Dauphine's

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design - Hospitality: Bar and Restaurant
  • Company/Firm
    GrizForm Design Architects
  • Lead Designer
    Griz Dwight AIA LEED AP
  • Design Team
    Natalia Sicilia
  • Architect
    GrizForm Design Architects
  • Interior Designer
    GrizForm Design Architects
  • Const. Company
    W&M Construction
  • Photo Credit
    Kristopher Illich
  • Location
    Washington D.C.
  • Project Date
    May 2021

Dauphine’s is a New Orleans-inspired eatery that exudes the essence, grit, and magic of The Big Easy, infused with the spirit of The Capital City. The restaurant’s interiors embrace classic French and Spanish design elements including custom oak parquet flooring, walnut millwork, mosaics, marble, tile, and hand-cast wrought iron.

Inside, several pendant-lit tables and banquettes fill the opening dining room, where the eatery’s custom raw bar and wood charcuterie case are on full display. Warm wood tones and soft whites, expertly blended with metal, leather, and biophilic elements, define the color palette. The highly-detailed back bar features warm glow lighting, a detailed metal screen, and a marble bartop. Wood cabinetry houses the vintage glassware. Past the kitchen, a staircase leads to the private dining room on the mezzanine level decorated in moody black and gold paint, and embossed crocodile skin.

The outdoor space features its own bar built using wrought iron, laser-cut metal panels. A tile-clad fountain creates a peaceful moment at the end of the bar. The French-style pavilion envelops the centered, two-level bar, extending a tribute to New Orlean’s famed courtyards.