We’re so, SO spoiled here in DC! The food scene’s second to none, and even though I’ve been eating like it’s my job (literally), I still have a LONG list of places I need to go. It seems like an exciting new spot’s opening every week, and I’m here for it all.
I’ve been sharing guide reels on instagram – less now than before – but I did one on date night a while back. I thought I’d already written a guide on it here, but apparently not so here we are. For today’s post, we’re gonna discuss 10 of the best date night spots in DC!
Anytime anyone asks me for recommendations, Lutece is always mentioned! This intimate spot in Georgetown has some of the best food in the district IMO, and I still can’t get over how affordable their tasting menu is. Join them Wednesday through Sunday for a fab 4-course meal that’ll high key blow you away. It’s $65 per person, but a la carte dining’s also available…but definitely treat your date to chef’s table because it’s truly phenomenal.
2. Reveler’s Hour
If you’re craving delicious pasta with some serious ambiance, you gotta get to Reveler’s Hour. Of course their sister restaurant, Tail Up Goat, is right around the corner so that’s an option as well, but what can I say? I have a soft spot for this gem. Get whatever noodz you fancy, just make sure you start with their garlic knots…and get two if you and your date don’t want to argue over bread.
3. No Goodbyes
The vibe oh so sexy, and the food’s killer. I reviewed my latest dinner here in depth if you’re interested – click for deets! TLDR: get their charred cabbage, bibb salad, hush doggies (OMG), fried chicken, cornbread (OMG again) and end your meal on a sweet note with an order of their almost-too-gorg-to-eat pavlova. It’s like edible art, for real!
4. La Jambe
I’m such a huge fan of La Jambe. This gem in Shaw is seriously so underrated! I feel like everyone’s more familiar with their location in Union Market, but this restaurant’s 200% worth a visit. Chef D’Angelo makes magic here on the regular, and everything I’ve had’s been nothing short of amazing. Expect to enjoy uber creative dishes that will leave you happy and full. And don’t skip on the wine…or cheese.
If you haven’t been to Chef Matt Baker’s newest venture, you need to reserve your table ASAP. Located inside the stunning Eaton hotel, their team be out here slinging upscale New American favorites with “a French accent and international flair.” The BBQ carrots are a must, along with their chilled lobster “roll” salad and pork crepinette. Just make sure you save room for dessert because their bread pudding will literally make you cry tears of joy.
6. The Dabney
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning The Dabney! I feel like this spot’s DC’s OG farm-to-table restaurant, and the food is insanely good. Love the vibe for date night as well, whether you join them in their dining room or grab a seat at the bar for a la carte dining. Their tasting menu’s priced at $95/per person, and it’s very much worth the splurge.
7. Bistro Cacao
This restaurant has one of the prettiest interiors in DC, no cap. The upstairs dining room is romantic AF so if you’re looking to impress, definitely make sure to secure a reservation here stat. They’ve been around for 10+ years so you know they’re legit! They’re open for brunch, lunch and dinner so definitely make sure to stop by for some tasty French food.
8. Iron Gate
Now that the weather’s getting nicer, Iron Gate’s patio is a must. The space itself is stunning, and it’s a fantastic spot for date night! The menu’s inspired by chef Chittum’s travels through Greece and Italy, and he works closely with local farmers and suppliers in the area to keep things fresh and seaonsal. In addition to great food, they have a wonderful wine list with over 30+ selections + craft cocktails.
9. Fancy Radish
I’m including Fancy Radish for two reasons; one, it’s a vegan option, and two, the food there’s absolutely amazing. To be honest, I held off on going because I’m not vegan, and I didn’t think it would be as good as it was. Let me tell you, I was straight up pissed I waited so long.
It’s dark and moody inside, which I think is great for an intimate night out. Must tries include their rutabaga fondue, Peruvian potatoes and their spicy dan dan noodles. They also have a happy hour for those of you interested, but I highly recommend joining them for dinner.
And last but not least, L’ardente. I went fairly recently, and I’m low key obsessed. now I was a big fan of their pasta (especially their pappardalle) so I’m excited to go back and try more of their menu.
I also thought the interior was strikingly beautiful, and the ambiance was nice so I think it’d be a great place to go for date night, especially if it’s later in the evening. They have huge floor to ceiling windows so it’s flooded with light during the day. Their cocktails are great too so be ready to dine and imbibe like a boss!
Alright Nomsters, I hope you enjoyed my latest post regarding 10 must try date spots in DC. Let me know what you thought by leaving a comment below, and make sure to check out this tab for more on delish eats in the district. Robby and I update the blog daily so there’s always something new to read – check back soon for more. Until next time, friends!