Of course, the most important factor in a restaurant experience is how the food tastes, but the ambiance matters quite a bit, too!

Only in Your State released their list of most beautiful restaurants in Washington, D.C. last year, but we've narrowed it down to our favorite four. Here are a few dining destinations worth trying for more than just the menu. 

Iron Gate

1734 N Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20036

Iron Gate is one of those restaurants you may not notice off the street right away. If you’re not familiar with Washington, D.C., you may even have a hard time finding it. But once you do, you’ll fall in love with the intricate iron gate (get the name, now?) that leads you the entrance. The inside is romantic -- the perfect spot to bring that special date. It’s got everything from exposed brick to twinkly lights. Check out their menu here


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Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

Old Ebbitt Grill is one of the oldest and grandest restaurants in Washington, D.C. The outside looks like a stately government building, and the inside features beautiful wood paneling. If you love Victorian-style buildings, you will fall in love with this restaurant. Every time I’m here, it makes me feel glamorous and a part of the city’s history. They also have a lively happy hour and serve a delicious dinner. Get a feel for their menu here


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Occidental Grill and Seafood

1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Occidental Grill and Seafood is another one of those grand restaurants that makes you feel all important just by being there. It's located inside a stunning historic hotel, The Willard, and it does not disappoint in décor or food. The inside of the restaurant is covered with framed photos of famous people, and there are also two private rooms, one of which features large windows that face out onto Pennsylvania Avenue NW. A private room would work perfectly for an event, but if you’re just coming for dinner, ask for a booth to get that cozy vibe. Take a look at Occidental’s menu here


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Chart House

1 Cameron St,, Alexandria, VA 22314

If you’re looking to look out at the water while you eat, then you need to check out Chart House. The restaurant is located right on the Old Town waterfront in Alexandria, Virginia, and I would recommend sitting outside if the weather permits. The outside of the building looks like a charming cottage, with blue paint and several white fences, and the inside showcases floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Potomac River. Even if it’s winter or you’re not able to get that patio spot, you can still enjoy the water from the interior of the space.

Chart House has excellent seafood, so I would definitely order some oysters and maybe a crab cake. Whet your appetite by taking a peek at the menu here


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Have you been to any of these restaurants? Which one do you think is the most beautiful? Is there another restaurant that deserves a spot on the list? Let us know in the comments!

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