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Our newest neighborhood dining guide covers the mile of new development along that seemingly appeared over night - the Southwest Waterfront. This area has been anchored by the original Municipal Seafood Market and Arena Stage and now welcomes a plethora of new hot spots beckoning you to stroll along the river and stop for music, drinks, and food. 

In partnership with Lyft, EdibleDC has created a series of dining guides. Be sure to use code “EDIBLEDCWHARF” for 20% off your next Lyft ride to or from the Southwest Waterfront area. (Good while supplies last!)

EdibleDC’s Southwest Waterfront Picks

The Anthem

Big sister to the legendary 9:30 Club, this concert venue is bigger and badder. Enjoy a bite or drink at any of the nearby restaurants and bars before seeing your favorite artists like Troye Sivan or Sylvan Esso. 

Officina by Nicholas Steffanelli

Michelin star winner, Chef Nicholas Steffanelli, is opening Masseria’s casual little sister at The Wharf called Officina. Imagine a three story Italian-inspired food hall with a market, restaurant and rooftop bar. 

Politics & Prose

One of DC’s most iconic bookstores has it’s newest location at the Wharf - keep an eye peeled for their amazing events which include many cookbook authors. 


Cathal Armstrong opened his newest outpost and serves up dishes from three cultures: Korean, Phillipino and Thai. This island style, electric space is perfect for a casual dinner on the waterfront. 

Taylor Gourmet

DC-grown sandwich phenomenon, Taylor Gourmet, offers delicious seasonal sandwiches. Don’t forget to try their incredible salads and risotto balls. 

Dolcezza Gelato

Known for their gelato and coffee program, the ninth location of Dolcezza also includes savory breakfast options, soft serve gelato, milkshakes, and more!

Del Mar

Fabio & Maria Trabochhi open their first Spanish restaurant and it is an homage to Maria's home on Mallorca. This gorgeous space is designed with handcrafted tile from Valencia and exotic pottery from Mallorca. A perfect splurge meal for a special date or visiting family - order literally anything but don’t forget the paella. 

The Velo Cafe at District Hardware

Think bike store, hardware shop, and café all in one. Grab a quick coffee and pastry or bike down to the waterfront, shop a little and grab a beer. 

Hank’s Oyster Bar

A local favorite, coastal favorites are served up here including lobster rolls, chowder and fried seafood. And of course, a standout oyster bar.

Arena Stage

Pioneer of the neighborhood, the Arena Stage is a pre-eminent venue and solidifies the Southwest Waterfront as an entertainment destination. Originally built in 1950, Arena Stage, underwent a massive expansion  and renovation project in 2010 into it’s current modern form. 

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About Edible DC
DC's only food magazine, Edible DC is published quarterly and available for free throughout the Washington metro area or by subscription. Edible DC focuses on the farmers, growers, fishers, home cooks, chefs and others who energize and sustain the DMV's vibrant food community.