Equinox - DC

4.7
2337 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 2337 People Are Saying
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4.6
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MI
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing experience. We have been here before with much better experience. Tonight we ordered homemade egg noodle fettuccine with truffles as one of the special entrees - fair at best. Slow service and not worth waiting.
Sides were the only saving grace (brussel sprouts and truffle mac and cheese). Appetizer grilled calamari and other entree quail at our table was average at best. We will not go back.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sisters birthday

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MD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The execution on the menu was excellent. The plant-based options and meat dishes all received high marks from our guests. Wine list is somewhat limited, but approachable and well-crafted.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food used to be good, but now it is becoming boring or not so interesting. The quality of the service is very low, waiters are rude. They took my credit card from the table before bringing the check. The add 20% gratuity directly to my check just because they saw I was foreign. What if I wanted to give them 15-18%? Rude and unkind.

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y
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went to Equinox for their vegan brunch buffet. It was absolutely fantastic. It catered to both the vegans that actually enjoy veggies (veggie forward items) and for others that want either analogs or "regular" brunch foods. I totally recommend this for both vegans and people that just love to brunch.

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AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We received a gift card and had never heard of equinox but decided to use it for our anniversary. In the special requests and comments box on open table I just wrote “anniversary.”

Our waiter was fantastic. Perfectly friendly, knowledgeable, great timing, we felt well taken care of but not imposed upon. He poured my wine heavy to finish the bottle and indulged me in a “half-ish pour” later in the evening because I couldn’t do another full glass.

They didn’t make a deal about the anniversary at all when we came in, which was completely fine, I don’t like a big to-do, but when we ordered dessert they brought us each a glass of champagne, a handwritten card for each one of us, and they brought out the desserts with a candle in each and small happy anniversary chocolate signs in the confections. By that time we had really spent the evening with our waiter end it was a much more comfortable and appropriate gesture for a quieter couple like us.

It was expensive, so better for a special occasion, but we would definitely go back.

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OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. We decided to pick a few appetizers as our dinner. Great decision

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MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I had the quail. It was very, very salty. I was with out of town guests, and chose not to say anything or return the dish. Huge disappointment.

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DT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic vegan brunch. Great value! Will come again often.

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dinners hands down! Excellent and attentive service. Food preparation and presentation was beyond expectations. The freshness and thoughtful cooking techniques awakened the palate! Chef Todd Gray is a culinary genius that will not disappoint.

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OT
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, perfect service

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ND
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was very attentive and accommodating, the food good, not great - very subdued flavors overall. I choose this place because I know it's been around for a while, and I recently learned that they have a fair amount of veggie options. However, I found the menu kind of limited, with the two veggies mains pasta based. My husband pointed out that the decor had a bit of a 70s vibe, but not in that ironic hipster way. I loved the amuse bouche (always a nice touch) and I LOVED that I didn't have to raise my voice to converse. I like my music loud at shows, but I hate to yell when I eat! I will return to try out the vegan brunch.

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m
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my husband’s birthday. Everything was perfect. The menu had a good vegan selection for me to chose from while I watched him devour the lamb dish. The service was top notch. This restaurant is definitely on our “must eat here again” list.

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AS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Love the idea but was disappointed there were no gluten free items on the menu — bread, a scone, a cracker, or a dessert! Pastry chef brought me some survey which was a nice touch.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent

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YV
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As a vegetarian and gluten-free this fits the bill nicely. Enjoyed thoroughly with my group of 6 friends.

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

Equinox, while pricey, is the best place I have found that can satisfy plant-based and meat-eaters alike. The menu is creative, varied and delicious. The service was outstanding and the room was beautiful.

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EY
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef spoke with us personally about our wants and needs. And he delivered perfectly on our order.

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DB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Equinox for cozy dinners and parties big and small for many years now. Equinox never fails to please and impress us, our family, and our friends...........We love it!

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GL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food (eggplant chips with baba ganoush, swordfish) excellent. Service was sub par. Waiter did not show any enthusiasm to explain the menu and answer questions.

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L
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great vegan food! We really enjoy the Sunday Brunch.

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HJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I went whole food plant based / vegan in July 2018. I found the Equinox on-line and didn't disappoint -- tremendous brunch, we'll be back. Harvey, Lisa and Sierra

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NB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Not a lot of people on a Friday night... Food was good. Appetizers were tiny.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
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 on October 16, 2018
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
29 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
26 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
25 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
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a nice restaurant. Good vegetarian options.

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OT
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
25 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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