After winning over Washingtonians from its original location in Shaw, All-Purpose Pizzeria is now open in Navy Yard along the waterfront. Overlooking the Anacostia River, the restaurant features close to a dozen pizzas, all cooked to crispy perfection in the deck’s pizza oven. Aside from great pies, you’ll also find the cocktail of the moment here. All-Purpose is making a Dirty Shirley with housemade grenadine and pomegranate juice, plus orange bitters, Tito's, lemon-lime soda, fresh lime, and a Luxardo cherry on top.
In an area teeming with great restaurants, many of which are situated along the water, BARCA Pier & Wine Bar takes it up a notch. This floating bar on the Potomac has unobstructed views of the DC skyline—and you can’t get much more quintessential Old Town than that. The bar and restaurant focuses on Spanish-style tapas like patatas bravas, jumbo garlic shrimp, and octopus prepared like you might order in Barcelona. On the drinks side, you can also do as the Spaniards do and order up a fancy gin and tonic or a Rioja wine.
For Marylanders, a visit to the crab shack is a rite of summertime passage. So to get an authentic crab house experience without straying too far from DC, head to Captain Billy’s. While there are crab destinations right in the District proper, none offer the same dockside vibe along the Potomac River as this spot. Order up freshly steamed Chesapeake Bay crabs doused in Old Bay seasoning, and you can tack on some jumbo lump crab cakes, traditional Maryland crab soup, or a not-so-traditional crab pizza. It’s the perfect place to learn that yes, Maryland does in fact put crab on everything.
CUT by Wolfgang Puck is a buzzy Georgetown bar and restaurant with a steakhouse-centric menu. The dining room has a luxurious and tranquil feel with outdoor seating along the C&O Canal towpath. While the restaurant itself is nestled in the heart of Georgetown, head to the rooftop bar, CUT Above, for striking views of the neighborhood’s famed waterfront. The glam bar is set against the capital's iconic skyline and outfitted with plush lounge furniture, offering a stylish space for elevated bar fare, refreshing cocktails, and striking views.
The views and the seafood towers can’t be beat at Fiola Mare, a longtime favorite nautical restaurant on the Georgetown Waterfront. The menu features upscale Mediterranean dishes, including fresh Italian pastas like stuffed seashell pasta and a seafood pasta with cockles, middleneck, and surf clams. Whether you’re seated on the balcony or near a waterfront window, you’ll have excellent views of mega-yachts docking along the Potomac River.
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With multiple locations in the DC area, Hank’s Oyster Bar is a sure bet no matter which neighborhood you’re in—but the most iconic experience can only be found at The Wharf.
Here you can slurp freshly shucked oysters or order up an oversized raw bar plateau with a side of views of the water taxi and pier or start your day off sampling the brunch menu.