Equinox - DC

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Ordered the market tasting menu. Food was consistently under seasoned. I can't remember the last time I had a meal at that price that I needed to salt almost every dish. Added the 5th course for an additional $20. Definitely not worth it and it was bland. Codfish had some kind of pineapple salsa that was delicious but almost undetectable. Could have been great but not enough of what was good. Rack of lamb was good but some were very fatty. Dessert was good. Overall not a good value. Will not be back.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, eclectic, fun vegan brunch. My friends and I had a wonderful experience all around. Thanks Chef Todd and team!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegan brunch was amazing! The delicious food, the wonderful service, the excellent cocktails, the fun atmosphere - everything was really great my friends and I had a great time. The music was also amazing which I appreciate as some restaurants can have really jarring music.

b
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch experience I've had in years!

AS
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am vegan so chose Equinox because of the vegan menu options. We shared the mushroom appetizer and then I had the cauliflower entree. Both were delicious. I was too full for dessert but had decaf cappuccino with oat milk which was perfect.
My carnivore friend had the cod and the chocolate peanut butter dessert which he thoroughly enjoyed.
The selection of wines was good as well.

KP
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Equinox is a true DC Gem. Chef Todd Gray consistently produces the most impressive and delicious meals, offering choices to every conceivable diet. It is definitely one of DC's best restaurants, and a must-do choice for serious diners everywhere!

BF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location and food. Strongly recommended for business lunches or with friends.

C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in DC, which also happens to be plant-based. So creative, delicious, and beautifully prepared.

OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Researchers

AX
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Loved it that they had a plant-based tasting menu alongside the regular tasting menu. Service was lacking, though. It felt a bit rushed. Bread crumbs never got cleaned off the table clothe. The manner of the waiter grabbing plates away from the table wasn't on par with the upscale status the restaurant hopes to achieve.

L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Stale menu with gratuitous truffles on everything. Priced for the flashy expense account crowd that’s impressed by that sort of thing. Dumpy space with 2000s decor. Service was poor, staff seemed distant and bothered, glasses went empty, and main courses took so long we wondered if they forgot us.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate my husbands birthday, and it was great. They brought us some champagne to start, and a complimentary amuse bouche, and even put a candle in our dessert. Everything was delicious, and made for a really special evening!

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plant based Tasting Menu was outstanding. Service was on point. Prices fair. Comfortable environment.

A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Equinox is a lovely, quiet, romantic spot, and the service was perfect. We were looking for vegan options, and perhaps we ordered the wrong things (tempura, endive salad and a cauliflower main course). It was, unfortunately... not all that good. Not bad, but less wonderful than we had hoped. Still - I would give Equinox another chance. Maybe will ask waiter for advice next time.

LS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You may want to go Full Out vegan after this real food experience. Fresh tastes and textures, wholeness and varied cuisine.

SL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first dining experience I have had in D.C. since moving from Philadelphia. I have spent over 10 years eating through the Philadelphia food scene and have been very excited to start in D.C. This was phenomenal first restaurant and I will definitely be back to eat more of the menu. Todd Gray and his restaurant we definitely hold my first food memories of D.C.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outstanding customer services and great food !

MC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The prix-fixe plant-based menu options for Valentine's Day were wonderful - only the dessert (a Napoleon) was a bit lack-luster (like a B, where everything else was really an A+). The other, non-plant-based, dessert with the passionfruit glaze and pistachio genoise, was outstanding.

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

food was mediocre, service was OK and venue was disappointing. Not what I thought it would be. The reviews were a mystery

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Staff is amazing and the Chef is always so welcoming and always remembers his guests that frequent his restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day special was great!

JC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Restaurant. We had a 4 course tasting menu meal and every course was delicious. We chose the plant based options. They modified it for my wife who is allergic to nuts and beans. Excellent service. Simply amazing. We will be back.

BB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Needs a refresh all across the board. Kind of tired looking, dark etc

b
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Equinox--very sophisticated, wonderful service, and lots of plant based options.

RD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our 6th visit in past 2 years with friends for first time. Always a pleasure. Tiny comments on dishes:
PB Jambalaya was very good, not excellent - might need a bit of adjustment
Lamb Chops - might have been a bit rare for friend.
Other wise Awesome!

GA
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal. Superb food and service. Truly a special meal

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience trying plant based cuisine at Equinox. Chef Todd Gray and his team delivered a flavorful and creative culinary experience. The service was refined and the wine list was varied. Glad to know I can find vegan fine dining with plenty to offer for the non-vegans among us.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Exceeded all expectations. Service, food, presentation, all superb!

e
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The menu was aggressive trying to meet both vegan and non- vegan dinners. The tasting menus were very enticing from the description. The execution was wanting. The service was attentive but rushed. Courses arrived before we were finished. The wine pairings were inconsistent. We had high expectations that remain unmet.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate at the bar. The bartender was lovely and the service was attentive. I had the duck which was tender and flavorful. My husband enjoyed an eggplant entree. Several interesting plant based items on the menu. We will be back! Great wine selection by the glass, too.

l
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great menu

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vegan brunch was a hit! The service was so nice and friendly and drinks were amazing too. Loved the yuca fries gift from the kitchen and the sheer amount of deliciousness on the buffet.

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought many vegan skeptics to brunch and all were truly amazed at how yummy and lovely the plant brunch is. Yeah hooray to delicious nutritious food!

A
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Throughout our meal the service was very attentive. We ordered a wine that did not meet expectations when opened, and they quickly made it right by offering another wine at the same price. Both of the entrees we ordered were delicious. The halibut entree was very moist, and the falafel crust was a nice touch. The lamb was very tender with a beautiful presentation. Would highly recommend both.

I
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

A friends birthday. It took forever for our food to arrive and when it did for a friend, it was cold. We got no apology for the how late our food arrived. I won’t recommend and I won’t return.

GP
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service and atmosphere were great. The bread they brought out was delicious. Our entrees lacked flavor.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty unique options! Servers were very nice and got me a different bread since I couldn’t eat the bread they usually hand out (the regular bread has walnuts which I’m allergic to). Overall very pleasurable experience! Also a good place to go if you have vegan friends!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love love love Equinox brunch! The food was delicious and the service was fabulous. We enjoyed everything from the shakshuka to the “just egg” huevos rancheros, and the scones were divine! Must try for vegans and anyone looking for plant based cuisine!

SD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really delicious brunch; festive environment; and friendly service... Also plant-based so we felt extra good when digging into our third servings!

SD
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I reserved a brunch for me and two of my girlfriends to attend the equinox brunch. This was our first time attending the brunch as I am vegan, and was excited to check it out and bring them along.

The ambiance was great and our waiter was nice, but was very soft spoken so we had a bit of a challenge hearing him when he went over the menu.

Overall the brunch food was just ok. I wasn’t thoroughly impressed, and I have a walnut allergy and wasn’t able to try all of the dishes, so that was a bummer since there weren’t that many food options.

My recommendation would be to have more variety in the dishes, and would be nice to have a bottomless mimosa option. My friends weren’t crazy abut the food options, and personally I would have liked to see more plant based options on the brunch menu, but considering there isn’t a large variety of vegan options in the DC area, I was appreciative of a restaurant offering vegan a vegan brunch.

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