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Location: 3100 K St. NW
For the days you want to treat yourself to an outdoor Italian dining experience, several spots around the District offer scenic views and delicious courses. But only one offers a panoramic view of the Potomac River and an even better array of meals to choose from.
Fiola Mare, located on the Georgetown Waterfront, boasts a spacious outdoor patio overlooking Roosevelt Island and the Arlington skyline. You can also pose for selfies with the colorful abstract statues just outside the Swedish and Icelandic embassies.
The restaurant offers several seafood dishes for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. Diners can order from either a paper menu or a QR code on the table that digitally displays the menu, which rotates out the chef’s newest dishes daily and seasonally.
If D.C.’s unpredictable spring weather surprises you with a cold day, Fiola Mare has inflatable igloos located on the waterfront marina that accommodate up to six guests each for a two-hour time slot, which gives you more than enough time to savor each plate.
This sophisticated outdoor dining experience makes it the best place to go with friends to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or to just escape your apartment to treat yourself to a delicious meal. The restaurant sticks to its Italian coastal theme with delicious meals like Mediterranean Branzino ($38), wild Rhode Island calamari ($28) and lobster crudo ($40).
Among some of the stellar meal options, Fiola Mare offers a midday lunch deal worth the $38 that includes an appetizer, entree and dessert option. Some dishes are even brought out and prepared in front of you like the restaurant’s signature pesto sauce.
In addition to its food, Fiola Mare also offers a selection of specialty cocktails, wines and spritzers you won’t find anywhere else. Drinks like the venetian spritz ($16), the sera luce spritz ($14) and negroni bianco ($18) are the best way to top off a lavish meal when you’re in the mood to splurge.
For waterfront dining on a warm spring day, reserve a table at Fiola Mare.