Ingredients of Influence

After composing a home-cooked meal served on his mother's kitchen table, El portal taberna & wines creator and Executive Chef, Kwame Onwuachi, knew this was the makings of the menu he was meant to craft – one that brings his roots to the surface, and celebrates a story generations in the making.

Celebrating his heritage ranging from Nigeria and Jamaica, to West Africa and the Caribbean, to New Orleans and New York, and now immersed in The Wharf of Washington D.C., Chef Kwame finds his culinary impetus in everywhere he's from, everywhere he's been, and the influence of those who know him best.

We invite you to share in the story. To indulge in flavors with substance. And to take a seat at the table. Because this is a place where all are friends and a member of the family.

Welcome to El portal taberna & wines.


Mon - Fri  6:30am – 10:30am
Sat - Sun  6:30am – 11:00am


Mon - Fri  11:30am-2:30pm
Sat - Sun  11:30am-3:00pm


Sun - Thur  5:00pm – 10:30pm
Fri - Sat  5:00pm – 11:00pm


Sun - Thur  12:00pm – 11:00pm
Fri - Sat  12:00pm – 12:00am

Bar Bites Menu

Mon - Sun  12:00pm – 11:00pm

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801 Wharf Street SW
Washington DC, 20024