The Most Romantic Restaurants in Washington DC

The nation's capital is home to some of the world's leading diplomats, as well as an amazing combination of flavors. Sitting inside historic landmarks are restaurants serving up D.C. classics like a cool mint julep or Senate bean soup along with a wealth of evolution in cuisine that comes from world travelers always looking for something new. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. With everything from the simple elegance of New American to ethnic offerings like a Mediterranean bison tartare, the food is as global as the population. Follow the lead of neighborhood experts for a night on the town at some of the most romantic restaurants in Washington D.C.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:La Chaumiere, Floriana, Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 809 15th Street NW
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Italian, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Downtown
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

La Chaumiere

$$$$·French·
Georgetown
3,706 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

The ambiance is the first element of any romantic evening, and La Chaumiere offers a step back in time to a cozy French inn. Exposed beams, a wall of pictures, a wood-burning fireplace, and white line...

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French in Washington, D.C. Area

Floriana

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
3,130 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

Floriana offers one of the best romantic restaurant experiences in Washington, D.C. The soft lighting and homey vibe combine for an intimate meal that seems designed for flirtation. The menu continues...

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Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 809 15th Street NW

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,981 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic

The classic American grill gets a makeover at Bobby Vans Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. With two locations — one on NY Avenue and one on 15th Street — you can't go wrong with either for a special date...

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Steakhouse in District of Columbia

O-Ku - DC

$$$$·Sushi·
Washington
938 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

True to their warehouse district roots, O-Ku Sushi uses exposed brick, a darker color palette, and metal to decorate. The ambiance is intimate and personal, with sushi chefs at eye level at the expans...

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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Washington DC

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
6,954 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date

Say goodbye to the laid-back Joes in Florida and hello to the upscale and elegant atmosphere at Joes Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab in DC. This refurbished former bank building features lots of mar...

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Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
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Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
2,076 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic

Book a patio table at Iron Gate for a one-of-a-kind romantic experience. Surrounded by wisteria trees and fairy lights, the outdoor dining area is a magical oasis tucked away from the busy sights of D...

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Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
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Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,336 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

With a decor designed by award-winning Thomas Pheasant, Matisse Restaurant offers a simple, yet elegant dining room. Exceptional service sets off the ambiance, and you'll enjoy attentive wait staff th...

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Le Chat Noir

$$$$·French·
Friendship Heights
2,109 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

The D.C. re-imagining of Le Chat Noir brings all of the art nouveau style of the original to this New World location. The cafe look of the front matches the casual, bohemian atmosphere inside, but the...

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Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,293 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Quiet Conversation

Located in the historic Hay-Adams Hotel, the Lafayette is a fine dining restaurant like no other. Crystal chandeliers and dark woods decorate the dining room and give it a traditional feel. Dress up f...

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BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,194 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

The ocean-inspired decor in BlackSalt matches the menu and creates an upbeat and fun dining room. Romance in this Washington, D.C. restaurant starts with excellent and unobtrusive service and continue...

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Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
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Siroc Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,152 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem

Dark wood and soft lighting create a room that is ripe for romance in the dining room of Siroc Restaurant. This D.C. eatery serves a delicious blend of Mediterranean and Italian flavors for a meal tha...

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Best Service in District of Columbia
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Plume at The Jefferson, DC

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,396 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

For a romantic evening, a reservation at D.C.'s Plume is a solid choice. The historical details, embossed ceilings, subdued landscapes, and gray linens all create an ambiance of elegance. The cuisine ...

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Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
3,224 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

Enjoy a new take on an American classic with a reservation for two at Charlie Palmer Steak. This traditional steakhouse switches things up with a brightly lit interior and floor-to-ceiling windows. Se...

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Steakhouse in District of Columbia