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Places to Eat in DC


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I assume you're staying in DC itself (vs. the surrounding communities -- Alexandria, Arlington, etc.). It would help, though, to know exactly where. For example, if you're staying in the popular Dupont Circle area, we can recommend places that are walking distance from there.

 

So far, in your price range, I'd recommend:

Rasika or Rasika West End (progressive Indian cuisine; don't miss the Palak Chaat), for lunch, dinner, or pre-theater dinner

Tosca (classic Italian; pre-theater dinner + one glass of wine each would be ~$110 before tax/tip, but I've never had a bad course there)

Corduroy (near the Convention Center; inventive cooking; expensive regular dinner, but a super-bargain three-course prix fixe upstairs in the bar (menu not on web site), plus inexpensive wine by the glass during happy hour)

Le Diplomate (very good, very popular, probably a bit off the beaten track for you, but one of the go-to places if you're in that area)

Zaytinya (Mediterranean -- think Greek/Turkish/Lebanese -- small plates; very popular place)

Birch & Barley (ditto)

La Chaumiere (classic French cuisine, in Georgetown)

Kellari Taverna (Greek)

 

I think this list of pre-theater options is up to date.

 

Lunch bargains in the bar area are available at Proof, Oval Room, 701, and many other places.

 

Indian Buffet Champagne Brunch in a beautiful setting at Bombay Club

Champagne brunch also at Nopa

 

My two favorite resources for DC are dc.eater.com and the aforementioned DonRockwell.com (register there as you did for eG to access the Dining Guide).

 

Oops, sorry -- that "ditto" in my original post was meant to refer back to Le Diplomate, not Zaytinya.

 

Nearest to your hotel in my list are Oval Room, Bombay Club, and Kellari Taverna. You're also not that far from Rasika West End and Vidalia.

 

If you're in the mood for excellent gelato (and coffee), go to Dolcezza (several locations).

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The Oval Room, that Alex mentioned, is a great recommendation and is near the White House.

Do you think that you will be in the Penn Quarter area or the Dupont Circle area... I can make some recommendations for those areas. Hope you enjoy your trip to DC!

I might go to the Penn quarter and dupont circle area, so I'd like some recommendations.

Thanks!

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Expanding on curls's post...

Little Serow: Issan Thai food, very hot/spicy, very popular -- get in line early and wait.

Also in Dupont, a little south of the circle: DGS Delicatessen

And there's a Dolcezza there, a little north of the circle

Also recommended for lunch (dinner is expensive): Sushi Taro.

 

Jaleo is José Andrés's tapas place. Nearby is Oyamel, his Mexican place.

 

In my earlier post, 701 is in Penn Quarter; Proof and Zaytinya are nearby.

 

Additional recommendation, in Georgetown: il Canale (DOC Neapolitan pizza, pastas, etc.)

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I used to work at a Mediterranean place in DC called the Veranda. I think they might still be closed for renovation, otherwise it is worth checking out. Really enjoyed my time working there

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