elaborate bathrooms at this new millennial magnet in Georgetown reference former French colonies with glass-encased jewelry, trinkets, and utensils native to Haiti and Morocco. Shimmering mother-of-pearl tiles envelope one entire stall.

3251 Prospect St NW
Washington, DC 20007

6. Abigail

1730 M St NW Suite 100, Washington, DC 20036
Abigail bathroom
Take a break from bottle service in Abigail’s bathroom.
Bobby Hong/Abigail

A $1.5 million overhaul of this big spender’s paradise in Dupont Circle included updating bathrooms with shimmering graphic wallpaper.

1730 M St NW Suite 100
Washington, DC 20036

7. Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

3116 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

The swanky, candle-lit tapas mainstay in Georgetown has a bathroom fit for Catherine Zeta-Jones in Mask of Zorro, complete with black-and-white Spanish tiling and lush velvet drapes.

3116 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

8. Toki Underground

1234 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Hand-drawn character’s in Toki Underground’s bathroom.
Toki Underground [Official photo]

This iconic ramen spot’s pit stop is decorated with figures painstakingly drawn by hand over several months by former chef Takashi Nakajima. It depicts numerous characters (humans, animals, and demons) in a style popular in Japan.

1234 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

9. Succotash (Multiple locations)

915 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
A waterproof toile wallpaper backsplash by Radform pays homage to the rich French influence found in traditional Southern design.
Succotash/official photo

To match the grand, Southern opulence of the dining room, owner/designer Knead Hospitality + Design installed Rococo-style gilded mirrors, contemporary brass wall-mounted fixtures, and 3-D wallpaper to line the ceilings. Each bathroom at Eater DC 2017’s Design of the Year Award-winner features a custom concrete trough sink alongside crown moldings and black chevron tile floors.

915 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

10. Dirty Habit

700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

The bathroom at Kimpton’s Penn Quarter hotel consistently pops up on social media. And that’s no surprise; eye candy across every inch includes touches of jade, orchids, a gold ceiling, and intricate silver and mirrored detailing. Dirty Habit restaurant guests access it via an elevator to the third floor.

700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

11. Jaleo

480 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
The updated bathroom situation at Jaleo’s OG D.C. location.
Greg Powers/Greg Powers Photography

Along with a floor of smiling faces, designer Juli Capella dressed the walls with colorful dots inspired by traditional flamenco costumes as 3D plants come to life across Spanish tiled walls.

480 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

12. Punjab Grill

427 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Penn Quarter’s 4,000-square-foot location of the luxury Indian brand is made to mimic the palatial home of a maharaja, notoriously rich rulers from the not-too-distant past. To say bathrooms are ornate is an understatement; each is lined with polished granite, leather, and three-pound solid brass tiles imported from India.

427 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

13. The Eastern

360 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
The bathroom at The Eastern
The bathroom’s mod look at The Eastern.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

A Midcentury modern look flows throughout Capitol Hill’s stylish new wine bar. That means the pop art theme is even present in the bathrooms, which are covered in funky red, white, and black wallpaper.

360 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

14. Little Pearl

921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

The daytime cafe and nighttime wine bar has bathrooms with banana-covered walls, natural backgrounds for a bathroom selfie.

921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

15. Mi Vida Restaurante

98 District Square SW, Washington, DC 20024
Mi Vida’s bathrooms.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

A finalist in the 2018 America’s Best Bathroom competition, this Wharf staple has more than just killer margaritas to upload to Instagram. Bathrooms tucked behind hot pink doors are drop-dead gorgeous, complete with hand-stenciled flooring, sleek industrial finishes, and walls comprised of tiny, meticulously-placed circular tiles.

98 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

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16. Dacha Navy Yard

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

For its sophomore beer garden in Navy Yard, Dacha’s forward-thinking and fashionable Russian-American owners went with adjustable ambient lighting, energy-efficient toilets, and built sinks and shelves in urinals to solve the peeing-while-drinking problem. Retro wood paneling leading to the modern lavatories feature uplifting visuals, like inclusive signage and images of the Kennedys.

79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

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