It turns out Georgetown is cool again. (We’ve been telling you this for years!) Much of the buzz is thanks to what the media, residents, and visitors alike are declaring a neighborhood dining renaissance. Washingtonian released its What’s IN and OUT in DC Restaurant Trends for 2023, and Georgetown is in. Eater DC also asked restaurant experts to name their favorite dining-out neighborhoods of 2022, and the common theme was DC’s oldest neighborhood.
The biggest headline is the news that restaurateur Stephen Starr is partnering with Georgetown Park developer Jamestown and Los Angeles-based chef Nancy Silverton for a “huge Italian marketplace” and the first East Coast location of her Michelin-starred restaurant, Osteria Mozza. The restaurant and marketplace will open in the former Dean & DeLuca space in late 2023 and will occupy 20,000 square feet. Starr and Silverton’s new venture will join a scene that’s already exploded in the past year, thanks to French hotspot Lutèce, Michael Rafidi’s recently opened Levantine cafe Yellow, The Fountain Inn, L’Avant-Garde, NYC-based French bakery Maman, and the soon-to-open Van Leeuwen ice cream – among other dining favorites.