In an old brick townhouse on 14th Street, Lupo Verde is a solid Italian option for most occasions. The chandeliers and long drapes are romantic enough for date night, and there’s enough space and a few round tables that work for a group dinner. There’s also a bar where you could post up solo. The pastas, pizzas, and charcuterie boards are all reliable, and they do brunch on the weekends as well.
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A classic that can be used for dates or heavy drinking. Maybe even at the same time. The food’s great too.
Estadio’s tapas will be familiar if you’re used to eating Spanish food, but it will be better. Use Estadio to woo sources, dates, or anyone else.
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All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
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When you want a good beer but don't want to sacrifice good food, head to Bitch & Barley in Logan Circle. It's the best of both worlds.
Ghibellina is a neighborhood Italian spot in Logan Circle. You’ll come for the pizzas and pastas, but stay for the cozy vibes and friendly service.
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The phenomenal tapas and fun times here might be the best example of what Jose Andres has done for DC eating.
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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