HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >

Discussion

DATE NIGHT....NEED A DC HOT SPOT

My husband and I are repressed foodies because we have been on baby duty for the last four years. We have made it out to Rasika , Zatinya, and a few other spots, but date nights have been few and far between. We have one of those coveted dates coming up and I am turning to you all for help. We want to go somewhere with really good food and a hot vibe. Something with a hip atmosphere and good food. We don't have a budget since we don't go out much. Willing to make it count. Not so much into a romantic atmosphere...but would rather have some energy in the room (if that makes sense).

Please, please help. :)

-----
Rasika Restaurant
633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      This place is so overrated. Proof's food is much better. I also can't get over how they don't use wine glasses for their wine.

      Wouldn't define this as a "hot" vibe.

      Instead check out Zentan by Thomas Circle.

      1. re: spinachandchocolate

        I disagree. Estadio is so trendy right now. I loved my dinner there.

        1. re: hamster

          Ha, it was for the first month it was open. It has lost its fire after so-so reviews. Head to Birch & Barley or Masa 14 instead.

          -----
          Masa 14
          1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

          1. re: spinachandchocolate

            What so-so reviews? Estadio has gotten great reviews here, 3 stars from Washingtonian, and 2.5 on the Post. And it's harder than ever to get in to!

            Nothing wrong with Birch & Barley or Masa 14, which are both great, but Estadio is also a gem.

            -----
            Masa 14
            1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

            1. re: DanielK

              Birch and Barley has some very good food, but it is not great. And I am not sure it is better than overall good. Recent dishes of arctic char tartare, trout, and cavatelli show more hard work and finesse than great skills. This is far from a place I can give a blanket recommendation to.

              -----
              Birch and Barley
              1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

            2. re: spinachandchocolate

              From what I have seen, Estadio is ALWAYS packed on weekends (I even saw a 2 hour wait on a Thursday). I think that defines it as a hot spot, whether or not you love the food.

          2. re: spinachandchocolate

            Haven't been to Estadio yet----what do they use instead of wine glasses? Those stemless glasses?

            1. re: spinachandchocolate

              Zentan is also a good choice. The glass noodles with scallops and shrimp is delicious.

          3. Birch and Barley?

            -----
            Birch and Barley
            1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

            1. So glad you guys are getting a chance for a night out on the town!

              A few ideas with great food and a cool vibe: Masa 14, Proof, and Central. I also hear great things about Birch and Barley but personally haven't been yet.

              -----
              Birch and Barley
              1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

              Masa 14
              1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009