100 Washington, D.C. Area Restaurants to Love This Valentine's Day

Whether your idea of a good time is a fancy, festive dinner out or cold sesame noodles and binge-watching on the couch, we're here to help you find it—since the greatest love of all is the love of food. Dig in.

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Restaurants:Zaytinya, The Hamilton, Founding Farmers - DC
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, American
Neighborhoods:Penn Quarter, Downtown, Foggy Bottom
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Zaytinya

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Penn Quarter
16,701 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
Delicious lunch with flavorful food in a relaxing and attractive restaurant
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
487 people mentioned the Mezze
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The Hamilton

$$$$·American·
Downtown
9,150 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Great service and food, reasonably priced for downtown DC. Nice atmosphere!
71 people mentioned the Milkshake
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Founding Farmers - DC

$$$$·American·
Foggy Bottom
30,173 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
Great service, great food.
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
657 people mentioned the Beignets
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Filomena Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
13,604 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Amazing food , great service , and they even added a candle to my dessert for our anniversary.
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
190 people mentioned the Calamari
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Tower Oaks Lodge

$$$$·American·
Rockville
8,933 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Group Bookings
What a delightful way To celebrate ! Everything was outstanding!
Lunch in Maryland - DC Suburbs
120 people mentioned the Lobster Specials

Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria

$$$$·Seafood·
Alexandria
9,987 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
I’ve been to this location many times thru the years, mostly special occasions. It’s always a pleasure to watch the river view n enjoy the great service and food. I always leave Read more
Scenic View in Virginia - DC Suburbs
227 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Ashburn

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Ashburn
3,671 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
This place has really figured out the labor shortage and adjusted well. Limited seating be the quality is outstanding.. great time with my wife on our anniversary!!
Contemporary American in Washington, D.C. Area
37 people mentioned the Calamari
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Clyde's Willow Creek Farm

$$$$·American·
Leesburg
5,727 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch
My son is traveling back to the west coast so we wanted a final get together as a family. Service and food were great! I can always rely on Clyde’s for a good evening out :)
75 people mentioned the Calamari

Founding Farmers - Tysons

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
9,833 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch
Always a solid meal at Founding Farmers, this time a breakfast meeting. Service was impeccable, everyone enjoyed their meals, in particular the tender, tasty and not overpowering VRead more
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
174 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Wildfire - Tysons

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
7,937 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch
Always the best, thank you. I'm glad to see business picking up!
193 people mentioned the Prime Rib

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean

$$$$·Steak·
McLean
6,485 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food very much however a little pricey for lunch so will probably reserve this for another special occasion to do during lunch. Will try you forRead more
77 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Fogo de Chao - Washington DC

$$$$·Brazilian Steakhouse·
Downtown
3,970 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Group Bookings
I enjoyed the enormous salad bar with so many other items on it. Very nice selection.
Most Booked in District of Columbia
301 people mentioned the Chao

Il Canale

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
3,132 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Group Bookings
Everything was very good service was excellent
70 people mentioned the Gnocchi

Stanford Grill - Rockville

$$$$·American·
Rockville
2,508 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Our waitstaff, Daniel Debebe in particular, was absolutely excellent - attentive yet not overbearing, a wonderful sense of humor, sincerely genuine in enjoying what he does. We wouRead more
65 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Reston

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Reston
3,288 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
We enjoyed our dinner. The host was kind enough to move our table to a booth in the corner so we had some privacy.
Notable Wine List in Virginia - DC Suburbs
26 people mentioned the Calamari
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Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
10,577 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
Fantastic service and amazing food!!
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
159 people mentioned the Crab Dip
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Mastro's Steakhouse - DC

$$$$·Steak·
Penn Quarter
3,687 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
Husbands birthday
Steak in District of Columbia
134 people mentioned the Butter Cake

Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
24,410 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Absolutely fabulous!
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
203 people mentioned the Raw Bar
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The Majestic

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Alexandria
1,490 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
We came for our wedding anniversary and were blown away by our meal and cocktails - the pork chop, majestic burger and coconut cake were SO delicious! The staff are friendly and hRead more
26 people mentioned the Coconut Cake

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
6,376 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch
This is the perfect spot for a civilized luncheon, and the 3 course prix fixe is very fair. Service is professional and attentive, and the restaurant has the true feel of a French Read more
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs
99 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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Seasons 52 - Tysons Corner

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
4,736 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
We found out this is more of a wine bar and the ambience is very nice. The food was excellent!
Healthy in Virginia - DC Suburbs
90 people mentioned the Flat Bread

2941 Restaurant

$$$$·French American·
Falls Church
6,812 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Anniversaries
Nice place to celebrate with appropriate pricing options
Best Overall in Virginia - DC Suburbs
66 people mentioned the Calamari
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Matchbox - Rockville

$$$$·American·
Rockville
3,056 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Eating
The brunch buffet was very good! Loved the dessert table as well.
Brunch in Maryland - DC Suburbs
34 people mentioned the Crab Soup

Copper Canyon Grill - Glenarden

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lanham
2,382 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
Great experience. Our server was great. She was quick which I needed for a lunch meeting.
Contemporary American in Maryland - DC Suburbs
61 people mentioned the Bread Pudding

Nostos Restaurant

$$$$·Greek·
Tysons Corner / McLean
3,592 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
Everything at Nostos is always so fresh and delicious. They must source their ingredients from local farms because even the simplest dishes taste as I remember the dishes in GreeceRead more
Greek in Washington, D.C. Area
108 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

$$$$·American·
Foggy Bottom
1,953 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Nice place for lunch. Great salads. Lots of good outdoor seating. Noise level from the street is a bit hit and miss but was really good the last time
American in District of Columbia
22 people mentioned the Bread Pudding

Ocean Prime - Washington D.C.

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,568 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Prompt and polite service. Tasty food with the steak arriving cooked and prepared just as requested.
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
25 people mentioned the Calamari

Tupelo Honey - Arlington

$$$$·Southern·
Arlington
2,371 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Group Bookings
Food was priced well. Fried chicken was a bit more bone than meat. Liquor service a bit slow. Desserts were amazing
Brunch in Virginia - DC Suburbs
49 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood - Ashburn

$$$$·Steak·
Ashburn
1,333 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
We had a wonderful evening celebrating a staff members work anniversary. The food was incredible!! Furthermore Rochelle is the finest server at this restaurant. She makes everyonRead more
12 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
9,406 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Special Occasions
Dinner on vacation, great experience
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area
494 people mentioned the Sangria
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Texas de Brazil - Fairfax

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Fairfax
2,604 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for Birthdays
Fantastic place to dine, especially with the VIP card. Worth the trip. If you leave hungry it's your own fault. Food keeps coming and coming and the meat is delicious and hot!
Steakhouse in Virginia - DC Suburbs
21 people mentioned the Flank Steak

Ambar Capitol Hill

$$$$·Balkan style·
Capitol Hill
3,470 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Group Bookings
  • Brunch
Excellent experience. You can’t beat the value for the quality and amount of food during the lunch special. Could have a bit faster service in terms of checking up on the table, buRead more
Most Booked in District of Columbia
85 people mentioned the Mushroom Crepe
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Clyde's at Mark Center

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
3,631 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
Great food, perfect service, obvious care with social distancing and disinfecting.
77 people mentioned the Lobster Specials

Cuba de Ayer

$$$$·Latin / Spanish·
Silver Spring
987 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
My favorite place with good food and service!
25 people mentioned the Black Beans

Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Herndon
1,425 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Every aspect of our lunch at Zeffirelli’s was outstanding!
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
197 people mentioned the Veal Chop

Eddie V's - Tysons Corner

$$$$·Seafood·
Tysons Corner / McLean
3,522 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Food was good, but the service was a little slow. On Monday night every table was full with families, groups, and couples. The waitress asked when we were seated if we had time resRead more
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
53 people mentioned the Banana Foster
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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Washington DC (K Street)

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,993 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Lunch
McCormick & Schmick's is absolutely WONDERFUL!! The service and the food were great and I'll definitely be returning!
24 people mentioned the Flounder

Bistro Cacao

$$$$·French·
Capitol Hill
3,401 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Romance
  • Outdoor Eating
We went here for our Wedding Anniversary. Beautiful atmosphere, knowledge serving staff and AMAZING food!
French in District of Columbia
58 people mentioned the Rack Lamb

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Gainesville

$$$$·American·
Gainesville
1,390 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for Birthdays
Greating, service and food was perfect. Would highly recommend.
31 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Woodbridge

$$$$·American·
Woodbridge
1,059 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Romance
We went fur brunch after our wedding it was nice! I love the atmosphere and how it’s decorated
American in Virginia - DC Suburbs
15 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Sequoia

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
6,023 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
The ambience, service level and the quality of food.
47 people mentioned the Raw Bar

Clyde's of Reston

$$$$·American·
Reston
3,933 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch
  • Group Bookings
Great outdoor space, always a great menu with options for all diners. Service was slow, which is happening more and more in restaurants given the labor shortage.
53 people mentioned the Lobster Specials

Bravo Italian Kitchen - Spotsylvania

$$$$·Italian·
Fredericksburg
553 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch
The day we dined was the last day they were open. They closed their doors that evening. Luckily we heard about the closing and were able to spend our $150.00 gift cards. Too bad tRead more
3 people mentioned the Brulee
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Succotash PRIME

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,113 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
The food was delicious. The atmosphere was sophisticated yet comfortable and hip. The staff was too notch. They were sincere and accommodating. They anticipated our needs and were Read more
42 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Seasons 52 - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,670 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch
I’m not a fan of chains but this restaurant has my number. Always a pleasant experience and the staff is consistently wonderful. The separate allergy menu was much appreciated!
Healthy in Maryland - DC Suburbs
96 people mentioned the Flat Bread

Tico DC & Nama 14 Sushi

$$$$·Latin American·
U Street Corridor
1,442 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
The food was amazing! The staff were great and enjoyed every minute of my experience. Thank you everyone at the restaurant.
45 people mentioned the Hibiscus Margarita
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Spanish Diner – Bethesda

$$$$·Spanish·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
3,599 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Always delicious.
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area
176 people mentioned the Sangria
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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
3,159 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Excelent atmosphere and outstanding good quality food. The only setback was the waiter. He seems to be a good person lacking training to serve with style and knowledge in such a wRead more
85 people mentioned the Butter Cake
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Copper Canyon Grill - Gaithersburg

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gaithersburg
1,332 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
The service was fantastic.
Contemporary American in Maryland - DC Suburbs
19 people mentioned the Prime Rib

MeJana

$$$$·Lebanese·
Arlington
1,632 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
Everything was delicious! Particularly recommend the lamb kebab.
Outdoor Eating in Washington, D.C. Area
49 people mentioned the Mezze

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Fairfax

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Fairfax
2,332 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Romance
Well prepared meal, great service, and best rib eye I’ve had in a very long time.
Steakhouse in Virginia - DC Suburbs
25 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

The Prime Street Grille

$$$$·Seafood·
Waldorf
1,071 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Went for our anniversary dinner. Enjoyed it immediately. The food was delicious! My server was most amazing and very attentive without overbearing.
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
8 people mentioned the Crab Soup

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Washington DC

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
6,938 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Patrick was our server on 10/18/21…..wonderful attitude, extremely friendly and went out of his way to accommodate my dietary needs……a true asset to your restaurant!
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
532 people mentioned the Stone Crab
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Matchbox - One Loudoun

$$$$·American·
Ashburn
481 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
Being out of the house never felt so Amazing, from experiencing the small crowd bristling with excitement to enjoying the twinkle in your significant others eyes, this will be wellRead more
4 people mentioned the Calamari

Bistro L'Hermitage

$$$$·French·
Woodbridge
4,939 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Beautiful restaurant with great food and service. Gracious hospitality. Wonderful place to build lasting memories with good friends and family.
Best Overall in Washington, D.C. Area
52 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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Founding Farmers - Montgomery County

$$$$·American·
Rockville
10,518 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Brunch
  • Group Bookings
The service was friendly and efficient; the food excellent. The prices have understandably increased due to the many effects of Covid. However, in addition to the increased priRead more
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
271 people mentioned the Beignets

Chez Billy Sud

$$$$·French·
Georgetown
2,203 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
Was a wonderful birthday celebration for my husband! Excellent food excellent service and champagne complement complements of the house! Merci!
French in Washington, D.C. Area
21 people mentioned the Soft Shelled Crab
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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Gaithersburg

$$$$·American·
Gaithersburg
1,245 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch
Family I’m from out of town
29 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Clyde's of Gallery Place

$$$$·American·
Downtown
6,658 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions
I'm there for every Caps game. Always great food, great service and great atmosphere!
74 people mentioned the Calamari

BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,194 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
Seafood was excellent as always! Gracious service and we were in an awkward location so servers had to come from different directions.
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
142 people mentioned the Fresh Fish
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Bond 45 - National Harbor

$$$$·Italian·
National Harbor
3,151 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Comfort Food
  • Quiet Conversation
Absolute perfect choice to celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary. Our server was exceptional along with the menu choices. We received extra attention from John Edward, the generRead more
Scenic View in Maryland - DC Suburbs
53 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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Le Chat Noir

$$$$·French·
Friendship Heights
2,111 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
Excellent food. Fabulous and friendly service. Easy to talk.
45 people mentioned the Bouillabaisse
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Flavio

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
596 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
The food was delicious and the service was excellent. That was not our first time and we will definitely go back again
14 people mentioned the Calamari

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Leesburg

$$$$·American·
Leesburg
712 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Thank you to the Firebirds management & staff. They made my birthday celebration really special.
Lunch in Virginia - DC Suburbs
16 people mentioned the Prime Rib

The Warehouse

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
3,316 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Excellent experience. My steak was perfectly prepared and my family enjoyed their dishes. Service was very good - our server put in a wrong order, but quickly made it right. Water Read more
145 people mentioned the Crab Soup
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Bastille

$$$$·French·
Alexandria
2,184 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
The food and service never disappoints! Always great choices
French in Virginia - DC Suburbs
53 people mentioned the Beignets
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Alta Strada Mosaic

$$$$·Italian·
Fairfax
840 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
We loved our Alta Strada lunch. Our server was excellent and the food was fantastic! Mosaic is always fun to visit and the Alta Strada vibe is energetic and friendly.
8 people mentioned the Chicken Parm
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Copper Canyon Grill - Silver Spring

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Silver Spring
1,499 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Good food and great service!
Lunch in Maryland - DC Suburbs
29 people mentioned the Rotisserie Chicken

Amalfi Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Rockville
1,207 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
Completely wonderful food, people, everything. They're very nice, too!
Best Service in Maryland - DC Suburbs
104 people mentioned the White Pizza

Gadsby's Tavern

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
2,364 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasions
Servers wore masks. Tables were spaced. Food was historic in theme. Ambiance was a historic tavern, next to the Gadsby's Tavern museum. Ramp access through the museum, and parking Read more
116 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
6,165 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Group Bookings
I love this place it was my birthday I would definitely do it again I had the swordfish it was perfect
Seafood in District of Columbia
140 people mentioned the Baked Alaska

PassionFish - Reston VA

$$$$·Seafood·
Reston
6,080 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Outdoor Eating
Good and service were excellent.
Seafood in Virginia - DC Suburbs
153 people mentioned the Flounder