Celebrate at These Top 15 Special Occasion Restaurants in Washington D.C.

As the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. has no shortage of special occasion restaurants frequented by the high-flying political crowd. Washingtonians can dine like the Obamas at Bourbon Steak, or revisit D.C.’s oldest bar at Old Ebbitt Grill, or be transported to NOLA at Dauphine’s. Whatever the occasion, these 15 restaurants are bound to be a crowd-pleaser for birthday dinners, anniversary meals, and celebratory taco nights alike.

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Restaurants:Das Ethiopian - Georgetown, Bourbon Steak - Four Seasons Washington DC, TTT Clarendon
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Ethiopian, Steakhouse, Mexican
Neighborhoods:Georgetown, Arlington
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7:00 PM

Das Ethiopian - Georgetown

$$$$·Ethiopian·
Georgetown
1,058 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options

In the heart of Georgetown’s historic district, traditional Ethiopian fare in a fine-dining setting takes shape at Das Ethiopian. It’s known for a spread of stews, vegetables, and spiced meats served ...

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Best Overall in District of Columbia

Bourbon Steak - Four Seasons Washington DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Georgetown
3,170 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance

This steakhouse at the Four Seasons Hotel is a special occasion spot worthy of presidents. The Obamas hosted their 20th wedding anniversary dinner here in 2012. You’ll find the upper echelon of D.C. s...

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Steakhouse in District of Columbia
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TTT Clarendon

$$$$·Mexican·
Arlington
205 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Brunch
  • Hot Spot

What do you get when a longtime restaurateur meets one of Mexico City’s top chefs? Ivan Iricanin teamed up with chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo to create a Mexican-inspired street food restaurant and bar ca...

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Mexican in Washington, D.C. Area

Sushi Gakyu

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown
145 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies

Steps away from the White House sits the modern, minimalistic sushi restaurant with an omakase bar helmed by chef-owner Yoshihisa Ota. The 54-seat dining space is simple to not take away from the star...

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Fit for Foodies in Washington, D.C. Area

Dauphine’s

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
353 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

One of D.C.’s hottest new restaurants, Dauphine’s pays homage to the spirit and cuisine of New Orleans through its Louisiana-inspired menu. Every dish here takes NOLA cuisine to the next level. The du...

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Equinox - DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
3,017 reviews
  • Romance
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies

Not to be confused with the gym, Equinox Restaurant is a fine-dining establishment from husband and wife duo, Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff. Gray, the five-time James Beard Awards nominee for best chef ...

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Healthy in District of Columbia

Elizabeth's Gone Raw

$$$$·Vegan·
Downtown
698 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
  • Vegan

Named one of the best vegan restaurants in the world by the Evening Standard, Elizabeth’s Gone Raw is a vegan fine-dining restaurant that only opens on Friday and Saturday evenings serving raw-vegan c...

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Best Overall in Washington, D.C. Area
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Via Sophia

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
243 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals

Housed inside the elegant Hamilton Hotel, Via Sophia is redefining hotel dining with its contemporary all-day osteria serving Neapolitan pizza made in an Italian wood-fired oven, classic Italian pasta...

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Gypsy Kitchen - DC

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Logan Circle
506 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

Step inside a bohemian escape at this tranquil Mediterranean rooftop restaurant nestled between trees. The open-air space is lined with vibrant couches and candles that illuminate the space when night...

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Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area

Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

$$$$·European·
Foggy Bottom
3,443 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries

French-Belgian fine dining is served in four to six courses amid chic beige interiors at Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier, chef-owner of several D.C. area restaurants including Mussel Bar & Grille, Brasse...

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Best Service in Washington, D.C. Area
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Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
24,407 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem

As D.C.’s oldest bar, operating since 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill was a regular for presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, and William McKinley. Founded in a boa...

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Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
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The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

$$$$·American·
Lovettsville
1,224 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies

What feels like a secret hidden in the woods of Lovettsville, an hour out from the city center, is this New American farm-to-table culinary experience with produce freshly sourced from the restaurant’...

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Best Overall in Washington, D.C. Area
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Mala Tang

$$$$·Asian·
Arlington
481 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fun
  • Group Bookings

Traditional Sichuan hot pot comes alive at Mala Tang, named after the distinctive numbingly spicy style of hot pot served across China. The restaurant specializes in an assortment of skewers cooked in...

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Fit for Foodies in Virginia - DC Suburbs

Punjab Grill

$$$$·Indian·
Penn Quarter
817 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Romance

Sheer opulence and class are at the center of this fine-dining restaurant that is out to change the perception of Indian food in the country. The restaurant was entirely built and assembled by artisan...

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Best Service in District of Columbia

Cafe Riggs

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Downtown
78 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic

Situated on the first floor of the Riggs hotel, Café Riggs is inspired by ornate European-style brasseries with olive-toned sofas, baby blue leather chairs, and burgundy bar stools against marble pill...

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Best Ambience in Washington, D.C. Area