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Sep 28, 2006 04:01 PM

Need a suggestion for a high end place for special Sat. night dinner

In DC, have tried the favorites Citronelle, Cityzen, Komi, Marcel's but cannot get a reservation on an approaching Sat. night. Any suggestions?

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  1. Le Paradou

    If you can branch outside the city limits:
    Restaurant Eve
    Colvin Run

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    1. re: Meg

      Perfect- You saved my anniversary!!

      1. re: Wendy Smith

        Whew, glad i could help.

        If you went the Le Paradou route, I haven't been, but am told it's the most memorable dining experience in the city.

        1. re: Wendy Smith

          Paradou is very very stuffy and probably one of the worst cost-benefit ratios in the DC area. The food is good, though, no question about that.

          1. re: GregJ

            I agree about le Paradou. But I don't think the food is necessarily good. I'd much rather eat at the lounge at Citronelle, no reservations needed, always excellent service.

        2. re: Meg

          Restaurant Eve is overrated in my opinion, but I know I am in the minority. Maestro is amazing, though.

          1. Tosca is high end and on 11th and F NW and has reservations available for this Saturday.

            1. Asia Nora and Restaurant Nora have reservations available as does Taberna del Alabardero (7:00pm). You could also try Ardeo/Bardeo, Equinox, or I Ricchi. And I think you can get into PS 7 if you want to try somewhere new.

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              1. re: dinwiddie

                I Ricchi was good 25 years ago. Now, it should be shuttered. Terrible.

              2. Just to close out this line, we went to Le Paradou and agree that the food was great but the service was not wonderful- stuffy and not attentive. We are on opentable, and agree it is great, but have found that if you cannot get a reservation that way, you can sometimes get one by calling. Some restaurants do not show bookings on open table at prime time- had that experience with Oceanaire the other day. Have been to all the restaurants recommended here and they are all great. Thanks.

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                1. re: Wendy Smith

                  I have always found the staff attentive at La Paradou; perhaps they are a bit formal but I also don't care for the "Hi, My name is XXX and I'll be your waiter tonite" approach to service. It is one of my favorite places; try the tasting menu d'jour--the price is comparable to similar restaurants. although I think the wine list is pricey.

                  1. re: Dakota Guy

                    Of course, we wouldn't expect or want a restaurant at that level to have a perky approach, but it took a long time to get a menu and get the waiter's attention, they didn't bring the wine with the entree, and they were not attentive to the table next to us either, as we knew from being way too close to them. We did the tasting menu with the wines, and the wine steward did send us the menu in the mail as promised when we requested information about a wine, which was nice. Nonetheless, I have had a better experience elsewhere.