5 Must-See Washington, D.C. Restaurants

These trending new spots in the Capital City stay out of politics with their designs, meant to cater to a highly diverse, cocktail- and culinary-focused crowd.

Addie’s

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Successful D.C. restaurateur Jeff Black has reopened this popular restaurant that had previously operated from 1995 to 2013 in a bungalow-style building off the Rockville Pike.

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As an homage to Black’s grandmother Addie, the new 4,000-square-foot, 200-seat restaurant retains the intimate scale of the original space by taking design cues from an older-style home with various rooms for formal dining, living, reading and sitting. Designed to feel as welcoming as Grandma Addie’s home, the entranceway, an airy foyer with accordion floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the sidewalk, receives guests before the “house” splits into intimate rooms, each with its own purpose and feel.

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The dining room is the most formal of the spaces with crisp white tablecloths, thick cushioned chairs and plush carpeting. The neighboring family room provides a view of the kitchen through glass windows with antique panes and an enlarged photo along the back wall of Addie, in heels, fishing from a rowboat. Lined in bookshelves, the den is richer in materials and textures than the other rooms and is home to the 20-seat bar, complete with the modern convenience of electrical outlets at each seat. Continuing though the space, windows open up to the six-seat oyster bar and expansive patio, which faces a lush courtyard and bubbling fountain of Park Potomac. 

Photos courtesy of Andy DelGiudice

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