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About Equinox - DC

Please come join Todd & Ellen Gray and the Equinox staff to delight in some of the seasons best flavors from the mid-atlantic region.

818 Connecticut Ave
N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Vegan, Farm-to-table

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

Cross Street:
I Street, N.W.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 331-8118

Website:
http://www.equinoxrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Catering: Equinox offers catering for all types of events.

Public Transit:
Red Line: Farragut North. Blue, Orange & Silver Lines: Farragut West.

Executive Chef:
Todd Gray

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

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.

Equinox - DC Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.5

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91% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (41)
Vegan (38)
Special Occasion (36)
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Creative Cuisine (33)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Good for a Date (24)
Healthy (19)
Romantic (19)
Organic (18)
Business Meals (18)
Tasting Menu (18)
Cozy (16)
Great for Brunch (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Authentic (9)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Seasonal (9)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Casual (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
People Watching (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Always reliably wonderful for one vegan and omnivorous hubby. Tasting menus were superb with fab wine pairings. Our waiter was super attentive and just perfect.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Equinox was chosen since my GF has just gone back to vegetarianism (I corrupted her for a bit). She wanted to eat everything on the menu but she settled for the truffle Mac and cheese, crispy brussel sprouts, eggplant casserolette, butternut squash falafel from the tasting menu, eggplants frittes and risotto fritters. She was very happy with her selection. I had the Australian prawns which were tasty but I'm a steak man through and through so I had to make due with good. We capped dinner off with braised pineapple with ginger bread cake and the mascarpone chocolate mousse cake which were great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2018

ALWAYS beautifully and thoughtfully prepared food. Excellent, fresh, locally sourced greens, fish, poultry. Always splendid service. ALWAYS leave with a smile.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Trying a vegan experience with my son. Interesting and flavorful!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

As always, the vegan brunch was amazing! The variety of food offered and the quality are unmatched. Everything was delectable-- I ate too much and did not need dinner. :) While their desserts look beautiful and were good, Equinox excels at the savory. I wish they would put the truffle mac and cheeze back on the buffet. Yummm. Thanks to Ellen and Todd for giving DC-area vegans somewhere to enjoy fine dining.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Vegan
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Exceptional quality food with many plant-based options. Warm, quiet setting was perfect for conversation. Fine service. The value was very good, with exceptional quality food and atmosphere balancing relatively high prices.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Attended the vegan brunch with some girlfriends. We all really enjoyed the food and a bonus was the chef coming out, to serve a dish, who was engaging and friendly.
The thing I would like to see changed is tea and coffee should be included in the buffet price.

Tags: Vegan, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Equinox is always outstanding. The service is impeccable. I've never had a meal there that wasn't delicious. The tables are far enough apart that you can have real conversations. I frequently take clients there for lunch and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 29, 2018

What a find: a vegan’s paradise! Enough said.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We wanted a special evening with friends from Calufornia. Equinox is always superb; the Restaurant Week menu was a welcome surprise! The service was attentive and gracious; the menu options delicious!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

First of all, it was a surprise to find out that Equinox didn’t participate in the dc restaurant week for lunch, something that was unclear from the Open Table’s website about the restaurant week. Secondly, the only option for the brunch on Sunday was vegan buffet, which was pretty bad and limited in creativity and options. We regretted we stayed.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great meal and service.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were there for Restaurant Week but quickly decided that this was a place that we must return to. With each bite I commented on how flavorful and well put together the seasonings and spices were. I have not tasted such an exquisite meal in quite a long time. Every bite was delicious from the first through third courses as well as those which were surprise dishes from the chef! The food was amazing and the service and ambience made for a very enjoyable evening. This is one restaurant that is high on my list to experience again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Organic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Another wonderful birthday dinner! Always a winner!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Went during Restaurant Week. Appetizers were delicious - I had the scallops and my friend the beans. We both regretted ordering the Fusilli with mushrooms as our entree, as it was so bland we asked for a lemon and pepper to doctor it up. Did not expect that at a restaurant at this level. (In retrospect, the server should have just offered us another dish when he realized the entree was not pleasing, but maybe during Restaurant Week they are not inclined to be that accommodating.) The flourless chocolate cake was very good.

Considering the Restaurant Week pricing, the value was very good. If we had paid regular price, I would have insisted on replacing the entree.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

A delicious meal. Wonderful service. Would definitely go there again happily.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We were visiting from out of town and Equinox came highly recommended. It did not disappoint! The halibut special was superb.

Tags: Organic, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Very grown and sexy feel. Great food! Excellent customer service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

I’ve been to the restaurant many times over many years since it opened. This last experience will ensure I will not return. My guest and I went for lunch. The service was terrible-sat without acknowledgement for some time. When waitress did come her communication skills were horrific. I ordered salad and trout-only was served salad. In addition, we were shoved in a back room with no natural light or ambiance. Such a HUGE disappointment. And embarrassing that I would usher the guest there.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We really enjoyed the Vegan Sunday brunch. My husband is vegan and I am not so we don’t eat out often. The Vegan Bruch is enjoyable to vegans and non- vegans and they change the menu every week so we will definitely be back. They also have great vegan options in their regular lunch and dinner menus! My husband was super happy!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Vegan
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Tasty enough that non-vegans will enjoy the vegan brunch. Atmosphere was cozy and inviting. Customer service was outstanding

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Had a great time at the Equinox for a dinner. The servers were knowledgeable and attentive. The food was amazing 😋

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Cozy, Casual, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food wasn't as unique or interesting as we'd hoped, and the service was awful and sometimes non-existent. We spent almost three hours in the restaurant for lunch due to slow service and the food did not merit the wait! Really disappointing trip.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Fantastic food, excellent atmosphere and great service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The Sunday buffet was good although the dishes lacked spices.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We both agreed, not only were the dessert and bread options exceptional, as usual, but the vegan chili themed soup was the best one ever!

Tags: Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was phenomenal, as was the service. The highlight was the "treat" of artichoke "crab cakes" brought out from the kitchen by the chef. Truly creative cuisine and relatively healthy. Also a setting with sufficient distance between tables so one can both hear and have a truly private conversation.

Tags: Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Equinox is a hidden gem in downtown DC. Although the restaurant has been here for a significant time it never seems to get the respect its quality chef and staff deserve but that makes for a real treat. In addition to the great tasting menu the vegan?vegetarian dishes are the best in the city. A chef that truly understands the needs of everyone.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great vegan bruch - very tasty even for non-vegans!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Equinox is great for omnivores, vegans, and everyone in between! Great food and atmosphere. Todd Gray personally came to our table twice. Thoroughly enjoyed our experience!

Tags: Vegan, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The vegan food is delicious, creative, and beautiful. I especially appreciate that this restaurant has wonderful food choices for vegans and non-vegans, so everyone can enjoy the meal.

Tags: Vegan, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The staff, including the Chef, were very accommodating in navigating around my food allergies. They didn't make me feel like I was a bother, and I really enjoyed the vegan brunch. More restaurants should take a page out of their book...it's not hard to make a few modifications, however it means so much to someone who just wants to enjoy a meal out once in awhile. We'll be back for sure!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fabulous as always. This time we enjoyed the unparalleled vegan brunch, Chef Todd brought over an amuse bouche, something new and different every time.

I’ve been for dinner a few times, and the folks I’m with always rave about the non vegan choices.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were disappointed. The John Dory was a bit fishy and over cooked. The Sage Spaghetti was OK but not great. The gougeres had too much goat cheese and were not very warm. The chocolate dessert (a special) was just a tube of fudge with cute things on the plate. It is inexpensive so we didn't feel we got value for our money.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding birthday dinner on a Saturday night at Equinox. Service and food is top notch. I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion (big birthday, anniversary, engagement etc..) Also, the tasting menu is fantastic!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My wife is vegetarian and nearly every dinner out we've had in our 20 years together has been a situation in which she has to compromise and do a back bend try to get something that works for her. Chances are she had to choose between a vegetable marinara and a mushroom risotto - and she's allergic to mushrooms. Equinox provided creative, interesting choices that made her feel like a vegetarian was a customer to be attracted and catered to, rather than simply placated. The flavor combinations were great, as were the ingredients. Best meal we've each had in a while.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Organic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was good but service could have been better. It too a while to get our drinks we all had a great time.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My daughter, who is a vegan, was visiting from New Jersey for the holidays. Several months ago she told me, "We HAVE to go to Equinox for their Vegan brunch buffet. I heard it's amazing!" We made reservations and it truly WAS amazing. The buffet offered a variety of wonderful dishes, including delicious desserts. Even if you're not a vegan, you'll love it! The service was beyond compare, and we were thrilled to meet Chef Todd Gray and his wonderful wife, Ellen Kassoff Gray. We'll definitely return.

Tags: Vegan, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Superlative in every respect. Outstanding. And we really appreciated your tending to my 102-year-old mother-in-law with grace and generosity of spirit. She was thrilled with her meal and your generosity of spirit. She noted that some of the menu selections might leave some diners a bit nervous and quizzical but thought everything would be terrific. She was right.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great ambiance and temperature to the room. There is nothing worse than dining in a freezing cold room, so I was happy to enter into a cozy atmosphere. Perfect for a holiday date night. My girlfriend ordered the plant based tasting menu and I the market tasting menu. Both five courses.

Each individual course was good. I particularly liked the risotto and braised beef short. The meat in each dish had excellent flavor. However, while each dish was good on its own, there was absolutely no flow to the tasting menu. Just heavy dish after heavy dish (for both tasting menus). Each dish felt the same. Nothing light or vibrant, even for the starter.

The service was good (my water was always filled). So overall a positive experience - would recommend you go here especially around the holidays. But they should spice up the tasting menu and make it a culinary journey (as a good tasting menu should be).

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