Boatload of Restaurants, including Spanish Seafood from Fiola Folks, coming to The Wharf

Del Mar at The Wharf[1]
renderings courtesy The Wharf

From a press release:

“Fabio Trabocchi, a James Beard Award-winning chef, leads The Wharf’s restaurant line-up. Having received numerous international honors, Fabio’s use of fresh seafood brilliantly combined with quality ingredients will come to life at Del Mar in a menu that pays homage to the seaside town of Mallorca. Fabio’s two-level waterfront Spanish and seafood restaurant at The Wharf is destined to become a standout in the DC restaurant scene.

Mike Isabella and Top Chef Finalist Jennifer Carrol are collaborating at Requin – their restaurant on the edge of District Pier—bringing the Mediterranean coast of France to The Wharf. The riverside restaurant will have an extensive European wine menu and a social-centric sharing menu. The restaurant’s indoor-outdoor setting will have expansive waterfront views.

Jamie Leeds is one of Washington’s most highly recognized chefs. Jamie is reinventing her famed Hank’s Oyster Bar for The Wharf. Hank’s On The Water will be known for its simple, approachable seafood menu, consisting of “urban beach food” in small and large plates for sharing—in an incomparable waterfront setting along 7th Street Park and Wharf Street.

Todd Thrasher has a true talent for mixing ingredients and turning them into unforgettable cocktails. At The Wharf, Todd’s passion and creativity will come to life at the Potomac Distilling Company. His waterfront commercial rum distillery and two-story tavern will feature some of the best hand-crafted cocktails anywhere along the East Coast.

Since 1899, the Croxton family has farmed oysters from Virginia’s Rappahannock River. Cousins Travis and Ryan are fourth generation Croxtons carrying on the family’s oystering legacy with Rappahannock Oyster Bar. They are widely recognized as passionate and inspiring restaurateurs known for “good food—grown well.” Their Rappahannock Oyster Bar will occupy the restored historic oyster shed (circa 1912) building at the Municipal Fish Market—a truly fitting location for a family business that has been in operation for more than a century.

After working for Guinness for more than nine years, Ireland native Mark Kirwan is creating an authentic Irish Pub that will honor the rich Irish heritage of the Southwest Waterfront. Kirwan’s waterfront pub will be reminiscent of the Irish charm and hospitality of Mark’s beloved homeland. The waterfront bar and traditionalist Irish menu is the heart and soul of Kirwan’s. Live Irish music will complement the convivial scene.

The team behind DC’s original dock bar, Cantina Marina will continue to be a District Institution at The Wharf—a wonderful addition of live music, great libations and bar food on the waterfront.

Casey Patten is adding Taylor Gourmet and its hand-crafted, Philly-style hoagies to District Square. Casey’s commitment to “make you the best damn sandwich in the District” is one of the reasons that Taylor Gourmet has become a perennial DC favorite and will create a new fan base at The Wharf.

Dolcezza Gelato will also open up shop at The Wharf, featuring old-world gelato and carefully crafted coffee at a waterfront café on Wharf Street, featuring locally sourced ingredients. Husband and wife team Rob Duncan and Violeta Edelman will be expanding Dolcezza Gelato’s artisanal offerings with hand crafted sweets, savories on the menu, and beer and wine.

Negotiations continue with great chefs and food purveyors to complete the remaining restaurant and quick service food spaces at The Wharf.”

More on Del Mar after the jump.

Del Mar at The Wharf two[1]

From a press release:

“James Beard Award-winning chef Fabio Trabocchi and Maria Trabocchi—the local, husband-wife restaurateurs behind Fiola, Casa Luca, Fiola Mare, and Sfoglina (Fall 2016 opening)—are pleased to announce plans to open Del Mar, what will be the leading restaurant in The Wharf project, a mile-long mixed-use waterfront neighborhood coming to life in the heart of the Nation’s Capital.

The name of the restaurant nods not only to the waterfront location and the focus on Spanish seafood and coastal cuisine, but Maria’s roots: her middle name, like the restaurant’s, is Del Mar.

“Maria and I have opened three restaurants that explore the cuisine of Italy, but I wouldn’t be who I am without her influence, both in my life and in my cooking,” says Trabocchi. “I have true love and respect for the people of Spain, the cuisine, the traditions – as much as I have for my own country. I look forward to bringing the culinary traditions of Spain and my wife’s family to The Wharf in Washington, D.C.”

Del Mar will encompass approximately 11,500 square-feet of interior space over two floors, along with approximately 1,900 square-feet of outdoor space, including a second floor patio with spectacular view of the river and The Wharf. The project will house two bars, two separate wine cellars, and two open kitchens.”

13 Comment

  • Looks great, I can’t wait!

  • Anonynon

    SoDoSoPa?

  • Great! I hope that the Trabocchis will pay close attention to the sustainability of their sea food. This city loves its local and organic grocery and restaurant food and it would be a shame if people were paying a premium to destroy fisheries while chowing down within view of the Potomac.

    • From the Fiola Mare website: “We are committed to sourcing sustainable seafood that does not jeopardize the vitality and well-being of our oceans.”

  • Am I the only one who seems to be a little troubled by the fact that in many of the renderings of this project you don’t see much of the actual waterfront! One of the big complaints of the old waterfront was that it was sometimes hard to see the water behind the big lumps of concrete buildings. I’m wondering whether the same will be true with the new waterfront only that the concrete will have been replaced by taller buildings made of glass and steel.

  • Wow, this sounds totally awesome! Great news for the folks in SW.

  • wow, pretty impressive rollout so far. Hoffman seems to know how to pull this off.

  • Mallorca, of course, is not a “seaside town,” it’s a whole island. Unless you’re talking about Palma de Mallorca, sometimes called Ciutat de Mallorca—but I suspect the restauranteurs didn’t realize know that when they wrote the press release.

  • Ashy Oldlady

    Great. I’m so glad we’re getting more boring, square architecture and overpriced, style-over-substance restaurants from regional celebrity chefs, because DC certainly doesn’t have enough of it!

  • I really hope that this combined with more people using the river for Kayaking, Paddleboarding and boating helps to highlight the need for cleaning up the water quality and improving the healthy of our waterways

  • Man, kinda blows me that I’m in the middle of selling my place in SW so I won’t be around when all of this starts opening up. I know a few people who are waiting for this to jump start so they can cash out. Just wish they would bring in more casual dining that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

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