Steakhouse Slated to Open Early Summer in former Acqua Al 2

Harvest Tide a ‘True Steakhouse’ Experience

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Chef Danio Somoza speaks with patrons at Harvest Tide's anchor restaurant. Courtesy: Coastline Restaurant Group

A new steakhouse is coming to the Hill.

Harvest Tide Capitol Hill is slated to open in early summer at 212 Seventh St. SE, the site formerly occupied by Acqua Al 2.

The new steak restaurant is the brain child of Co-owner and Executive Chef Danio Somoza. Prior to Harvest Tide, Somoza created several premier restaurant concepts in Bethany beach while building his culinary skills.

Described as the creative behind the concepts and the cuisine, Somoza designs everything from meals and menus to interiors. Marketing and business operations are in the hands of his brother, Enrique Somoza.

The Somoza brothers are still in the first half of their thirties —Danio is 36 and his brother 18 months younger— but their Coastline Restaurant Group will count four restaurants in their line up when the Hill location opens in late June or early July.

It will be the third Harvest Tide Steakhouse. The original opened in Lewes DE (410 E Savannah Rd.) in 2019. Another location is in the works for Bethany Beach (98 Garfield Parkway, 2nd Floor).  Coastline also owns Mexican restaurant Zoca (98 Garfield Pkwy), where Somoza adds his own twist to authentic Mexican cuisine.

Neighborhood rumor pegged the business moving in on Capitol Hill as a Mexican restaurant. It was a possibility, acknowledged Coastline Director of Operations Donna Serafini, “but when we walked into this location we knew immediately it would be a Harvest Tide,” Serafini said.

It was time to expand outside of Delaware, Serafini added. One of the Somoza brothers had lived near the area for years, loved it and was excited to come back.

Harvest Tide Capitol Hill will take over both floors of the Seventh Street building, with capacity for 150 diners indoors and 20 on the patio. Serafini said that the Capitol Hill menu will bear many similarities to the Delaware restaurants, with dry-aged prime steaks, freshly sourced seafood and local produce. Danio Somoza brings a different vision to the Capitol Hill location, however. Serafini said he is planning to install a pizza oven to serve artisanal pizzas.

It is a family-run business, with both Somoza brothers pitching in, she added. The two immigrants from El Salvador built their business up through dedication and hard work, Serafini said, even as they raise young children themselves.

So perhaps its not a surprise that Harvest Tide will offer a kids menu that includes Mac and cheese, butter pasta and meatballs. But while the atmosphere is family-friendly, Serafini emphasizes that it is a true steakhouse with quality ingredients and carefully designed recipes.

“You can enjoy an amazing Delmonico and a beautifully crafted cocktail at the same time as your child enjoys fried shrimp and fries,” she said.

Harvest Tide is about the experience, Searafin said, a place for anniversaries, celebrations and first dates. Couples used to sit for three hours in the restaurant, she said. “We want that,” Serarini said. “We want them to be comfortable, to explore the menu and to walk away with memories that will last a long time.”

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B Alcohol Beverage Committee (ABC) expects to review Harvest Tide’s application for a new license at their June 3 meeting. Check for details at www.anc6b.org

Follow the opening and learn more about Harvest Tide Capitol Hill by visiting their website harvesttidecapitolhill.com or the Facebook Page. Check out the menus for the Delaware locations by visiting https://www.harvesttide.co/