Pictured, left to right: 1799 Prime Steak & Seafood; Virginia’s Darling; Lima Bistro Bar & Restaurant
Date night options have multiplied throughout Alexandria with tempting new openings such as 1799 Prime Steak & Seafood, a polished but inviting steakhouse in Old Town owned by Jahmond Quander, a member of one of the oldest documented African American families, and co-founded by Chef Sonny Tena. On the waterfront, Café 44 undergoes a 7,500 square-foot expansion at Canal Center and rebranding as “Jula’s on the Potomac,” in honor of the owner’s great-grandmother and namesake, with highlights including a new central bar with a view of the Capitol and the Potomac.
Also in Old Town, play sommelier with a wine list focused on female winemakers at Virginia’s Darling Wine Bar, a new “nightly dinner party” at Mae’s Market and Café, or head to Railbird Kitchen, a small plates, chicken sandwiches and cocktails concept designed to complement its sister establishment, Captain Gregory’s. In Alexandria’s West End, settle in over ceviche and Peruvian favorites at Casa Amigos or bring your appetite for traditional Ethiopian fare and live music to Roha Ethiopian Restaurant.
Along King Street, Thai Signature’s new Alice’s Cocktail Bar concept offers late-night drinks and small bites, while Indochen brings Indian-Chinese fusion cuisine to its second location in the Hyatt Centric Old Town Alexandria complementing its original Cameron Station location in the West End. Closer to the waterfront, Maryland-based Bollywood Masala will open an outpost in the former Ichiban Sushi spot, situated on the bustling King Street pedestrian-only zone. A few blocks off King Street, look for the opening of family-owned Elaine’s Modern Mediterranean.