Washington, DC, known for its rich history and iconic landmarks, is not just a hub of politics and culture, but also a destination for a lavish and upscale night out on the town. The nation’s capital boasts an array of sophisticated and chic venues, from upscale restaurants with world-class cuisine to trendy bars and lounges with innovative cocktails. With its elegant atmosphere, high-end entertainment options, and luxurious offerings, Washington, DC is a city that promises an unforgettable and indulgent nightlife experience for those looking to revel in the finer things in life.
ilili DC (pictured above on the right), a newly opened restaurant in Washington DC in the Wharf District, is just such a place. Helmed by renowned Chef Philippe Massoud, ilili DC is a homecoming for the chef and a culinary journey that pays homage to his Lebanese roots.
Chef Massoud’s passion for his heritage shines through in every dish at Ilili, DC. Drawing on traditional Lebanese flavors and techniques, he has crafted a menu that celebrates the region’s rich culinary history. From mezza items to share, ilili DC’s menu is a treasure trove of authentic Lebanese flavors with a modern flair. Diners can indulge in classics such as hummus, falafel, and Shashuka or explore lesser-known gems like Spring Green Riz with crispy rice, “rice with vermicelli,” charred asparagus, squash, morels, pine nuts, fried onion, labneh. Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients further elevates the dining experience, giving diners a taste of genuine Lebanese hospitality. Check out Mother’s Day brunch at ilili Sunday, May 14, 2023.
Head to West End, DC, to experience a vibrant atmosphere, with live music events at its Quadrant bar in the iconic Ritz Carlton Washington DC. Quadrant is a haven for music lovers, featuring talented local musicians who bring the sounds of the Peruvian Beats to life with their soulful performances. As guests sip on handcrafted cocktails and savor the flavors of DC’s cuisine, the music adds an extra layer of authenticity like Soul Funk.
If you’re in the mood for something different, Downtown’s Moxy Hotel offers a new rooftop restaurant called Lucha Rosa, with a Mexican-inspired menu that boasts one of the city’s most extensive agave spirits lists. (Pictured above on the left) Lucha Rosa is a feast for the senses with its vibrant decor and lively ambiance. Executive Chef Brandon Sumblin has curated a Mexican-inspired menu with rockfish ceviche, tacos, and seasonal guacamole, with locally sourced produce from Maryland’s Atlas Farms. Lucha Rosa offers a unique take on Mexican cuisine that is perfect for a night of fun and indulgence.
And speaking of rooftops, the Rooftop Bar at Conrad DC is set to open for the season (May 4), offering panoramic views of the city skyline and a sophisticated atmosphere for an unforgettable night out. With its chic decor and extensive cocktail menu, the Rooftop Bar is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. So whether you’re in the mood for a classic cocktail or a unique concoction, the talented mixologists at the Rooftop Bar will craft a libation that perfectly complements the breathtaking views and stylish ambiance.
For those who appreciate sustainable dining, Oyster Oyster is a must-visit destination. In the Shaw neighborhood of DC, Oyster Oyster – a 2023 James Beard Nominee and a Michelin Star 2022 Restaurant – is an organic/regenerative farming restaurant at the forefront of the farm-to-table movement. The tasting menu celebrates (and zero-proof pairing!) seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, emphasizing regenerative farming practices and prioritizing sustainability and environmental stewardship. Chef Rob Rubba and sommelier/restaurateur Max Kuller had a vision for an ecologically and sustainably focused restaurant. From oysters (salt-water bivalve mollusks and mushrooms) to vegetables, Oyster Oyster is a culinary experience that embodies the ethos of conscious dining.
Washington, DC has a vibrant and diverse scene, and these newly opened establishments are shining examples of the city’s prowess. From Ilili DC’s celebration of Lebanese heritage to live music at Quadrant Bar, the Mexican-inspired menu at Lucha Rosa, the Rooftop Bar at Conrad DC, and the sustainable dining at Oyster Oyster, each of these establishments offer a unique and memorable dining experience.