Dating in the summertime is very exciting! Your date spot options expand with the (sometimes) beautiful weather to include restaurants and venues whose main draw is their outdoor seating. Still in the end, as with any season, you are just looking to have a good time with someone you are interested in. The right location can help you relax and slip right into easy conversations and if things go well, maybe a little after-dinner dancing. With summertime on our mind, we decided to “serve” up (get it) 5 of our favorite places that will make those first dates a little less awkward, or provide a nice change of pace for you and your significant other. Some of these are old standbys, and others are new hot spots, but we think you’ll enjoy all of them!
For those of you seeking a hip and trendy place this has all the facets of a vivacious evening. Boundary Road has great food, great drinks, an excellent atmosphere in addition to a menu that is affordable, yet refined. Although the cozy tables create an intimate environment the space can get noisy, which could come in handy should you run into any awkward silences.
Unum is a super cute, small-plates wine bar. Boasting a sophicated menu with an amazing wine selection Unum automatically sets an impressive, while unpretentious mood for the evening. Casual elegance is the theme for this new restaurant in Georgetown, so it’s unsurprising that it’s quickly becoming a popular date spot for city-goers. The wait staff will kindly offer up great selections off their creative menu, that serves everything from oysters to braised short rib pasta.
Iron Gate is currently closed, but it will be opening up in 6 months with a new Chef (Chef from Vermillion). This is the ultimate romantic date spot! The ambiance does everything it can to transport you to a small Italian/French bistro! When it reopens, it will be featuring a new menu with Italian and Greek elements. We are very, very excited for this to return, enough to put it on our list even though it’s not open. We just want you to be prepared. The European vibe is sure to impress any date and the great atmosphere will melt away any shyness and spark lots of conversation.
Starting May 25th (THIS WEEK!), every Friday in the sculpture garden is Jazz in the park. Enjoy sitting on the grass with a homemade picnic or enjoy yummy treats with great sangria from the from the Pavilion Cafe! We know, we know this isn’t really a restaurant date spot, but we had to put it on our list since it’s such a great change of pace from the normal urban restaurant dating scene.
The Latin tapas restaurant is well-known for their amazing chocolates and desserts is a really fun place for a date. The food is very flavorful so the small plate menu is perfect for getting your food fix without worrying about over-sized portions. The place turns into a pseudo night club after dinner hours where you can dance the night away with your date, and is perfect as a mood-setting location.