Foodie Destinations at The Wharf
Feeling hungry? Well, you’re in luck! When you dock and dine with us here at The Wharf Marina, you get access to an amazing fusion of all sorts of cuisines and a unique dining experience that you’re not likely to forget anytime soon. From Asia to the Mediterranean, casual eats to upscale dining, The Wharf has something for everyone. So take a look at our picks of the best foodie destinations in Southwest D.C., accessible right from The Wharf Marina!
Must-Visit Foodie Destinations at The Wharf
From internationally acclaimed chef Fabio Trabocchi comes a unique celebration of Spanish cuisine and craftsmanship. Del Mar is a two-story Spanish restaurant with a beautiful view of the waterfront and offers exquisite fresh seafood, libations, and even its special top-secret Secreto Jabonico ham. Try their signature paella or any of their traditional Catalan-style entrees.
Kaliwa is a one-of-a-kind tribute to Southeast Asian cuisine brought to you by the husband-wife duo of Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong. It’s a fusion of Filipino, Thai, and Korean food that brings you all the unique and colorful flavors of the region. Here, you’ll find authentic Asian favorites from Filipino adobo and lumpia, Korean kimchi rice and bibimbap, to Thai Khao Phat and Pad Thai Mun Geong, for a unique taste sensation that will transport you straight to Asia without having to leave the country.
Mi Vida brings you traditional Mexican fare in an elevated experience. Brought to you by Mexico City native, chef Roberto Santibañez, you can enjoy one-of-a-kind variations on all your Mexican favorites, such as tacos carnitas, carne asada, churros, and enchiladas rancheras. And with a gorgeous panoramic view of the Potomac River, Mi Vida is a culinary experience like no other.
Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Located in the old oyster shed of the Municipal Fish Market, the oldest fish market in the country, Rappahannock Oyster Bar brings you its signature shellfish served raw, fried, charbroiled, or even in vodka or tequila shooters. Get a taste of DC’s best oysters with craft beer, cocktails, wine, and the finest seafood the city has to offer. You can even bring some freshly caught oysters home with you!
Michelin-starred chef Nicholas Stefanelli, of Masseria and Philotimo fame, celebrates Italian-inspired cuisine with his latest venture, Officina. Enjoy sweet pastries and espresso at their sunny cafe, dig into a hearty meal at their traditional trattoria, or take in the view on their rooftop terrazza. With delicious Italian cooking and a full calendar of live events and promotions, Officina makes for an impressive European-style dining experience.
If you’re in the mood for some Happy Hour drinks, Tiki TNT is the premier tiki bar and distillery to try. Brought to you by renowned mixologist Todd Thrasher, Tiki TNT has snacks, skewers, and of course, drinks — everything from classic specialty cocktails, mocktails, wine, drink bowls, and their handcrafted Thrasher’s Rum. It’s a great place to relax and unwind with friends after a long day at work or out on the town.
From the same mind that brought you Mi Vida, chef Roberto Santibañez, comes The Grill, featuring a wonderful selection of meat, seafood, vegetarian-friendly meals, and meat dishes, including their signature Josper Basque grilled steaks. Visit The Grill for an elevated take on the modern American menu.
Craving traditional Japanese food but unlike anything you’ve tasted before? NaRa-Ya could be the perfect restaurant for you. They serve traditional handmade Japanese dishes with a modern flair, including a wonderfully innovative sushi and sashimi menu. They also have a wide selection of authentic Japanese sake, whiskey, and even beverages that are rarely seen outside of Japan.
For casual yet elevated dining, look no further than Colada Shop. This popular all-day hang-out spot serves amazing Cuban food, strong coffee, vibrant cocktails, and more. It’s an excellent place to stop and have a chat with friends and family and enjoy the colorful flavors of the Caribbean, from ropa vieja bowls and Cuban espresso, to pastelitos, empanadas, and croquetas.
Taking over the space previously occupied by award-winning Afro-Caribbean restaurant Kith/Kin, Moon Rabbit is a journey into modern Vietnamese cooking. Inspired by the traditional flavors of his Vietnamese heritage, chef Kevin Tien considers the restaurant a “love letter” to traditional Vietnamese cuisine, and here you’ll find uniquely modern takes on plenty of regional Vietnamese dishes you won’t find anywhere else.
The Wharf is just brimming with culinary opportunities that are sure to whet your appetite, tickle your palate, and leave you wanting more. Stay with us here at The Wharf Marina, and let us be your gateway to some of the best dining experiences in the capital!