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If you happen to be in DC on your own, there are plenty of spots where you can hang out independently without feeling uncomfortable. Here are our top five choices for where to dine on your own:

Mintwood Place and Convivial

Sleek French-American restaurant Convivial, located in Shaw, and its homey counterpart Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan are both perfect places to enjoy an independent dinner. You can dine at the bar at both places, or enjoy a table with some privacy. The food also happens to be delicious, making both of these spots perfect places to enjoy meals.

801 O St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-2870

Mintwood Place
1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6732


Newly opened wine bar Primrose is a perfect spot for oenophiles on their own to explore. If you’re in the mood for conversation, you can get chatting with other customers or the bartender to learn more about the wine. If not, you can browse the wine list and find out about a number of wines curated by the restaurant’s wine expert.

3000 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017
(202) 248-4558

Sushi Para

For less than $20, you can enjoy an all you-can-eat sushi meal at DC’s Sushi Para. The deal is perfect for solo travelers, since instead of relying on the rest of your table to order entrees that you can sample, you can order as much as you’d like. There are a wide number of sushi and sashimi options to choose from, too, so you’ll have a lot of choice.

4221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
(202) 237-8777

Jinya Ramen Bar

Logan Circle raman spot Jinya is a great place to go on your own. Given the sometimes long wait time for large parties here, you’ll be able to get in faster without any companions. Hang out at the bar and order a big bowl of ramen to enjoy.

1336 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 588-8560


The dark interior at this gorgeous Spanish restaurant means that you can dine at Estadio without feeling like there’s a spotlight on you. Order a couple of tapas and an entree, along with a glass of Spanish wine, and enjoy an evening out by yourself.

1520 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 319-1404