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CANTINA MARINA: "On the Waterfront" Washington D.C. Restaurant Tip by gilabrand

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They were setting up for a party when we staggered in, bathed in sweat and starving, after many hours of racing around and trying to make the most of our short time in Washington D.C.

Our legs aching, we had hopped onto the Circulator, a bus that runs in a loop around the city, and the last stop brought us to the Georgetown waterfront. Water Street (whoever gave out the street names in Georgetown apparently ran out of letters of the alphabet) is lined with restaurants and bars overlooking the Potomoc River, with the obelisk-shaped Washington Monument visible in the distance.

Directly across from the bus stop, we spotted Cantina Marina, a restaurant on a wooden deck next to Gangplank Marina, home to a dazzling array of yachts and sailboats. Even though the staff was busy with party preparations, we were ushered with a smile to the air-conditioned upstairs restaurant (it was so hot, the umbrella-topped tables on the deck were not even an option).

This is a “restaurant in the round,” with wall-to-wall windows looking out over the water, and a bar stocked with the fixings of tropical-style drinks. We were the only patrons. Walking into Cantina Marina is like walking into a carnival. There are bright colors everywhere, mobiles of tropical fish hanging from the rafters, whimsical lizard sculptures climbing the walls. So there’s plenty to look at as you wait for the food.

Our order came quickly, and the food was excellent: seared fresh tuna with snow peas and mashed potatoes ($17), a plate of French fries ($3), and two cold drinks ($4).

Address: 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC
Price Comparison: about average
Phone: (202) 554-8396
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 4
Theme: Seafood

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 6, 2007
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