Washington DC may be known as a city of politicos, but the city—helped by a buzzy dining scene, a wealth of cultural attractions and gorgeous cityscapes—can also inspire romance. Whether you’re traveling with your significant other, or meet someone on your trip, these are the best spots to take a date in the capital.
Washington, DC is well stocked with a number of the most iconic and breathtaking memorials, buildings and statues in the country. If you want to explore DC on a date, we think the Tidal Basin by the Jefferson Memorial is particularly romantic, with the graceful cherry trees lining the waterside and framing the elegant stone memorial.
This city is stocked with plenty of delicious dishes served in undeniably romantic atmospheres. Check out Le Diplomate for a classic French meal (quintessential romance) served with a glass of Bordeaux. For something a little more fun, you could stop by our favorite cevicheria at Nazca Mochica. For more ideas, check out or list of the most romantic restaurants in town.
Like most bustling modern cities, Washington has an excellent collection of craft cocktail bars that are perfect for date night. Some of our favorite spots to find crafty concoctions include Quarter + Glory, Left Door, and Bar Pilar. For some examples on what to order here, check out our breakdown of the best cocktails in Washington, DC.
One of the best ways to show a date a good time is to take them to something that is fun and unique, and local events are great for this. Check out our events calendar to find out what’s going down in DC during your next local date night.
Why make the romance stop? By staying at St. Gregory, you can continue the date all weekend long. Explore even more of the city, or simply grab a bottle of wine and enjoy the lush comforts of a guest room at the St. Gregory Hotel with your loved one.