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Best romantic restaurants

The Washington Post Staff  |  Updated 01/07/2016

Birthdays, anniversaries and other special dates are best celebrated over an intimate meal.


Little Serow

Washington, DC

Forgo the menu and, perhaps, the whole idea of white-tablecloth dining, and just give yourselves over to this intimate basement nook where servers don dainty '50s house dresses and one of the city's best chefs ships out course after course of spicy, sour cuisine from the Isaan region of northern Thailand. Bonus: At $45 a person, it's a relative bargain.


Inn at Little Washington

Washington, VA

A dinner for two in the four-star enclave of chef Patrick O'Connell is roughly the price of a weekend getaway - the tab nearly always nicks $600 - so it's a good thing the food is as transportive. For gastronomic tourists, the surprising fare and superlative service make this a destination worthy of the biggest celebrations.


Bombay Club

Washington, DC

A lavish makeover upgraded the Bombay Club's elegant and understated dining room. The Indian cuisine is among the best in town.



Frederick, MD

Bryan Voltaggio may not have outfitted his namesake Frederick restaurant in oh-so-trendy leather banquettes and dim Edison bulbs, but the spare decor proves a refreshing change. Perhaps it's because luxury seems reserved for the food, sourced down to the last cocoa nib; choose from a four-course menu thick with oysters and foie gras or indulge with seven. More restaurants are on the way from Voltaggio, including another Frederick venue and a steak house in Chevy Chase, but Volt should remain a destination.



Washington, DC

Delicate presentations of contemporary American cuisine sparkle in this sconce-lighted dining room.


Woodberry Kitchen

Baltimore, MD

Everything about this bustling Baltimore restaurant telegraphs earthiness, from the deceptively dilapidated exterior -- it's housed in a former mill -- to the Chesapeake Bay oysters, sweet potato dumplings served with pork fatback and buttermilk sorbet that arrive at your table. Rich, homey and locally sourced, dinner at Woodberry Kitchen hits all the right notes, while main courses remain generally affordable, at around $30.


Restaurant Eve

Alexandria, VA

Fresh, local ingredients enliven every dish in chef Cathal Armstrong's dining room. The five- and nine-course tasting menus are gastronomic adventures.


Tabard Inn

Washington, DC

This cozy, elegant inn in the heart of Washington is ideal for a slow-paced dinner in the springtime, when you can indulge in rich American fare and thoughtful cocktails in the lush, secluded garden patio, one of the loveliest in the area.


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