Seafood on the Wharf

Del Mar Excels at Tapas and Paella

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Octopus is a tender, flavorful seafood tapa at Del Mar.


Located at the Wharf, this stunning seafood palace is the latest creation of Fabio and his Spanish-born wife Maria Trabocchi. Begin with tapas like pulpo Gallega (tender octopus with mashed Yukon Gold potatoes), presented in a handsome wooden vessel. Other standout tapas are charcoal-grilled beets with sheep’s cheese, and creamy croquetas jamon (fritters swathed with Iberian ham). But paellas are the star at Del Mar. Enjoy arroz calamari in su tinta, a rich dish of rice with squid stewed in its ink served table side.  Reservations are almost essential. No tablecloths and the high decibal level give the bustling restaurant a casual, bistro feel, but Del Mar’s lofty prices make it a special occasion place. Located at 791 Wharf St. SW, Del Mar is open daily, including weekend brunch. Call 202-525-1402 or visit delmardc.com.