Romantic Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

There are plenty of romantic dining spots in D.C.There are plenty of romantic dining spots in D.C.

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.

Equinox Restaurant

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


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



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.


1509 17th st. NW

Washington, DC 20036


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Rebecca Jenkins has contributed to newspapers and blogs since 2004. She has written for numerous publications, including her college newspaper and the "San Francisco Chronicle." Her work has also appeared on various websites. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Dublin and has done master's work in political science.

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