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11 new restaurants you should try right now

By Becky Krystal

July 12, 2016 at 11:26 AM

Alta Strada bar and restaurant offers Italian cuisine and drinks. (Photo by April Greer For The Washington Post)

The Washington dining scene continues to grow at an almost dizzying clip. Which newcomers are worth visiting?

We've rounded up some of Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema's most recent reviews and previews. These are the 11 spots you should visit now.

Pan-seared scallops with coconut risotto and basil ice cream. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Kyirisan: Tim Ma's first restaurant in the District is an expression of his Chinese heritage and French training. One highlight: scallops on a bed of coconut risotto with melting basil ice cream, as featured in The Post's annual 40 Eats roundup.

Related: [Kyirisan review: Tastefully pushing boundaries in Shaw]

Japchae (glass noodles with assorted vegetables) at Zannchi. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Zannchi: With Zannchi, recent Georgetown MBA graduate Eunjung Kim brings a taste of Korean cuisine to Georgetown.

Related: [Zannchi offers plenty of reasons to get acquainted with the Georgetown newcomer]

Morel and king trumpet mushroom salad at Métier. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Métier: Eric Ziebold's prix fixe experience below Kinship, his first Mount Vernon Square dining room, is an impressive addition to the landscape, if not as transporting as you'd expect, Sietsema says.

Related: [Metier review: Eric Ziebold's newest attraction tickles more than it transports]

Whaley's chef Daniel Perron rethinks clams casino by substituting chorizo for the traditional bacon. (Dayna Smith for The Washington Post)

Whaley's: With sunny service and high-quality seafood from the team behind DGS, you've got the dinner equivalent of a day at the beach in Southeast -- hold the sand.

Related: [Whaley's shells out refreshing tastes of the sea in Southeast]

Chef Michael Schlow behind the counter at Conosci. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Conosci: Conosci, Michael Schlow's fish-focused spot adjacent to sibling Alta Strada, feels intimate, like grazing at a small cocktail party where the hosts happen to be stylish friends.

Related: [Conosci review: Michael Schlow's crudo concept is a hidden gem]

The original EatBar was in Arlington, but the new version opened on Barracks Row on Capitol Hill. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

EatBar: Neighborhood Restaurant Group and Nate Anda revive and reboot the meaty EatBar in Capitol Hill.

Related: [EatBar review: A favorite returns, to the tune of a new neighborhood]

The Ferraro pizza with artichokes, ramps, stinging nettles and pistachio pesto at All-Purpose. (Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post)

All-Purpose: A partnership between the owners of Red Hen and Boundary Stone restaurants in Bloomingdale, All-Purpose updates some of the Italian-American taste memories of chef Michael Friedman's youth.

Related: [All-Purpose debuts with bready pizzas and whimsical Italian-American fare]

Kayseri mantisi, dumplings stuffed with ground beef, at Ottoman Taverna. (Dayna Smith for The Washington Post)

Ottoman Taverna: Restaurateur Hakan Ilhan pays homage to his home country of Turkey, to pleasing effect in this looker of a dining room in Mount Vernon Triangle.

Related: [Ottoman Taverna serves a vivid taste of Turkey]

Quail drumettes at Requin. (April Greer for The Washington Post)

Requin: Jennifer Carroll is serving up fine French-Mediterranean fare at the Mike Isabella property in the former Gypsy Soul space in Fairfax's Mosaic District.

Related: [Requin review: A witty chef's smart spins on coastal French cuisine]

Crunchy meatballs at Alta Strada. (April Greer for The Washington Post)

Alta Strada: Michael Schlow's neighborhood Italian restaurant near Mount Vernon Square is where you want to park your Vespa if you're hungry for something new and inviting.

Related: [Alta Strada invites diners on a Roman holiday]

Fish tacos at Drift on 7th. (Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post)

Drift on 7th: Chef-owner Ferhat Yalcin's reimagined Fishnet is a real catch for Shaw.

Related: [For fresh seafood, set a course for Drift on 7th]

Related items:

2016 Spring Dining Guide

The month of June in restaurant openings and closings

The 40 most essential D.C. restaurant dishes of 2016

The month of May in restaurant openings and closings

The month of April in restaurant openings and closings


Becky Krystal covers food for the Going Out Guide and Weekend and Food sections. In her spare time she loves to, of course, eat and cook.

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