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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Russia House Restaurant - Herndon restaurant
5 (944)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Set in historic Herndon, the Russia House Restaurant offers Russian hospitality and culinary excellence in all its details. The restaurant opened in July of 1992 by the friendly owners Ali and Homeyra Darugar, and together they created an atmosphere of aristocratic dining with classic cuisine, with the warm feeling that you are dining at your aristocratic grandmother’s table. Mrs. Darugar moved from Russia with her grandparents to Switzerland, where she learned to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen. She brought her great culinary talents here to the United States and created the exquisite menu and served as the head chef in the first few years the restaurant was opened. The restaurant features Russian, Continental and Georgian cuisine with a French flair. PLEASE CALL RUSSIA HOUSE DIRECT- 703-787-8880 TO MAKE RESERVATIONS ON VALENTINE'S DAY.
Top review
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
We love Russia House. The owners are so gracious that we feel like we are being invited into their home for dinner. The food is exquisite, the ambiance perfect. They have an extensive menu, with some items off menu they will prepare on request. We have been going to Russia House for many years and look forward to going back. We really like the borscht. I had the duck breast with sour cherries. It was perfect. My wife and son had chicken with walnut sauce, which was also perfect. Highly recommended!
A photo of Two Nine restaurant
5 (37)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Kaiseki-Sushi Omakase Pop Up experience Georgetown, D.C. in the Tucked away food hall at the grace street collective. Curating a meal with hints of Hawaiian ingredients, flavor profiles and hospitality lead by Chef Zachary Ramos. Highlighting local produce from Karma Farm and Moon Valley Farm, Maryland. Seasonal seafood imported overnight from Toyosu Market located in Tokyo, Japan which will make every experience a new one every single time.

Our Tea Service is handled by Thomas Chen.
Seasonal Sake pairing curated by our very own Sake Scholar/Sommelier Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen.

First Seating at 5:30 P.M.
Second Seating at 7:30 P.M.
17 courses/$180 per person.
Sake Pairing/$80 per person.

*Tax and tip does not apply.
Top review
Dined on May 18, 2024
Even though still in their pop-up space, the meal was exquisite. The preparation, presentation and uniqueness of the courses made for a memorable meal. Can’t wait for the new establishment!
A photo of The Melting Pot - Fredericksburg restaurant
4.8 (909)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
The Melting Pot is Fredericksburg’s premiere fondue restaurant. We offer both a romantic and family friendly atmosphere for your fine dining fondue experience. Our staff operates with one goal in mind - to provide you with the perfect night out.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
The service was impeccable, with friendly and attentive staff who made sure our dining experience was top-notch. They were knowledgeable about the menu and offered great recommendations. Overall, this place is a must-visit for anyone looking to enjoy a unique and delicious dining experience. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a cozy night out, this place delivers on all fronts. We can’t wait to return!
A photo of Jônt restaurant
4.8 (25)
$50 and over
French / Japanese
U Street Corridor
About the restaurant
At Jônt, we are a team of young and inspired chefs taking down the walls between kitchen and guests and taking you on a culinary adventure. Immerse yourself in a progressive tasting menu focusing on the simple, yet luxurious, ingredients around the world with deep inspiration from Japanese cuisine.

We challenge the seasons, navigate beyond the limits of time and break with tradition— getting playful with process and tricky with techniques at the intersection of place and possibility.

Jônt has been recognized with two Michelin stars since 2021.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Each dish was perfectly crafted and the service was outstanding. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a unique and delicious dining experience.
A photo of Willard Holiday Brunch and Tea restaurant
4.7 (86)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Join us at Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. for a special Mother's Day Afternoon Tea on Sunday, May 12. Indulge in unlimited afternoon tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts, along with bottomless champagne, mimosa, and bellini.

You will be seated in the recently renovated Crystal Ballroom, the most iconic room in the hotel, and seatings will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Do not miss this chance to treat your loved ones to a delightful afternoon and to create a new tradition.

$165 per adult | $85 per child (5-12 years of age)
(not including tax and gratuity) (a 24% service charge will be added)

Each seating will have a time limit of 2 hours.
Top review
Dined on May 12, 2024
Mother’s Day Tea was beautiful. I am pleased with the event and will come back in the future. I was also happy that parking was validated.
A photo of Boqueria - Penn Quarter restaurant
4.7 (516)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Penn Quarter
About the restaurant
An energetic Barcelona-style tapas bar serving Spanish favorites, seasonal specials, and curated cocktails in a contemporary space steps from DC's Chinatown, Capital One Arena, and near the National Mall.

Perfect for a shared meal of small plates, happy hour or lunch with the team, a memorable date night, or weekend brunch!

Let us know if you have any seating requirements when making your booking. Parties of 10 or more will enjoy our Chef's Tasting Menu ($52pp plus beverage, tax and gratuity).

Please note that by making a reservation through OpenTable you are agreeing to receive marketing communications from Boqueria.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
I generally don't find DC restaurants to be the best, but the service today was enough to get me to come back. There was a mix-up with an order. Accidents happen, right? Well, they brought out the right order, and not only did they acknowledge the mistake, but they brought out desserts for the whole table to make up for it. Accountability was outstanding. The manager even came to the table to apologize. It's a small thing, and we weren't expecting it at all, but it was noted at the table, and the table touch showed just how professional the restaurant is. Thank you for a great experience.
A photo of CUT by Wolfgang Puck restaurant
4.7 (535)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
CUT by Wolfgang Puck offers a sophisticated and modern design, refined service, and the absolute finest selections of beef. The dinner menu reflects the unique spirit and sensibility of the Washington metropolitan area, with both the menu and design drawing inspiration from the surrounding Georgetown neighborhood.

CUT restaurant features two stunning bars: one guests will find upon entering CUT, while the other sits atop the hotel on a magnificent deck overlooking the city. Both will serve custom bespoke cocktails, wine, beer, and an extensive food menu. An intimate 14-seat private dining space also will be available for special events, meetings, and celebrations.

Because of the limited space in our dining room, any cancellations within 24 hours of the reservation may trigger a $25 per person cancellation fee. Guests may bring their own wine, as long as the wine is not on our wine list, limited to 2 bottles per table, and subject to a corkage fee of $45 per bottle / $90 per magnum.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Truly delicious food from start to finish. Great service. Filet, Mac & cheese, creamed spinach and peppercorn sauce. Apple tart for dessert.
A photo of Aroma Latin Fusion restaurant
4.7 (253)
$31 to $50
Latin American
About the restaurant
Our Executives chef`s "the twin bothers" Jean Paul and Antonio Poggi" created an excellent combination of flavors that generate an experience on the palate, his Peruvian-Colombian flavors are his flagship in this gastronomic proposal called Aroma Latin Fusion.
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Dined 7 days ago
We drove out here from Md. To try a new Peruvian place. The restaurant was full and very loud and dark. The food was a mix of Peruvian and Colombian . My LomoSaltado was very good and my Husbands Pulpo Al Olivo was very tender but,our friend had the Bandeja Montanera and he thought is was ok but said he probably wouldn’t recommend it. The Pisco Sours were delicious. Also, I wasn’t that crazy about the Empanadas either. I think we’ll stick to our regular Peruvian Restaurant.
A photo of The Melting Pot - Arlington VA restaurant
4.6 (2737)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
For over 20 years, the Melting Pot of Arlington has offered an extraordinary dining experience that you won't find at any other restaurant. Here, you'll discover all the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines and fabulous four-course fondue-style dinners. No matter what the occasion, from a romantic date to get-togethers with friends, meetings or large groups, The Melting Pot always hits the spot.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Our server was amazing very personal. Food was expensive but it was good overall.
A photo of Willard Tea Room restaurant
4.6 (8)
$50 and over
Afternoon Tea
About the restaurant
Experience the iconic Willard Afternoon Tea in a new setting. Located off the renowned Peacock Alley, Willard Tea Room stands as the newest gem within this historic hotel. Boasting an elegant ambiance and an extensive selection of teas, pastries, and savories, it serves as the perfect setting to elevate any occasion, whether it's a relaxing afternoon tea or a special gathering with friends and family.
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Dined on Jun 7, 2024
The staff was incredibly helpful in ensuring that the people in our party with a wheelchair and another assisted mobile device were escorted to the handicapped entrance up a level. The lift was secure and up -to-code. Thank you!!
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