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Jan 15, 2007 04:13 PM

Uber Swanky DC restaurant

Taking my VERY trendy cousin out to dinner for her birthday. Looking for a swanky interior and great food.

Any suggestions?

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  1. The usual swanky suspects: Citronelle, La Paradou, Cityzen, 2941, Gerard's Place and Marcel's deserve a mention, as does the under-rated 701 Restaurant. There are other places with very good food that I wouldn't class as "swanky," for example, Komi, Obelisk, and Restaurant Eve.

    On the other hand, if she (you) want "trendy," I'd take her to a place like Indebleu, Zatayina, or Rasika.

    So many choices, so little time ...

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    1. re: Dakota Guy

      I agree that Indebleu would be a nice choice. Food is pretty good, awesome ambience, funky decor and hot waiters.

      1. re: Dakota Guy

        I'd skip Zatinya- expensive, only acceptable food, only trendy in decor and price. Indebleu is a good option, though again very expensive for food that is often mediocre. I might go with CityZen if you really wish to impress. Also, Viridian seems to be coming up in the world and that has some swank appeal.

        1. re: Dakota Guy

          In terms of decor, if you're looking for hip and trendy, not just swank...Gerard's Place, Marcel's nor Obelisk qualify.

        2. Never been there before, but I've heard Cafe Milano in Georgetown is one the swankiest joint in this area. Many of the aforementioned places in this area have power people showing up, but none have the power players, stars, celebrities, royalty, etc. Food is supposedly average though.

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          1. re: Chownut

            Cafe Milano seems to be where people go to "be seen." The food is not worth the trip but perhaps you will see someone who wants to be seen.

            1. re: Dakota Guy

              I assume you've eaten there before?

              1. re: Chownut

                Of course, or I wouldn't comment on the quality of the food.

              2. re: Dakota Guy

                We were always pleasantly surprised by the food at Milano's when we lived in DC and have gone back a couple of times since - we found that by avoiding ordering the specials w/o checking the prices, and being careful with "extras" - bottled water, espresso, etc., we could keep the bill relatively reasonable.

                1. re: Dakota Guy

                  The food at Cafe Milano is outstanding. That includes the pastas, the salads, the pizzas and the specials. I have never had anything but the finest meals there, both lunch and dinner. Better than Tosca, Oblisk, Tiramisu, Bebo, etc. They certainly have their assets and liabilities, depending on your perspective, but they certainly have a fabulous kitchen.

                  1. re: Pappy

                    That's a heckuva counterpoint. Never heard it before.

              3. I've always thought of Poste as "trendy," for good or for ill.


                1. The best food of all, and certainly swanky, would be Maestro, but I wouldn't call it trendy, at least in terms of decor and ambiance (food, yes very trendy). It draws mostly a rich/expense account crowd.

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                  1. re: johnb

                    I fogot Maestro on my list. Definitely worth considering.

                  2. I forgot to add that Oya in Chinatown might be a good option. It's a fusion of French and Japanese food, and has a very modern decor.

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                    1. re: Jacey

                      Skip Oya - cool setting but the worst service ever, and uneven food preparation. I prefer Zaytinia.