Equinox - DC

4.6
2279 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Special Occasion
Please come join Todd & Ellen Gray and the Equinox staff to delight in some of the seasons best flavors from the mid-atlantic region.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Vegan, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 331-8118
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Todd Gray
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Catering
Catering: Equinox offers catering for all types of events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
I Street, N.W.
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Public transit
Red Line: Farragut North. Blue, Orange & Silver Lines: Farragut West.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2279 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was delicious. Great service. I sat next to a family with young children who were a little loud and busy. Next time I should have been asked if my husband and I minded being near that table. Loved the customer service overall.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Altogether satisfying! The perfect place for our anniversary.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Overall, the dining experience at Equinox was satisfactory. The food and service were good and we enjoyed not having to talk over people. However, their wine list was pretty disappointing. They have 6 reds to choose from for wines by the glass and not many more by the bottle. Also, when the AC was on, it was pretty distracting. You could hear the air coming out of the vents and it was BRUTALLY cold. I could see other guests fidgeting and commenting about the AC.

Besides the wine list and AC vent being loud and way too cold, the experience was a memorable one.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Three of us are on the Ketogenic diet. Equinox had lots of good food options for everyone! Absolutely delicious!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

This is a delightful fun and experimental brunch they have on Sundays. Vegan is the theme and delicious the meme. The folks here have figured it out, thank you for your menu.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

This was my first time here and it was amazing. My guest and I thoroughly enjoyed the brunch. So many options. Every dish tasted great. Will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The vegan brunch is outstanding! There aren't a lot of options for vegans in the DMV but Todd Gray and his team have created a high quality gem with Equinox's Sunday brunch. I'll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Everything about this restaurant is top notch. If I could give the food more than 5 stars, I would! Chef Gray is even better than advertised.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Great lunch!

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised to find a vegan buffet! I have been a vegetarian for 10 years and tried nearly everything vegan and vegetarian options available. Equinox provided a variety of brunch options including pancakes, tofu scramble, salads and more. When I think of brunch, breakfast comes to mind, I was disappointed when there were only 2 breakfast options. This place was upscale and unique in their menu, but not worth the $35.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

This is my third or fourth time coming to Equinox for the vegan brunch. I have always come here with a mix of vegetarian, vegan and ominovore diners and each time, people have left thoroughly satisfied and pleased with their meal. Will look forward to dining her again!

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The food was good, but nowhere near the caliber I expected for what we paid. I think the menu is fine but the problem is in the execution. One dish was absolutely swimming in oil. Inexcusable. In another the heat overwhelmed the flavor (it wasn't too hot, it just drowned out many of the flavors). The wait staff were nice but not trained for high end service. We were interrupted multiple times. I truly wish them the best. Just some better execution on the dishes (especially for a Saturday night, no excuse) and more attention to how service is conducted.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

There were three of us to celebrate our friend's birthday. We shared the risotto fritters - so good! Two of us had the truffle pasta special with wild mushrooms, it was amazing. Hanger steak was good. Truffled mac and cheese was really good. The staff was wonderful and did not mind that we lingered after everyone else in the dining room had left.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Excellent food and service. Great meal. I might lower the music a bit.

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2018

My wife and I love tasting menus and the ingredients provided in this were top notch, but ultimately, while the food was very good, it was not excellent, and it was at times difficult to to justify the high price of the meal. It was however a good experience, one that I am grateful to have had but not likely to repeat, primarily due to the price.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Always a wonderful escape in this city. Amazingly fresh, beautiful ingredients, playfully and deliciously managed to create a lovely experience each time. THANK YOU Equinox

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Great choice of dishes and food amazing. Plenty of vegan options. Staff attentive and made celebrating our wedding anniversary all the more special. Would definitely recommend to anyone in the Washington DC area to eat here.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Wonderful! Best vegan brunch in the city!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

We are repeat brunchers and had a great time coming back. The vegan brunch tasted great and was well worth the drive from Annapolis!

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

I was looking for someplace special for my wife's birthday and we picked Equinox. The bartender and hostess were very friendly and seated us at a nice window table. The most disappointing aspect of our visit was our waiter. He didn't bother to introduce himself. When we ordered the tasting menus I forgot to mention that we wanted the wine pairing, and he walked away without asking us if we did. When I called him back to make the change he merely stated that I didn't tell him. His performance was very perfunctory; he fumbled the silverware a couple of times. He never once cracked a smile or asked us how the food was. I never fully realized how much I appreciate good service at at restaurant until I experienced this person. It was obvious he was not a happy camper. Regarding the dinner itself, the food was good for the most part, especially the plant-based menu. However the duck course was fatty and should have met with the trash can rather than on guests' plate. The wine was good but the dessert was ho hum - no inventiveness there. We will not return.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Creative dining experience with excellent choice of entrees. Tables are far apart so that conversation is realistic.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Excellent food, including many plant-based options. The service was exceptional. We’ve added Equinox to our rotation.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Unique place for birthday meals as you can order a birthday cake prepared by the pastry chef at the restaurant. We enjoyed the tasting menu- 3 market and one vegetarian. The chocolate dessert was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Fantastic Food, great ambiance

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Truly one of the finest meals in ages. Fine, delicately prepared food in a casual atmosphere with carefully attentive service. I don’t say this lightly - a perfect meal.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Went to Equinox for a special vacation dinner and were really impressed with the presentation and flavor! Also loved that there was a plant-based tasting menu. Will definitely return some day!

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Loved the rock fish but did not like what it was prepared with. The asparagus was cut way to small to be considered as part of the dish. The gnocchi was under cooked which gave it a wet appearance and was not appetizing. The service though was amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Equinox is a very special restaurant. The food is always excellently prepared, and the dishes are creative. For diners seeking an impressive setting, excellent service and terrific food, Equinox cannot be surpassed.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

I ventured to equinox for the Sunday brunch.
The buffet featured a nice variety of dishes incorporating culinary flavors from all over the world. Everything from the salad to the gazpacho to the tofu scramble was absolutely delicious. I personally loved the trumpet mushroom soba noodle stir fry the most. The chef achieved a deliciously savory and perfect umami taste in that dish. The tofu scramble, which I was expecting to be either bland or overly spiced as it is at most places, had this subtle flavor I could not identify, but it was absolutely delicious and not overly greasy or watery. The cauliflower tempura so many people mention in their reviews was indeed very tasty, but not my favorite dish. The salads were all incredible--the dressing was amazing and the addition of elements like roasted beet or baked artichoke elevated the flavor profiles to a new level. The gazpacho was the best I have ever tried. I also found their multigrain blueberry loaf to be extraordinary. I kept eating the slices plain--despite the myriad spreads available--because it was so tasty on its own.
However, Equinox has not come even close to mastering sweets as well as it masters savory. Everything from the pancakes--which were gummy and flavorless--to any treat on the dessert table--I tried most of them--was terrible. Absolutely terrible. The desserts just tasted like sugar and chemicals. They had no flavor, no richness--just sugar. I could not eat more than a nibble, and actually had the urge to not swallow. I thought at first it was maybe just the one dessert, but I tried the truffles, cheesecake, peanut butter cake, cannoli, and brownies without reaching a different conclusion. It was all absolutely terrible and tasted completely artificial.
Despite the disappointing sweets, I would return to brunch at equinox in a heartbeat. The savory dishes were all absolutely delicious and more than worth the price. A must-go--simply don't save room for dessert.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great food everyone enjoyed their meal and the marvelous atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Dinner was VERY expensive for what it was. Service was impeccable and the kitchen was very accommodating for our dietary needs.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Perfect food - good vegetarian choices - one of the best meals in a 3 week holiday

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

It's inspiring to dine at a chef owned restaurant, where after almost 20 years the love, dedication and passion still shines as bright. Beautiful restaurant, elegant thoughtful food, and wonderful people, a rare gem in this era of fast casual dining!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

It was wonderful to find a restaurant that has a focus on plant based food with a high level of execution. The food to the service, everything was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Had a fabulous time with my mom while visiting DC. We both had the market tasting menu - I highly recommend it (with the wine pairing). Everything was delicious - add in the truffle egg noodle dish! Dinner at Equinox was one of the highlights of our trip.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Wonderful anniversary dinner, great menu choices. Chef made a personal appearance at our table.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Excellent all around, including the values around sustainable and healthy food. Gets loud when full!

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

First--and so far only--experience was the Sunday vegan brunch. Choices were diverse, creatively rich, and true palate pleasers on many levels. Appreciated especially : abalone mushroom stir-fry, mango salad, and tempura cauliflower. Also the "extra" menu dish of artichokes a la romana were divine--and plenty for 2-3 diners as a side dish. Cocktails very summery. The pastry dishes were absolutely fantastic. Would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

I had a birthday brunch there on 6/24 with 8 of my friends and it so perfect. I was in heaven knowing that everything on my plate I could eat. I have a plant-based diet and the vegan brunch did not disappoint! There was plenty to eat and the flavors and creativity of the dishes were worth every penny. I will be back...and soon!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Wonderful food and service. Will be back again. I would like to have more gluten free option

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