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Take the First Look Inside Takoda Restaurant and Rooftop Beer Garden

Takoda restaurant and beer garden in Shaw. Photography by Jeff Elkins

Just in time for spring weather, Takoda’s rooftop beer garden and restaurant opens on Friday. The two-story venture sits atop a 1920’s-era building across from the burgeoning Shay development, and combines a retro American eatery with a bar pouring local and domestic beers and whiskeys.

A cozy entry-level dining room, located on the second floor of the building, seats 60.
A cozy entry-level dining room, located on the second floor of the building, seats 61.

Takoda is the first restaurant from business partners Ryan Seelbach and Eric Lund, who’re also behind the Huxley nightclub in Dupont Circle. The team tapped chef Damian Brown, most recently of Stanton & Green, who designed a menu that riffs on American classics and leans southern, with dishes such as shrimp and grits, brisket sliders, and fried chicken with sweet potato waffles. Both the tavern-esque dining room and airy rooftop serve the same dinner menu—all priced at under $20 and also available at the bars on both floors.

Chef Damian Brown created a menu of retro American dishes, like skillet mac n' cheese and brisket sliders (pictured).
Chef Damian Brown created a menu of retro American dishes, like skillet mac n’ cheese and brisket sliders (pictured).

Drinkers on both levels can pick from 24-plus drafts, which include the basics (Miller, Bud) as well as local and American crafts. A similar range can be found among the 50-odd whiskeys. Cocktails, all priced at $11, lean classic, including three styles of mules and the Seelbach—a drink created in the early 1900’s by Ryan’s family at the famed Seelbach Hotel in Kentucky, which combines sparkling wine, bourbon, and bitters.

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The 71-seat rooftop will be open year-round thanks to removable windows on three sides.

Weekly happy hour emphasizes food and beverage pairings, which change each day, such as discount whiskey and wings on Wednesday or beers and burgers on Thursday (5 to 7 pm). Sundays bring specially-priced mimosas and desserts like deep fried Oreos all night long. A limited late-night menu will also be served on weekends.

Cocktails, all $11, run classic, including the Seelbach that combines sparkling wine, bourbon, and bitters.

The team plans for the 71-seat rooftop to be a year-round draw, outfitted on three sides with windows that can be removed in warm weather, and sealed for cooler months. Design team Edit Lab at Streetsense outfitted the roof with a chandelier-lit skylight to bring in sun, as well as hanging plans for a garden vibe.

Takoda opens Friday for dinner and bar hours, with brunch to come in April.

Takoda. 715 Florida Ave., NW; 202-525-1252. Open for dinner Monday through Sunday, 5 to 11. Bar hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 to midnight; Friday, 5 to 3 am; Saturday, noon to 3 am; Sunday, noon to 11 pm.

The full menu is available on both floors, including at the bar.
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Edit Lab at Streetsense is behind the decor, which is tavern-like in the dining room, and a garden above.

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Anna Spiegel
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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.