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Unless you’ve done nothing but follow election coverage over the past six months, you know The Wharf in Southwest is going to be a beast of a food destination. Titans of District dining have planted their flags, hoping to open in 2017 or 2018. But with more than 2,000 seats already planned, restaurants will be competing for your attention. Here’s what to expect to date:
An unnamed Indian restaurant from Chefs K.N. Vinod and Surfy Rahman
The duo from Indique and Bombay Bistro, respectively, are teaming up to open a South Indian restaurant.
Seats: 75, including inside and outside
Rappahannock Oyster Bar from Travis and Ryan Croxton
Expect a similar setup to Union Market, but the bar will be housed in a restored historic oyster shed.
Seats: 100, including inside and outside
Kaliwa from Chef Cathal Armstrong
This Asian restaurant features Filipino, Thai, and Korean food under one roof.
Seats: 120, inside and outside
An unnamed restaurant and market from Nicholas Stefanelli
Stefanelli’s restaurant and market will be The Wharf’s version of Eataly with a first-floor market, second-floor trattoria, and third-floor rooftop and private dining.
Seats: 160, including the trattoria and the third floor
Hank’s on the Water from Jamie Leeds
The waterfront restaurant from the seafood-obsessed chef and restaurateur will be her largest restaurant to date.
Seats: 180, including inside and outside
Kirwan’s on the Wharf from Mark Kirwan
The décor for the interior of this Irish pub is en route from the motherland.
Seats: 235, including inside and outside
The Brighton from Eric and Ian Hilton
The waterfront pub is from the same team as the Gibson, the Brixton, and other nightlife hotspots.
Seats: 300, including inside and outside
La Vie from Social Restaurant Group
A French-Mediterranean restaurant from the team behind Provision No. 14, Bonfire, and others.
Seats: 375, including inside and outside
Del Mar from Fabio and Maria Trabocchi
The Spanish seafood restaurant celebrates Maria Trabocchi’s homeland.
Seats: 380, including inside and outside
Not included in this count are Requin from Mike Isabella and Jennifer Carroll; a live music venue and tavern from the Cantina Marina crew; Todd Thrasher’s tiki bar and distillery; a Dolcezza Gelato; and a Taylor Gourmet.