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Need a romantic dinner recommendation in DC Metro or Bethesda.

I am looking for a nice restaurant for a romantic dinner for two. Ideally, a place that you wouldn't bring kids. Price is not a concern, just looking for a great meal and a romantic setting. Open to all cuisines. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Can you narrow down your location, price, etc. a bit? What do you look for in a romantic restaurant? Matisse is a beautiful spot, but it's not dark and private. Buck's is dark, but not so private and the service can ruin a mood. A little more information would help!

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    1. re: katecm

      Hi katecm,

      Price: $100 - $150 for 2
      Location: Bethsda, Rockville, Gaithersburg area
      Ambience: Quiet enough to hold a conversation, low lighting.

      But if's worth going beyond this... I'm ready for the drive and the adventure. Thanks!

      1. re: travelames

        LaMiche in Bethesda is really old world, romantic and really good service and food. You could have wine at Grapeseed first and then walk around the corner to LaMiche.
        If you are willing to go into the city, there is no more romantic place than 1789 and the food & service match the atmosphere. Jacket required.

    2. Grapeseed in Bethesda is a nice romantic place.; not too big, fantastic wine selection, great service, great food with an ever changing menu

      1. Try Al Tiramisu at P & 21st N.W. near Dupont. It's a small restaurant but the food is delicious! Def. try to get the Risotto (even if it is to share as the first course). It's comparable to ones I have had in Rome, Italy.

        1. If price is not a concern, I would suggest Marcel's in Foggy Bottom -- excellent food, quiet, romantic ambiance, very professional service.

          Grapeseed in Bethesda could be a good choice, but be sure to ask for a booth in the back. The front room is very boisterous and not particularly romantic.

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          1. re: Lauman

            Addie's in Rockville has small, private-ish rooms that are quiet and quaint.

          2. Oh... so many choices! It really depends on what you mean by romantic... do you like old world and a little stuffy or modern and sexy? What age group would you like to be around?

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            1. re: mjf32

              I ditto the suggestion for Marcel's. Sometime ago I posted a report on an anniversary dinner there. In Bethesda, Black's is adult, low lighting, can start off with oysters, but seems to cater more to parties of 4 than romantic two's.

            2. Two Quails in Washington D.C. is known to be "the most romantic restaurant". It has a very elegant setting and it allows couples to have their own little space in the restaurant for privacy, perfect evening for two. The address: 320 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
              Washington, DC 20002 and phone number ph: 202.543.8030
              Reservations are recommended.
              Also try Mie And Yu, its a bit more on the trendier side of Georgetown, but within one restaurant it makes you feel like you have seen all cultures because of its multicultural settings. Its very beautiful and cool.....3125 M Street, NW
              Washington DC 20007

              Phone: 202.333.6122
              Enjoy, hope this helps!

              1. Ruth Chris in Bethesda (never gets the respect it deserves, food is great, drinks are big/ wine is good, split a wedge with blue cheese vinagarette, the NOLA style BBQ Shrimp, a steak and a lobster, a couple of sides and the fantastic banana cream pie. Sit in a booth, with top notch waiters and you will have to wheel yourself out.

                Other options include Blacks, Persimmon,

                1. Thanks everyone for all the suggestions. Haven't decided which place it will be yet, but report back after we go.

                  1. In DC I second Marcel's and would add Corduroy. It isn't low lighting, but it is a wonderfully elegant space, quiet, impeccable service and great food, and I find it romantic enough, especially if you let them know it is a special occasion. (Which in my mind, any dinner away from the kids is) Other choices would be Taberna del Alabardero or Le Paradou.

                    I can't think of any place in Rockville that would fit the bill.

                    1. Monte Carlo in Bethesda. If you tell the person that seats you that you want a romantic special evening, chances are the chef/owner will send some nice apperitif or champagne your way and ensure it is a nice evening. best to call in advance and reserve a table by the window.

                      1. 4th, 5th or 6th Marcel's the food is amazing, and it is very romantic. I also think that the back room of Palena is very romantic in a more clean atmosphere type of way. Neither is in Bethesda, but....