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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.


"Teaism at Penn Quarter... salty oats, cocktails (or tea) and koi fish. Plenty of restaurant options, or walking view options (Mall, navy memorial), and even bowling at Strike if things are going really well... a three-pronged date for those that you just don't want to end..."


"Thunder Grill at Union Station. Had delicious food in a unique atmosphere created by the hustle and bustle of a train station. Then walked toward the Capitol. It was beautiful all lit up at night, semi romantic, but laid back enough that there wasn't too much tension. I'll always remember that one fondly."


"My first date suggestion would be Tryst. My experience there was it wasn't too loud and the atmosphere is fairly cozy. Lots of food/dessert/drink purposes."


"Best first date place: 2 Amys. The food is great, it's casual and not too expensive. Having my date pay for an expensive meal on our first date makes me feel a little awkward. The length of a meal there is good for a first date as well: not too long, not too short."


"Best place for a first date is Zaytinya. Relaxed atmosphere, solidly stocked bar, in the heart of the city, quality food and lots of going out options afterward."

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