Equinox - DC
Equinox - DC

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 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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Equinox - DC reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (98)special occasion (73)romantic (41)notable wine list (35)great for lunch (30)neighborhood gem (29)great for outdoor dining (29)good for groups (16)great for brunch (14)hot spot (9)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Service was far below the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    Service was far below the standard you would expect of a restaurant with their reputation. [We had to get up and pour our own wine.] The flavors were not as distinct in a number of dishes that should have been more up front. They served our party of 5 just four of our desserts, saying that the last one had to be remade. I'm sorry, but we of course waited for the last dessert to arrive, leaving our other 4 on the table. Poor, poor table management. I would not recommend Equinox.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had chosen Equinox as a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    I had chosen Equinox as a special Washington experience for an out of town guest. Although our individual dishes were good, service was subpar. I had anticipated a much more extensive wine list. The server tossed our dishes at us. Our waiter was nice but began at our 7:30 arrival to tell us what the kitchen was running out of. Atrium was hot and very brightly lit. I had expected a much better experience all the way around. Love Open Table however!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a five course dinner,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    We had a five course dinner, with a wine pairing for each course. The waiter gave a brief overview of each course and the name of the wine. Since we are wine folk, we would have preferred a small description of each wine either on the menu, or from the server (i.e. this is a 2004 Chardonnay, with vanilla notes, or this is a 2006 Pinot Noir with lots of body and notes of currant, etc.). Overall, the experience was wonderful and we liked how the chef plated each course and mixed the flavors well in each dish. Lastly, we like how the market menu comes from local hydroponic farmers. We like our local economy and the freshness of the ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Food was outstanding, the
    EnjoyfoodVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    Food was outstanding, the complementary soup starter was very good. Unfortunately, the service was very slow and it wasn't overly busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Equinox is a top restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/22/2008
    Equinox is a top restaurant in DC and it did not disappoint. The lunch menu, however, is not as interesting as the dinner menu, so our options were somewhat limited. But good, as always.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Equinox was outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/21/2008
    Equinox was outstanding! Food was delicous, service was fantastic, restaurnat was beautiful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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  • The food was good, but not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    The food was good, but not good enough to justify the price. I thought that the menu had a lot of repetition, i.e. garlic in everything, using potatoes as the primary starch, but that other details, such as pork in the lamb dish, should have been included. The chicken consomme for the matzo ball soup was weak. The herb-encrusted lamb was simply cut in half, and it wasn't super tender. It would have been much nicer, both in looks and taste, if it were sliced into five thin pieces. Other restaurants in the area, such as Palena, serve similar food that is more intensely flavored and interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Overall I found Equinox to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Overall I found Equinox to be good but not great. For the amount of money that you will be spending on the meal, especially if you are having drinks, then I would not recommend this restaurant. The food was good but the overall value was just not there.
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    special occasion
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  • Excellent in all respects:
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    Excellent in all respects: food ambiance, service..
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We noticed that other tables
    MaxheadroomVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    We noticed that other tables had received a complimentary offering from the chef after a few moments of being seated. We had been seated for quite a while and were in fact finishing our cocktails. When this was brought to their attention the server informed the maitre'de and he not only apologized but asked to serve proseco on the house. The "right" thing to do
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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  • I had not been to Equinox
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2008
    I had not been to Equinox in years and had forgotten how wonderful the food is and our server was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The service was incredibly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/17/2008
    The service was incredibly slow for our table, but other tables moved quicker so it may have been a one time thing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • We were disappointed by the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    We were disappointed by the quality of the food - for $30-$40 entrees, I expect well-cooked, unique, and innovative cuisine. Instead both of our meals were bland and uninteresting, and my fish was dry. We have had much better seafood at low and mid-range restaurants. We do not plan to return.
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  • Had dinner at Equinox with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Had dinner at Equinox with my wife and daughter. My entree was good, my wife loved hers. Desserts were dissapointing (although they looked great)... they took my wife's off the check. The Maitre D was very attentive, he noticed my wife didn't like her dessert (we didn't complain about it) and after asking if she had liked it he took it off the check. Nice selection of wines and sparklings by the glass. Service I thought was very good until they showed up with the check before I asked for it... in my opinion that should not happen in a fine restaurant.
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    hot spot
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  • We ate here for the first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    We ate here for the first time recently. We chose to eat outside, as it was a beautiful night. while the outdoor seating wasn't particularly scenic, we had a great experience anyway and found the outdoor setting to be comfortable. We ordered the tasting menus with wine pairings and found the food and wines to be excellent in addition to the service. We definitely enjoyed and will go back again.
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  • Our server ruined an otherwise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    Our server ruined an otherwise good meal. He was condescending and pretentious and unwilling to answer questions with anything other than terse responses. It was difficult to get his attention as he would make a point of avoiding eye contact when nearby.
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  • Although I am not myself a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    Although I am not myself a vegetarian, I look for high quality dining experiences to which I can invite my vegetarian friends. Equinox's vegetarian tasting menu -- from which my party chose items a la carte -- was an enjoyable and welcome change of pace from the usual dull veg fare. A menu worthy of Equinox's well-earned reputation. We'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Equinox is my FAVORITE restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    Equinox is my FAVORITE restaurant. Everyone wants to make sure that your dining experience is the best!!! I am very partial to this establishment. Todd, Ellen, Randy and Ed are the best at what they do. Perfection is in the air.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Great food great location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    Great food great location but $19 for chicken salad seemed a bit steep. Also, pouring mineral water without asking if we want any was a bit presumtuous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous tasting menu. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    Fabulous tasting menu. The servers were knowledgable about both food and wine, and willing to work with us to create our ideal menu. A wonderful experience! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • The service and food were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    The service and food were wonderful. I liked that Todd Gray came out and greeted each of the guests before they left. Definitely did not feel rushed or unwelcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • The dining experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    The dining experience was perfect, quiet, comfortable, great service.
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  • the only downside was the
    Sharon
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    the only downside was the main course of the tasting menu which was veal. It was extrememly tough which is very unusual. Our waiter was wonderful w/ many good suggestions and knowledgeable about the wine pairings. Good overall experience.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There was a live bug on our
    Mike
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    There was a live bug on our table !! When my wife questioned the waiter about it he sloughed it off saying it wasn't a big deal -- but it was. A live bug crawling around on the table should not be sloughed off so lightly and indeed I'd expect to have someone other than the waiter come over, make apologies and amends, but that didn't happen. My wife was taken aback again when nothing was taken of the bill. She got to enjoy her sister's birthday meal at Equinox with bugs for full price -- not a great dining experience and something I'm considering writing the Washington Post food critic about. Please send this feedback to the restaurant
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every aspect of this experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2008
    Every aspect of this experience was divine. We were seated in the enclosed outdoor area, with a wonderful view of the street scene. Our before dinner cocktails were made perfectly. The service was impeccable. The menu offered a such a nice variety of interesting and creative choices and we had a hard time chosing. There were many healthy but extremely tasty choice available. My dinner companion loved the shad roe. We shared the risotto fritters which were wonderful. I would return just for those!! I had a squid ink seafood pasta which was prepared beatifully and had a wonderful sauce. I plan to return with a very significant client in a few weeks to try out the tasting menu and wine pairings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Todd Gray keeps a short, seasonal-f
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2008
    Todd Gray keeps a short, seasonal-focused, ever changing menu. The tasting menu is always adventurous. I use as a regular spot to entertain business guests for something a little different in the White House area, but I seldom use for personal entertaining.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We truly enjoyed the dining
    Deborah
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    We truly enjoyed the dining experience..lovely setting, great food etc. The only negative of the evening was finding a small bug in my drink. When we brought it to the waiter's attention, he looked at us and took the drink away. He did bring a replacement drink ( without asking if that was what we wanted) but never apologized or said anything at all.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • I asked for a quiet corner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    I asked for a quiet corner in the restaurant if possible, and the staff seated us in a separate room that was perfect. Great service, good food and wine and the ability to have quiet conversation during dinner made for a great experience. Would definitely to to Equinox again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • I was a little disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    I was a little disappointed with the food, as I had heard nothing but rave reviews. I would consider going back and ordering another dish.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Service seemed to rush us
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/17/2008
    Service seemed to rush us through the whole dining experience. In his defense, I believe the waiter was attempting to get our order in prior to a fairly large group that he was also dining there that evening. I really enjoyed a great chocolate martini after dinner! The decor was lovely.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was nice but not outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    Food was nice but not outstanding. The accompanying vegetables were flat and not particularly interesting. The caramelized cauliflower was a flap: undercooked and the raisins did not smoothened the lack of flavor.
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    great for lunch
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  • It was a very good experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    It was a very good experience. The food was very good, although it was an early experience at a nice place for the both of us. The waiter was very patient and understanding even when we pronounced menu items incorrectly. The special taste from the chef was outstanding! It was a "first special date" and it was the perfect place if that is what you are looking for. Very easy parking and everyone was friendly. I would avoid the tables in the center and look for a table near a window. Nice and quiet if that is what you need. Worked for me!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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  • The food at Equinox is amazing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/8/2008
    The food at Equinox is amazing. I've been there twice and will definitely be a repeat customer. I've done the seasonal tasting menu both times and I'd recommend doing it with the wine pairing. Divine! The food is very expensive, so I'd reserve it for a special occassion. In my opinion, this restaurant is for those who are looking for food to be the main event.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • All of the food, service and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/10/2008
    All of the food, service and wine were great. The only negetive was that my food came out cold and the bacon surrounding my veneson was raw
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/2/2008
    The food and service were solid, but there are better choices in this price range.
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  • I love Equinox and wish I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/7/2007
    I love Equinox and wish I could dine there more often. The food is always perfect; the service is always very good. I appreciate the seasonal menu that changes according to what's available locally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Very romantic! The food and
    ReeeVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2007
    Very romantic! The food and service were excellent -- worth the price!
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • This was one of the best meals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/12/2007
    This was one of the best meals I have ever had. The 'Restaurant Week' menu was fantastic and the addition of a wine pairing list also at a discounted price was fantastic. I can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • The amuse-bouche was a ball
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/25/2007
    The amuse-bouche was a ball of fried risotto and a shot of cream of cauliflower soup with some curry flavorings. Not a fan of the soup due to my distaste for curry, but the risotto was tasty. Next, my wife had the cream of red pepper soup with shrimp and crab salad, while I had the foie gras with a pear-rhubarb compote – the compote alone was worth the price of admission. For entrées, I had the strip steak with asparagus, creamed spinach and gorgonzola while my wife got the farm chicken, replacing "dirty rice" with some innocuous steamed spinach, both meats were excellent. My wife had a dessert with three sorbets (grape, coconut and raspberry) while I had the cheesecake, which came with glazed strawberries and a scoop of strawberry sorbet.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect...everything a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/19/2006
    perfect...everything a great restaurant should be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate