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Have a hot date at one of these amazing restaurants in Washington D.C. Whether you want a 5-course dinner or an exceptional lunch, there is something for every taste and budget. Here are the coolest romantic restaurants, listed in no particular order. All have fabulous bars, so arrive early and toast with cocktails, wine or beer before dinner. Mintwood Place


»Mintwood Place

Mintwood Place


Mintwood Place is a 80-seat bistro in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Decor includes wagon wheels on the walls, reclaimed wood tables and cast iron touches. The restaurant has cozy romantic booths where you can enjoy innovative main courses such as Crispy rainbow trout ($23), Beef Bourguinon ($25) and Half cast-iron wood-oven roasted Amish chicken ($24). Dessert menu includes Baked Alaska flambé, Vanilla crème brûlée, Brownie Sundae and many other favorites (202-234-6732, mintwoodplace.com).

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»Poste Moderne Brasserie

Poste Moderne Brasserie


Poste Moderne Brasserie is a French brasserie with a modern twist in Penn Quarter, featuring a beautiful courtyard garden in a historic 1841 General Post Office building. The restaurant is located inside the Hotel Monaco. Have a romantic dinner followed by a show in one of the nearby theaters. Dishes to try include Beef Cheek Bourguignon ($29), Steak Frites ($28) and Root Vegetable Crepes ($24). Have a drink at the lively bar before dinner, where you can sample the finest cocktails, beers and award-winning wine (202-783-6060, postebrasserie.com). Photo: Poste Moderne Brasserie

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»Iron Gate

Iron Gate


Iron Gate is a historic restaurant near Dupont, featuring cozy leather chairs, a fireplace and soft lighting. Tasting menus at Iron Gate include antipasti, great cheeses and Italian main dishes, paired with an impressive selection of wine, both domestic and international. The romantic restaurant has a bar, main dining room and an outdoor patio featuring a century-old wisteria (202-524-5202, irongaterestaurantdc.com). Photo: Iron Gate

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»Thally

Thally


Located in the Shaw neighborhood, Thally is a new 70-seat restaurant serving creative modern American cuisine. Chef Ron Tanaka likes to keep his dishes simple, fresh and flavorful, using the best seasonal ingredients. Dishes to try include Rabbit & Dumplings ($23), Roast Duck Breast ($24) and the Pan Seared Red Snapper ($23). The bar offers 10 craft beers on draft, house-made sodas, 24 wines by the glass and a selection of ciders (202-733-3849, thallydc.com). Photo: Thally

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»Firefly

Firefly


Firefly, located in the vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood, is perfect for couples who like contemporary comfort food. Chef Wiss uses locally grown vegetables in his creations, as well as eco-friendly meats and seafood compliant with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch list. The wine list at Firefly is all-American, featuring many small winemakers. The hand-crafted cocktails which are made from local seasonal ingredients are a must try (202-861-1310, firefly-dc.com).

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»Osteria Elisir

Osteria Elisir



Osteria Elisir, located in the heart of the Penn Quarter, serves modern Italian dishes created by Chef Enzo Fargione. The 85-seat restaurant has a partially open kitchen with a plating station and an observation deck. Dishes to try on your romantic date include Crunchy Cod Fish Filet ($24), Seared Anise and Pepper Encrusted Tuna ($26) and 6 Hour Oven Braised Meatballs ($22). The decor inside Osteria Elisir is rustic, decorated with wine barrels, farming tools and pendant lighting (202-546-0088, elisirrestaurant.com). Photo: Osteria Elisir

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»City Tap House

City Tap House


City Tap House, located in the Chinatown district and Penn Quarter neighborhood of downtown, serves contemporary regional American cuisine and gourmet brick oven pizzas. Have fun watching the action in the restaurant's open kitchen while your pizzas are baked to perfection. City Tap House offers one of the most diverse craft beer selections in Washington D.C (202-644-9433, citytaphousedc.com). Photo: City Tap House

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»Etto

Etto


Stop for pizza, incredible house-made salami and great Italian pasta dishes at Etto in Logan Circle. The restaurant doesn't take reservations, so you will have to arrive early to avoid standing in line. Etto serves delicious cocktails, draft beer and a choice of creative sweets such as Chocolate Salami and Italian ice cream, perfect for a romantic lunch date (202-232-0920, ettodc.com). Photo: Etto

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»Thunder Burger and Bar

Thunder Burger and Bar


Thunder Burger & Bar, located in the heart of Georgetown, serves 15 different types of burgers, salads, creative entrees and amazing home-made desserts. Choose from a large selection of American craft micro-brew beers and fine whiskeys. Ask to be seated in one of the booths for additional privacy, or in the unique ivy-covered library room (202-333-2888, thunderburger.com). Photo: Thunder Burger and Bar

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»Barcode

Barcode


Barcode is a vibrant restaurant, bar and lounge in downtown D.C., featuring sleek design, LED lights, brushed steel surfaces and dark-wood paneling. Diners sit at communal tables and order from a menu of pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, pastas, meats, seafood and scrumptious desserts (202-955-9001, barcodedc.com). Photo: Barcode

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»Woodward Table

Woodward Table


Woodward Table, located near the White House, is the perfect casual brunch and dinner spot, serving amazing sandwiches, pastry baskets, flatbreads and a wide variety of entrees. For dinner, try the Pan Seared Sea Bass, Pan Roasted Bobo Farms Chicken or the Seared Rare Tuna. Woodward Table offers an impressive selection of desserts, including bread pudding, cheesecake, tarts and ice creams (202-347-5355, woodwardtable.com). Photo: Woodward Table

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