Love Is In the Air: Dulles Restaurant Earns High Ranking for “Romantic Hookups”

Put down that “US Weekly” and go make a match at IAD’s best date spot.

Dulles restaurant Vino Volo is apparently a great place to meet a date. Photograph by Flickr user Mandy_Jansen.

Forget the mile-high club: Your love life could take off before you ever leave the ground. Niche dating site Meet at the Airport just ranked the nation’s top airport restaurants for romantic connections. Taking second place between the aptly named Encounter at LAX and Salt Lick in Austin is Dulles’s Vino Volo on Concourse C. (There’s a newer and supposedly less amorous branch over at B.)

So what makes the wine bar chain a particularly good place to meet your new travel companion? The dating site surveyed its 80,000 members, who create personal profiles with travel details and then message potential matches whose schedules coincide. In addition to recommending Vino Volo as a place that “offers the best potential for an enjoyable date,” the survey took into account Yelp ratings for the various venues. The self-described “post-security retreat” garners 4.5 Yelp stars—the same number as Komi. Obviously, this is highly scientific stuff.

“Our members described it as ‘relaxing,’ with ‘good food’ and a ‘good wine selection,’ reads the survey. “One member wrote: ‘Vino Volo makes flying out of Dulles a pleasure.’” All the more pleasurable if you hit it with a fellow member who is listed as “open to possibilities.” Good news for grounded singles: A Vino Volo recently opened in Bethesda, meaning you could meet a date there from any Internet avenue of your choosing—cat lovers’, perhaps?

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.