Cantina Marina

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Cantina Marina Located just minutes from Nationals Park, Cantina Marina is a casual beach-themed joint situated on the end of the Gangplank Pier – and one of the only waterfront dining options in the District. Washington, DC United States 38.8756992912708 -77.0217561721802
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Party Earth Review Located just minutes from Nationals Park, Cantina Marina is a casual beach-themed joint situated on the end of the Gangplank Pier – and one of the only waterfront dining options in the District. The venue... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Green Line: Waterfront-SEU; Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow Lines: L’Enfant Plaza

  • Phone:

    202-554-8396

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  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 11:30am–10pm, F–Sa 11:30am–11pm (April–October)
    Bar: open later depending on weather
    Kitchen: open until midnight after Nats home games

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Cantina Marina Review

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Located just minutes from Nationals Park, Cantina Marina is a casual beach-themed joint situated on the end of the Gangplank Pier – and one of the only waterfront dining options in the District.

Located just minutes from Nationals Park, Cantina Marina is a casual beach-themed joint situated on the end of the Gangplank Pier – and one of the only waterfront dining options in the District.

The venue’s proximity to the stadium ensures a regular showing of Nats fans on game days, while young professionals who need a break from the daily grind take to the spacious deck, loosening their ties before plopping down on beach chairs and throwing back a few chilled Coronas as the sun sets behind the Washington Monument.

On warm weekends, preppy sailors and a younger party crowd get together for boisterous rounds of margaritas, while laid-back sports fans and their always-welcome four-legged friends gather by the TVs at the bar.

For a mellower vibe, a half-dozen tables upstairs provide a spot for groups of local houseboat residents to congregate and enjoy prime views of rowers practicing their form down the river.

As the night deepens, the patio sparkles under twinkling string lights, neon beer signs, and illuminated palm trees, while dozens of big plastic fish hanging from the ceiling gently sway in the evening breeze.

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of suits and politics, Cantina Marina is a funky waterside place ideal for anyone looking to slip on a pair of flip-flops and relax by the river.

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Tip from Emma:

Although few people would go to Cantina Marina just for the food, their barbecued shrimp are actually quite good and were featured on Food Network’s The Hungry Detective! Be sure to order yourself a platter to see what the buzz is about.

  • Crowd

    Nats fans, frat boys, preppy sailors, rowing teams, federal workers, young professionals, families, and laid-back houseboat residents, 20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Playlist of popular music from across the decades. Three TVs tuned to sports. Occasional live music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Seafood-heavy menu with some Tex-Mex and Creole influences, including crawfish etouffee and grilled fish tacos.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $4–$20, entrées $8–$19. Beer $5.50, wine $6, cocktails $7 –$14, spiked coffees $8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: flip-flops, baseball caps, tank tops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Saturday afternoons for crowds of sun seekers, or after a Nationals game for rowdy sports fans.

  • Close By

    Maine Avenue Fish Market (1100 Maine Avenue SW) sells seafood fresh from the fishing boats.

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