Local Dining

When DC's top restaurateurs and entrepreneurs sought a new landscape for their artistry, Ivy City's character-filled warehouses and industrial buildings fit the bill. As a result, our neighborhood is recognized as DC’s unofficial distillery district and filled with creative, mold-breaking new restaurants.  Here are a few of our favorites.

Manager's Top 5 Picks

#1 Gravitas

Modern American menu dedicated to seasonal cooking and sourcing from local farms and waters. Chef Matt Baker showcases the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay watershed in thoughtful, Michelin-starred cuisine.

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#2 Ivy City Smokehouse

This centrally located neighborhood tavern is an ideal place to enjoy outdoor dining on the patio or rooftop. Between freshly smoked fish and seafood and some of the area’s best live music, Ivy City Smokehouse is always a great choice.

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#3 Union Market

An urban village, market, and gathering place that combines dining, shopping, work spaces, art, and performance in one vibrant melting pot of old world heritage and new world opportunities.

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#4 La Puerta Verde

Translated as “The Green Door”, this homage to the Mexican culture and influences found throughout the city is located in the historic Hecht Warehouse. The menu draws from traditional dishes of various regions to represent Mexican cuisine, while the bar offers a selection of tequila, mezcal, and Mexican beers with a carefully crafted cocktail menu.

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#5 Compass Coffee

With a goal of starting every day right, Compass Coffee certainly hits the mark with freshly brewed, aromatic coffee flooding the streets of Ivy City. Grab a seasonal cup and you’ll taste the difference of these thoughtfully sourced, single origin brews.

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