Whether you’re getting ready for a big date or hoping to close a deal, you’ll want to close out your trip to DC with at least one night at one of the city’s chicest eateries. Check out our options below for where to dine.
Fabio Trabocchi’s Gallery Place gem is definitely the spot to take anyone you’re looking to impress. The sleek, wood-paneled Italian restaurant is tasting-menu-only in its dining room, where you can feast on luxurious meals like tortellini with sweetbreads and chestnut cappuccino with black truffle.
(entrance on Indian Ave), 601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
This Dupont Circle Mediterranean restaurant is all about simple elegance. Everything from the sleek wooden floors to the handwritten menus (updated daily) is focused on giving you a sense of refined intimacy without ever edging into opulence. Be prepared to shell out, but you’ll be recompensed with delicious meals like roasted Greek-style lamb.
1509 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
With two locations (one in the West End and one in Metro Center), high-end Indian restaurant Rasika usually has a table open in one of its opulent dining rooms. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a quiet meal of biryani while you take in the gorgeously designed interior.
633 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004
West End/Foggy Bottom
1190 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
Located in DC’s CityCenter, this airy Italian spot is helmed by pasta aficionado Chef Amy Brandwein. The light-wood-and-white decor gives the spot a relaxing feel, perfect for tucking into a hearty bowl of wood-fired yellowfin tuna or handmade gnocchi with veal ragu.
974 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
You can’t make a trip to DC without a visit to at least one of Chef Jose Andres’ many local restaurants and for sheer elegance, you can’t beat Mediterranean spot Zaytinya. The high-ceilinged loft-style Metro Center spot serves plenty of eclectic wine varieties as well, so make sure to order something you haven’t tried before with your dinner.
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001