Washington, DC is home to an eclectic and classy roster of romantic restaurants to choose from this Valentine’s Day. From our onsite Mediterranean grill to the dining rooms of celebrity chefs and discerning foodies, these are the most romantic restaurants in DC.
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The romance at St. Greg Kitchen & Bar—The St. Gregory Hotel’s onsite restaurant—extends from design highlights like an emerald banquette and marble bar all the way to the sumptuous Mediterranean dishes. Small plates like bacon wrapped dates and veal-ricotta meatballs are perfect for sharing with your date.
St. Greg Kitchen & Bar. St. Gregory Hotel
This upscale French-Belgian restaurant impresses with fixed-price three-course meals from the mind of celebrity chef Robert Wiedmaier. These expansive meals feature impressive dishes like tempura of soft shell crab, salmon with coriander, and chocolate cremeux.
Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier. 2401 Pennsylvania Ave.
This luxurious American restaurant is set in a renovated Federal house with six dining rooms, each fashioned with antiques, period equestrian and historical prints, and Limoges china. The romance carries on through to the seasonal menu which sees upscale creations like Nantucket Bay scallop crudo, and butter-poached lobster.
1789 Restaurant. 1226 36th. NW
Tall ceilings, white-brick walls and a cozy fireplace all add up to make Iron Gate one of the nicest dining rooms in our neighborhood of Dupont Circle. The seasonal menus here are comprised of Mediterranean-inspired, Mezze-driven dishes created on a wood-burning hearth and rotisserie.
Iron Gate. 1734 N St. NW
The brainchild of celebrity chef Hamilton Johnson, Honeysuckle is a standout on the list of the most romantic restaurants in DC. The dining room is dim-lit with tattoo-art-inspired murals, and the Nordic-Southern-inspired menu features dishes like veal hangar steak, and skillet roasted scallops.
Honeysuckle. 1990 M St. NW
This new restaurant in Dupont Circle is a trending lounge and wine bar with an exceptional selection of house-made pizzas. Those looking for new and romantic restaurants in DC should visit this dim lit, modern space near The St. Gregory Hotel.
Nero. 1323 Connecticut Ave.
With its clean and modern dining room, Obelisk is an attractive restaurant in Dupont Cirlce that serves simply superb Italian cuisine. Since the late 80’s this has been the neighborhood’s go-to spot for five-course tasting menu dinners that will make any date night unforgettable.
Obelisk. 2029 P St. NW
Komi is a fancy American-Mediterranean restaurant that also impresses neighborhood diners with its fixed-price tasting menu dinners. Set in a historic Dupont Circle townhouse, Komi’s dinners change regularly, each featuring twelve or so dishes paired with selections from an Old World wine menu.
Komi. 1509 17th St.
Those of you who are looking for a classically romantic Italian restaurant should check out Georgetown’s Filomena Ristorante. The dim-lit dining room, an expansive wine list, and dishes like arancini, and linguine cardinale all add up to make this a dynamite date destination.
Filomena Ristorante. 1063 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Another upscale, romantic restaurant in Dupont Circle, Giovanni’s Trattu is an intimate Italian eatery and event space. This is a spacious and simple dining room where you can find a number of seafood-based Italian staples.
Giovanni’s Trattu. 1823 Jefferson Place NW