Elevated Food & Fun at Silk Lounge

Samuel Beraki is the owner of Shaw’s Silk Lounge. Photo: Alexander M. Padro, Courtesy Shaw Main Streets

No matter the day of the week, there is always something new and exciting at Silk Lounge (1503 Ninth St. NW). The sleek, modern restaurant and bar has something for everyone, and the vibrant live music will have you dancing all night long.

Owner Samuel Beraki has been a part of Shaw’s nightlife scene since he bought Queen of Sheba Restaurant in 2017. After closing during the COVID-19 pandemic and a complete renovation, inside and out, he reopened as Silk Lounge. While maintaining some Ethiopian influences from his earlier restaurant, he collaborated with chef Morgan James to craft a menu of American and East African specialties.

Typical bar-fare wings, fries and burgers are accompanied by more elevated dishes like pan-seared branzino, lambchops, fish tacos and Silk’s specialty, oxtail eggrolls. The menu also features a variety of vegan and vegetarian options.

In addition to fine dining, the space features specialty cocktails and music. Live DJ sets create a fun vibe with different selections of R&B, rock and Afrobeats every night of the week. The atmosphere is different every night, Beraki explained, but the bar tends to attract a “more mature crowd.”

Whether you seek a night on the town or a gourmet meal, the lounge has it all covered. The “cozy and warm” restaurant and bar create an inviting atmosphere for everyone to dine, drink and dance. “Anybody that comes in, I guarantee 100%, they’ll come back,” Beraki assured.

Silk Lounge is open Saturday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Visit www.silkloungedc.com for more information.

Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at sarahp@hillrag.com