MGM National Harbor bets on two new restaurants

MGM National Harbor has announced two new dining options. Its popular pan-Asian restaurant Ginger has opened a noodle bar and the defunct Fish by José Andrés has become an outpost for Mexican fare.

The 28-seat Noodle Bar by Ginger serves up homestyle noodle soups and appetizers from across Asia; highlights include Hong Kong-Style Wonton Soup, Sichuan Spicy Dumplings, and Sichuan Dan-Dan Noodle with Ground Pork. Guests will also find a selection of cocktails, sake, and wine-by-the-glass. It is located on the casino floor near the entrance from the Conservatory, with service Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m..

“Since opening day, Ginger has continued to be one of the most popular and beloved restaurants at MGM National Harbor,” said Anthony Cieplinski, the resort casino’s executive chef. “Our guests have long had an appetite for more from Ginger, and we’re excited to introduce this new destination serving authentic noodle dishes from its chefs right in the middle of the action.” 

Opening this week, Diablo’s Cantina is bring the flavors of Mexican street food to the banks of the Potomac through its variety of original guacamoles, street tacos and specialty enchiladas. To complement the flavorful bites, guests can choose from a collection of premium tequilas and handcrafted margaritas.  Diablo’s Cantina introductory service is Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

“This food is in my blood. The dishes are recognizable, but the soul we put into making each bite pop makes it unlike any other taco, enchilada or guacamole you’ve ever tasted,” said Alexis Samayoa, Diablo’s Cantina’s executive chef.

Additional information on all of MGM National Harbor’s restaurants is available at

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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