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Birthday dinner in Dupont Circle

I'm taking my husband to DC in a few weeks for a birthday weekend and am looking for a quiet, romantic place for dinner on Saturday night. We're staying in Dupont Circle. Any suggestions? He's turning 30 so I wouldn't mind spoiling him a little...


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  1. I just took my boyfriend to Obelisk for his birthday and we had a great meal.

    1. Agree on Obelisk. Otherwise Komi.

      1. My wife has taken me to wonderful birthday dinners at Obelisk. Agree with Komi as another excellent choice.

        1. Nora's is also a good option and it's all organic, too!

          1. With respect, Nora is decidedly not a good option. It once was, years ago, and the room is still very nice (and the intentions very laudable). But the food is really quite ordinary, at best. Komi would be my choice, and Obelisk is a fine second option.

            1. Thanks for all the suggestions! Unfortunately Obelisk and Komi are both all booked up for this weekend. I have a reservation at Corduroy, but have gotten a suggestion from the hotel for Acadiana. Any comments on either place?

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              1. re: Adrianne

                I'd pick Corduroy. The food is superb and the price is reasonable. I think you will enjoy it a lot.

              2. Corduroy is not very "special" looking but the food is divine. The exact opposite could be said for Acadiana.

                1. You might also try Galileo. Very good food and I have always found the service to be great.

                  1. If you are really willing to spoil also try Gerard's Place. I had a wonderful birthday meal there 2 years ago.

                    1. Oh jeez, I think Corduroy is WONDERFUL and can be quite special, if you don't sit near the bar (hotel guests can sometimes be loud). I think it's a top 5 restaurant in DC. And the chairs are plush.

                      Komi, for it's part, is the LOUDEST restaurant I've ever eaten it. IMO, good thing you couldn't get in.