The capital of the United States, Washington, D.C., has plenty of romantic places to dine. Many of them have European menus, soft lighting or candles and low music, all of which suggest a date night. But there is a great diversity of date restaurants in the city, and not all of them are formal or traditional.
The Obamas have been spotted out on date night at this dressy, black-and-white decorated restaurant. Chef Todd Gray combines local, mid-Atlantic ingredients with classical Italian techniques to create the unique menu here. Specialties include Cider Brined Rib Rack of Karabuta Pork with Lentil Ragout, Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, and Potato Crusted Montauk Diver Scallops. Equinox Restaurant 818 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20006 202-331-8118 equinoxrestaurant.com
Art and Soul Restaurant
The chef here, Art Smith, used to be Oprah Winfrey's private chef. Now he cooks American food, much of it Southern in inspiration, for a date crowd at this casual restaurant. Specialties include Hoecakes with House-Cured Salmon and Caviar, and Rockfish Jambalaya with Charred Tomato Sauce. There is also a long list of wines. Art and Soul Restaurant 415 New Jersey Avenue NW Washington, DC 20001 202-393-7777 artandsouldc.com
This restaurant often surfaces on lists of the capital's best restaurants. The restaurant is spacious and relaxed, but the menu is exceedingly serious. The chef gets many of his ingredients locally, and cooks dishes like Greek-style meze items (small, flavorful dishes), pasta and fish. The most popular approach here is to try the tasting menu, with numerous courses. Komi 1509 17th st. NW Washington, DC 20036 202-332-9200 komirestaurant.com
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