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Nov 14, 2006 01:54 AM

1 Year Anniversary Romantic Spot Needed

The contenders are Obelisk, Tabard Inn and Palena. Or ???


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    1. I haven't been to Obelisk or Palena, but Tabard Inn is wonderful. I love the atmosphere and the food is great. I would highly recommend it.

      1. My last dinner at Obelisk was disappointing. Regarding the food, while I liked the antipasto course, my biggest memory is that the main course (fish) suffered from languishing under the heat lamp too long. Regarding the service, it languished. There were enormous apses of time between courses, with no one checking in about wine/beverage refills.

        I was surprised and disappointed on both scores . . . .

        1. certainly not Palena! Not because of the food, but there is nothing at all romantic about the setting and service can be spotty. I would suggest Restaurant Eve, Komi, Vidalia or Marcels in a similar price range.

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          1. re: round hound

            I do think that Eve is romantic. In a very cozy way. Even the entrance sets the romantic mood.

            How is La Chamiere (sp?) on the romance scale? It has ben a while since I've been, but I am thinking of the romance of a roaring fire.

            1. re: Bonz

              I think Eve is too crowded and noisy to be romantic. People will overhear every sweet nothing you whisper. But the food is some of the best.

              La Chaumiere is one of my girl friend's favorites. Especially in the winter with the fireplace going. Food is among the best French bistro fare in DC.

              I think Two Quail is very romantic, at least the several very small tables and the small room near the entrance. The food just isn't good enough to recommend it, however.

              Now, if price is no object, the clear winner is the Inn at Little Washington. Food and lodging will run $1K or more but isn't he/she worth it ??!!

          2. I agree that the service, atmosphere and food are great at Tabard Inn (as are the wines and desserts). I also highly recommend it.