Valentine's Day Restaurant Guides

Our Favorite Date Night Restaurants in Washington D.C.

Guide By Cole Bubenik
Washington D.C. is full of date night restaurant options for lovebirds looking for a romantic evening out or casual bites on a first date.
Are you looking for an elevated night out? Something that will impress your special someone? Or, are you looking for something casual and easy to fit into your already busy schedule?

Restaurants featured in this guide run the gamut from world-class tasting menus to cozy cafes and bakeries featuring light and airy pastries. Any of these concepts will make for a passionate night out as you celebrate love, in all its forms.

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Our Favorite Date Night Restaurants Washington D.C.

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2404 Wisconsin Ave NW B, Washington, DC 20007
Date Night Restaurants Washington D.C. - Causa/Bar Amazonia Food
Xiquet, a culinary gem nestled in the heart of Washington DC, offers a delightful fusion of traditional Spanish flavors and contemporary dining elegance. Xiquet invites diners on an exquisite journey through the vibrant and diverse tapestry of Spanish cuisine.The restaurant's intimate ambiance sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience, perfect for romantic evenings.

Led by renowned Chef Danny Lledo, Xiquet boasts a menu that showcases the best of Spanish gastronomy, with each dish thoughtfully crafted to captivate the senses and ignite the palate. From tantalizing tapas to sumptuous paellas, every bite at Xiquet is a culinary revelation, transporting diners to the sun-kissed landscapes of Spain with each exquisite flavor. Whether you're savoring a romantic dinner for two or gathering with friends to indulge in Spanish culinary delights, Xiquet promises an unforgettable dining experience that celebrates the artistry and passion of Spanish cuisine.

Two Nine

3210 Grace St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Date Night Restaurants Washington D.C. - Causa/Bar Amazonia Food
Two Nine offers a sophisticated dining atmosphere infused with contemporary flair. From meticulously crafted dishes to impeccable service, every aspect of the dining experience at Two Nine is designed to delight the senses and create unforgettable memories.

Perfect for a romantic evening, Two Nine promises an unparalleled culinary journey that captures the essence of Washington DC's vibrant dining scene. Experience the artistry of flavors and the warmth of hospitality at Two Nine, where every dish tells a story and every moment is savored.


2622 P St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Date Night Restaurants Washington D.C. - Causa/Bar Amazonia Food
Apéro is a delightful French-inspired bistro located in the heart of Washington DC, offering a charming ambiance and a menu brimming with exquisite flavors. Apéro invites guests to unwind and indulge in a culinary experience that celebrates the rich tapestry of French cuisine. From classic bistro fare to innovative creations, each dish at Apéro is crafted with precision and passion, promising a gastronomic journey that tantalizes the taste buds.

At Apéro, every meal is a celebration of culinary artistry and conviviality. Whether you're savoring a glass of fine wine or relishing a delectable dish, Apéro creates moments of joy and connection that linger long after the meal is over. Join us at Apéro and discover the magic of French hospitality right in the heart of Washington DC.

La Bohéme

2622 P St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Date Night Restaurants Washington D.C. - Causa/Bar Amazonia Food
La Bohème is a cozy and inviting bistro nestled in the heart of Washington DC, offering a warm ambiance and a menu inspired by French and Mediterranean flavors. La Bohème welcomes guests to experience an intimate dining atmosphere where every dish is crafted with care and creativity. From classic French staples to innovative culinary creations, La Bohème's menu showcases the finest ingredients and culinary techniques, promising a dining experience that delights the senses.

Step into La Bohème and embark on a culinary journey that transports you to the charming bistros of Paris and the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean. With its welcoming atmosphere and delectable cuisine, La Bohème invites you to unwind, indulge, and create unforgettable memories with friends and loved ones.

All Day by Kramers

1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Date Night Restaurants Washington D.C. - Causa/Bar Amazonia Food
All Day by Kramer's offers a unique dining experience from morning till night. All Day by Kramer's is more than just a restaurant; it's a gathering place where locals and visitors alike come together to savor delicious food in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

From hearty breakfast options to gourmet sandwiches, salads, and savory entrees, All Day by Kramer's caters to every palate and preference. With its diverse menu crafted from locally sourced ingredients and its commitment to quality and flavor, All Day by Kramer's promises a dining experience that satisfies and delights from sunrise to sunset.


1200 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Date Night Restaurants Washington D.C. - Causa/Bar Amazonia Food
PLANTA Queen offers a unique dining experience in Washington DC, blending innovative plant-based cuisine with contemporary flair. PLANTA Queen is renowned for its creative dishes crafted from the finest plant-based ingredients.

From mouthwatering appetizers to hearty mains and indulgent desserts, PLANTA Queen's menu showcases the versatility and richness of plant-based cuisine. With its stylish and welcoming ambiance, PLANTA Queen is the perfect destination for diners seeking a flavorful and sustainable dining experience.


1201 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Date Night Restaurants Washington D.C. - Causa/Bar Amazonia Food
Michele's offers a delightful culinary adventure in Washington DC. With its charming ambiance and impeccable service, Michele's sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience.

Indulge in a diverse menu featuring exquisite dishes inspired by global flavors and local ingredients. From savory starters to decadent desserts, each dish at Michele's is meticulously crafted to tantalize the taste buds and leave a lasting impression. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply savoring a night out, Michele's promises to deliver an extraordinary dining experience that delights all the senses. Join us at Michele's and embark on a culinary journey that celebrates the art of fine dining.

Causa & Bar Amazonia

920 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
Date Night Restaurants Washington D.C. - Causa/Bar Amazonia Food
A gastronomical vision created by chef Carlos Delgado, Causa and Bar Amazonia is a two-floor experience in Washington D.C. offering a fine-dining love letter to Peru. The Second-floor houses Bar Amazonia, a luscious bar adorned with jungle green plants, plush seating, and small bites. On the first floor you'll find Causa, a six-course tasting menu that takes you on a culinary trip through the natural regions of Peru.

Date night diners will love either of these concepts. For those seeking out a more traditional sit-down dinner, the tasting menu will give you a global showcase of seafood, meats, and produce and leave you feeling full yet craving more. For diners looking for less commitment and more casual conversation, a trip upstairs to their bar will give you light snacks and a beverage menu featuring creative cocktails and beautifully curated wines.


1201 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Date Night Restaurants Washington D.C. - Micheles
Michele's is a date night restaurant primed for romance and loving memory. Named after Michelin-Starred chef Matt Baker's late mother, Michele's is inspired by family connections and the impact they have on cooking, cuisine, and hospitality.

Couples will love this indulgent experience full of classical French techniques paired with multicultural flavors. Whether you're just meeting or have been married for twenty years, you'll find it hard not to fall in love with the rich loving memory imbued in each of chef Baker's dishes.

For a truly next-level culinary journey, couples can also book Lorraine's, a 14-course exploration through dishes, experiences, and memories of his childhood and his years as a young cook.


1401 Okie St. NE, Washington, DC 20002
Date Night Restaurants Washington D.C. - Gravitas
The name Gravitas suggests dignity, authority, and seriousness–all things you'll find at this date night restaurant in Washington D.C. Helmed by chef Matt Baker, Gravitas is dedicated to seasonal cooking and highlighting the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. You'll experience a dining experience brimming with dignity and seriousness as you dine on expertly prepared tasting menus with optional wine pairings.

Gravitas' Chef's Tasting Menu currently offers five courses of thoughtfully prepared dishes like Bay Scallop Crudo served with Green Tea Vinaigrette, Smoked King Salmon accented with a Beet and Celery Salad, or Braised Short Rib served with a Cauliflower-Bonito Purée and sauteed asian greens. This date night restaurant in Washington D.C. is a wonderful choice for foodies looking to explore and expand their palettes.

Service Bar

926 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Date Night Restaurants Washington D.C. - Service Bar
Often, the best date nights are those where you just can't seem to stop talking. You're swapping work horror stories, talking about your favorite childhood memories, or sharing your thoughts on that New Yorker piece everyone can't stop talking about. Service Bar is a great spot for a low-key but highly social date night where conversation comes first, great food comes second.

Known for its famous cocktails and mouth-watering fried chicken, this spot subverts the typical troupes of the quiet and formal cocktail bar, replacing it with a warm and welcoming spot for anyone in the neighborhood. Plan your date for a seasonally rotating cocktail menu alongside a menu of American classics like fried chicken sandwiches, Mac N Cheese, or a Honey Eggplant salad.


1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003
Date Night Restaurants Washington D.C. - Paraiso food
Paraíso offers creative cuisine inspired by the streets and home kitchen of Mexico. Served in an open and airy dining room with close and exquisite attention to plating, you'll love looking at their dishes as much as eating them.

A date night trip to Paraíso is perfected by ordering one of their hearty twists on Mexican classics like their Roasted Chicken y Mole or their Sweet Potato Enchiladas and pairing it with a classic mezcal drink. They offer signature cocktails and margaritas featuring top-shelf Agave and Mezcal, or if double-dating pitchers of cocktails for the table. Whatever your culinary journey is for hte night, you and your date will leave happy and feeling the home-kitchen vibes that make Paraíso special.

Pluma by Bluebird

391 Norse St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Date Night Restaurants Washington D.C. - Pluma by Bluebird Pastries
While a date night can be a proclamation of undying love, it can also be a quiet moment shared between two people very much in love. Pluma, a café concept from the folks behind Washington D.C.'s acclaimed Bluebird Bakery offers a blending of backgrounds, styles, pastries, breads, and sweets sure to delight anyone looking for a place of quiet contemplation.

For an intimate date night, stop by Pluma and grab a rich Cappuccino or expertly prepared Latte and peruse their expansive selection of light and airy pastries like their chocolate or pistachio croissants. Or, make Pluma your first (or final) stop on your culinary tour through the city. Your tastebuds will thank you!

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