HIGH NOON Recharge the day with gusto at these DC restaurants—perfect for any power lunch.
The Fiola Mare menu includes Under the Sea from renowned chef Fabio Trabocchi. PHOTO BY: GREG POWERS
Located at The Wharf on the Southwest waterfront, the welcoming space brings guests to the first-floor cafe, where they can spend mornings filled with homemade pastries, freshly baked breads and a traditional Italian espresso bar, or the Mercato, which is curated by chef Nicholas Stefanelli of Michelin-starred Masseria. Rain or shine, sip on seasonal cocktails or an extensive Champagne selection under the rooftop pergola, inspired by the terraces of Rome. 1120 Maine Ave. SW,202.747.5222, officinadc.com
Along the Potomac River, Del Mar presents a superb outdoor dining experience, featuring authentic seafood and flavors from the coasts of Spain. The lunch menu offers traditional Spanish cured meats, classic tapas and larger plates. Order Del Mar’s signature cocktails, such as the Amor Platonico, La Sonrisa, or a spring and summer cocktail featuring The Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Madeira, Fever-Tree premium Indian tonic and a lemon peel. 791 Wharf St. SW,202.525.1402, delmardc.com
Madai snapper sashimi at Fiola Mare. PHOTO BY: MICHELLE GOLDCHAIN
Blue Duck Tavern Blue Duck Tavern, with a separate entrance alongside the Park Hyatt in West End (a short walk from Georgetown), serves seasonal ingredients sourced from the mid-Atlantic region. Dine outdoors on the garden terrace, and enjoy signature cocktails with menu items like the pork belly Benedict, BDT cheeseburger, harvest grain bowls and s’mores French toast. Or sit in the intimate, glass-enclosed booths of Blue Duck lounge while sipping seasonal cocktails and tempting martinis. 1201 24th St. NW,202.419.6755, blueducktavern.com
Fiola Mare Using seasonal, regularly updated menu items, chef Fabio Trabocchi brings Italian coastal cuisine to new heights. Fiola Mare’s menu includes the signature seafood tower and other classics, such as the Fiola Mare lobster roll. The Michelin-starred fine dining flagship also provides a variety of brunch items, from lemon and ricotta pancakes to ricotta carbonara. 3100 K St. NW,202.525.1402, fiolamaredc.com