District Wharf: A Diner’s Delight

We are back at the Wharf in Washington, DC  for a second installation of waterfront exploration, and this time we are tackling the food! Washington D.C. has become known as quite the foodie town hosting a unique combination of timeless classics and new takes on a wide array of cuisines, and the District Wharf is no exception to the city’s culinary caliber. With 29 restaurants, and more scheduled to arrive with Phase II of the project, whatever you are craving they have an option for you, from fast casual dining, like Shake Shack, to bustling dockside bars, and culinary masterpieces. Here are some of our favorites.

  1. Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi

Del Mar is just the newest edition to the long line of success for owners Fabio and Maria Trabocchi, a dynamic couple who are taking the DC restaurant scene by storm. Del Mar is their fifth installation in Trabocchi Restaurants which includes the famous Fiola Mare. Del Mar pays tribute to traditional flavors found along the Spanish coastline of the Mediterranean with a rustic menu that boasts a raw bar, whole roasted fish, and both traditional and modernized tapas for all to enjoy.

Grilled whole sea bass, a simple statement of timeless flavors. Image courtesy of @dcdelmar

Paella, a classically beautiful seafood and rice dish. Photo courtesy of @dcdelmar

A traditional dish of Catalonia, Escalivada a la Brasa, char-grilled bell pepper, eggplant, and onions beautifully presented to capture the smokey essence. Image courtesy of @dcdelmar

2. Requin

Requin, meaning Shark in French, is the ideal name for latest addition to the Mike Isabella Concepts family.  As the name indicates, the menu offers modern interpretations of classic French flavors with an emphasis on pulling from its waterfront location for inspiration. Requin is open for lunch and dinner daily along with brunch on the weekends as well as full bar crafting the perfect cocktail to compliment your meal as you dine with spectacular views of the water.

Delicious lunch of steak frites topped with shaved radishes and garlic aioli. Image courtesy of @requinwharfdc

Requin’s interior has a great mix of textures from the stone facade of the bar, to the wooden stools nicely balanced with the smooth metal and glass of lighting fixtures. Photograph courtesy of requinbymic.com

If you are feeling adventuresome, the bone marrow with bacon and sichuan peppercorn jam is sure to please! Photo courtesy of @requinwharfdc

3.  Mi Vida

Roberto Santibañez, culinary ambassador for Latin American cuisine at the Culinary Institute of America, has brought his success from the Big Apple to the Nation’s capital with Mi Vida. Meaning “My Life” in Spanish, Santibañez utilizes artfully crafted dishes and bold decor to tell a story, bringing guests along for a trip of culinary and visual delight. Mi Vida’s menu pulls flavors from Santibañez’s home cooked kitchen as well as traditional Mexican street food in elevated style. From an intimate dinner for two to large scale private dinning, their diverse space and menu guarantees to please all guests whether they are in the mood for traditional taco or fresh ceviche, or maybe everything in between with their family style serving the whole table!

Guests are welcomed with Mi Vida’s floral tree. We are loving the bold design choices to mix the textures of the sleek industrial metal and stained concrete floors with earthy tones found in wooden accents. Photograph courtesy of @mividamexico

Elevate next weeks Taco Tuesday with Carne meat and house made salsa roja, image courtesy of @mividamexico.

Stop in from 4 to 7 every weekday for Happy Hour to enjoy the breath taking bar. The sharp lines of shelving really pop against the colorful glass creating a fun and funky environment. Image courtesy of mividamexico.com

Slow braised pulled chicken blends beautifully in a delightful tomatillo sauce topped with melted Chihuahua Cheese to make enchiladas Suizas. Image courtesy of @mividamexico

With picturesque waterfront views and numerous top tier restaurants, the District Wharf is a must visit. Can’t wait to see you there!

 

Stay Hungry,

 

The Margery Wedderburn Interiors Team

 

 

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