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Looking to propose to my girlfriend soon. I was thinking a nice dinner overlooking the view of the city. Any suggestions?

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  1. W Hotel.

    This one is an easy google.

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    1. re: Just Visiting

      I'm not so sure.

      I was informed that W Hotel was good for drinks, but definitely not for food.

      1. re: shanklove

        with the rooftop requirement your options will be limited

        1. re: shanklove

          The rooftop at the W isn't all that good for drinks or food. I've found both to be quite mediocre and very expensive on 3 visits. Also, the view can be quite compromised, depending on the weather. Unless it is a gorgeous, warm day, they very likely will have the horrible plastic screens down which seriously impede the view.

          1. re: foodtrip

            I've been to the W twice. The first time was in the summer. We sat outside on the veranda. I thought that this was the only place to sit. The view wasn't particularly special and the service was lousy. This sounds like the place you were talking about, foodtrip.

            The next time I was invited to a birthday party in the winter. This was held indoors, in a different section, and the view was spectacular. Service was better too. I couldn't believe that on my first visit, I thought the view from the veranda was this great view people had been talking about.

            A friend is planning a massive birthday gala for May. We are going to reserve a section of the W for a private party - at the indoor corner spot.

            If you are thinking of the W, go first and get the lay of the land, so you know exactly where you want to be when you propose.

            Good luck, no matter where you end up going!

            1. re: woodleyparkhound

              I think I know what woodleyparkhound is talking about. The obvious place to sit is an outdoor stretch with a west facing view, overlooking the Treasury building. It's not a bad view. I think you can see the Washington Monument as well.

              There's an enclosed bar/lounge type area on the south side of the roof, where the view is better. You see a nice swath of downtown, including, if I remember correctly, parts of Pennsylvania Avenue, the Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Mall, and the Tidal Basin.

              There's also another room on the north side, which I think is a private venue you can reserve for private functions. I don't recall the view from that room, but it's certainly facing away from most of the main DC attractions.

        2. re: Just Visiting

          > This one is an easy google

          I don't know how up-to-date this is, but this is an interesting web site:
          http://rooftoprestaurants.com/Austin....
          It seems like a pretty comprehensive list of Rooftop & Top Floor Restaurants & Bars.

          1. re: GraydonCarter

            FYI-Most of the places listed with rooftops have no real view

        3. Ardeo/Bardeo in Cleveland Park has a rooftop. Don't know about the city view, though. I really enjoyed my meal last time we were there.

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          1. re: small fry

            I was less than impressed with Ardeo's rooftop dining area which I visited for the first/last time about 18 months ago. There is no view of anything -- it is surrounded by a fence. There is, however, the very loud sound of the building's HVAC unit. Really not a very charming space.

          2. Maybe propose over drinks at the W, which has the best view in town, then go elsewhere for dinner?

            Also, Tabaq on U St. has a rooftop restaurant with a less than spectacular view.

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            1. re: woodleyparkhound

              This is what I would do....propose at the W over drinks. Then you can walk past the White House all lit up (if it's nighttime) and have a celebratory meal at Equinox (nearby). Let the restaurant know what is going on and they are bound to create a night to remember for you.

            2. If you want to propose with a spectacular view of the city as the backdrop, I would recommend you do it on the terrace at the Newseum and follow that up with a lovely dinner at a great restaurant. The view from the Newseum terrace is incredible -- spectacular view of the Capitol. If you can manage it at sunset, that would be really special. You might want to check with the museum management to see if their hours correspond with sunset on the date you have in mind. Good luck and congrats!

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              1. re: foodtrip

                You can actually do this all in one place. Propose on the veranda and then go right next door (actually officially attached to the Newseum) and eat at The Source.

                1. re: Elyssa

                  Elyssa, you read my mind! This is the best idea so far and the food at The Source is great.

              2. Thank you all very much for your responses.

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                1. re: shanklove

                  Please make sure you update us and let us know how it goes! :)

                2. Just wanted to add that if you go with POV, some of the drinks *are* really good. Truly excellent dark and stormy, for example. The fruity strawberry drinks and their ilk are not that great.

                  Also, the food I've had there has been decent. Watermelon and goat cheese salad and butternut squash soup. Both were done very well, but weren't anything mind blowing. Still, it's not like the food is bad or anything, but I would eat a full dinner elsewhere. They totally don't expect you to necessarily order food just because you reserved a table, either.

                  (And J&G at the W is a great restaurant - you could definitely go there - just mention what the occasion is and ask for one of the tall-backed tables in the center of the room.)

                  1. W hotel POV bar is a nice place to propose but, as mentioned in previous posts, it's a hit/miss with the view, and food/beverages are not that spectacular. IMO, best views of DC are from Rosslyn because it is just across the Potomac. If you are keen on staying within DC limits, I suggest Kennedy Center rooftop - very romantic but note that hours are a bit limited compared to other DC restaurants.

                    good luck and congratulations!

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                    Kennedy Center
                    2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256