Your favorite restaurants for first dates

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

 
 
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"Super delicious food, laid back southern hospitality and the northern drive that exemplifies D.C. Followed by a stroll along the mall? What (my) dreams are made of."

2.

"My favorite first date place in Bar Pilar which can work for just drinks, drinks and grazing, or dinner and more drinks. Dimly lit and laid back vibe. You can share or not share. Great unpretentious food, good beer and wine list, not too expensive. Also, if you want to continue the date there are several places in the area to choose from."

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"I had my first date with my now wife at Bistrot du Coin. Loved the bustling atmosphere which allowed for great conversation. The food is terrific and prices are reasonable, which includes in my opinion some of the best french fries in town. Their mussles and steaks rock!"

4.

"The Black Rooster Pub is a great first date location... totally casual, sort of dirty (in a loving way) and not pretentious at all. Some friends of mine (now married, three kids) had theirs there!"

5.

"Best First date restaurant: Brasserie Beck. HUGE selection of excellent beers and wines (you can order for each other), great atmosphere, attentive service and fab food. Big drink menu you can look through and comment on if there's a silence or two that you want to fill."

6.

"Definitely the Brookland Cafe. It's very low key, sexy, and the food and drinks are incredible. And, where else would you go in that neighborhood?"

7.

"I think Busboys and Poets is a good place for a first date. The atmosphere is cozy but not overly romantic, if you have butterflies the food is easy to digest, and if the date goes horribly, at least you didn't waste lots of money."

8.

"Favorite place for a first date would be Cafe Citron in Washington, D.C. The food is great and later on in the night there is salsa, reggaeton and hip-hop dancing. It is pretty festive and they make the best mojitos. It's not too formal and it's a whole lotta fun."

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"Best first date: It's kind of a summer date, but I vote for Cantina Marina. It's low-key and not too pricey. The water views can be romantic if you want that vibe or very casual if it's not going well. It's Metro- and Circulator-accessible, but also in a part of town that many D.C.ers don't regularly venture toward, so it shows off city smarts."

10.

"Best restaurant for a first date? Captain Pell's Crabhouse or any other crab shack where you can get good and messy. Might as well get all the niceties out of the way now.... If your date can't handle it, then it's not worth a second date! (P.S. I'm a girl.) "

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