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My husband and I have a standing date every Friday night. We started the tradition when we got married and it is still going strong (almost) three years later! I'm lactose and gluten intolerant, so I am partial to restaurants that have allergen menus or are willing to modify dishes as needed. And for whatever reason, many of our favorite date night spots are tapas or small plates restaurants. So, I figured I'd share the top small plates restaurants in DC.
Jaleo // Spanish tapas
China Chilcano // Peruvian small plates with Asian and Spanish accents
Oyamel // Mexican small plates
Zaytinya // Mediterranean small plates
Tico // American small plates with Spanish and Mexican flare
Estadio // Spanish tapas
Barcelona // Spanish tapas
Boqueria // Spanish tapas
Kapnos // Mediterranean small plates
As you can tell, we love all of Jose Andrés' restaurants (including Jaleo, China Chilcano, Oyamel, and Zaytinya). Also, in my experience they always have allergen menus which is a plus.