May 29, 2020

How to Wharf: Phase One Reopening Information & Resources

In response to Mayor Muriel Bowser's Order to move Washington, D.C. into Phase One Reopening on Friday, May 29, 2020, The Wharf has begun a step-by-step approach to safely welcome visitors back to the neighborhood for outdoor dining and curbside pickup of retail goods.

As of May 29, The Wharf is reopening its public piers and The Wharf Boathouse for outdoor recreation. Wharf Street, adjacent to the water, has been closed to vehicles to provide greater space for pedestrians and outdoor dining at our restaurants. Outdoor seating has been modified and marked to ensure proper physical distancing.

Most restaurants at The Wharf are continuing to offer takeout and delivery services as they safely reopen their outdoor seating in the coming days and weeks. Restaurants—including Kirwan’s, Kaliwa, Canopy Central Bar & Cafe, Lupo Marino, and Whiskey Charlie—have already opened their existing patios and rooftops for outdoor dining service, with their tables rearranged for safe distancing. All restaurant patrons are encouraged to call ahead before arriving, as some of our restaurants and experiences are requiring reservations to avoid lines.

The Wharf plans to continue the safe and steady expansion of outdoor offerings in the coming weeks by helping restaurants to further expand their patios into outdoor spaces along the waterfront. Additionally, The Wharf plans to introduce cabana-style seating on District Pier. Further details on cabana seating are forthcoming.

With the health and safety of the community as a top priority, The Wharf encourages all visitors to:

  • Follow all DC Health guidance
  • Maintain six feet of physical distance
  • Wear a mask in common areas
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Be courteous to others

The current operating status of each business is listed on the Current Operating Status the Current Operating Status page of The Wharf website. Follow The Wharf on social media @TheWharfDC for further updates.

Do It All on the Waterfront

Whether you like to be on the Potomac or prefer the sparkling views from land, The Wharf offers ample things to do and ways to enjoy the water. Dine in one of our fabulous restaurants. Browse our shops. Or join us during one of our festivals. Take a look at our upcoming events to plan your next visit.

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Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given at DC’s Southwest Waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to live music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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