The top dinner & happy hour destinations in Washington, DC’s Navy Yard

Discover the top dinner and happy hour destinations in Washington, DC's vibrant Navy Yard neighborhood, from upscale Italian dining to modern Mexican cuisine.

Welcome to Washington, DC's Navy Yard neighborhood, a vibrant area with plenty of dining options to suit every taste bud. Whether you're looking for a delicious dinner, a happy hour spot, or a place to relax, this neighborhood has it all. In this blog post, we'll highlight five of the top dinner and happy hour spots in the area that are sure to satisfy every palate.  

1. Osteria Morini 

If you're looking for an upscale Italian dining experience, look no further than Osteria Morini. This restaurant is known for its authentic flavors and dishes inspired by the Emilia Romagna region of northern Italy.  

Indulge in a dining experience like no other with their exquisite dinner menu, boasting a delightful array of Italian-inspired dishes. From tantalizing homemade pasta to succulent grilled seafood and beyond, prepare to be captivated. And to elevate your meal to new heights, complement it with a choice from their selection of signature cocktails, fine Italian wines, or other carefully crafted alcoholic beverages. 

With its rustic-chic decor and cozy ambiance, this establishment creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, perfect for a one-of-a-kind brunch experience. Moreover, their open kitchen allows guests to witness the culinary artistry unfold before their very eyes. 


2. Agua 301

Located on the riverfront, Agua 301 is a sophisticated spot with sweeping views of the Potomac. This modern Mexican spot features a wide selection of dishes from gourmet taco platters to fajitas and empanadas. as well as a delicious happy hour menu featuring discounted drinks and plenty of bites. 

Happy hour at Agua 301 runs from Monday to Friday from 3:30-6:30 pm and features discounted drinks like frozen margaritas and sangria, wine by the glass, and draft beers. They also have plenty of bites up for grabs with deals on tacos, nachos, empanadas, and more to satisfy every palate.  



3. Chloe 

With its inviting interior and delicious menu, Chloe is a must-visit spot in Navy Yard. This charming and highly acclaimed restaurant serves internationally inspired fare with a menu known for its eclectic and personalized approach, reflecting the diverse culinary journey of Chef Haidar Karoum.  

Menu highlights include the Spiced Veal Hummus with buttered almonds and fresh-baked naan, Hamachi Crudo with Thai chilies and avocado, and Penne Pasta with spicy pork ragout and pecorino cheese. Chloe also has an extensive wine and spirit list, as well as sophisticated and trendy craft cocktails like ‘Hello is the Final Word,’ a very spicy cocktail with habanero gin, maraschino, Chartreuse, and lime, and ‘Sunset Serenade,’ a much sweeter option with rums, cherry, sumac, and lime.  

With its fine-dining ambiance, eclectic menu, and superb attention to detail, it’s no surprise that Chloe has gained recognition as a MICHELIN Guide restaurant.  


4. The Brig  

If you're looking for a spot to unwind and catch up with friends, The Brig is the perfect spot for you. Known for its open-air outdoor beer garden and laid-back, pet-friendly ambiance, The Brig is a popular destination for enjoying happy hour. It has even been named as one of the best pet-friendly restaurants in the city, making it an ideal choice for those who want to dine with their furry friends. The Brig has also been featured in The Washington Post, Eater Washington DC, DCist, and Barred in DC.   

With a wide selection of German, craft, and domestic beers, it's a haven for beer enthusiasts. The establishment features a bar that opens to a garden, where patrons can relax and unwind. Whether you're looking to sip on a refreshing cocktail, your favorite brew, or indulge in delicious bar food, The Brig has something for everyone. Happy hour is Monday to Friday from 3-6:30 pm.  


5. Bluejacket

Bluejacket is a renowned microbrewery and restaurant housed in a century-old former factory that offers a unique experience of craft beers and American eats. With a rotating selection of 20 beers and five cask ales, the brewery has a wide selection for beer enthusiasts to choose from that are all brewed in-house. They also have wine, craft cocktails (we recommend the Strawberry Rhubarb Froze), ciders, and more. 

The venue is conveniently situated just three blocks from Navy Yard Ballpark, making it a popular spot for pre-game drinks and meals. Bluejacket's industrial-chic ambiance and delicious food options, including their famous sandwiches and tater tots, have made it a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Whether you're a beer connoisseur or simply looking for a great dining experience all around, Bluejacket is definitely worth the visit. 


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Washington, DC's Navy Yard neighborhood is home to some of the city's most exciting and delicious dinner and happy hour spots, each with its own unique atmosphere and menu. From Mexican to Italian and beyond, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're a local or a visitor, be sure to explore these exceptional dining establishments and indulge in an unforgettable culinary journey! To discover another destination we consider unforgettable, check out Coda on Half, a Placemakr Experience.  

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