The only thing better than letting someone else deal with the cooking and cleaning is getting to enjoy a meal with a loved one while looking over a fabulous view. Love is in the air at these venues in D.C.; dine at one of them to bring romance into your life.
Restaurant Eve, Tasting Room
Hours: Mon–Sat 5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
In Restaurant Eve’s Tasting Room, couples sit side by side, rather than across from each other, so the dining experience is especially intimate and unique. Too add to the experience, opt for a five, seven or nine course tasting menu. From beginning to end enjoy one of the most delicious meals of your life. Award-winning Chef Cathal Armstrong serves course after course of modern American/French influenced dishes, and even offers a vegetarian options for each course. Although this place will be a hit on your wallet (the five-course tasting menu is $120 per person), it is worth it for those seeking the perfect romantic dinner. The restaurant will even send you home with a little bag of scone mix so the romance of the evening will continue to the next morning.
Hours: Mon-Fri Noon-2:30 p.m.; Mon–Thu 5 p.m.–10 p.m.; Fri–Sat: 5:00 p.m.–11 p.m.
Dim lighting, elegant tables and hearty Italian fare make Al Tiramisu one of the best restaurants in D.C. for a romantic night out. Treat your date to fluffy ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta, soaked in an aromatic butter and sage sauce, or pappardelle with an earthy wild mushroom ragu. Be sure to complement your food with a bottle of Italian wine. Al Tiramisu features over 200 bottles of red and white Italian wines. Prices are reasonable, with appetizers between $8-13 and main courses from $16-28.
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Hours: Mon–Thurs 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m.; Fri–Sat. 5:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Look no further than Dupont Circle’s Restaurant Nora for a romantic dining experience. With a cozy dining room, great service and delicious food, the evening is guaranteed to be perfect. Try a tasting menu for $68, or order a la carte. Don’t miss dessert; Nora’s Molten Bittersweet Chocolate Cake with Cappuccino Ice Cream is absolutely sublime.
Le Chat Noir
Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri–Sat 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.
For a truly Parisian experience in D.C., make a reservation at Le Chat Noir. The upstairs bar is small and cozy—perfect for a pre-dinner glass of wine. The front area of the downstairs dining room is best place to snag a spot; those tables are surrounded by glass enclosure, creating the illusion of dining outdoors. Menu highlights include salads and sweet and savory crepes. Best of all, the food is reasonably priced. Appetizers start at $6 and savory crepes start at $8. Be sure to indulge in a Nutella crepe, and of course a bottle of Champagne.
Hours: Sun Noon–10:30 p.m.; Mon–Thurs 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sat Noon–11 p.m.
Upon entering Indique Heights the first thing you see is a beautifully adorned swing for two, placed right by a large window. The dining room features seating with velvet chairs and low lighting, making you feel like you are in an Indian palace, and Indian cuisine is all about ordering several items and sharing as a couple. Appetizers are as low at $6 and main courses range from $12-$22. Order some Indian bread to go with your food, and make sure your hands meet in the bread basket.
Hours: Tues–Sat 6p.m.–10 p.m.
With one of the smallest, warmest, coziest dining rooms in town, dining at Obelisk is an experience unlike any other. Impeccable service, perfect food, and intimate quarters will bring romance right back to life. The $75 five- course Italian menu changes nightly, with each dish more perfect than the last. Complete the meal with special wine pairings.
Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.