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Best restaurants for a quiet meal

The Washington Post Staff  |  Updated 04/17/2013

Want to hear your dining partner(s)? Here are some restaurants conducive to intimate conversation.



Washington, DC

The Georgetown institution serves classic American fare in a comfortable setting that evokes the genteel murmuring of an old-time country club. This time of year, each dining room is festively decked.


Bistro L'Hermitage

Woodbridge, VA

Indulge in well-prepared French food at this Prince William County gem. The restaurant's lovingly decorated interior -- complete with glowing table lamps and soft jazz -- is matched by the kitchen's simple pleasures.


Burma Road

Gaithersburg, MD

The serene mint-green walls in this Gaithersburg eatery are quite a contrast to the fiery Chinese-Burmese dishes on the menu. Generous gaps between tables help keep the sound level down.



Washington, DC

Tom Power's refined cuisine is an excellent way to celebrate a special occasion. The blond wood finishes and gentle lighting add subtle touches to the two-story townhouse.



Falls Church, VA

With its bamboo wallpaper and bubbling fountain, the Vietnamese dining room is easy on the eyes and ears. Peruse the extensive menu, but don't miss the green papaya salad, which is among the best in the area.


Oval Room

Washington, DC

Tony Conte's peaceful dining room is just steps from the White House. The restaurant is elegantly set with contemporary art and comfy chairs; the creative cuisine is far from ordinary.


Trummer's on Main

Clifton, VA

It's hard to miss the white restaurant near the train tracks in charming historic Clifton. Once inside the restored former inn, take a seat in the stone-walled bar or an airy second-floor dining room, and delight in chef Clay Miller's contemporary American dishes.


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