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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.


Romantic Dinner Dates


Causa & Bar Amazonia

920 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
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.


Michele's

1201 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001
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.

Gravitas

1401 Okie St. NE, Washington, DC 20002
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.

Low Pressure Dinner Dates


Georgetown Butcher

3210 Grace St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Suggesting a butcher as a date night destination might feel strange, but hear me out. Passionate and romantic nights out on the town, soaking up the ambiance of a buzzing dining room are must-have experiences for couples new and old. But, sometimes you just don't have the time. Sometimes you need something a little closer to home.

For couples with jam-packed schedules or those that may not be able to take off and head out to a restaurant for the night, a home-cooked meal is a stellar alternative. Georgetown Butcher specializes in exceptional service and quality cuts of meat. Their butchers have 60+ years of experience helping home cooks and chefs select the very best cut of meat for their needs. Drop in during the day, grab a great cut of meat (they also offer delivery) and plan the romantic candle-lit dinner of your dreams. Plus, you're guaranteed to be home before by 10 PM!

Service Bar

926 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
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.

Paraíso

1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003
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
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!

Fill Your Stomach
(and Your Heart) With These Date Night Restaurants in Washington D.C.

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