6 Incredibly Romantic Places to Go in DC

Classy fine dining and a romantic evening in Washington DC

The District is a wonderful place for a romantic time with someone special. Though more well known for politics than love, there are many wonderful places to celebrate love in the Capital city. Curating all of Washington DC’s love nooks is impossible (we all know that love is always in the air in DC!) but we went ahead and created a list of some of the most highly recommended:


Daytime into Afternoon

The Renwick Gallery  

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The Renwick is part of America’s “treasury of all things American,” the Smithsonian Institution.  The Smithsonian is not just one building, it is a host of buildings dedicated to all things American.  The Renwick is actually one branch of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and is housed in a building that was designed as a replica of part of the Palace at Versailles.

In addition to the permanent collection, the Renwick has a constantly changing series of fabulous special exhibitions that are both interesting and intriguing.  It is open during “standard museum hours,” but is a special place for delightful afternoon conversations and conversations with a special someone.


Kingbird (in the Watergate Hotel)


Great food – especially a wonderful brunch menu, top-shelf service – and expensive, that’s the Kingbird.  Part of a $200 million refurbishment of the Watergate, it is visually stunning and as a world-class view through the enormous windows.

Anyone who is looking to impress someone special couldn’t do better than this very upscale location. Everything about is the very best.  

Every dish on the menu has been praised and just the location and “vibe” of the area are past amazing. Not much more you could ask for in a romantic location, huh?


1789 Restaurant

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If you want a more traditional location, the 1789 Restaurant is a winner.

The food is magnificent and the decor is as well.  This location is for those who like the old world charm of a country inn, the kind of service that is seen in 1950’s movies about the “upper crust.”   High class but not stuffy, this is a comfortable and delicious choice for a very classy date.

Tableside drink mixing and exquisite service is part of the charm of 1789.


Later in the Evening

If you’re looking for liveliness, fun and the romance of being in a “hot spot” with a hot date, these are some of the best places to go.


Art and Soul

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In a word – WOW!  This is a true hot spot, with a great young chef and a broad and intriguing menu. The menu reveals the chef’s roots in Southern cooking and has a wide range of comfort food charm.

Seating inside and out offers the excitement of being in a high-energy place with great food and drinks – enough to stoke the fires of romance in anyone’s soul. The sheer liveliness will get any evening off to a rousing start with Art and Soul.


The Iron Gate

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The charm of cozy intimacy is a major part of The Iron Gate’s presentation.        

It receives rave reviews for the quality of its cuisine and “crafted cocktails.”  The menu has some unusual takes on various types of foods, but the romance comes from being in close quarters either outside or inside the comfort that is the hallmark of the place.

A wide selection of dishes, knowledgeable servers, and terrific service make this a wonderful place to have an intimate conversation with a special person.


The Quadrant Lounge at the Ritz Carlton

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This spot defines “posh.”  It looks like exactly the place that one of Audrey Hepburn’s characters would be perched on the banquette holding court with a bevy of admirers.

Sophisticated doesn’t begin to describe The Quadrant.  It is the top feature in the – as usual – sumptuous splendor of a Ritz Carlton.

This is a great place for a stylish romantic rendezvous at the end of a great evening.


Make a tour of the coolest places in DC even more special, let Culdesac Chauffeur do the driving. Romance can be even more fun – if you don’t have to worry about driving and parking, especially in DC.  We can help your romantic evening have a pleasant and relaxed feel so you can concentrate on the person with whom you most want to enjoy during the day or evening.

Pick from any of the places we mention or design your own starry-eyed journey.  We are at your service either way to ensure you have the best possible time.