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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.
Washington, DC 20006
Contemporary American, Vegan, Farm-to-table
Hours of Operation:
Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm
I Street, N.W.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering: Equinox offers catering for all types of events.
Red Line: Farragut North. Blue, Orange & Silver Lines: Farragut West.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equinox - DC Ratings and Reviews
Although food was amazing and the ambiance is great our first 30 minutes were problematic. I had made a special request for a great table as birthday celebration. They brought us to table near street and it wasn’t great. Asked could we be moved to x table and was told no. After rearranging ourselves several times as floor was uneven and chair rocked my husband asked our waiter could we move into dining room as he was also cold. Was told no ALL tables were accounted for and restaurant fully booked. So we tried to settle in and enjoy even though lighting was stark and only view was dark street and massive wall. Then waiter said we could move as someone had cancelled. We moved to 2 person table that was fantastic and from then on delightful experience. But throughout our 2 hour and over $200 experience there were at least 4 tables ( 2 if which table for 2) that was never occupied. Most likely trying to even out waiters work load but still! We were clearly unhappy and there were so many empty tables. And also didn’t appreciate being ( lied to) as they said numerous times restaurant was fully booked. We were there during prime time 6:45-8:45. Finally although we saw another table receive a birthday candle surprise we were not. So why bother asking us for special requests. Fortunately we did the 4 course chef menu with wine pairing and super enjoyed it
Equinox, in my opinion, is one of the best kept restaurant secrets in DC in terms of excellent food, service and ambiance. It is consistently outstanding in every way. I ate lunch there recently and had the special, seared ahi tuna served over a wonderful cassoulet of chickpeas, tomatoes and seasonings that was so interesting and delicious. I have never had a mediocre meal there! I highly recommend it without reservation!
Huge private party which blocked all light, view and ambiance because of heavy ugly curtain separating them from all of us seated in half of what remained of the restaurant.Spotty service and they brought a younger wine than the one we ordered without pointing it out. Meager wine list. Pasta stuck together. Also freezing where we were seated. Have had great lunches there so brought special out of town guests. Very disappointing.
I am a vegetarian so I loved having Equinox as an option in the business lunch scene dominated by steakhouses, but it pains me to say I will not be coming back. Average entree is $20-ish for lunch. I ordered the special, a vegetarian pasta with brussel sprout leaves, parmesan and truffle oil. Get the check, it's $56. I balk and ask why on earth if a special is three times the price of every other pasta on the menu, they would not say so. Waiter says no one ever asks (BECAUSE YOU SHOULD VOLUNTEER THAT HIGHLY COUNTER-INTUITIVE INFORMATION) and said he would discount the price. It was discounted $8 to the appetizer portion. He tells me white truffle is thousands of dollars and people don't always know that. That is obnoxious, and a reason why you should say the price. I guess it's expensive but I don't know how much and shouldn't be expected to factor that in. This is not an "obvious" luxury item like filet mignon with a side of foie gras. You can get truffle mac or truffle fries at your neighborhood Olive Garden. Also, I didn't love the "special" and thought it was oily. I have eaten here before and had a good experience, but this was unbelievable. You cannot just scam customers this way just because you typically have a business crowd. Concealing information from your customers is not a way to show how "upscale" you are, it is downright dishonest. You lost a repeat customer.
***EDITED: The managers were very persistent in calling me back and apologizing for the situation and have offered to comp the price of a future meal. I was happy to hear they have implemented a policy chance and now print the special, along with the price, on the menu (which is really the only fix I was interested in). Raising to 3-stars because I appreciate them implementing a change.
We had a wonderful time! One of our guests is vegan and Equinox had come highly recommended by many neighbors and friends. It did not disappoint. We were especially touched that we were able to meet Todd himself, who generously welcomed our table with an appetizer of Jerusalem artichokes.
I loved my scallops but was really thrilled with my curry cauliflower soup.
I will be back and would strongly recommend to others, vegan or not.
Great food. Nicely designed space. The staff was very nice and friendly. Unfortunately, the wrong food was made and delivered so we had to wait again for the correct meal. We waited a total of 45 min until our food arrived. I'm sure this doesn't happen all the time, but it was unfortunate.
We went for brunch for our anniversary and the food was great! I could not get enough of the tempura cauliflower! Everything is vegan so it was nice going to a buffet without having to worry what was in something. Knowing it was our anniversary, they even gave us a card at the end! It is a bit pricey, but the quality is excellent and it is good for a special occasion. Also, we definitely did not need to eat again that day!
Everything about our experience was top notch. We went to Equinox to celebrate my husband's birthday because of the variety of plant-based options on the menu. Everything we ordered was delicious, the service was impeccable, my husband loved the wine, and the restaurant was busy but it wasn't too noisy so it was still easy to have a nice conversation.
I was very excited to try Equinox, especially for their vegan menu options. The ambiance was nice and the service was good, but a little reserved. I found the flavors of some of the dishes disappointing - the hearts of palm "crab cakes" were not seasoned enough and tasted bland. The cauliflower tempura had a bold, interesting flavor, but it was too pungent - I could only eat a few. On the other hand, the pasta was chewy and delicious. The dessert plate of a cookie, biscuit and truffle was very good and the highlight of the meal for me. And the cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages were light and refreshing. Overall, it was an interesting meal.
My wife and I came here for her birthday, and we were not disappointed! We each ordered the four course meal, and she selected the vegan option. Each wine pairing and course were better than the last! So glad we got in during white truffle season. The staff made sure to make my wife's birthday special and memorable. I would highly recommend Equinox for a fine dining experience or special occasion.
Very Disappointed. Have been there many times but service was poor including the waiter pouting water into my half full wine glass and then just saying he needed to pay more attention. No replacement of the wine. Service was slow, food was moderate.
Last time there
Nice, quiet, elegant atmosphere; food was generally excellent although the menu is very limited. Wines are expensive, although there are some around $50. Service was very friendly but slow and not as attentive as might be expected.
There are better alternatives nearby.
We had a wonderful time during their vegan brunch hours! My boyfriend and I have been trying to be more plant based and this was the perfect place for our Sunday date. We heard great things about this place so we decided to give it a try. We are super happy we did! We both left with a happy and full stomach. It was a great way to try delicious vegan foods.
Found equinox when looking for well respected vegan friendly places in the city as had some family in town that required this option. Was also my wife’s birthday so wanted something “special”.
Overall Equinox hit on all fronts. Very much enjoyed the selections available and all were pleased with our meals. We were concerned at our seating that a couple of larger nearby tables with business gatherings might interrupt, but the noice level was very livable.
The server and restaurant owners recognized my wife’s birthday in a very personal way which was a very much appreciated touch.
Our only “complaints” would be on the drinks/bar front. My two guests ordered off the specialty cocktail list but found their drinks sweeter than they would have thought. Probably more a function of what they selected versus poor craftmanship.
Thanks for the very nice evening.
This meal was amazing. We ordered the four course meal with the wine pairing, which lets you pick four courses of your choice from anything on the menu. Everything that we ordered tasted phenomenal, and the overall price wasn't crazy for the amount and quality of food that you received. My only gripe would be with the "wine pairings," which weren't really wine pairings. True, they provided a glass of wine with each course, but it wasn't really paired with what you ordered. My wife and I ordered very different plates, but were still brought the same wine for each of our courses, which isn't really a wine pairing. The wines were fine and reasonably priced, just not paired with what we ordered. Other than that it was an amazing meal and we will definitely be going back.
We always love Equinox, one of our favorite places in DC, especially for a special meal, to bring friends, where it is quietly elegant, and where you can have a conversation at a normal voice. The truffle risotto fritters are to die for, as is the truffle mac and cheese - I could go just to eat that and leave happy. A small criticism this time might seem strange, but we actually had too much food. A mushroom appetizer was a small but deep bowl filled with sliced mushrooms (was there supposed to be risotto in there, too?), which were delicious but too much of a good thing. The agnolotti course was a full pasta bowl and could easily have been split. We're enjoying the leftovers, however, and our guest raved about how good everything was.
Best Vegan brunch and for the food, quality, and service the price was acceptable. Was celebrating my wife's birthday and they overheard me talking to her if this was a great idea for her birthday. They brought out almond milk ice cream and a candle. Then gave her a birthday card signed by the owners.
Excellent place to dine...
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