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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.


"Surprised no one has mentioned Rasika yet for a good first date. The drinks are delish, the food is excellent, and the ambiance is great. It can get a bit loud, but not overly loud and the tables are nicely spaced out."


"I'm always a little too nervous to eat a big meal for first dates, so I really liked it when J. suggested Room 11 as a first date. They have great wine, a cozy atmosphere, and savory snacks. It's best on warmish fall nights, though."


"I'll make one last push for Sequoia as a great first date location -- the views are amazing, the bar is great, and the food is always solid. Plus capping it off with a walk in Georgetown is a nice way to end the night."


"Sitting outside at the newly opened Seventh Hill will be a great first date in the spring. Good pizza to share, and on weekend afternoons the Eastern Market farmers market is a great before/after activity."


"How about Sonoma? It's got a lot of options for even picky eaters, cute and cozy, but not over the top romantic?"


"My favorite place for a first date is Sticky Rice on H Street, NE. The food is delicious, the ambiance is hip but not intimidating, and the booths provide a great setting for getting to know someone. The sushi rolls have cool names (great nervous conversation starter!) and the restaurant also hosts special events, like "Blingo" and Karaoke Night...maybe for a second date? : ) "


"First date: Brunch at Tabaq Bistro. A few bloody marys could get me through a horrible date or the lazy attitude of brunch could help a great connection go longer. It frees up my crazy schedule during the week and is simply a great affordable place to eat."


"For a first date, nowhere beats Tabard Inn for romance with good food, good wine, and a good setting for conversation. Cozy in the fall and winter, an oasis in the spring and summer. The food is not so adventurous that a date might be alienated, but is sufficiently interesting to provoke conversation. The nooks, crannies, corners, etc. can test the merit of a date's curiosity...."


"A first date should start with laughter, good food, good wine and plans after. Tavira's the place to go, before sports, a movie, or show to ensure your first date's not a disaster!"


"Favorite place for a first date is Taylor on H St. Its open late, perfect for quality grub after a performance or concert. The menu and ambiance are perfect -- they say 'I have great taste' but at the same time 'I'm not trying too hard.'"

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