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D.C. Date Night Done Right: 7 Black-Owned Restaurants in DC for Every Day of the Week

Hey bestie, it’s your Internet BFF, Kaylannk here! Let’s take a scoop on D.C.’s dining scene!

And let me tell you, when it comes to date night vibes, there’s nothing quite like Black-owned restaurants. So, ditch the predictable chains and dive into something truly special. Tonight, we’re celebrating love, supporting incredible businesses, and indulging in some seriously delicious eats. Buckle up, because these 7 spots are gonna make your taste buds sing.

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1. Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen | 3632 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010

Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen is currently owned by Booker Parchment. Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen is an American bistro with an international flair. The menu features international flavors like New Zealand lamb, hemp-crusted salmon, and crème brûlée.

2. Cane | 403 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Cane DC is currently by Jeanine Prime. Cane is a Caribbean restaurant with Trinidad cuisine that features Spanish, French, East Asian, and Indian flavors. Dishes on the menu range from cumin-spiced pork belly to jerk wings.

3. St. James | 2017 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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St. James is currently owned by Jeanine Prime.  St. James is a Caribbean restaurant that provides a modern twist to traditional Caribbean dishes like callaloo.

4. Causa | 920 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

Causa is currently owned by Glendon Hartley, Chef Carlos Delgado, and Chad Spangler. Causa is a fine dining Peruvian restaurant with a menu that is inspired by the Pacific coast and the Amazon rainforest. Amazonia is a rooftop bar and dining room on the second level of Causa.

5. The Delegate | 901 L St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Delegate is currently owned and operated by Thompson Hospitality. Thompson Hospitality is the largest Black-owned food service and facilities management company. The company was founded by Warren Thompson.

The Delegate is an American restaurant located inside the Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/ Convention Center. Order a dish off their American menu that ranges from seafood to traditional American cuisine.

6. Lydia on H | 1427 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Lydia on H is currently owned by Chef Victor Chizinga. Lydia on H is an Afro-Caribbean restaurant with dishes that are traditional to Malawi and the Caribbean Islands. It is the perfect place to order spicy jerk chicken, rum cake, and cabbage.

7. Matchbox | 521 8th SE, Washington, DC 20003

Matchbox is currently owned and operated by Thompson Hospitality. Thompson Hospitality is the largest Black-owned food service and facilities management company. The company was founded by Warren Thompson.

Matchbox is an American restaurant known for its brick-oven pizza. The restaurant has industrial-style decor with dimmed lighting making it the perfect scene for a romantic night out.

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8. Magnolia’s On King | 703 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Magnolia’s On King is currently owned and operated by Leonard Holton. Magnolia’s On King is a Southern restaurant that offers a traditional Carolina cuisine. The restaurant also has a lounge on the upper level. 

9. Papi Cuisine | 2 E Wells St #116, Baltimore, MD 21230

Papi Cuisine is currently owned by Chef Alex Perez. Papi Cuisine is an Afro-Latin fusion restaurant that offers a nice twist to familiar dishes like seafood alfredo, lamb chops, and crab cakes.

Written with lots of care, 

Kaylannk

Your Internet BFF

P.S. Share your favorite Black-owned restaurants in the comments below! Let’s keep the delicious discovery rolling.

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