Explore Washington D.C.

Wild Sides: Dining at Waterfront Kitchen

Chef Jerry Pellegrino's inventive fare, harborside dining room and a greenhouse for garden parties

At Waterfront Kitchen, chef Jerry Pellegrino plays with his food. Simple dinner entrées like scallops au poivre come with creative sides (beet risotto and white chocolate mashed potatoes), and at lunch, salads and sandwiches have the same spunk (a pork belly version of the BLT). Other perks at the elegant eatery: harbor views and a wine list with the backstory of each vintner. Waterfront Kitchen partners with BUGS (Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students) to teach inner-city children garden and kitchen skills. The educational greenhouse becomes an intimate alcove for the four-course dinner parties each month through April ($150 per person).

Waterfront 'Whole' Crab Cake
Waterfront Kitchen’s crab cake with jumbo lump, backfin and claw meats served on a cucumber coin salad with Old Bay aioli, paprika oil and capers. (Courtesy Waterfront Kitchen)

Waterfront deck
Waterfront Kitchen's harborside deck with a view of the Under Armour HQ (Courtesy Waterfront Kitchen