Equinox - DC

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join Chef Todd and staff for a Thanksgiving Day celebration complete with our annual oyster roast on the patio.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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MD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing vegan buffet. The food is phenomenal and the service was top notch. I appreciate that this establishment is concerned with the environmental and global impacts of food waste; it makes my family value the experience even more. Knowing that we can eat out at a restaurant with similar values to our own makes Equinox one of our most frequented places to dine. My emphasis on this issue is by no means intended to down play the rich, diverse favors or the freshness of the food. I am a skilled home cook, which has caused my family to be very particular with the restaurants we choose when we eat out. Equinox is always one of our top choices!

LN
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday vegan buffet brunch was excellent. There was a smorgasbord of vegan dishes. My favorites were the “egg” scramble, the butternut squash soup with coconut cream, and the breads. Even my carnivore friend enjoyed the food. I didn’t try any dessert because I was too stuffed after the main dishes. The chef came to the table to make sure we were enjoying the food and to bring out appetizers. The potsticker was delicious. The restaurant is small and intimate. I will definitely return. If you want to treat a vegan friend to a special meal, it is worth the $35.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve wanted to visit Equinox since I started culinary school back in 2010, and it was everything I could imagine and more! The staff were all so kind and accommodating. There are so many plant based delicious options on their menu, and as a vegan they took very good care of me. Which normally is not the case unfortunately. We will absolutely be back when we return to DC. Thank you for such a wonderful night!

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here from out of town, based on advice from a local. We both had the plant-based tasting menu, and it was, without doubt, one of the best meals I have ever had, NYC included. Whatever you do, do NOT miss the rigatoni truffle dish. Unbelievable. One warning - if you pair the wines too (which were delicious) they are generous pours. This was seriously one of the best meals I have had in a long time. Each of the five courses was outstanding. And a short walk from Dupont Circle to boot. Highly recommend.

OT
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Appetizers were fab, drinks excellent, but fish was a tad dry. I like the way they incorporate vegetables into the dishes. The restaurant seems to attract an older established crowd, possible because it'is rather expensive.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed my dining experience. Curious about the acrylic art piece on the front wall of the main dining room... Can you share name of artist or where purchased?

SK
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was well prepared and the service was very professional and attentive. Wine list was acceptable for range but a bit constraining. Very solidly in the finer restaurant choices for DC, but not a star in the list of all possibilities for great dining

AD
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated in an area that was a little loud and crowded and bright; however, the outstanding vegan menu more than made up for it!

S
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good and friendly service by Maria and Didier. They have a choice of vegan as well as non plant-based dishes, which is a nice combination, especially when going out with people who have different ways of eating. Artichokes alla romana were tasty (fried), the cauliflower tempura was good but a bad choice in our case since it is also fried. The fusilli with mushroom bolognese was also tasty but the presentation was not appealing. Thus, with so many choices of restaurants in DC, I would not go back or recommend this place.

JB
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The scallops offered on special at lunch today were perfect -- generous in size and quantity, cooked just right and subtly spiced. I would return just for the scallops.

DC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fine dining in a quiet and comfortable atmosphere. Great options for vegans and vegetarians. Highly recommend the spiced eggplant chips!

H
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very creative menu. Service is very friendly and fast. Great atmosphere for both lunch and dinner. Location is great for business lunch.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a great meal. If you’re looking for a great vegan brunch or proof for the carnivores in your life that vegan food tastes just as good even better than meat dishes, go to equinox for its brunch. The service is great. There are a lot of options.

AB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is quite wonderful and everything I expected. Their plant based offerings were delicious and my companion enjoyed the Chardonnay and octopus dish. I’d highly recommend for a fine dining and fun experiences to vegans and non-vegans.

MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over the years, we have eaten at Equinox on special occasions. When we have guests visiting from out of town we always make a visit to the Equinox our first choice for dining. The total experience has always been excellent from the service to the quality and choice of meals. The Equinox deserves my unconditional recommendation for the best fine dining in DC.

E
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Overall disappointing. Soup arrived cold. Swordfish had no taste. Dessert was a big flop. On the good side, service was on point and wine list terrific.

D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food that both vegans and non-vegans will enjoy! The buffet style brunch is great because you can try a little bit of everything. Our server Roman made us delicious cocktails and recommended very good additional bites to add to our meal. We really enjoyed the service and felt very taken care of.

D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for offer the amazing plant-based menu. And it's such a special treat that Todd Gray spends time with the guests!

AP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is where we take visitors and guests for an always superb dinner. The menu is complete with fine vegan food (my wife and I and others) and non-vegan food. So everyone can have an equally great experience.

Aron

IB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both tasting menus are excellent and the wine pairings were perfect! Great service. We had a wonderful evening.

z
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are vegans and absolutely loved that we could enjoy a fancy, delicious meal in DC! We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and were very pleased to find out that they even had vegan desserts. We will definitely be coming back here to check out the vegan brunch on Sundays!

CC
London
26 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak! Great service. Perfect for lunch meetings.

AV
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at Equinox. Both times have been for an anniversary and both times we left so blissfully happy. They treated us beautifully and served us the most amazing meal each time. Ellen and Todd are so welcoming we feel like we’re at home there. Can’t wait to go back.

SB
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fabulous !!! I can't wait to go back.

TD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday celebration, the coconut/ squash soap was excellent, knowledgeable wait staff! Thanks

S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, good service and excellent location and ambience. I love Equinox! So consistent and excellent every time!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in DC for the weekend and I heard about their Sunday vegan brunch buffet. Since “vegan brunch buffet” is a perfect combination, I had to try it.
It was seriously good. The soup was delicious. The Just Egg scramble was surprisingly good (sometimes things like that sitting in a buffet can get watery). The fusilli was probably my least favorite. The shakshuka was a must try. The breads were all really good. Oh, and the buffet includes a sweets table, also all vegan. Brownies, cannoli, and the scones were my favorites.
If you’re in the area it’s definitely worth trying.
I don’t know what their vegan food is like on the regular menu but if it’s anything like the buffet you should try that too.

H
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our vegan daughter here to celebrate her birthday.

BC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was solid but the service was a bit odd. The staff was not particularly attentive -- more focused on the table next to us which seemed like an "all hands on deck" type of client. The obviousness of it was quite off-putting. After a good ten minutes we had to ask for the check (clean plates, no sipping of wine or cocktails and after declining dessert). It took another ten for the check to be processed and brought back to us.

V
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic vegan buffet brunch. Everything was superb from the salads thru the entrees to desert. We especially liked the stuffed french Toast.

m
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really great vegan offerings in a very clean and nicely run establishment. My only concern was seeing a few patrons not using the utensils and reaching into the buffet dessert dishes with their hands to pick up items.

AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met the chef / outstanding food / really a perfect night!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our group of 6 wanted to treat ourselves to a nice meal this past weekend in DC and chose the Equinox based on the reviews. We rarely spend this kind of money on a meal so our expectations were high. We enjoyed the service, ambience and the ability to actually converse during dinner. Very nice decor, quiet and lovely. Our appetizers were excellent but there was some confusion and disappointment with some of our meals. It was not clear to 2 of the diners that the entree they chose (Bolognese) was in fact meatless, it was their understanding that meatless was an option so they were not entirely happy with the meal. Credit goes to the bartender for most of the drinks, I had an Old Fashioned that was perfect and another diner enjoyed the Geisha cocktail but the Sidecar could not be finished as it was so sour. All in all a nice meal but for the price you pay it was a bit of a disappointment.

t
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The way the food was described in the menu didn’t measure up to reality - it didn’t meet our expectations or price paid. Everyone was friendly and service-forward, remembering a nut allergy and birthdays in our party. There are so many interesting, inventive restaurants in the city now, it is unfortunate to not see Equinox keeping up.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in DC. Wonderful plant based menu. Impeccable service. And you can have a conversation — not noisy. Beautiful dining room

d
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food very average, wine prices outrageous.

C
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great restaurant with quality food dishes, Lots of choices for vegetarian and pescatarian diners.

SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch. Equinox continues to serve up delicious food and quality service.

G
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great. The food was extremely well presented and excellently prepared. The waiter was also courteous, attentive and very knowledgeable.

RB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Greeted and seated immediately which was followed up with some classy acknowledgement of our anniversary. Service was spot on as well as the food. Great ambiance and we could easily converse without raising our voice. Loved the plant-based options. Special treat!

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