Table For Two: Romance Is On The Menu In The Nation's Capital



The Beatles famously crooned "All you need is love, love. Love is all you need." Well, they may be right but an unforgettable trip to a romantic restaurant certainly can't hurt, right? Washington, D.C. has a huge variety of restaurants to chose from with culinary dishes representing countries from across the world that will please the palate of that special someone.  

When it came time for 10Best to find the most standout romantic spots, we looked at several factors – venue ambiance, menu excellence and staff attentiveness – because when you are trying to impress someone special, you only want the best. 

Several of our picks contain places that change their menu daily to reflect the freshest ingredients including Fiola and The Tabard Inn. Every time you step in the door, a new food discovery can be made. If you are looking for a romantic getaway that marries both food and lodging, The Inn at Little Washington can not be beat. Tasting menus are quite popular in the district so head on over to Komi, Iron Gate and Marcel's for sinfully delicious selections. 


Whether you are celebrating Valentine's Day, an anniversary or just a fun night out, romance is on the menu at these fine Washington, D.C. area restaurants.

 

 
 
 
 

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Restaurant Eve
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Take a drive down to Old Town, Alexandria and head to this charming restaurant housed inside a renovated late 1800s warehouse. A cobblestone path guides you to the entrance which is lined by candles. With a goal to bring ingredients, cooking...  Read More


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Sure, you can come to this eatery and get an amazing dinner meal – bacon mac and cheese, strawberry caprese flatbread and creole crab cakes just to name a few. But, let's face it, this venue is known for its fabulous dessert offerings. Try the...  Read More




Choosing its name to honor a historic year in Washington, D.C.'s history, the Georgetown venue harks back to days gone by. American antiques, paintings and china decorate the six dining rooms which add to the venue's historic ambiance. The...  Read More


Tabard Inn Restaurant
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Dubbing itself a European-style oasis on American soil, this venue offers both a charming place to sleep and a restaurant featuring a seasonal dish menu. Located inside three townhomes dating back to the late 19th century, the Inn has 40...  Read More


Marcel's


With soft lighting, elegant white décor, and a maître d to greet you, this French and Belgian cuisine venue is epitome of fine dining. Menu items change daily but the high quality of each meal does not. Chose from four, five, six or seven...  Read More




This modern Greek restaurant is a foodie's dream come true. A set multi-course tasting dinner begins with small, light dishes and moves toward pastas, entrees and desserts. Since there are no printed menus, you are told of the meal as it is...  Read More


Fiola


Opened in 2011, this much buzzed about restaurant is Chef Fabio Trabocchi's first in D.C. With a modern upscale vibe, this venue changes menus every day to reflect the freshest ingredients available for its regional and contemporary Italian...  Read More


Iron Gate Restaurant
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Reopened in 2013 under the direction of executive chef Anthony Chittum, this venue dates back to the days of the Civil War when it was used as stables for its cavalry officer owner. Today, the original carriageway hosts the bar and year round...  Read More


Rose's Luxury
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Named for Chef Aaron Silverman's paternal grandmother and his desire to provide a warm, casual and hospitable environment for guests, this venue regularly has a long line when its doors open for dinner seating. They do not take reservations for...  Read More


Inn at Little Washington


Nestled in Washington, Va., this cozy yet elegant venue is the perfect spot to bring that special someone for a romantic getaway. The Inn features 24 bedrooms and suites – some with picturesque views of the historic, untouched land. Patrons...  Read More


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Meet Gina Gallucci White

Gina Gallucci White is an award winning freelance writer with articles appearing in such regional publications as Frederick Magazine, The Daily Record, Montgomery Magazine and The Gazette. She...  More About Gina

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