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Projects Design Associates created Olivia's interiors, which include The Stateroom. © Greg Powers

Chef Matt Kuhn’s Mediterranean Stone Bass Crudo at Olivia. © Greg Powers

Ernesto Santalla designed Guapo's latest venture on the Georgetown waterfront. © Geoffrey Hodgdon

The tiki bar at the Potomac Distilling Company in District Wharf. © Rey Lopez

Private dining: The Iberian Room at Olivia, Ashok Bajaj’s new Mediterranean hot spot. © Greg Powers

Eating Out

Hot new dining destinations around DC

Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s latest venture, Olivia, recently debuted in DC’s Penn Quarter. Chef Matt Kuhn’s rustic Mediterranean menu is inspired by the flavors of Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Italy and Greece. Look for abundant vegetarian and seafood options—such as Mediterranean Stone Bass Crudo. Interiors by Martin Vahtra of Projects Design Associates evoke the region with hanging lanterns and Moorish motifs. Private dining rooms include The Stateroom and The Iberian Room. 800 F Street, NW; 202-347-4667. oliviawdc.com

Guapo’s, a local mexican mainstay, opened its ninth location on the georgetown waterfront last year, introducing a new brunch menu. Dc designer ernesto santalla animated the interiors with ceiling “clouds” That improve acoustics and a palette of raspberry red, orange and plum. 3050 K street, NW; 202-844-5777. guaposrestaurant.com

Mixologist Todd Thrasher celebrates all things rum at his new distillery in District Wharf. The Potomac Distilling Company produces Thrasher’s Rum on site and offers rooftop dining and three bars—including a Polynesian-style tiki lounge. 1130 Maine Avenue, SW; 202-900-4786. tikitnt.com

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