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SW Waterfront

Albeit the smallest quadrant, Southwest has emerged as the epicenter for revitalization and redevelopment in the District, making this neighborhood a near perfect distillation of the rest of the city. © thisisbossi of Flickr

DC on the Water

Located within Washington DC’s smallest quadrant, the SW Waterfront has a tranquil mix of low and mid-rise apartments, new retail shops, restaurants and condominiums. Boating activities launch from a number of marinas on the east bank of the Washington Channel. The first phase of The Wharf, the region’s largest redevelopment project, will open in 2017 and will transform the Waterfront into an urban center with waterfront advantage. It is ideal for those who like being away from the City but are in fact within walking distance of government office buildings, the National Mall, Haines Point Golf Course, the Capitol and Smithsonian museums. The world acclaimed Arena Stage is located here as well as the renowned floating fish market where fresh fish, shell fish and exotic delectables can be purchased 365 days a year. Washington National Baseball Park is one metro stop away.

Ideally situated among major commuting corridors (I-395, South Capitol Street), the Green Metro line and bus routes, the neighborhood is enhanced by bike lanes and walkways. The SW Waterfront has become a truly charming place to call home.


  • Station 4

    Station 4

    © David Reed

    Creative New American cuisine in a swanky setting within walking distance of Arena Stage.

  • Masala Art

    Masala Art

    © David Reed

    Classic Indian eats alongside hard-to-find items offered in a basic dining room with a lunch buffet.

  • Captain White Seafood

    Captain White Seafood

    © David Reed

    Vast open-air seafood market on the river offering raw & cooked-to-order meals for takeout.

  • Catwalk Cafe

    Catwalk Cafe

    © Ron Cogswell

    Located at Arena Stage, this fun cafe by José Andrés at the Arena Stage offers soups, salads & hot entrees, plus incredible sweeping views of the District.

  • Lapidus Restaurant

    Lapidus Restaurant

    © Urban Igloo

    Traditional American fare at this restaurant located inside the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

Bars and Music

  • Cantina Marina

    Cantina Marina

    © David Reed

    Festive cantina perched right on the water, offering tropical drinks & island-inspired bites.

  • The Big Stick

    The Big Stick

    © Urban Igloo

    This woodsy sports bar with a fireplace serves brews on tap, plus sausages and snacks to go-with.

  • 21st Amendment Bar and Grill

    21st Amendment Bar and Grill

    © David Reed

    Delicious food, signature cocktails, live jazz on Wednesdays and Thursdays and beautiful surroundings attract a hip crowd that’s ready to unwind.

  • Gordon Biersch

    Gordon Biersch

    © othree of Flickr

    Chain hangout for house-brewed, German-style beer & a pub menu served in a casual setting.

  • Justin’s Cafe

    Justin’s Cafe

    © Urban Igloo

    Staying open later if Nationals games run late, this casual spot serves cocktails and sandwiches.


  • Mangialardo and Sons Inc

    Mangialardo and Sons Inc

    © Urban Igloo

    Petite Italian counter-serve deli specializing in hearty cold cut and breakfast sandwiches.

  • Safeway


    © David Reed

    Whatever item you’re looking for, we’ve got the best brands at the best prices right here- from everyday essentials like milk and paper towels to premium, specialty items like gourmet coffee and organic lasagna.

  • Jesse Taylor Seafood

    Jesse Taylor Seafood

    © David Reed

    Rustic market on the wharf with bushels of crabs, oysters & clams plus fresh seasonal fin fish.

  • Cornercopia


    © Urban Igloo

    Since 2009 Cornercopia has offered made to order sandwiches, fresh cheeses, meats and vegetables. Also available are a variety of beer and wine as well as various organic food options.

  • Harris Teeter

    Harris Teeter

    © Wikipedia

    Harris Teeter is a grocery chain with stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland and Delaware.


  • Biker Barre

    Biker Barre

    © The Fit Crasher

    Offering intense, music-driven classes on bikes and at the barre, we’re bringing our own breed of intense, effective workouts to our favorite neighborhood in DC.

  • District CrossFit

    District CrossFit

    © Urban Igloo

    Located just half of a block from Nationals Ballpark in the SW Waterfront district, District CrossFit is the largest CrossFit gym in the DC area. With over 10,000 square feet DCF has a full strength and conditioning area, over 6000 square feet of dedicated CrossFit space, District Crossfit features some of the best coaches in the area.

  • DCBFit


    © The Fit Crasher

    No matter what your reason for coming to DCBFIT, self defense, to work on your body, lose weight, or just for the fun of working out, they want to meet and exceed your expectations.

  • VIDA Fitness at The Yards

    VIDA Fitness at The Yards

    © Urban Igloo

    VIDA at The Yards spans over 30,000 square feet of usable space, complete with the rooftop Penthouse Pool and Lounge, Aura spa, Bang Salon, Fuel Bar, Gear Shop, and full-service locker rooms with steam room and sauna.