There comes a time when you’ll want to take that special someone out for dinner at one of the best fine dining restaurants in Washington, D.C. Perhaps you want to make a good impression on a first date, propose to the love of your life or celebrate a milestone anniversary with the person you love.
This list compiles some of the best restaurants in D.C. and will hopefully help you narrow down your choices. Just decide what kind of food and ambiance you’re in the mood for and make a reservation.
2985 District Avenue, Suite 120
Fairfax, VA 22031
If you’re craving seafood and want to be wowed, head to Brine in Fairfax. A raw bar, wood-fired grill and rotisserie are sure to please. Diners can watch as chefs prepare dishes in the open kitchen and the shuckers plate oysters at the raw bar. Although Brine specializes in seafood and oysters, in particular, the menu includes its fair share of farm-to-table options.
Four Seasons Hotel
800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
Located in the Four Seasons Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, Bourbon Steak is a contemporary steakhouse that won’t disappoint. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are the stars of this restaurant. Your meal is perfectly complemented by their selection of classic steakhouse sides like creamed spinach and Yukon gold potato purée. You’ll also want to pair your meal with a glass of wine or a handcrafted cocktail made by their expert bartenders.
3. Co Co. Sala
929 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Nothing says romance like chocolate. This chocolate-centric restaurant is perfect for anyone wanting to please and impress their sweetheart with sweet and savory dishes that offer new, inventive ways to enjoy chocolate.
Though many of Co Co. Sala’s dishes contain chocolate, many don’t. Menu items like tuna tartare, striped bass and asparagus risotto offer a bit more savoriness. If you’re in the mood for chocolate, try the peppercorn and cocoa nib crusted steak au poivre or the beef sliders with Co Co. mole sauce. It should also go without saying that their dessert menu does not disappoint.
601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
No list of romantic restaurants in Washington, D.C. is complete without an Italian offering. At Fiola on Pennsylvania Avenue, you can always expect something new and different, as their seasonal menu changes daily. Wine goes perfectly with an Italian dinner, so be sure to let you waiter or waitress assist you in choosing the perfect wine for your meal.
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
This elegant French-Belgian restaurant offers a dining experience unlike anything you’ve ever encountered. Marcel’s exquisite, intimate ambiance makes it ideal for a quiet date night. The restaurant’s prix fixe menu changes daily, and guests can choose from a four- to seven-course meal. Treat yourself to Marcel’s caviar service. It is date night, after all.
This is just a small selection of some of the fine dining restaurants in and around Washington, D.C. Any one of these impressive restaurants is sure to leave you with an experience you’ll be thinking about for weeks to come.
*Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in September 2015 and has since been updated to reflect the most accurate information.