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 Iron Gate and Masseria 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.



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


With two locations in this district, this restaurant puts a modern twist on Indian cuisine featuring small plates yet big taste. Start off with a dish made off a tawa (griddle) like scallops rasem or ragda patties or head straight to their sigri...  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

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


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

Chez Billy Sud
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For those of us who can't afford a romantic getaway to France, this restaurant is a great way to feel like you are there. Executive Chef Brendan L'Etoile has put together a Southern French cuisine menu that is fine dining in taste but won't...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Masseria

You will find a taste of Pulglia right here in the district after stepping into Nick Stefanelli's Union Market-based restaurant featuring traditional yet modern Italian dishes. Masseria has a prix fixe menu offering between three-to...  Read More

The Dabney
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Housed inside a former row house in Shaw, this romantic dining destination will make you feel like you have walked into an upscale farm house thanks to the wood burning hearth, open kitchen and exposed historic brick walls. Chef Jeremiah...  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

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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