Iron Gate is known for fancy dinners, but you can use it for a casual night if you know how to hack it - and that's how we like to use this place. Ditch the $90 prix-fixe menu in the separate dining room and take advantage of the romantic vibes at the fire-pitted outdoor patio or bar area. Both are good settings for a second date, especially if you’re still doing the whole “just drinks and appetizers” thing because you’re not ready to shell out all of your hard-earned super PAC dollars on internet strangers.
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Attached to the Carlyle Hotel in DuPont, The Riggsby does everything “classic” extremely well.
Agora is often overlooked for trendier spots in Dupont, but the Mediterranean food here is pretty good. Use it for a last-minute meal.
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The Fainting Goat
Fainting Goat isn’t great, but you’ll end up here at some point. When the time comes, go heavy on the drinks and light on the food.
Martin's is one of the oldest restaurants in Georgetown. And while the American/pub food is fine, you're really here for the history lesson.
A casual spot by day, and a proper restaurant by night, hit The Partisan in Penn Quarter if you really enjoy meat.
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Sushi Taro in DC can be as casual or as fancy as you need it to be. Have a low-key dinner at the bar, or do the omakase for a special occasion.
Duke’s Grocery is a low-key gastropub in a Dupont row house. The burger is rightly famous, but you won't be disappointed with anything on the menu.
Tabard Inn in Dupont has a reliable brunch, but the patio is a nice spot for dinner (and live jazz), too.
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