The Most Romantic Restaurants in Washington DC

The OpenTable Team

The nation's capital is home to some of the world's leading diplomats, as well as an amazing combination of flavors. Sitting inside historic landmarks are restaurants serving up D.C. classics like a cool mint julep or Senate bean soup along with a wealth of evolution in cuisine that comes from world travelers always looking for something new. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. With everything from the simple elegance of New American to ethnic offerings like a Mediterranean bison tartare, the food is as global as the population. Follow the lead of neighborhood experts for a night on the town at some of the most romantic restaurants in Washington D.C.

Restaurants:La Chaumiere, Floriana, Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 809 15th Street NW
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Italian, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Downtown

La Chaumiere

$$$$·French·
Georgetown
3,411 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
The ambiance is the first element of any romantic evening, and La Chaumiere offers a step back in time to a cozy French inn. Exposed beams, a wall of pictures, a wood-burning firepRead more
93% recommended
Best Overall in Washington, D.C. Area

Floriana

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
2,817 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Floriana offers one of the best romantic restaurant experiences in Washington, D.C. The soft lighting and homey vibe combine for an intimate meal that seems designed for flirtationRead more
97% recommended
Notable Wine List in Washington, D.C. Area

Bobby Van's Steakhouse - 809 15th Street NW

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,925 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
The classic American grill gets a makeover at Bobby Vans Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. With two locations — one on NY Avenue and one on 15th Street — you can't go wrong with eitheRead more
90% recommended
Steakhouse in District of Columbia

O-Ku - DC

$$$$·Sushi·
Washington
547 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
True to their warehouse district roots, O-Ku Sushi uses exposed brick, a darker color palette, and metal to decorate. The ambiance is intimate and personal, with sushi chefs at eyeRead more
96% recommended
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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Washington DC

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
5,910 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Say goodbye to the laid-back Joes in Florida and hello to the upscale and elegant atmosphere at Joes Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab in DC. This refurbished former bank building Read more
95% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
1,789 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Book a patio table at Iron Gate for a one-of-a-kind romantic experience. Surrounded by wisteria trees and fairy lights, the outdoor dining area is a magical oasis tucked away from Read more
93% recommended
Romantic in District of Columbia
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Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,235 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
With a decor designed by award-winning Thomas Pheasant, Matisse Restaurant offers a simple, yet elegant dining room. Exceptional service sets off the ambiance, and you'll enjoy attRead more
98% recommended

Le Chat Noir

$$$$·French·
Friendship Heights
2,136 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
The D.C. re-imagining of Le Chat Noir brings all of the art nouveau style of the original to this New World location. The cafe look of the front matches the casual, bohemian atmospRead more
88% recommended
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RPM Italian - DC

$$$$·Italian·
Washington DC
3,607 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
From the light fixtures that look like candles to the monochromatic decor and the large bar at the front, RPM Italian makes a dramatic statement. Unobtrusive, yet attentive, staff Read more
94% recommended
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Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,181 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Located in the historic Hay-Adams Hotel, the Lafayette is a fine dining restaurant like no other. Crystal chandeliers and dark woods decorate the dining room and give it a traditioRead more
88% recommended
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BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,049 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
The ocean-inspired decor in BlackSalt matches the menu and creates an upbeat and fun dining room. Romance in this Washington, D.C. restaurant starts with excellent and unobtrusive Read more
97% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Siroc Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,170 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Cozy
Dark wood and soft lighting create a room that is ripe for romance in the dining room of Siroc Restaurant. This D.C. eatery serves a delicious blend of Mediterranean and Italian flRead more
96% recommended
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Plume at the Jefferson Hotel

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,413 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
For a romantic evening, a reservation at D.C.'s Plume is a solid choice. The historical details, embossed ceilings, subdued landscapes, and gray linens all create an ambiance of elRead more
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Blue Duck Tavern

$$$$·American·
West End
6,823 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
At Blue Duck Tavern, the dining is intimate and the focus is on the food. This incredible restaurant regularly hits the list for best restaurants in Washington, D.C. The menu is siRead more
84% recommended
American in District of Columbia

Wildwood Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,222 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Cozy
Chef Robert Wiedmaier turns over a new leaf with Wildwood Kitchen, a fine dining restaurant that seeks a more healthy plate. Finding food that tastes good and helps you feel good iRead more
97% recommended
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Kinship

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon Square
927 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
The zen experience of walking through the doors at Kinship is also a full nod to the quintessential elements of D.C. Many of the decorations come from torn-down buildings or renovaRead more
93% recommended
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The Inn at Little Washington

$$$$·American·
Washington
769 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Fresh flowers, wicker chairs, and hand-painted blue and Portuguese tiles are just a few of the decor elements that elevate The Inn at Little Washington. For a romantic meal, enjoy Read more
96% recommended
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RIS

$$$$·American·
West End
3,382 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Industrial meets modern at this romantic dinner destination. RIS, a contemporary American restaurant makes every evening special, with delicious courses designed to share. The scalRead more
92% recommended
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Charlie Palmer Steak - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Capitol Hill
3,204 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
Enjoy a new take on an American classic with a reservation for two at Charlie Palmer Steak. This traditional steakhouse switches things up with a brightly lit interior and floor-toRead more
88% recommended
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The Source by Wolfgang Puck

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,652 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Wolfgang Puck has been the chef behind dozens of fine dining establishments, and The Source lives up to the hype. Located at The Newseum, this eatery is a romantic restaurant in WaRead more
89% recommended
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