Washington, D.C./ Food & Drinks
Published on May 09, 2018
3 new businesses to check out in Dupont CircleTiki Taco. | Photo: Genesis D./Yelp

Interested in discovering the newest businesses to open in Dupont Circle? From a modern American eatery to a Hawaiian taqueria, read on for a rundown of the newest spots to make their debut in this part of D.C.

Magnolia Kitchen & Bar

1601 Connecticut Ave. NW (between North Q Street and North Hillyer Place)

PHOTO: lauren s./YELP

Magnolia Kitchen & Bar is a New American spot and bar featuring classic favorites and an energetic happy hour. 

This comfortable restaurant has an extensive cocktail list and an assortment of small plates such as pigs in a blanket, curry shrimp and ratatouille with tomato sauce and chive oil. Main dishes include lamb bolognese, shrimp & grits and a mushroom ravioli in a pesto sauce. (You can check out the full menu here.)

With just a few reviews so far, Magnolia Kitchen & Bar is off to a fair start, but its still early days. 

Yelper Sarah M., who reviewed Magnolia Kitchen & Bar on May 5, wrote: "Great new place right at Dupont Circle. Stopped in to check it out and wasn't disappointed! I was having trouble deciding what drink to order so the bartender kindly recommended the Scarlet Buzz — it was so cool! The drink comes with an edible flower that gives your mouth a tingling sensation when you chew it, which augments the flavor of this tasty rosé concoction."

Magnolia Kitchen & Bar is open from 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. on weekdays and 4 p.m.–11 p.m. on weekends.

Tiki Taco

2010 P St. NW (between North 20th and North Hopkins streets)

PHOTO: max u./YELP

Tiki Taco is a Hawaiian spot bringing an island breeze to D.C. in the form of tacos, poke bowls, shaved ice and more.

On the menu, look for a variety of Hawaiian flavor combinations, with dishes such as kailua pork tacos with watercress and pineapple salsa; tiki-style poke with sweet onions, cilantro, pineapple salsa and lime juice; and Maluka's guacamole with black bean corn salsa. (Check out the full menu here.)

Tiki Taco's current Yelp rating of 4.5 stars out of 43 reviews indicates positive attention from users.

Natasha P., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on March 18th, said, "My boyfriend and I went to Tiki Taco for lunch yesterday. We both loved the chicken and pork tacos, and the beef and fish tacos were pretty good too. We could see them prepping fish and mangos behind the counter so the food was definitely super fresh."

Yelper Max U. added: “This is a must-try new spot just south of Dupont circle. The staff is super friendly, and the food is delectable. Refreshing, fresh, tasty, quick, tropical, savory, sweet, divine: these are just a few of the words I would use to describe Tiki.”

Tiki Taco is open Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m.–2 a.m., and Sunday–Thursday from 7:30 a.m.–11 p.m.

Barry's Bootcamp

1345 19th St. NW (between North Sunderland Place and North Dupont Circle)

Photo: joseph m./Yelp

Barry's Bootcamp is a fitness chain with locations around the world.

Each day at Barry’s focuses on a different muscle group, and according to the gym's website, "the programming carefully pairs opposing muscle groups to ensure your body has the perfect balanced workout, and proper time for recovery."

Barry's Bootcamp's current rating of 4.5 stars out of six reviews on Yelp indicates positive attention from users.

Yelper Heidi T., who was one of the first users to visit Barry's Bootcamp on January 26, wrote: "Barry's Bootcamp has already transformed me after working out there two to three times a week for about a month. I feel stronger and have picked up on speed quickly."

"Great interval training workout and overall great space and staff," added  Yelper Joseph M. "Be sure to get to class at least five minutes early. Great towel, locker and shower amenities too."

Barry's Bootcamp is open from 5:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. on Friday, 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on Sunday.