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Elegant/Formal dinner to impress a family

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kabarton Feb 9, 2007 09:39 AM

Hello! I will be traveling to DC in mid-March and wanted to take my girlfriend and her 11 and 15 year old to a nice restaurant that we can dress up for a little. I was hoping to impress them with a nice decor and excellent food with perhaps a few government officials lingering around. Anyway, if you know of a restaurant that would be appropriate for us, let me know, thanks.

  1. applerochez Feb 12, 2007 12:47 PM

    the willard is really formal--and only a stone's throw from the white house. the food isn't that great, though.
    citronelle, although noisy, has amazing presentation. the food will probably be too weird for teens, though. i personally find better dining in the suburbs (particularly va) than within the city limits.
    i don't know if they have ruth's chris or morton's where you're from, but the waitstaff is 100% formal there and everybody loves steak.

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      tmemedia Feb 12, 2007 09:33 AM

      Cafe Milano in Georgetown is always fun, and the menu has plenty for picky teenagers to pick from. I nearly always spot a politico or celebrity there, and it's a cool Georgetown elite experience.

      1. k
        kabarton Feb 11, 2007 09:19 AM

        Thanks everyone, these are all great suggetions. Remember, I'd like to impress them, so a formal sitting, and hopefully everyone sitting within the restaurant will be very "proper" so these early teenagers can get a little respect for fine dining. Any other suggestions?

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          dinwiddie Feb 10, 2007 04:30 AM

          1789 would be good. You could try Charlie Palmer's and ask for a window table. Great view of the Capital. Marcel's is another good choice.

          1. k
            kcm19 Feb 9, 2007 05:16 PM

            1789 in Georgetown is elegant and formal, the food is very good, and the wait staff will treat the 11 and 15-year-old well.

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              Atlantis Feb 9, 2007 05:32 PM

              I second this one.

              We've always been happy with how elegantly and respectfully the people there treated our kids. The whole experience of 1789 would be terrific for an 11 and 15 year old, just right.

              Yep, a great suggestion, kcm19. A hearty second from this end.

            2. k
              kabarton Feb 9, 2007 01:02 PM

              Great. These all sound good. I guess I am not that interested in seeing an actual government official, but more or less, great ambiance and some place where it looks impressive to a couple of teenagers.

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              1. re: kabarton
                jpschust Feb 9, 2007 01:06 PM

                also Old Ebbit Grill would work.

              2. jpschust Feb 9, 2007 10:07 AM

                I've run into a few at Viridian of all places.

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                  BookGuy Feb 9, 2007 10:01 AM

                  During the week, some recognizable people in the media and government hang out at the Palm on 19th Street above M and, if you don't see them in person, there are the drawings on the wall. I think that Vidalia on M near 20th is elegant enough to take the kids and the people, even if you don't recognize them, dress well.

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                    Dakota Guy Feb 9, 2007 09:52 AM

                    You might see a familiar face or two at Bistro Bis (on Capitol Hill) or Aquarelle (at the Watergate Hotel). A number of Hill folks go to the Monocle at lunch but not too often at dinner. Most Goverment officials are nameless and faceless and few people would recognize them. Except for lunch at the Monocle, I would recommend simply going to a nice, moderately priced resturant and have fun with no expectation of recognizing anyone.

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