16 "Special Occasions" restaurants in Washington DC.
The phenomenal tapas and fun times here might be the best example of what Jose Andres has done for DC eating.
Another Jose Andres spot with solid tapas. Head to Zaytinya for a power lunch that doesn’t feel like a power lunch.
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.
Chloe serves European-style small plates and interesting cocktails, all in a Navy Yard space that you’ll wish your apartment looked more like.
Fancy Radish is an upscale vegan place on H Street that’ll make you think, “If vegetables always tasted this good, I’d eat them way more often.”
Great views, excellent seafood, and a lot of money. Fiola Mare is where you go for a special occasion in Georgetown.
Barmini is a cocktail bar in Penn Quarter where you have to make a downpayment and a reservation, but the creative drinks are worth the extra cost.
Kinship does fancy-ish American food in Shaw. Go for a special occasion, and get the lobster French toast.
Sfoglina is an Italian pasta spot in Van Ness that’s perfect for a date night or dinner with your parents.
District Commons won’t blow you away, but it’s a reliable American spot in Foggy to take your parents or for a group dinner.
Like it’s Penn Quarter counterpart, Rasika West End serves some of the best upscale Indian food in the city.
The Bethesda outpost of Jaleo has the same great tapas as the DC original. It’s one of the best options in the area.
Centrolina is an Italian spot in CityCenter. It’s grownup, but the space is bright and the vibes aren’t stuffy.
If you can splurge, get to Komi in Dupont for your next special occasion. The prix-fixe Greek menu is one of the best in DC.