La Vie in District Wharf. Photo: Natalie Mediouni.

Chic Debut

Mediterranean meets Southwest DC in this sexy new spot

La Vie in District Wharf commands attention for its coastal fare and dramatic interiors by Alexandria designer David Anthony Chenault. The romantic conservatory bar (pictured above) evokes a hidden villa and garden with stools covered in green Christian Lacroix velvet and bronze blossom pendants. Highlights of the menu include a cold seafood bar, house-made pasta, and mussel pots. 88 District Square, SW, fifth floor; 202-560-5501.