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

Wendy Smith Sep 28, 2006 04:01 PM

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. Meg Sep 28, 2006 04:11 PM

    Le Paradou http://www.leparadou.net/

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

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    1. re: Meg
      Wendy Smith Sep 28, 2006 04:20 PM

      Perfect- You saved my anniversary!!

      1. re: Wendy Smith
        Meg Sep 28, 2006 04:28 PM

        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
          GregJ Sep 28, 2006 04:44 PM

          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
            Steve Sep 28, 2006 06:14 PM

            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
          Pool Boy Jun 8, 2007 06:39 AM

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


        3. DanielK Sep 28, 2006 05:06 PM


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            BookGuy Sep 28, 2006 06:10 PM

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

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              dinwiddie Sep 28, 2006 07:59 PM

              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.

              You really need to join OpenTable.com. It makes these kinds of problems disappear.

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              1. re: dinwiddie
                WineTravel Jun 7, 2007 09:17 PM

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

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                Wendy Smith Nov 3, 2006 03:20 PM

                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
                  Dakota Guy Nov 4, 2006 06:25 PM

                  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.

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                    Wendy Smith Nov 6, 2006 02:23 PM

                    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.

                2. jpschust Nov 6, 2006 02:33 PM

                  I would second Asia Nora. Very high end but also in a wonderfully quiet space so that one can share an intimate conversation.

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                    Elyssa Jun 8, 2007 05:04 AM

                    I really love Equninox! The chef uses fresh, local ingrediants. The dining room is elegant and the service is top of the line. I've gone to an 85th birthday party there and a romantic dinner with my boyfriend. Both were delicious and memorable.

                    Another suggestion would be the back room of Palena. EXCELLENT food and very elegant.

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                      foodess Jun 8, 2007 05:36 AM

                      Have you tried Perry's?

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