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Your favorite restaurants for first dates

We asked you for great first-date restaurants. Here's an edited list of some of your suggestions.


"I vote for Carlyle in Shirlington. The food isn't totally out there, but it's really good. It's a good atmosphere but you don't have to yell at your date. And the kicker -- those awesome two-person booths that don't line you up three inches from the people next to you."


"Best first date spot is Carpool in Ballston. I'm biased because I met my wife there, but go and watch a football game, play pool and drink decent beer. The food is not necessarily great, but after enough beers it's decent enough."


"One of my favorite first date places is Co Co Sala. What's better than chocolate on a first date?? The bar/drinks are fantastic, the food is excellent, and the ambiance is great. It's a fun place to be and experimenting with the food is fantastic."


"First date place: I'm sure plenty would disagree, but I think to help take of some of the pressure that goes along with a first date a more casual place like Comet Ping Pong would be great. Sure it's not the classiest place & you can go other places in the city to get better pizza and drinks. But there's something to be said...about a guy who can let loose and have fun on the first date."


"Ah -- Coppi's is great. I never go in summer but man, is that wood burning oven by the bar great in the winter or what?"


"I think Cork would make a great first date spot. A little bit of wine always helps the conversation flow easier (especially if it's a blind date) and it would be fun to sample different small plates. The wine flights can be fun -- pick a region, pick red or white, share etc."


"A Sunday night date at EatBar in Arlington would be great. The food is adventurous enough, and you can bond over the fun movie or animated film that is playing. It would help keep the banter light and allow for a distraction if the conversation struggles at all."


"Best first date spot -- Galaxy Hut. Casual food, Pac-Man, good beer, and really good gelato a few doors down to end the night with."


"For a first date, I really like Haydee's on Mount Pleasant street. They have happy hour until midnight on weeknights and delicious fajitas. Some might think Mexican is too messy for a first date, but it's only worked out well. Really, most of the restaurants on Mount Pleasant are good for dates, small-ish and quiet."


"H Street County Club -- with the caveat that it should be on the early side before it gets too crazy. It is a little different -- a little kooky, and it is the perfect combination of dining/restaurant and event."

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