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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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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

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91% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (45)
Fit for Foodies (39)
Vegan (38)
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Creative Cuisine (33)
Special Occasion (31)
Good for a Date (27)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Romantic (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Healthy (20)
Business Meals (18)
Local Ingredients (17)
Cozy (15)
Great for Brunch (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Organic (14)
Tasting Menu (13)
Seasonal (12)
Authentic (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Happy Hour (4)
Casual (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Fun (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A delicious buffet vegan brunch is offered here on Sundays. I ordered an autumn harvest latte with sweet potato puree which was perfect for a chilly fall morning. The food here is fresh and creative and worth the hour trip for us.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Seasonal
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Beans in mushroom pasta were undercooked

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The new fall menu created by Chef Todd Gray is fabulous! And, the special Nantucket Scallops and Crab soup was off the hook. I love this place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Absolutely delicious with plant based options. Lovely service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Awesome vegan brunch! My favorite place of all time!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

As a vegan looking for a good meal, I used the 'Happy Cow" app to find Equinox, and loved the Sunday gourmet vegan Brunch. I had a similar excellent Sunday vegan brunch experience at the Atlanta, GA, "Herban Fix."

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Organic, Cozy, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Delicious food, beautifully presented. Quiet mellow music very much in background and one could just relax and talk. A bit of a splurge for me but we’ll worth it for a calm and tasty night out.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

This is a FABULOUS restaurant with an imaginative menu with lots of modern vegetarian delights, hand-crafted cocktails, and fresh meats and fish! Sides are also terrific! Wine list small but surprising! Will go back often!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food disappointing and it was incredibly warm in restaurant. Definitely not worth it

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Love it every time I go there. The food is usually great. Ambience, service 5 stars.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fun, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Vegan, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Vegan, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent service. Varied menu to meet many types of food choices.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Organic, Romantic
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent food as usual!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Very nice business lunch; food that is consistently good quality and a menu that changes with the right amount of frequency to make it interesting. Nice place!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Best restaurant in all of DC! Todd is a culinary genius and wonderful person!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Healthy, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 3, 2017

This was the best meal we had in DC. The service was excellent. Very attentive without being obtrusive. Lovely presentation. Delicious food. We will absolutely go back next time we are in DC.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Beautiful day for an outdoor business lunch. Tuna and trout were outstanding!

Service was a little slow and inattentive, but acceptable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent food and excellent service

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 27, 2017

This was a beautifully elegant option for vegan fine dining.

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Outstanding and creative cuisine with impecable service and attention to detail.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Happy Hour, Organic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Fabulous vegan Rosh Hashanah prefixed menu dinner!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 21, 2017

My wife is vegan and I'm not, this place offered something for everyone. It was original,authentic, cusine that made our dinner fun and delicious. I would recommend this place to the most finicky palates. Bravo on a terrific night out.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Vegan, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Always a great meal with excellent service. The Lezlee Westine chicken salad is always a great dish. I also recommend the birdsnest with mushrooms, though that may only be on the menu at certain times of the year.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had a great experience at Equinox. My husband is both GF and vegan and this had many delicious options for him (and me!).

Tags: Special Occasion, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

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...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Hot Spot, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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