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Equinox - DC

4.5
2192 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • 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–10:00 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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join Todd and Ellen for our Vegan Brunch! Enjoy Todd Gray’s Muse Sunday Brunch Buffet that is completely Plant Based. $35 FOR ADULTS $15 CHILDREN UNDER 12 (TAX & GRATUITY & BEVERAGES NOT INCLUDED)

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 2192 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on October 15, 2011

My wife and I are from Chicago and visit Washington D.C. fairly often; we always try to schedule dinner at Equinox whenever we visit. This was our third time here. Our server this evening, Denise, is a gem. Smoothly professional, but casually friendly. Tonight's menu featured a 5 course tasting with wine pairings. First up, a beautiful smooth cauliflower soup with golden raisins, pine nut gremolata; the very essence of cauliflower - slightly sweet, slightly nutty, which the raisins and gremolata highlighted. Next a perfectly poached duck egg on a "breakfast" salad. Next, filet of cobia with fennel. Excellent. Next, sweetbreads with carmelized onions in a "mega-umami" preparation. Delicious. A lovely evening! (Dessert course was good too)

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2011

Try the seasonal drinks and the Mac and Cheese.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2011

Good food and decent value. I'm not cheap and I get how hard things are, but $3.75 for ice tea and coffee is a bit absurd.

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2011

Exquisite food, but if you are not a DC insider, you will be relegated to the back room.

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2011

Out of town restaurant - perfect for what we wanted for fine dining.

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2011

Spot on solid food, service and cocktails.

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3.0Dined on October 6, 2011

I wanted to love this but it was just so so.The corn bread in the bread basket is amazing.The salads were also very good as were the appetizers. My friends had then scallops which were outstanding.I had the burger which was so below average I could only eat two bites. The home made sodas, we ordered all 3,were almost all fizz, you could not taste the amazing ingredients it allegedly had. The worst thing was the desert list, we looked to find something yummy and it all sounded unappealing so we ordered the sorbet and ice cream, and it too was disappointing. The flavors were just not good, just overall yucky. We left them all on the table,this was 3 of us. They were also out of their one desert wine.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2011

This is a restaurant that never disappoints. Great food, attentive staff, a kitchen that honors even the most peculiar dietary requests.
I've taken people here from as close as downtown DC to far-away Sydney with always the same results: "Great place!"

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4.0Dined on October 4, 2011

great experience, food was excellent!

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2011

Our group of 4 enjoyed appetizers and main courses very much. The halibut was a little dry, but otherwise fine. The sides of squash and green beans were stellar. My starter of pepper salad with burrata was absolutely delicious. The dining room was quiet enough for conversation.

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5.0Dined on September 26, 2011

Wonderful experience. Especially good for business dinners. Tables spaced generously, quiet, and food creative but still within the conservative bounds of DC diners.

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3.0Dined on September 24, 2011

We were seated in the wine room, likely because we were a twosome, but it would have been nice to be offered the option, since we really wanted to soak up the ambiance. Service was uneven and a bit on the slow side. We had to move our own appetizer/starter plates to make room for our entrees, which seemed odd, at the price point, $100 per person. No one was rude but no one was particularly attentive. The food was creative and delicious, but the service didn't really meet our expectations.

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3.0Dined on September 24, 2011

The food at Equinox was quite good but the overall experience was not. The two of us arrived 12 minutes prior to our reservation time and the restaurant was half full but we were escorted to the bar where we waited for our table (we don't drink so the offer to have drinks wasn't of interest). We were seated in the covered patio area below vents that were blasting cold air despite the fact that it was not cold out. We asked to move and our waiter offered to turn the thermostat up which stopped the air flow briefly, only to return later. We're not that particular about little things but our overall experience was not good.

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4.0Dined on September 24, 2011

This was my second visit to the restaurant since June. Food was excellent, as was the service. Our table, though, was right around the corner from the bar, so it was noisier than I'd have liked. Otherwise, everything was great.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2011

Equinox consistently delivers excellent food and service. This makes it an easy choice when one is searching for reliable fine dining

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3.0Dined on September 23, 2011

Equinox is worth experincing-at least once! The wine however is more memorable than the food.

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2011

Excellent well prepared meal. The pork was the most tender I've ever had and the lamb was wonderful. The chocolate dessert topped with chartreuse ice cream was the perfect end to the meal.

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4.0Dined on September 17, 2011

All the service staff were very nice. The fish was very good. The only problem we had was that the garage attached to the restaurant closed at 11 pm. We did not know that and left our car there while we walked around the white house, had a drink at the Hay Adams, and almost got our car locked in the garage. Luckily we called and they brought our car up right before they left!

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3.0Dined on September 17, 2011

The food overall was really good! Squash blossoms, beet and fennel salad, and crab cakes were great!! The serloin was sub-par for its price. The meat was not very tender and hard to cut through, even though it had a red/pink center. The flavors of the sauce and sides with steak were really good. But the steak itself was lacking. What really turned us off was the service. Our server was inattentive and would always promise to be right back and would not return for 10 minutes. He always assumed he knew what I was asking and would cut me off, only to give me information I was not wanting. He would circle other tables right next to ours and would not look our way, so we could not get his attention. For the money, you expect better!

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3.0Dined on September 17, 2011

In general, the food was interesting and tasted good. Although we liked our waitress, service was underwhelming for the price of the food. One of our dishes was not right and we never did get the side we ordered. I also thought the decor was nice but less than memorable. I think if I was going to spend that much on dinner in the city again, it would probably not be here. Again, not a bad experience just not up to the standards I would expect.

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3.0Dined on September 14, 2011

I haven't dined here in quite sometime but I remember it being better. It was fine but nothing special. We were seated with a wine list but no menus. We had to ask for them after receiving our cocktails. Squash blossoms were delicious but risotto balls were dense and heavy. My sister's lamb was cooked to her liking but my pasta was not very interesting. Did not have desert.

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2011

Love it! Love Todd Gray and the team! One of my favorite places in DC!

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2011

We have been to Equinox many times--the food is superb and the service accommodating and friendly without being intrusive. We're big fans of Todd and Ellen Gray. You won't go wrong dining here.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2011

It was a wonderful dinner. We were first seated in the "sun room" out front but there was a very loud group next to us. I asked the waitress if we could move and without hesitation they found us a quiet table inside. A restaurant can't always control all their patrons but the sign of an excellent place is when they take care of issues.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2011

I eNjoyed the dinning experience at Equinox. The menu was unique and the food was served in small portions. Very tasty. Intimate setting with a great view & outstanding service. It was fit for a first lady.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2011

DELICIOUS! Definitely one of my new favorites!!

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2011

Fabulous dinner - menu is original, portions are just right. Fresh vegetables, seafood, meats were all excellent. Our server was attentive without being obtrusive. This is absolutely one of the best dining experiences in DC

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3.0Dined on September 3, 2011

As a vegetarian, I usually have very few options open to me when dining at fine restaurants. My food is usually the least impressive of the groups. I am happy to say that the reverse was true at Equinox. My food was by far the best. The vegetarian tasting menu, while very expensive, was interesting, tasty and fun. I enjoyed being able to eat creative food, usually reserved for the meat eaters in the crowd. My husband, who usually gets amazing food, was less impressed with his meal. While it was certainly tasty, it was less creative and quite expensive for what he got (the bison). The waiter was lovely, the service was good and the atmosphere romantic and peaceful, despite being filled with customers. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2011

so impressed when we were trying to find the resturant ,an employee walked aprrox 1 block to find us , because he had given us the wrong way to walk/over and above caring good service

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2.0Dined on August 26, 2011

Equinox strikes me as a typical "dc" restaurant , the type of place with pretensions of excellence but ultimately only seems to impress the power lunching expense account types that it's good. Corduroy was one of these places before it moved. Dinner here was in an empty room and a disappointment. The service was poor and scattered. Our plates were dropped by a guy with as much fanfare as a school cafeteria. He said "lamb, pork, enjoy" in one fast robot like breath which actually made me laugh out loud! What wasn't amusing was the slow cooked lamb shoulder that was bland and unbalanced and way too much dill. The duo of pork was better and had real quality but overall the meal was flat. There are plenty of better places to spend your money

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4.0Dined on August 24, 2011

Equinox is always a safe place for anyone who enjoys food prepared by a very good kitchen. From appetizers to dessert you know you are in the hands of professional chefs including the pastry chef.

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2011

The food was quite good, particularly the truffle mac and cheese and the duck confit.

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3.0Dined on August 20, 2011

This was our first time at Equinox. I had expected the food to sweep me off my feet, but it was just fine. The frier had died that evening, so we were unable to try 3 out of the 4 starters. The crabcake appetizer was delicious and the main course was good. My husband had porkchop and the flavors gave us the emotional feeling that autumn was upon us. This was a highlight. I had the bbq salmon and it was done well. Our server was friendly and upbeat and the staff was on top of their game.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2011

The restaurant was everything we anticipated. One vegetarian and one omnivore found multiple intriguing menu offerings. The food ordered was good featuring fresh, local ingredients. The service was friendly and engaged, checking with the kitchen to adjust one item for the vegetarian preference.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2011

This place isn't as good as they say it is. It's better. Simple food, expertly prepared, in an intimate and warm and wonderful environment. I'm already a vegetable lover, but this place will open your eyes to the most delicious things you can find on the farm. The squash blossoms with goat cheese and figs are not to be missed. God, it was all so good!

Going to Equinox is a special occasion in and of itself. While this isn't the fanciest food you've ever eaten, it's certainly some of the best.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2011

One of DC's finest places to eat - but you knew that.

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2011

We ate dinner here. The food was original and tasty, for sure, but not on a level we would expect for the price. Location is great, service was great. We are not likely to return.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2011

It was a great choice. Had an amazing time!

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2011

A wonderful dining experience. The food and service was fantastic. Easy and inexpensive to park.
Definitely a restaurant we will return to!!

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2011

After all I've read about Equinox, I was disappointed. When my companion specifically requested "fresh" juice, a glass of the usual juice (from a can? a carton?) appeared, after an unusually long wait. The food was fine - not exceptional. The heirloom yellow tomato vichyssoise is the only item that lived up to the restaurant's reputation. The service was brusque and routine, as if I was at a diner - someone (not our waiter), just slipped a dish at our table as he walked by! If the above were reasons because I was there for lunch on a Monday, then the establishment needs to either close on Mondays (it was already closed on Sundays in August), or maintain a standard of service appropriate for its name.

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