Equinox - DC

4.6
2314 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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, Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 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/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2314 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Todd does a wonderful job preparing food with a celebration of vegetables. Deliciously prepared vegetables along with excellent lamb and swordfish. Dont miss the grilled octopus was out of this world fresh!

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MB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We indulged for my birthday (truffles!). The food was AMAZING. Perfect ambiance. Understated and elegant. We will definitely be back for small plates and to try the tasting menus. I am also looking forward to trying the vegan Sunday brunch.

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AC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience as always! I really look forward to Sunday’s vegan brunch. Every time I have come, I’ve brought a non- vegan and they all loved it. I appreciate the chef’s creativity. I’ve never had anything bad here.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an outstanding dining experience and Equinox remains my favorite spot in the entire area. We only have participated in the vegan brunches, but have found it to be the best value in all of D.C.- you will never leave hungry! We were presented with a new creation-a plum soda- that was very original, and the soup and breads and dessert selections are always worth the trip, and I drive TWO HOURS to be part of it all. Sometimes I'm concerned that if word gets out to too many people, the establishment will become so busy that we will never be able to reserve our places and be part of it again, but Todd and Ellen work hard to make sure Equinox remains the top establishment in the area, and thus they surely deserve whatever success comes their way.

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eggplant chips were to die for. Best vegan meal out I’ve ever had.

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DO
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good options for my companion who is a vegetarian. I was thrilled to see Jewish artichokes on the menu and they were as good as I remember from Rome. The main courses were also excellent and reasonably sized. We decided to split a dessert, salted caramel chocolate tart with peanut butter ice cream, a delicious mix of flavors. And best of all, the restaurant is quiet.

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C
Omaha
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being from the Midwest, a trip to Washington, DC usually includes a dinner at Equinox. It is always a special treat.

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LB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been back in six months and tried something different than my usual choice of the pulled chicken salad. Salmon was phenomenal and healthy! Lots of grilled vegetables. Always fun. Service and staff are great! Can't wait to come back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fun to enjoy a fancy vegan meal with my husband ❤️

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Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tried the tasting menu and every course was a winner
Thoughtful wine pairings added to the experience
Service was a bit rushed at first but settled down to a more relaxed pace after first course

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G
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Equinox has been my go-to near the White House restaurant for years. When there isn't a special I crave, I usually go for the pulled chicken salad, but this time I went for the rock shrimp with soba noodles. I'm sorry I did. The shrimp were fried (!!!), small and kind of tasteless. The soba noodles were drenched in sauce. Overall, it was very disappointing.

I loved the hibiscus lemonade, but $6 for lemonade? Really? I landed up paying $35 for a lunch I didn't enjoy very much at all.

The service at Equinox is almost always excellent, and the ambiance and relative quiet is welcome. But the food didn't live up to the restaurant's standards this time. I'm sure I'll be back, but I'll probably stick with the chicken salad.

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p
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a nice restaurant. Good vegetarian options.

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Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A little expensive for what you get. The service was impeccable though.

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SA
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Brunch! This is a very special restaurant where all food choices can be accommodated. The Vegan Sunday brunch is unique because this restaurant serves meat the rest of the time. I have never had vegan food this good in a Vegan restaurant. The dishes change but everything we had was first rate. The spreads for the Artesian read were exceptional and words can’t do justice to the deserts.

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M
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Equinox was a wonderful place to take a couple close friends to celebrate their recently nuptials. The food was phenomenal and the service was great. Excited to come back next time I am in D.C.

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Baltimore
186 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was one of the worst restaurants I ever went to that Open Table recommended. The food and service were awful and it was a buffet, so the waiter and busboy had hardly anything to do. The restaurant was empty and I literally had to get out of my chair to get my ice tea refilled and then to find someone to bring me the check. After I asked for the check, I still waited 10 minutes before I could get leave. Avoid this restaurant!

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SD
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Fabulous vegan brunch, I was so impressed! I can't wait to come back!

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YV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place to break some (vegan) bread and spend time with friends. Quiet and elegant. Sunny enclosed dining area with good street views. Wonderful vegan brunch menu and a perfect place for pre-theater matinee. Centrally located and metro friendly.

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CH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Great food always.

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DO
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for us and we were very pleasantly surprised how great it was. Both the Plant Based on other foods were excellent.

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OT
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was really good. Food was OK. Too expensive for what you get.

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m
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As it has always been, dinner which was celebrating the marriage of two friends was perfect. As always there was a willingness to modify particular dishes to accommodate specialneeds.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Took a friend there for her birthday - the waiter was wonderful - when we gave him an idea of what we liked he made two sterling recommendations which were every bit as good as he had stated. Will be back for another special occasion.

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CN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I try to go there every couple months for brunch on Sunday with some of my girlfriends. I took my aunt this time (her first time) and she said she loved every minute of it.

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RV
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome menu, great and polite service, wonderful venue.

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DR
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hits all the high notes. Artichokes are top notch! Don’t recommend the pita appetizer. Entrees were generous. Creative preparation. Lovely presentation. Excellent wine list. Excellent service. A must go.

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SW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Equinox is an excellent choice in Washington's fine dining scene. I've had the privilege of dining here for business and pleasure, and have yet to be disappointed. One evening where we hosted some guests from our corporate headquarters, were pleasantly surprised to find the Equinox staff outside on the patio, manning massive grills filled with oysters and homemade sausages. This summertime tweet was ravenously devoured by our out-of-town guests and exemplifies the creative, seasonal menu you will encounter here. I must also say that Equinox likely has some of the best vegan dishes in town.

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AC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Noise level due to air conditioning unit was crazy loud. The group of us found that we would hold off trying to talk until the breaks between the a/c booming on and off. We were seated in a corner of the front enclosed porch area, directly next to the busing station. We were seated for a full 20 minutes before our order was taken.
The food was average. The entrees and appetizers are quite small which is completely understandable if the dishes are outstandingly prepared. The consensus of the table (and all six of us are foodies and don't mind the expense of an excellent meal) agreed that the presentation far exceeded the quality of the food. Finally, the desert(s) was/were horrible. Do not get the "rum cake". Two of us ordered it and it was like eating a stale piece of bread floating in cheap rum. The waiter brought one of our guests a dessert that they did not order, so we all ended up trying each option on the menu. The only mild stand out was the dark chocolate cheesecake. All in all, we expected much more from this location and chef, especially at $35 plus an entrée.

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OT
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant was great. We went for restaurant week and the menu was superb. There were lots of plant-based menu items. We even had porcini mushrooms cooked so well they tasted like pasta.

It was a very quiet and romantic. The servers were there at just the right time and never let the water (or wine) get too low.

Would recommend again.

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SW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Eqinox never disappoints. With a variety of excellent food, atmosphere and service, it’s one of DC’s best.

Steve and Monica

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Y
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

They served pork loin in raw.
It was really shock to see at the restaurant to serve uncooked pork. Chef and all staff need to get food education again.

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k
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious ! We went for restaurant week but I would definitely come back again. Half of the menu was plant based , which was great being that I am a vegetarian . My friends who ate meat also loved the menu. Everything tasted fresh and flavorful. The restaurant itself was on the smaller side and quiet.

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SU
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. The food choices and wine pairing was great. Highly recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu was intriguing and food sublime. A new favorite of mine.

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CC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at equinox, and had a fabulous time. My wife ordered from the vegan menu, I ordered from the market menu, and every dish was superb. Can’t recommend it enough.

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FL
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a terrific restaurant. It was full when we arrived at 6:30 during restaurant week, but the service and food were perfect. We will certainly return.

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LT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Great service. I sat next to a family with young children who were a little loud and busy. Next time I should have been asked if my husband and I minded being near that table. Loved the customer service overall.

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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Altogether satisfying! The perfect place for our anniversary.

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LI
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall, the dining experience at Equinox was satisfactory. The food and service were good and we enjoyed not having to talk over people. However, their wine list was pretty disappointing. They have 6 reds to choose from for wines by the glass and not many more by the bottle. Also, when the AC was on, it was pretty distracting. You could hear the air coming out of the vents and it was BRUTALLY cold. I could see other guests fidgeting and commenting about the AC.

Besides the wine list and AC vent being loud and way too cold, the experience was a memorable one.

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GB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us are on the Ketogenic diet. Equinox had lots of good food options for everyone! Absolutely delicious!

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