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Equinox - DC
Equinox - DC

Equinox - DC Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.equinoxrestaurant.com
  • Email: ellen@equinoxrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (202) 331-8118
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:30pm
    Please note that Equinox will be closed the following Sundays in August: 8/19, 8/26. We will also be closed the first Sunday in September, 9/2.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Todd Gray
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering: Equinox offers catering for all types of events.
  • Private Party Facilities: Equinox can provide an artfully designed and relaxed environment for you to host your next function for parties of 12 or more.
  • Private Party Contact: Ellen Kassoff Gray/Chelsea Zinkgraf (202) 331-8118
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please call Ellen Kassoff Gray or Chelsea Zinkgraf at 202.331.8118 for more details or email us at specialevents@equinoxrestaurant.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: I Street, N.W.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Equinox - DC
Please come join Todd & Ellen Gray and the Equinox staff to delight in some of the seasons best flavors from the mid-atlantic region.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The experience was very mixed. The food was good, but despite a very small crowd that night it took an inordinately long time to be served. The service was odd to say the least, and particularly off-putting was when one of the staff stod at the entrance to the dining room and cracked his neck. Apparenlty the small crowd of diners that night led the staff to adopt a less than professional attitude. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Went to Equinox for the first time for a birthday dinner and it was wonderful. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I had scallops that were cooked perfectly and very fresh tasting. One of the people at the table had whole wheat pappardelle with short rib bolognese that I would love to be able to make it was so good. I have always wanted to go to Equinox and was happy I finally was able to eat there. Would definitely go back for another meal - either lunch or dinner. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "By Washington, D.C. standards, Equinox is a fine restaurant: central location, attentive service, pleasant surroundings, and good food. There is nothing about the evening I recently spent there with friends that I would fault, except a disconnect between the quality of the experience and the eye-popping size of the bill. Not even a perfectly cooked square of salmon--a truly diminutive portion--is worth $30; nor is a pretty but not at all exceptional dinner salad worth $12. I assume the restaurant caters to an after-work, downtown crowd. It's not the sort of place I would go for a romantic evening or a special occasion. At a lower price-point, Equinox would be far more appealing. At its present prices, we don't plan to return. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Service is very attentive but not overbearing - nice not having to ask to have your beverage refilled. Smiling & informative wait staff. Food top notch and presented artfully - making it even more delicious. Asked for table in room overlooking outside since it was such a nice day, but informed tables (at least 6-8 were empty) were reserved. When we left an hour later (this was late lunch time) tables were still empty. Guess I should have 'comped' the hostess - my mistake. Overall a nice place and excellent food."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "KUDOS TO THE CHEF @ EQUINOX THE NIGHT WE DINED THERE (4/12). Although Todd Gray and Ellen were not in house that evening and I do not know who was in the kitchen.the experience was masterful, delicious and dining was certainly romantic and pleasurable. The food presentations that came to table were OUTSTANDING!!! Earlier in the week we had eaten at Komi, had lunches at Palena and Martin's Tavern and dinner @ Estadio..all rated in the 2014 Washingtonian selection of top 25 DC restaurants. Equinox was not mentioned and certainly trumps all of the aforementioned! If I lived in DC this would be where I would become a regular BRAVO!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I grabbed a few quick appetizers at Equinox before heading to a show. The kale and sweet potato soup was simply outstanding. The prosciutto wrapped asparagus was yummy and well-done, but not enough to share. I would return, but not on a night that we are in a hurry. Service was friendly and knowledgeable, yet seemed to be a bit understaffed for a Friday night."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had a table by the glass windows. It was perfect. Our server was amazing. She was personable and interactive but not overbearing. We felt she cared about our dining experience. We had the tasking menu with the wine pairing. Each course was excellent! This was our second time at Equinox and it will not be the last!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We always enjoy our dining experiences at Equinox. They have been doing it right for years."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Expected more from this restaurant Food was ok Service good not great Limes in beverages were dried out. I wouldn't recommend going there"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The five course vegan tasting menu with wine pairing was excellent. The quinoa had a wonderful smokiness and the sunchoke chowder was creamy and delicious. We were stuffed when we left."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I had not dined at Equinox for nearly 6 years when my office was only a couple blocks away. We took out-of-town friends here on a recent Saturday evening and enjoyed delicious food. The kitchen has clearly been very well trained. The front of the house much less so. The staff was unclear on whether the bar tab could be transferred to the main tab. When our guests arrived, the young lady who first greeted us was absent and the person then at the front desk seemed to be unclear about our table. The person taking our menu selections was good, but the staff bring the food had no idea where each dish should be placed. We had to hand plates around the table. This is nearly unforgivable at this price level - luckily the food compensated."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This Equinox should delight more frequently than twice a year. Delicious food, including yummy vegan options, and impeccable service won raves from these diners. The chef's vegan Sunday brunch at the Corcoran deserves praise too."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Prior to arrival, I was not sure that Equinox would still meet their own fine standards. I'm pleased to say, that although there are certainly a few new minor issues, it is still one of the finest restaurants in town. The food was delicious, and the wine and attentiveness excellent (a great recommendation from Byron). Yummy scallops, lamb shank, pasta and salmon (sesame encrusted). Deserts were subtle and on the mark. Definitely worth return visits."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Todd Gray is a name and you know the food will be excellent. But at this price point I want more. There is no blow you away inventiveness. The portions are so small that unless your on a serious diet and are looking for forced portion control this is going to leave you looking for something to eat after the meal: even if you have appetizer entree and dessert. The place is kind of out routinely priced. For a still pricey, but 1/3 less, there are dozens of places in downtown DC to get an fantastic dinner prepared by master chiefs. Try across the street at the redone Bombay club if your in this part of the city and you're looking for a little dining foodie magic."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This is one of the best restaurants I have eaten at in Washington DC. No wonder why the president loves it!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Good food in a nice Quiet restaurant. Perfect if you want to have a conversation."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had an early reservation. Upon our arrival the receptionist told us the staff was on a meeting? I assume they have to do it before the restaurant is opened to the public! The restaurant was literally empty and because of the we had 1 hour we just ordered the Entrees. We had to wait for our waiter who said we had plenty of time. Well, 45 min after we ordered we were finally served. My Striploin was very dry and the waiter blamed the delay on my friend who ordered his Striploin medium well. Very unprofessional and very rude! Not to mention that we had to eat very quickly. There was our first and last time at the Equinox!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I had the best scallops ever here! Two of us had the scallops and the third had the salmon. The salmon dish looked phenomenal and there were no complaints from anyone at the table. I will certainly be back."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The staff was great. We got lost and had to call for directions, they were extremely helpful in getting us there. Even though the menu is not extensive, all the dishes we ordered were great.Crispy Duck Spring rolls were tasty, but Truffle Risotto Fritters melted in the mouth, so delicious. Mint cholcolate chip ice cream, worth the extra calories after that delicious dinner.I would go there again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went there to try out the vegan and vegetarian food. I got the pasta dish and it was ok. I felt like I could make it at home. My husband does eat fish so opted for the fish which he said was very good. The risotto fritters were really good. We had ordered the mac and cheese but they forgot the order, which was ok as we had enough food. The entire meal was slightly ruined by the dessert. they put way too much chili powder in the chocolate syrup for the ice cream. We didn't realize there would be any and basically we were both gasping. It was really not good and not a good way to end the meal. This may have been our fault for not reading the menu well enough - though we both missed it if it was there."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The menu had great meat and vegetarian options. The food was very good and had unique and interesting options. The panacotta dessert was terrific (we split a dessert because the soup and an entree portions were generous and filling) and hit the chocolate lover spot in us."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Food excellent. Service confusing. We started w one waitress then there was a gap with no one showing interest and finally a waiter who ( we believe) tried to make up for the confusion. We ordered gougeres to snack on with our cocktail. They, while very delicious, arrived after we started our salad. And the salad was a very very long time coming."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The hostess was rude & said that they were booked, so I could not get a reservation & would have to eat at the bar. I checked OpenTable & reservations were open for 2 from 7pm until 9pm. So clearly the hostess did not know her own restaurant's schedule. The food was meh! I have had better food at other restaurants that weren't so hyped. Todd Gray might have long ways to go before he can make his red fish less fishy in taste which clearly points to a lack of freshness and the duck breast was nothing out of the ordinary. There were 3 empty tables when we were seated at 8pm, that no one filled until 10pm when we left-yea so much for being "we're so packed" today."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The salad took 15 minutes to arrive; dinner took 25 minutes after the salad was taken away; without being checked on or an apology in-between. Another 15 minutes after our dinner plates were cleared were we offered a dessert menu; and we actually had to grab another server to get our check. Ten minutes passed before Denise came back to pick up the check and then another 10 before we got the check back. There was not an apology or acknowledgement of these long waits, although another waiter working in the area did apologize, that is not acceptable. The only redeeming factor was the lamb shank that I ordered. The salad was bland and my wife's salmon was just okay. We got the pear stuff for dessert and that was also underwhelming."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Food was excellent, as was the service. Will return again!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food at Equinox on Feb. 14 was excellent, but the service was a St. Valentine's Day train wreck. They seated us 30 minutes late, didn't serve us any bread, mixed up our orders, and let 15-20 minutes go by between the time we would be finished with one course and the next course would be served. They didn't bring us an amuse bouche until I noticed another table getting theirs as we were finishing our third course. Over three hours after we entered the restaurant, we left it more than $300 poorer and feeling treated like we had been waited on at Bob and Edith's Diner. The next morning, I got an unsolocited text from "Ellen" asking for my email address so she could send me a note about our service. Still haven't received it 3 days later.."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went on Valentine's Day so there was a prix fixe dinner. The regular menu looks outstanding and it was highly recommended by a friend who is totally a foodie. The options were so unusual, hard decision. I had the salad, which was sooo bland. The cod was so salty. My boyfriend was equally unimpressed. I might give it another try one night to taste the regular menu."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The Valentine's menu with wine pairing was really quite exceptional and showed some real thought and creativity. We normally don't like to be constrained in our choices this way, but this was excellent. Pate and beer pairing...fabulous!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The wait staff experience was one of the worst experiences I have had in my 15 years of living in DC. After waiting over 30 minutes just to order, we waited another 40 minutes to receive our first course. We opted to do the 6 course and wine pairing and sat alone at the table for over 25 minutes without even being checked on. Our waiter was the worst I've ever experienced and in paying over $135 each for a dinner, could not believe we could be treated so poorly. I alerted the host of our issue and she tried to cover as best as she could but honestly it was one of the most ridiculous dining experiences I can recount. Our waiter serving us late and often incorrect dishes and confusing even what wines he should be serving us."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We came to Equinox to celebrate a birthday and enjoyed the food and the service. We were a bit disappointed with the gougeres, which were drier than they should have been, but the bread was delightful and all of us thought our entrees were delicious. No special effort was made to recognize the birthday, although we had noted this on our reservation. Although we enjoyed the dinner, next time we will go back to celebrating at La Chaumiere, which is comparably priced but more of a special occasion feel."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Sometimes it's nice to go out for a meal without completely ruining all of the New Years resolutions to eat healthy and maybe drop a few pounds. The Vegan Tasting Menu at Obelisk is perfect for the health conscious gourmet. Though neither of us in our party of two are Vegans, we very much appreciated the creative menu which scored high marks for flavor and presentation while providing a perfectly nutritious and satisfying dinner. The first course Vegan Chili provided the perfect welcome on a night when temperatures outside hovered near zero. Warm Belgian Endive Salad cleansed the palate and the pasta course was perfectly al dente. The Quinoa entree and the dessert courses were equally delicious, ensuring our return visit. Well done."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I was at Equinox with my colleagues for lunch and had a wonderful experience. Decided to come in with my husband for a romantic dinner. We made an 8:15pm reservation on Opentable and when we arrived we were told that our table would be ready shortly. 20 min later they said the table was being set up.By the time we sat down it was 910pm. A busser came around and brought us water, the server came, gave us menus without any greeting and disappeared. At that time we were already extremely upset. We went to the manager looking for help but he said that the server should have been there. My husband got frustrated and we decided to leave. On our way out the manager neither apologize, or cared that we were leaving, nor offered any solution."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I revisited Equinox during the each leaped out at you. We opted for the wine pairing and it was exquisite. In this most recent experience my companion, like me, is a foodie and a winner of national cooking competitions. He was extremely impressed and delighted with his meal. Our server at both seatings was Denise. I award the highest compliments for her demeanor, knowledge of the menu, and helpfulness. I will be back soon."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I really like the decor of the restaurant. The service was excellent!! The food was very good. I just think they could use a tad bit more seasoning ...it lacks the wow factor but by no means is it bad its very good."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We had a lovely meal, good conversation and satisfying evening with friends."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Great place - I haven't been to the restaurant during it's normal operations (i.e. not during restaurant week) but it was great experience. I started it off with the house cabernet and it was delicious. The three course meal was overall good in general and it was nice to have the chef bring out complimentary tasters moments after we arrived. It's a restaurant by Todd Gray, which I'm sure most foodies know him (I'm not a foodie, so it was first time hearing his name). I recommend it if you're in the area."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Everyone was so friendly and helpful and tried very hard to make it a good dining experience plus the food was great!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We dined during Winter Restaurant Week. Bartender was very nice and explained cocktails. We were seat within a reasonable window of our reservation. Complimentary coat check. Great service, knowlegable waiter but not pushy. He even replaced my coffee because he thought it was too cool. Food was very delicious. Thoughtful menu. Homemade pasta with rabbit confit cooked well and good portion size. Dessert was not as afterthought but just as intentionally created and served. Do not skimp on the experience and skip dessert!."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner in theri private dining section and were well taken care of. Great food and room full of interesting wines."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "went for restaurant week with my husband and another couple. i have no complaints. the restaurant is beautifully designed, the service was wonderful, and everything we ordered was just delicious. will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014