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On the Waterfront

Warm weather is finally here and it’s time to dine outside. Get a new view of DC’s riverside real estate at one of our picks for prettiest waterfront restaurants.

Coastal Outlook: Fiola Mare overlooks summertime hot spot Washington Harbour.

1. Fiola Mare
Chef Fabio Trabocchi took his inspiration for his third DC restaurant from the flavors and coasts of Italy. The newest restaurant on the Georgetown waterfront, Fiola Mare features Mediterranean fare, including whole fish deboned at your table, and cocktails spiked with bitter liqueurs.
New View: Set up camp in the glass-enclosed, atrium-covered bar just inside the front door, and watch the sun set over the river. 3050 K St. NW, 202.628.0065 

2. Osteria Morini
This New York import sits on the revitalized Anacostia River and specializes in hearty Northern Italian pastas. Pick a pasta and enjoy with a house beer, like a lager brewed 
with oregano.
New View: For the first time this year, a walkway will connect Nationals Park to this area of the Southeast waterfront, making Osteria Morini an ideal post-baseball game spot. 301 Water St. SE, 202.484.0660 

3. The Grill Room at the Capella
The restaurant at this ultraluxe hotel features a Champagne cart and steak tartare prepared tableside. The best seats in the house are at the outdoor cafe tables overlooking the C&O Canal.
New View: Switch it up and enjoy breakfast at this popular dinner spot. The quiet canal offers inspiring views of Georgetown residents jogging along the popular path. 1050 31st St. NW, 202.617.2400 

4. Muze
Grab a window seat at this recently refurbished dining room in the Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC, and watch the boats come and go from the Southwest marina while you sample tempura blue prawns and black bean–braised veal.
New View: Book a post-meal massage at Mandarin’s serene spa, where the indoor pool offers a peaceful view of the marina. 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, 202.787.6006

5. The Roof Terrace at the Kennedy Center
A recent face-lift made this rooftop perch the best place to enjoy a preshow cocktail or some scrumptious lobster mac and cheese—either in the plush new lounge, or gazing out the windows at the panorama of the Potomac.
New View: The restaurant features a sumptuous Sunday brunch with carved prime rib, a raw bar, made-to-order omelets—and one of the best views of the nation’s capital around. 2700 F St. NW, 202.416.8555