Equinox - DC
818 Connecticut Ave
Washington, DC 20006Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
Equinox - DC
- Dining Style: Fine Dining
- Website: http://www.equinoxrestaurant.com/
- Phone: 2023318118
- 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 2023318118
- Special Events: Please call Ellen Kassoff Gray or Chelsea Zinkgraf at 202.331.8118 for more details or email us at email@example.com.
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.Continued
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Equinox - DC reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since May 19, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (94)special occasion (70)romantic (41)neighborhood gem (32)great for outdoor dining (31)great for lunch (31)notable wine list (31)good for groups (14)great for brunch (12)hot spot (8)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (3)Show More
- Great meal with friendsOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/13/2014Had a wonderful meal with old friends. Didn't feel rushed. I had the duck and my wife the NY Strip. Perfectly prepared. Had a very nice Cab. Reasonably priced. Chef Todd Gray stopped by the table and signed a copy of his new cookbook.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Doesn't Stand OutOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/13/2014Equinox was a fine, although nothing particularly stood out. The food sounds interesting and delicious, but in practice is a bit disappointing. Dessert was WAY overpriced for the portion size.
- Nice MealCliftonGalVIPDined on 9/11/2014My husband and I had been wanting to try Equinox. We were pleased with the service and food. I had the Sea Scallop and White Shrimp Agnolotti with Littleneck Clams - which was a bit heavy, but tasty. He had Rabbit which he said was excellent. We split the Truffled Risotto Fritters and Chocolate Torte. Both were also excellent. I would recommend the restaurant and we will plan to go back again. We went on a week night and the atmosphere was nice and not noisy.Special Features:
- A DisappointmentDivaDined on 9/6/2014We looked forward to going to Equinox for such a long time and finally were able to go to this special (and expensive!) restaurant. But when we left, we agreed that it was a "B" experience. The best dish by far, was the escargot appetizer, which is awesome - not made in the traditional fashion, and just mouth watering. The lamb chops and scallops were pretty good but the side dishes very uninteresting. The Jerusalem artichokes were downright bad. The dessert was good but not inspiring. And though our waitress was pleasant, the service staff were in a frenetic pace around the room the whole time, putting one dish after another in front of you without a breather. You felt like they couldn't wait for you to leave. Disappointing.
- Expected moreScottDined on 9/6/2014Maybe we didn't order well, but Equinox didn't live up to expectations. The risotto fritters came with a white sauce that didn't really work. My fish came with "braised artichokes" that were so fibrous that I gave up after the third wad of unchewable mass in my mouth. The scallops were fine. My glass of chardonnay was great, but my partner's reisling was unexpectedly acidic with sour notes. The dessert, an apple feuilletee with cinnamon ice cream, was amazing, but it didn't really redeem the rest of the meal, which was middling overall. I'd thought about going here for years and hadn't. That probably was the right trend to continue.
- A Solid StandardProntomacVIPDined on 9/5/2014EQUINOX and its talented Chef Todd Gray make for a very solid evening of dining. This is a place where it is always good to ask what is fresh in the kitchen, and the result will not be disappointing. They now have a modified Happy Hour with quite a fine variety of well priced small plates and very decent wines. I think Equinox is especially good for seafood and pasta--Chef has a magical touch with pasta!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A place for lunch conversationAJinDCVIPDined on 9/5/2014I was at Equinox for a casual business lunch. So I liked a relatively low noise level that allowed for good conversation. The food was great - good portion and great taste. I had the grilled BBQ Carolina white shrimp. Although there are not many choices on th menu but the restaurant offers a good variety. May try the steak and wine next time. The service was friendly although the server might not have made recommendations, had I not asked first.Special Features:
- Out with FriendsSometimesDined on 8/30/2014The best items we had were the bread and the apple dessert. One person ordered the scallops, which he did enjoy. Two of us ordered the NY Strip, which was average. It didn't melt in your mouth! We expected that. The fourth person ordered the duck which he felt was extremely bland. Portions were small and service was average.
- A bit bummedOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/23/2014Was looking forward to this dinner and ended up totally overwhelmed. Had a great wine and loved the bread, but I ordered the duck and honestly should have sent it back to the kitchen. Totally undercooked and none of the fat was rendered. That aside, the whole dish just had too many disparate items. Duck with chanterell mushrooms - good. Add onion rings on top, garlic croutons, and corn with bell peppers = not so good. Besides the fact that I'm allergic to bell peppers and they weren't listed on the menu as an ingredient in the dish. My boyfriend was similarly disappointed with his cobia dish.
- liked oit very much!!!deson1VIPDined on 8/22/2014i was very pleased with my experience..will definitely returnSpecial Features:
- Try itellieDined on 8/19/2014Every dish was excellent tried 4 different ones. Service excellent dessert very tasty. Wine choices also nice. Ambiance is good. Location off metro.Special Features:
- Good choice for visitingSatisfiedDinerDined on 8/17/2014We were there for Restaurant week and the choices were limited, and the food okay but not outstanding. Service was excelloent and atmosphere very conducive to being able to make conversation.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Across the BoardScubaDined on 8/17/2014I went here for Restaurant Week as I wanted to try a new place. I randomly came across the menu and everything looked interesting. My girlfriend and I decided to start with the Gratin of Mussels and the Shrimp Panzanella. Both were delicious and full of flavor. For the entrees, we selected the Salmon Filet and the Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin. The salmon was cooked perfectly, as was the tenderloin. The bacon outside added to the flavor without dominating the dish. We wrapped up our meal with the Panna Cotta and the Chocolate Torte, both of which were sweet but not overwhelming. To accompany our dishes, we selected the wine pairing option. We were pleased with each choice. I would definitely go back.Special Features:
- Too much seasoningMarelwynneVIPDined on 8/17/2014Out of three choices for the first course I chose the shrimp panzanella salad. While the shrimp panzanella had fresh ingredients the old bay seasoning and smoke flavors overpowered the little salad. My husbands gazpacho was a winner! So fresh and fabulous. Wish I had ordered that choice. My pork entree again had smoke flavors.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Vegan Sunday Brunch a real hit!thankGodforfoodDined on 8/17/2014I'm not vegan, but I love vegetables and wanted to see how the Chef would handle a full brunch spread with no animal products. He did it - it was wonderful - soup through dessert, very filling and you can feel good about eating heartily since everything was healthy, inventively prepared, and very tasty. The staff was so professional and cordial - not the bouncy, over-familiar TGIF style - but old fashioned in their concern that you have everything you need, that you are enjoying the food, and they neither hover over you nor rush you. Best dining experience I've had in a long time!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent VisitmeandherDined on 8/16/2014The service was excellent. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. The food was very good. The lamb was excellent. As a matter of fact my wife and I had an excellent evening celebrating our anniversary. We have been to equinox several times and have found it to be consistently good. I recommend it for any occasion.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 247FoodieDined on 8/13/2014A party of 3 came for dinner during restaurant week. My first time dining at this restaurant. For appetizers, we ordered salad and gazpacho. Both very good. For entrees, we ordered salmon and pork tenderloin. They were both fabulous. The portions for appetizers and entrees were just right. For dessert, we ordered the coconut cake (Vegan). We all thought the cake was average in taste and the portion a tad too small. Service was very good all around though not outstanding. Restaurant has a nice ambiance.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- very disappointingfoodVIPDined on 8/12/2014reviews were very good so we decided to go to Equinox. We were so disappointed. Service was mediocre, you feel you are rushed through your meal to finish your meal leave. Server does not pay attention to your table. Food portions were incredibly small (very unusual for any restaurant to have such small portion for lunch or dinner) and food was not that tasty at all; not all ingredients listed in the menu for a specific dish for example were served. I would not recommend it.
- Mediocre SreviceAlgourmetVIPDined on 8/12/2014I have not been to the restaurant for some time. I was there with two other people for lunch. The food was good but the pleasure was drained by the poor service. It took at least twenty minutes too long before anyone came to take our orders (the restaurant was not too busy). We had to ask for bread and water, were not offered a drink and various waiters came around each time adding to the confusion as no one identified him or herself as our waiter. Service mediocre, indifferent and aloof for a restaurant of this category and price. Waiters need to focus on clients and not on clearing tables and need to be better trained.
- Sadly disappointingLMDCDined on 8/11/2014We had been looking forward to going because it has been an established restaurant in the Washington area. Sadly it did not live up to reputation/expectation. Luckily we had a bargain with restaurant week but that doesn't mean food or service should be lacking. Entree was delivered lukewarm at best with portions being miniscule. Dessert was ok but my friend's was burnt. Service was sad when they left the wrong entrees with us for a few minutes. We were busy gabbing so we didn't touch it but hope they did not serve it to their intended guests. Parking is a crock there. Beware of the valet as the restaurant said one price when validated and the valet said another. We just chalked the whole night to the not to be in the disappointing column.
- Can't wait to returnChefWhoDinesOutVIPDined on 8/11/2014If Equinox performs this well and showcases such spectacular food during Restaurant Week, I can only imagine the experience Ill have with the regular menu. Chef Todd Gray & his wife Ellen run this establishment with grace, humility, & good taste regarding every aspect of the experience. The whitefish salad amuse bouche was heavenly, the wines BTG list is thoughtfully curated, & the attention to detail is impossible to overlook. One of DC's best restaurants.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Gourmet Vegan Brunch!GoVegVIPDined on 8/10/2014Todd Gray changes up the brunch menu every week so it is always a delight to see what new dishes he has created. The fact that the Sunday brunch is 100 percent vegan is fabulous for those who are veggie but is almost beside the point. There is now a "scramble station" in addition to the variety of salads (fruit or green), a soup choice, french toast or similar, savory dishes you will marvel at, and an array of desserts. I will never figure out how they made the faux devilled eggs....Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Under the StarsNeighborDined on 8/8/2014We had a delightful dinner at Equinox on Friday night, sitting on the patio under the stars. The food was delicious -- especially the scallops and the rack of lamb! -- and the atmosphere made it feel like a special evening. Complimenting our dinner was a lovely Syrah, a very nice amuse buche and complimentary truffles after dessert. We'd been to Equinox long ago and it is still worth visiting.Special Features:
- Good service but that's itOpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 8/7/2014Chef Grey must have been off for our visit as the food overall was mediocre except for the desserts. Also, many of the dishes were not served at the correct temperature or were undercooked ex. lamb chops ordered MR served extremely rare. However, our friendly and attentive waiter (Moses) and our quiet corner table made the evening pleasant enough. My wines were decanted and served as requested which we appreciated!
- Interesting vegan tasting menumvindcDined on 8/7/2014The vegan tasting menu is definitely worth trying, the food was expertly prepared and I was very impressed. My partner and I were significantly less impressed with the wine pairings, though. They rarely went well with the course--I'd say only 2 out of 5 pairings went well together, so you're probably better off skipping the suggested wine pairing and just splitting a bottle. The service was very good, and it was a great way to celebrate a special evening.Special Features:
- WineCustomerVIPDined on 8/4/2014Good wine list, but need good California's like BV Tapestry, Hewitt, Sterling Reserve.....Special Features:
- Great ExperienceMartywVIPDined on 8/2/2014Our meals were delicious beyond our expectations. Wonderful presentation! (The couple next to us were taking pictures of each course.) The service was exceptional. Definitely a keeper!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- above and beyondaveryDined on 7/29/2014when the drinks were brought one member said the drink was too sweet and not as expected. the waiter questioned the bar tender and he admitted he was out of one item and substituted another. drinks were comped for the table.Special Features:
- Trouble in paradiseRosyDined on 7/27/2014The food is lovely, but eating here is really difficult. First time our reservation was lost. This time Equinox had our reservation, but emailed us a City Eats service so we could make a reservation there instead. City Eats had different availability than open table. Curious. We tried to use a Travelzoo voucher at the base value (promo value expired), but the owner argued with us, finally gave in but treated us as if we were stealing from her - which we weren't. We called travelzoo and they confirmed our voucher still had the base value. Not coming back, too many other places to eat in DC that graciously accept groupons, travelzoo vouchers, and the like.Special Features:
- A Superb Dining Experience!SouthLAfoodieDined on 7/26/2014We had an incredible dinner experience! We were celebrating the birthday of my childhood best friend, and we could not have asked for more! From the moment we walked in the door, we were made to feel like the restaurant was celebrating right along with us. The amuse bouche was so tasty, our appetizers were scrumptious - above expectation - and the entrees were delicious and cooked perfectly! We couldn't have asked for much more, and then came the dessert… I'm not sure how one dreams of that many ways to cook cherries, but thank goodness for the chef's insight and creativity!! All of this, coupled with knowledgable and attentive service, made this a dining destination spot for us!! Thanks for a great birthday dinner!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Very High StandardProntomacVIPDined on 7/23/2014Todd Gray and his loyal staff operate an excellent restaurant that keeps up with the times. The menu is interesting and features the products of local farmers. The design of the restaurant is interesting as well--a more formal space inside, also a covered atrium and a real outside plaza. The bar is medium size with chairs and tables. You can dine simply here or have a very grand chef's menu. We especially like his high and pasta.Special Features:
- Amazing Vegan BrunchElaineDined on 7/20/2014I was a fan of the vegan brunch at Muse but am an even bigger fan now that it has moved to Equinox. I have taken my parents and my in laws, all four are meat eaters, here and they all loved it! They did not miss the meat, egg or dairy one bit. The food is that amazing. Todd and Ellen are also so personable and nice. Their presence and positive attitude make me want to visit even more often. Thank you for another wonderful dining experience!!Special Features:
- Amazing FoodDiningWkidsDined on 7/19/2014We ate here on a Saturday night around 7:30 pm. We were very suprised that the place was empty as the resturant came highly recommended. The food was fantastic! Fesh, seasonal selections that left us wanting more. The service was outstanding as well. My wife made it a point to tell the manager how much we were impressed by the wait staff. The drink menu matched the menu offering several seasonal cocktails that paired perfectly with our meal. We sat outside at a perfectly arranged seating area that allowed us to watch the evening fall to night. We had a wonderful time and will recommend Equinox to anyone who asks.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Place was empty, but it was earlyOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 7/14/2014We had a very good meal in a quiet, comfortable booth. Good value. Happy with the experience and will be back, given how convenient the location is for us!Special Features:
- Outstanding Across The BoardNoelVIPDined on 7/13/2014With all the hype on new chefs and restaurants we need to remember why some of the established places deserve our full attention and support. Equinox provides superb food, outstanding service--thanks Randy, in a lovely ambience where you can have a conversation easily. The whitefish salad amuse bouche and truffled risotto croquettes were amazing, soft shell superb, halibut terrific, great bread. wine delicious. 4 Stars from us!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- food reviewfoodreviewDined on 7/12/2014Food was just mediocre. Would not go again. Service was good except for the hostess. She was just batty.Special Features:
- Dinner at EquinoxOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 7/12/2014My sister and I celebrated our birthday using a special deal. The staff was efficient, attentive and informed. The food was delicious and the atmosphere very friendly. Although the food was delicious the bread was exceptional!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 7/11/2014This was my first visit at Equinox and I will return. Food, ambience and service was great. Scallops were tender and satisfying.Special Features:
- Service very slowpancakeVIPDined on 7/3/2014We went there for business lunch, and the service was SO slow. It took us almost 2 hours from start to finish. Food is great, of course, but this place is much better suited for leisurely lunch. Not a place to go if you need to get in and out in 90 minutes or less.
- First in an exciting lineNeighborVIPDined on 7/2/2014Now that DC's restaurant scene has taken shape as one of the most vibrant and exciting in the country, the role of Todd Grey and Equinox in making that happen is even clearer. This was one of the first to turn farm-fresh into gourmet dining. And rather than resting on its laurels Equinox gets better all the time. The great food combined with a friendly and competent staff make this one of the DC greats. (And the vegetable plate is not to be missed.)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.