Most Romantic Bars and Restaurants in the District

DC is the ultimate city for a romantic evening. Check out our options below to see the most swoon-worthy spots to take your date to in the District.

Iron Gate

Located in an old carriageway, this intimate, dreamy restaurant features one of DC’s best patios and menus . The Mediterranean selection at this enchanting eatery is full of treats like a duck-and-cipollini rigatoni and a hearty, slow-braised pork ragu served over smoked polenta. The whimsical cocktail list, curated by beverage director Kyle Faile, is full of eccentric, delicious concoctions. Our favorite has to be the tangy vodka-and-rosemary-yogurt Nicolacki, a unique, refreshing twist on a Mediterranean staple.

Le Diplomate

Paris is the city of love, so why not take a trip to The City of LIghts right in the heart of DC? This swanky Logan Circle staple looks (and tastes) like a bistro straight out of St. Germain. Between the green-tiled floor, the Parisian-style awning, and the massive Old Word wine selection, the attention to detail and European flair is unmatched. For a quintessentially French meal, pair the juicy steak frites with a glass of Bordeaux and settle in for an evening to remember.

Nazca Mochica

This two-storey Peruvian cevicheria is a polished newcomer to the DC dining scene. The light-wood-and-dark-leather interior ups the romantic factor, but it’s the innovative, unique cuisine that has people talking.The downstairs bar features a sharing plate menu with more traditional Peruvian dishes like a citrus-infused ceviche stew or a charred, smoky grilled octopus. If you’re looking for something unique, check out the Asian fusion spins like a Peruvian take on ramen. You can’t go wrong with the cocktail menu here, which includes a pisco sour and a spicy jalapeno-cucumber chilcano.

Lupo Verde

All roads really do lead to Rome at this rustic, brick-walled 14th Street Italian haunt, the ideal spot to take your paramour on date. Live out your own Lady-and-the-Tramp bella notte with the restaurant’s extensive housemade pasta menu, featuring dishes like spinach garganelli, rabbit ragu and a black chickpea-and-olive vegetable spaghetti. If you’re a true Italian food devotees, peruse the lengthy cheese and charcuterie menu, which features options like a Calabrian Caciocavallo and wild boar salami.

The Inn at little Washington

If you’re looking for a truly luxurious spot to celebrate a special occasion, head to Virginia’s Inn at Little Washington. The farm-to-table French spot is located in a colonial village and known around DC for its impossibly romantic, opulent decor. Pick from three five-course tasting menus, with vegetarian, “classic”, and seasonal options. Among the restaurant’s best-loved quirks is a cow-shaped cheese cart called Faira that gets wheeled from table to table bearing an array of dairy varieties along with accompaniments like crackers and jam.