The Top New DC Restaurants of 2018

Washington, DC has more restaurants than any traveler can visit on a single trip, so when you come, give some thought to the type of places you’d like to eat. For example, if you want to talk with locals about what’s trending, and taste the city’s most talked-about dishes, you might want to check out this list of our favorite new restaurants in DC right now.

Del Mar

Wharfs are often great places to find can’t-fail seafood restaurants, and Del Mar keeps that true in DC. The new Washington DC restaurant from award-winning restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi features a Spanish-influenced menu that’s well stocked with fresh favorites like oysters, caviar, some knock-out paellas.
Del Mar. 791 Wharf St. SW


This is one of the latest projects from Mike Isabella—a DC restaurant all-star who also recently opened his own highly-rated food hall named Isabella Eatery. This reimagining of a former Northern Virginia restaurant of the same name enjoys a new location on the DC waterfront with elegant takes on classic dishes like onion soups and confit duck.
Requin. 100 District Square SW


Since its opening this fall, Bresca has been a beloved showcase of critically-acclaimed chef Ryan Ratino’s latest project. Blending bright colors and household ingredients with five-star meals, Ratino is doing something unique here. From buckwheat pancakes with parsley root ice cream to a foie gras cake pop—the menu at this new restaurant in DC is playful and inventive throughout.
Bresca. 1906 14th St. NW

Mayahuel Cocina Mexicana

The newest hit restaurant to join the party in DC’s Woodley Park, Mayahuel is turning heads with its colorful Mexican decor, and expansive menu. The menu is exciting and bold throughout with a number of must tries—including braised-lamb nachos, tongue tacos, and the many frozen margaritas on hand.
Mayahuel Cocina Mexicana. 2609 24th St. NW

Bread & Water Company

Take a short trip to nearby Alexandria, Virginia if you want to explore the full breadth of the DC area’s best restaurant options. One of the newest establishments to join this DMV outpost is Bread & Water Company, an artisan bakery, and knock-out breakfast proprietor. For an affordable, delicious, on-the-go treat—try the ham, cheese, spinach, and feta croissants.
Bread & Water Company. 1512 Belle View Blvd.