Fall is in the air and that means new restaurant openings in the DMV! So instead of ordering in and snuggling up on the couch, go explore all the awesome dining options that are opening up this season. From exciting and colorful new places to old favorites with a new spin, there is bound to be something for everyone. So whether you’re in the mood for Mexican, Indian, Thai, or even Peruvian, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few we can’t wait to try – check them out before they get too crowded!
SURA Restaurant is a family-run underground spot in Dupont Circle. Former sushi chef Billy Thammasathiti teamed up his aunt (the woman behind the popular Fat Nomads Supper Club) to kick off SURA’s service with a “One Night In Bangkok” inspired atmosphere. Andy Thammasathiti of Baltimore’s Mayuree Thai Tavern stands behind the bar and creates Asian-inspired drinks like passion fruit daiquiris and Sichuan baijiu cocktails to go along with an extensive street foods menu featuring dishes like quail egg wontons, spicy crudo, fiery papaya salads, and spicy beef or pork skewers. With only 50 seats, you may want a reservation.
A destination for artfully plated dishes from a tenured chef located on the first floor of the the Viceroy Washington D.C. This New-American spot brings Logan Circle Americana-inspired dishes like hushpuppies with bacon jam, kimchi eggs, or Atlantic fluke tartare. Chef James Gee, who has recently amassed quite an impressive local resume, at the helm of Jaleo, China Chilcano, and most recently, I’m Eddie Cano, says that local, seasonal ingredients will always be at the forefront of the menu as a celebration of its locale.
Causa, named after Peru’s iconic national dish, is an ambitious, prix-fixe format that aims to capture the bounty of the South American country in one sitting. The anticipated fine-dining venture comes after Amazonia, its color-soaked, more casual counterpart that debuted in May. At Causa, a six-course menu will send diners on a seafaring voyage along the Peruvian coastline and into the Andes Mountains. The intimate space with just 22 seats lends itself to an immersive, personalized experience led by Peruvian-born chef and co-owner Carlos Delgado.
The original D.C. area Hawkers in Bethesda Row is a family favorite of ours and the arrival of its new location has had us excited. A neon-lit street foods spot serves up dish after dish of deliciousness. With dim sum, pad Thai, Korean twice-fried wings, soup dumplings, tiki drinks, and sake (bombs) all on the menu, there’s sure to be something that everyone can love here. The Arlington locale also debuts dairy-free soft serve topped with taiyaki, Japan’s beloved fish-shaped waffle confection that we just can’t wait to try.
Bombay Street Food National Harbor
Indian restaurateur Asad Sheikh, who is already the proud owner of two Bombay Street Food locales in D.C., finally opened up this past June with a bright new outpost for Maryland. Here, you’ll be able to find classic American favorites like biryani and vindaloo, as well as a wide selection of Bombay street foods. This location also takes full advantage of its new waterfront proximity with dishes like the sous vide lobster tail masala and spicy tempura-battered cod with a Kashmiri chili sauce. The bar also features some creative cocktails, like their Kashmiri Chili Old Fashioned.
Mi Vida 14th Street
One of our favorite spots from The Wharf just opened up a sister spot here on 14th Street. This new location offers cocktail and tequila flights, dessert tastings, and family-style dinner and brunch options. It also caters to its bar-hopping location with small bites and sharable plates – along with their extensive drink menu. This location;s atmosphere is second-to-none, with two illuminated bars, a life-size faux tree dotted with 75 hand-painted Oaxacan flowers, decorative railings and tiles, and starry pendant patterns. Mi Vida comes from Mexico City-born celebrity chef Roberto Santibañez.
As you can see, there are plenty of new restaurant options in the DMV this fall! Whether you’re looking for some familiar tastes or something entirely new, the options are endless. So take advantage of all the great foodie options available in our nation’s capital and go out and explore!