818 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Cuisines: Modern, American
Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2 PM. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 PM to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Farragut West
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual (jeans okay)
Noise Level: Intimate
Sweet-corn veloute; soft-shell crab in any preparation; crab springrolls; shrimp and grits; gnocchi with trumpet mushrooms; Arctic char; scallops with artichokes; macaroni and cheese.
Starters $12 to $15, entrées $28 to $34.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Scene: Outdoor Seating
Chef/owner Todd Gray's spruced-up dining room--renovated after a fire two years ago--is at the center of the area's seasonal-cooking movement, and the menu is regularly tweaked to reflect what's available from the farm. It also draws inspiration from the Mid-Atlantic, whether the Eastern Shore or Virginia's Piedmont. Equinox's proximity to the White House means that chairs are often filled with VIPs--the President and First Lady have visited--and the place has plenty of regulars. You'll often see Gray chatting up the dining room.
What to get: Oysters on the half shell; poached-pear salad with a quail egg; shrimp and grits; any soup, such as cream of curried cauliflower; rosemary-roasted bison with sweetbreads; truffled macaroni and cheese; the signature crabcake; figs with toasted hazelnuts and fig-leaf ice cream.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner. Very expensive.