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DC Coast for a client dinner

Karedek Nov 2, 2006 02:10 PM

I have a dinner meeting next week and need to know if DC Coast is the best spot for steak/potatoes fare or seafood.

Looking for a K Street location ideally.

thanks for your help!

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    Dakota Guy RE: Karedek Nov 2, 2006 02:21 PM

    A good steak place for business meetings is The Prime Rib on K Street. The smoked lobster at DC Coast is different and good.

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    1. re: Dakota Guy
      Karedek RE: Dakota Guy Nov 3, 2006 11:47 AM

      Thank you for your recommendation. I made reservations at the Prime Rib. My client has never been to this restaurant, so this will be a treat for us both!

    2. Lowbar RE: Karedek Nov 2, 2006 02:35 PM

      If money is not a big concern and the group will be fairly well dressed (jacket and tie for men after 5 or so), I agree with Dakota Guy that Prime Rib is your best bet. Outstanding steaks and several good seafood dishes, and right on K st. Looking at $30-50 for most entrees.

      If its more of a business casual group you've got, DC Coast might be OK, but it is not in any way what I would call a steak place. I think they have one, maybe two beef entrees on the regular menu. The mussels appetizer is superb, pork chop is awesome, and the lobster is pretty unique...but I'm not sure what it would do for steak-seekrs. Also, in my experience it tends to run a little loud which might be counterproductive for business purposes.

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        Karedek RE: Karedek Nov 3, 2006 11:52 AM

        Thanks for your help. I have made reservations at Prime Rib per the recommendations of you and dakota guy.
        Your point about the dress code was reiterated when I dialed in. It's too bad that restaurants need to say this. I wish that our general public would rally and dress up for special events without the need for those gentle reminders from restaurant staff. Oh well.

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          jpschust RE: Karedek Nov 3, 2006 01:19 PM

          I actually liked that they reminded me of this- I'm used to being in business casual when I go out to finer dining. Also, there are some high class places that are fine with designer jeans and a nice top-- it's very place dependant. I've got no problem wearing a suit to dinner, but most places are not suit and tie anymore, including the workplace.

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            Dakota Guy RE: jpschust Nov 3, 2006 03:30 PM

            There are only three places in DC that require a jacket--Prime Rib, 1789, and Citronelle--and even they don't all require a tie. I read that Citronelle may change policy as Michele Richard does not like wearing a jacket to dinner !

            Personally, I have no problem wearing a jacket to dinner although I often omit the tie. However, nice business casual is comfortable too. I am sometimes shocked to see jeans in upscale restaurants. I guess I am old school in thinking that dressing nicely shows respect for the chef, the restaurant, and the other guests. Of course, I am also disappointed to see jeans worn to professional offices.

            1. re: Dakota Guy
              Lowbar RE: Dakota Guy Nov 3, 2006 04:41 PM

              The DC location of Prime Rib goes out of its way to state that jacket AND tie are "required," on my first visit there I wasn't aware of this and I too omitted the tie. Didn't seem to be a problem. The Baltimore location seemed just a wee bit more relaxed.

              1. re: Dakota Guy
                jpschust RE: Dakota Guy Nov 3, 2006 04:47 PM

                Keep in mind that some upscale trendy restaurants are ok with you wearing designer jeans to a restaurant. That said, I won't do it. I think it's inappropriate.

                I work in financial services and wear a jacket and tie every day except Fridays where we go business casual.

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