As the capital of the United States, Washington is a busy city at all times of the year. Everyone knows that it’s a hub for government and a home to American neoclassical architecture, but it’s also a home for fine dining restaurants and casual food chains. To aid construction projects for these kinds of establishments, this list compiles the top contractors that operate in the area. The criteria we used to rank each firm include construction quality, business history, each company’s body of work, accreditations, certifications, feedback of clientele, and accolades received, with a strong focus on the prestige, relevance, and date of each award. Most of the companies that serve the city are, not surprisingly, based in Maryland and Virginia.
14) Commercial Interior Contracting Inc.
Website | 703-360-1350 | 4942-B Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304
Remodeling is the cornerstone of Commercial Interior Contracting Inc., a Virginia-based firm that serves Washington, Fairfax, and Alexandria. Its network of clients is in the retail and warehouse project sectors. The company’s reputation and dependable construction methods guarantee that each building process will be smooth-sailing from start to finish.
The firm strictly adheres to the agreed-upon construction timeframe and the set project budget, ensuring that no surprise fees will be charged to home and business owners. Its transparency has been repeatedly noted by clients in their feedback. Word of mouth also had a positive effect on the company’s business, as 50% of its clients are referrals from satisfied customers.
13) Bruno Clay Management
Website | 703-581-6111 | 440 Maple Avenue East, 2nd Floor, Vienna, VA 22180
Placing priorities on integrity and efficiency has worked well for Bruno Clay Management’s business. The firm takes pride in building a team committed to its core mission: handling pre-construction, construction management, and everything in between for the client’s satisfaction. The enterprise delivers in the multi-family, religious, and retail sectors, and it also works on residential land development and single-family homes.
With over 50 years of combined experience, Bruno Clay’s talented craftspeople handle everything from a thousand square feet to more than a hundred thousand square feet. Featured below you’ll find the Montmartre Restaurant, a French restaurant project that took four months to complete, receiving upgraded bathrooms and various custom additions.
12) Infinity Building Services
Website | 410-255-9040 | 4901 Tesla Drive, Suite C, Bowie, MD 20715
Endless positive feedback praises Infinity Building Services for its quality of work. Demonstrating great client collaboration and construction management, the commercial general contractor is a well-rounded business fit for any restaurant project. The company credits its flourishing operations to the firm’s proactive approach towards every building. The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW)-accredited firm operates in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.
The featured project is the RPM Italian Restaurant, a 13,488 square feet project located in Washington. The firm’s expertise in constructing luxury, fine dining establishments are evident from its portfolio and former client list. Among the company’s clients are Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, and The Brown Bag Restaurant.
11) Trinity Group Construction
Website | 703-707-0300 | 13849 Park Center Road, Suite A, Herndon, VA 20171
Trinity Group Construction is one of the premier construction businesses in the DC Metro Area. Handling unexpected factors and smoothing issues over in every project has become a staple for the firm. The commercial contracting company has completed projects both medium and massive in scope. Different sectors worked on by the firm include, but are not limited to, retail, healthcare, multi-family, and fitness markets.
In 2017, the firm was included on Washington Business Journal’s Top 25 Interior Construction Firms list for the Washington, DC. Metro Region. The accolade came thanks in part to the talented roster of accomplished builders that make up the firm’s team. The restaurant pictured is Clyde’s Restaurant Group, a 30,000 square foot establishment that has five seating areas, three bars, and six private dining rooms. It was completed by Trinity Group with Rust Orling Architecture handling the architectural duties.
10) Encore Construction, Inc.
Website | 410-573-5050 | 2014 Renard Court Suite J, Annapolis, MD 21401.
With a strong emphasis on excellent customer service and delivering quality results, Encore Construction rightfully deserves a standing ovation for its construction prowess. The company has been deemed a trustworthy choice when it comes to restaurant building and renovations. Its industry reputation has been generally positive with clients applauding the firm’s seamless client coordination and long term dependability.
The Retail Contractors Association (RCA) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) member has completed both fine dining and casual dining establishments. Finished projects completed by Encore include Think Food Group’s Beefsteak, America Eats Concepts, Zoës Kitchen, IHOP and Mellow Mushroom. Encore Construction serves Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
9) Tech 24 Construction
Website | 866-303-8907 | 5256 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304
Since it was established in 1998, Tech 24 Construction has become one of the leading firms in the DC region when it comes to restaurant building and remodeling. The multipronged business model of Tech 24 has resulted in landing large chain clients like Starbucks, Le Pain Quotidien, and Noodles & Company as well as building for local celebrity chefs like Robert Wiedmaier, Victor Albisu and Mike Cordero. Tech 24 Construction thrives on challenging projects ranging from a 15,000SF Distillery, high end restaurants, and quick turn over remodels.
Tech 24 Constructions commitment to exceeding client expectations remains one of the driving forces of the firm. The enterprise is guaranteed to deliver outstanding results no matter the project sector. The firm recently completed the much anticipated Roy Boys – Shaw and Roy Boys – Navy Yard in Washington DC. The commercial contracting company also offers distillery/brewery, multi-family, school, industrial, and office construction services.
8) McCullough Construction
Website | 202-237-2415 | 5513 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20015
As a company committed to historic renovation, the customer-focused McCullough Construction holds itself to a specific standard due to the nature of its work. The two-decade-old firm always has to be on their game in order to properly restore classic structures to their former glory. The company only accepts a handful of projects at a time in order to dedicate time and focus on its construction projects.
The services offered by McCullough include multifamily construction, historic restoration and renovation, and foundation and structural repair. Washington Business Journal has deemed the firm’s brand synonymous with luxury condominiums due to its work on Georgetown homes. Its expertise also extends to restaurant building, with completed projects ranging from dining establishments to coffee shops.
7) Herman/Stewart Construction
Website | 301-731-5555 | 4550 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706
The thirty-year-old firm Herman/Stewart Construction has a stellar reputation within the industry. Outstanding customer service is provided by the team’s staff, and they consistently reach construction goals within the allocated time and budget. The firm’s workmanship and project value are also noteworthy. Herman/Stewart’s long-reaching network of suppliers and subcontractors has elevated the business into a recognized player among Washington’s best contractors.
Accolades in the Herman/Stewart’s resume include a Real Estate Trends Award from Urban Land Institute (ULI) in 2018 and a Historic Preservation Award from the District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation in 2017. Projects in different markets fill the firm’s portfolio including construction in the hotel, retail, and shopping markets. Senior living and residential construction are also a major part of the company’s services.
6) Eichberg Construction
Website | 301-330-0332 | 1390 Piccard Drive, Suite 320, Rockville, MD 20850
Multi-generational business Eichberg Construction was established in 1974 and to date, the firm has completed millions of square feet of commercial construction. The business attributes its longevity to its consistent construction quality and an unparalleled drive to push the firm forward. Sectors the firm services include retail stores, automotive dealerships, community centers, and churches. The company also takes pride in the 1,900 construction projects it completed over its four decades of existence.
The company has received recognition from The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Maryland Chapter Excellence in Design Awards and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Maryland/DC Award of Excellence. The featured project is the Rustico restaurant, a dining establishment project by Eichberg Construction.
5) R.W. Murray Co.
Website | 703-334-2100 | 10440 Balls Ford Road, Suite 100, Manassas, VA 20109
“Always do right.” This Mark Twain quote also serves as the motto of the RW Murray construction’s operations. The mantra is one that it applies to every aspect of its business from brainstorming ideas with clients to the transparency of the building process. Murray strives to bring each customer’s creative visions to life, a goal it succeeds in achieving through its work quality and brand reputation. The company’s list of services includes pre-construction, design-build, and general contracting for the Washington Metropolitan area.
As an ABC-accredited firm, RW Murray is certified by the association’s Accredited Quality Contractors (ACQ) standard and its Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP). ABC and ABC’s Metropolitan Washington and Virginia Chapters have recognized the company’s exemplary handiwork and awarded the firm a Platinum Award in 2018 and an Excellence in Construction Award in 2017, respectively.
4) ITEK Construction and Consulting Inc.
Website | 703-261-6663 | 627 Carlisle Dr, Herndon, VA 20170
Founded in 1994, ITEK Construction and Consulting is a business established around full-service construction in the restaurant sector. It also works on daycares and educational establishments. The firm has built a solid reputation through the years built on the foundation of its work quality and enduring client partnerships. Testimonials by former clients have commended the team’s sublime construction service and smooth organization.
Over the years, ITEK’s enduring construction has resulted in numerous accreditations and certifications. Associations that have accredited the firm include the RAMW, ABC, NAIOP, and The American Institute of Architects (AIA). International chains that have worked with the firm include McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Arby’s, and IHOP.
3) Potomac Construction Services
Website | 301-760-7141 | 4927 Auburn Avenue, Suite 300 Bethesda, MD 20814
Founded on the cornerstones of collaboration, transparency, and shared goals, Potomac Construction Services has expanded into a construction stalwart in the DMV area. Its primary work revolves around restaurant projects and hotel redevelopment. The full-service construction enterprise has amassed over ten years of experience in the field, producing a tremendous portfolio thanks to masterful builders and great working relationships with elite industry specialists.
Its unconventional style has been a strength of the firm which was recognized by Restaurant Development and Design Awards in 2017, awarding the firm with the Outside the Box Award for &pizza Restaurant’s design. The firm has also received an Honor Award in 2018 from the Premiere Design Awards for its work on the District Winery resto-bar. Publications that have showcased Potomac’s projects include Hill Rag Magazine, Architect Magazine, and Retrofit Magazine.
2) Hospitality Construction Services Inc.
Website | 240-425-3038 | 840 Lake Varuna Mews, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
The powerhouse firm Hospitality Construction Services has built a strong name for itself in the Washington DC Metropolitan area and continues to lead the industry in building projects under budget and on time while delivering quality craftsmanship that produces Michelin-star, Bib Gourmand, and Micheline Plate restaurants. The company’s attention to customer needs and creative solutions has also helped solidify its reputation for achieving unbelievable outcomes in the restaurant and hospitality industry. More than a decade of commercial building in the DC area has stacked HCS’ portfolio with casual and luxury dining restaurants, such as Tail Up Goat, The Dabney, Call Your Mother Deli, and Timber Pizza Company.
Publications that have featured the company include The Washington Post, Eater DC Online, Popville Online, The Washingtonian, and Lehigh Valley Good Taste. The featured project is Chloe, an open-kitchen, Lebanese-inspired restaurant located in D.C.’s The Yards / Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Hospitality Construction Services served up inventive ways to minimize the impact of elaborate mechanics needed in the restaurant while highlighting existing architecture. This accomplishment was named a Bib Gourmand restaurant for 2019.
1) rand* Construction
Website | 703-553-5511 | 1029 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
One of WMV’s premier restaurant firms, rand* Construction’s approach to handling projects and customer collaborations from the planning period up until post-building stages has earned it a place among the best statewide restaurant contractors. The firm’s unmatched handling of its design-build operations has filled its portfolio with multi-million dollar projects. The woman-owned enterprise keeps a finger on the pulse of the industry, constantly evolving to keep up with construction trends and upgrade its techniques for the betterment of every project.
Over the years, several award-granting bodies have recognized rand*’s impeccable work, including Washington Building Congress’ (WBC) Annual Craftsmanship Awards, NAIOP Excellence in Construction Awards, and ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards. Green building is also a major component of the company’s operations, even earning a Project of the Year honor from the US Green Building Council.