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Blowout meal for two - any location

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My husband and I will have something to celebrate soon and would like to have the blowout meal we haven't been able to afford for awhile. Citronelle, CityZen, Inn at Little Washington, Restaurant Eve, Maestro .... these were some we came up with. (Been to Inn at Easton - meh, Minibar - amazing, Charleston - good. Our favorite restaurants are Babbo, Gramercy Tavern, Nobu - but I guess we're not in NYC anymore.) We are looking for impeccable service, memorably terrific food, and a many-course meal we'll remember fondly a long time from now. Also, while we don't mind spending a lot, we hate when it doesn't feel worth it. Any thoughts?

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  1. I would say Maesto (because the service and the food are on par-amazing). But I love CityZen and am happy to just sit at the bar there and have had very memorable dinners both on a whim and special occasion (the word on CityZen is that the food is spot-on, but service and wine are a notch below the food [not a huge deal to me by any means]); Citronelle is almost too busy sometimes, but I respect Michel Ricahrd in big way, of course. Actually, do CityZen if you aren't asking for Inn at Little Washington, napkin-licking service, CityZen is the place to be.

    1. My wife and I have done Restaurant Eve numerous times (bar, bistro, tasting room), and have been impressed every time with the quality of the servers, the sommalier (Todd Thrasher is one of the 5 best in DC), and the amazing food. You sound like you're in need of their 9-course degustation. You will leave very impressed and very full.

      1. A little farther out of the area, my husband and I loved L'Auberge Provencal. It's quiet, romantic, great service and food. We liked it far better than L'Auberge Chez Francois. Plus, if you want a romantic night, you can stay there. Another romantic place is Patowmack Farm. It's more of a drive. You sit outside in a glass conservatory so it's almost like eating outside and the leaves are beginning to change. The service was friendly, the owner walks around the tables to meet everyone. The food is supposed to come from the garden--produce only because none of the meat was local but it was still good. Our only complaint was the waitress could not pronounce anything on the tasting menu and it took use a second to figure out what she was saying (gay-natch-hee, oh ganache...) but she was very nice.

        1. Eve - Tasting Menu. The service and food are superb and they have some wonderful wines. Probably the best meal i've had in DC.

          1. Another vote for the tasting menu at Eve. We just did a blowout at Citronelle, and while I loved it, I am comparing it in my head to Eve and Eve comes out slightly better - you get more courses for the money, sommelier with paired wines was slightly better, and the food was marvelous!

            Haven't been to the others you listed.

            1. I don't see how you lose at any of the places on your list. Of those, I've most recently been to Maestro, and it was as superb as ever, both food and service.

              1. We went to Maestro for our 25th wedding anniversary and thought it was superb -- both food and service. Their wine guy is amazing and did a great job of picking wines for the various courses. Not wanting to try to drive home to DC from Tysons Corner, we stayed ovenight in the Ritz Carlton, which is where the restaurant is located. That having been said, I agree with an earlier poster than you really can't go wrong with the places on your list!