May 4, 2023 - Food and Drink

An outdoor food hall and water garden is coming to National Landing

Water Bar at National Landing. Renderings of Water Park courtesy of JBG SMITH

The park’s full-service restaurant will perch atop the revamped Water Wall. Courtesy: JBG SMITH

A huge outdoor food hall, raw bar, and water garden will open at National Landing this summer.

What’s happening: Developer JBG SMITH is busy reinventing the neighborhood (née Crystal City) in advance of Amazon HQ2’s arrival in June.

  • Their 1.6-acre revamped Water Park at 1601 Crystal Drive is a key component. It will have 11 new restaurant and bar concepts, water features, a live entertainment stage, and a “sip and stroll” zone for enjoying alcohol outdoors.

Yes, but: It’s not a traditional water park (though we’d love a lazy river to Costco). Visitors can dip their toes in an “immersion fountain” that’s outfitted with spray nozzles for kids.

Driving the news: JBG just announced the food and beverage lineup, which emphasizes local minority and women-led businesses among nine outdoor kiosks. Diners can find seats throughout the park with heaters in winter.

  • Water Bar, the park’s full-service restaurant, will perch atop the revamped Water Wall (a fixture since the '80s) and have an open-air terrace for raw bar fare and cocktails.
  • Atlanta-based STHRN Hospitality will operate the restaurant and Crush Pizza, a larger kiosk with limited indoor seating, New York-style pies, Italian sandwiches, and a “crushable” wine list.
An outdoor food hall, water garden, and entertainment space.
The outdoor food hall and water garden. Renderings of Water Park courtesy of JBG SMITH

The starting stalls:

Brij - A coffee shop, café, and wine bar from barista-turned-social entrepreneur Skyler Kelley, whose mission is to support vulnerable communities (single mothers, the unhoused) through her business.

🍔 Bubbie’s Plant Burger - A classic American burger, fry, and soda pop shop — but make it plant-based and kosher.

🥚 Cracked Eggery - The third D.C.-area location of the egg-centric fast-casual will offer all-day egg sandwiches, creative bowls, and sides.

🇮🇳DC Dosa - Bombay native Priya Ammu’s traveling South Indian street food concept expands from Union Market.

🍨 Dolci Gelati - The D.C.-born gelato shop will open its fourth area location for icy treats and espresso drinks.

🥙 Falafel Inc. - A Georgetown-based falafel favorite known for inexpensive eats ($4 sandwiches!) and a social justice mission feeding refugees.

🍜 PhoWheels - The first non-mobile location for the family-run Vietnamese food truck, serving pho and other Viet-inspired dishes.

🍗 Queen Mother’s - Chef-about-town Rock Harper opens a second branch of his Arlington smash-hit fried chicken joint.

🍹 Tiki Thai - A spinoff of Reston’s tiki bar and Thai/Polynesian restaurant.

The Water Park has nine food/drink kiosks and two larger restaurants.

What’s next: Dining in the Park, another JBG project 1.5 blocks away, is slated to open later in the summer with the indoor/outdoor restaurant Surreal from Seven Restaurant Group (2121 Crystal Drive).


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