Editors' pick

Fiola Mare

$$$$ ($25-$34)
Lunch Tuesday-Friday
dinner daily
weekend brunch.
(Georgetown)
202-628-0065
77 decibels (Must speak with raised voice)
'

Editorial Review

A typical night at Fiola Mare might find “Dallas” star Patrick Duffy sitting a table away from you and enough caviar on just your appetizer to throw a block party in Kalorama — it’s Party Central, in other words. Chef Fabio Trabocchi made it cool to dine in Georgetown again when he introduced to the waterfront this sweeping $5 million ode to the Adriatic. Short of a monument, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better public view; polished service makes even the busier dishes taste better. Trabocchi will tell you pasta and fish are his favorite things to cook. Proof of his affection surfaces in bucatini lavished with super-sweet prawns and creamy sea urchin, and local rockfish gilded with sliced porcinis, foie gras and red wine sauce. Grand gestures are part of the chef’s DNA. Even “simply grilled” squid impresses us when a copper pan of wild calamari glides to the table with fresh rosemary, lemon curls and flower petals, along with elegant burners to keep the tender sea creature warm. Indecisive sweet tooths should spring for the tarta San Marcos, a delicate sponge cake sandwiched with raspberry creme and topped off with creme brulee. Truly, nothing at this yacht of a restaurant overlooking the Potomac is ordinary. The bar-only lobster roll features toasted brioche, the after-dinner bon bons show up in a sleek, glass-topped box, and the faucets in the restrooms double as hand-dryers.

Reader Reviews

|
Avg reader rating
Absolutely Fabiolious!

Was amazed to see they were doing lunch for RW. One of the best meals in a long time. Excellent service as well. Easy to see what all the buzz is about and only wish I could afford to eat there more often.

great new Geotwn spot.

Everything I tried on the menu, four courses, was fantastic. Loved the bar and the separate bar area for the restaurant. Can't wait for it to be warm and out on the patio!

Fiola Mare what fine dining is all about!

Fiola Mare what fine dining is all about!

Showing 2 of 3 :