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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 recommend Utopia on U Street or Jackie's in Silver Spring for a first date. Trendy but comfortable."


"I think Jaleo would make a great first date. Sharing several small plates makes for easy conversations and sharing tasty little bites is always romantic."


"First date-- Gotta be Kramerbooks & Afterwords. There's no better way to get to know someone than seeing the books they gravitate towards. You can kill an hour in there without spending a penny just getting to really know their tastes. Plus then you go for the extra delicious dessert options (I'm looking at you, Boston Creme Pie) and coffee in the dimly lit cafe."


"I've always found Little Fountain Cafe to be a good first date spot. It's a perfect little getaway from the hustle and bustle of Adams Morgan if you actually want to have a conversation."


"Best place for a first date: Mansion on O Street. Secret passageways and odd tchotchkes always go well with martinis, dinner, and a new person to get to know." [Ed. Note from Fritz: It's only really open to the public on Sunday, Monday and various holidaysMonday's $40 dinner-and-martinis combo might be a fun get-to-know-you night, especially if you go off and explore the 100 rooms together.]


"I would definitely suggest Marvin. Every person I've taken there has had an enjoyable time. Since they serve a cuisine that is somewhere between Belgian and Soul food, even the pickiest dates could find something delicious to eat.... The prices are pretty reasonable and the beer selection is great so you really can't go wrong there."


"I'd have to go with Matchbox for a first date. It's close to concerts, sporting events and movie theaters. The wait will tell you how a potential partner can handle adversity, then you'll get to find out if they're a burger or pizza person."


"Go to Poste for Happy Hour (truffle fries!) and then check out the always interesting exhibits at the Portrait Gallery across the street. If the date is going badly, split after that. If it's going really well, head to Nando's -- since you only had fries or apps at Poste -- and get takeout to bring into Rocket Bar."


"My favorite first date place is any vendor at Nationals Park (or the Presidental Buffet if you want to spend $600+ on a first date) because a baseball game is always a perfect first date. Enough time between action to chat and get to know someone. Not stuffy where you feel you have to pretend to be someone you're not, and if it's not going well you've got a definite end time."


"It's not in the city, but I love Olazzo for a first date because it's comforting, hearty, pretty easy on the budget without being cheap, has food that everyone enjoys served at reasonable pace (not to fast, not too slow) in a dimly lit, cozy environment that isn't overtly romantic."

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