President Obama Celebrates His Birthday at Fiola Mare

A shellfish plateau at Fiola Mare. Photograph by Scott Suchman

President Obama dined in style for his 55th birthday. According to reports on Twitter, POTUS and his family spent the evening at Fiola Mare on the Georgetown Waterfront—also our pick for the best restaurant in Washington. The meal ended on a high note, when crowds outside the restaurant sang “happy birthday” to the entourage.

This isn’t the Obama’s first visit to the restaurant, which specializes in elegant Italian seafood. The family dined with White House advisor Valerie Jarrett when chef Fabio Trabocchi first opened in 2014. In past years, Obama has celebrated his birthday at other Washington hotspots, including Rose’s Luxury and Rasika.

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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.