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Best place for a business lunch near Deparment of Interior

Nomad88 Mar 2, 2007 11:56 AM

Looking for a not too crowded place within walking distance (.5 miles) of 18th and E street

  1. DanielK Mar 2, 2007 07:58 PM

    Try the F St / RH Bistro at 1918 F St., right around the corner. It's on the GW Campus, and we do business lunches there all the time. Make sure you ask for an upstairs table when you make a reservation.

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      flavrmeistr Mar 3, 2007 02:51 PM

      The Exchange at 18th and G. Decent lunch specials, soups, salads, burgers, bar.

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      1. re: flavrmeistr
        DanielK Mar 5, 2007 02:37 PM

        But The Exchange violates the "not too crowded" request, and it's REALLY loud at lunchtime.

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          flavrmeistr Mar 14, 2007 05:57 PM

          It varies. On a nice day or a nasty news cycle, people feel a need to get out of the office and into the bar. Other days, it's relatively quiet. If you get in at 11 or after 1, you can also avoid the crush.

          1. re: flavrmeistr
            Steve Mar 14, 2007 07:23 PM

            Now, I know the Hooters atmosphere at the Exchange is irrisistible to some, but I think I'll save my business lunches for the real thing.

            If the OP doesn't know already, the immediate vicinity is not promising to eat something decent. So it's RH Bistro (I can't even believe somebody else knows about this place), or walk a few blocks. If you want to walk, then on 18th above H St. is Taberna del Alabardero, which is an extremely elegant Madrileno restaurant. Reservations recommended.

            1. re: Steve
              flavrmeistr Mar 18, 2007 06:19 PM

              "Hooters"?! You must be thinking of Archies or the old 1720 Club. And, anyway, Jimmy cut out those Thuesday night sex parties a few years ago.

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        Pappy Mar 15, 2007 06:22 AM

        Primmi Piatti (spelling?) at 18th and I Streets should fit the bill nicely.

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          JRinDC Mar 15, 2007 08:31 PM

          Kinkaids at 2000 Penn. Kaz Sushi Bistro at 19th and I. Notti Bianchi at the GW Inn. Or hike up to the White House and hit Equinox, Oval Room or Bombay Club.

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          1. re: JRinDC
            DanielK Mar 16, 2007 06:51 AM

            All of these are great suggestions, but are at least 15-20 minutes walk.

            The aforementioned RH Bistro, while not nearly on the level of these choices for quality, is still quite good food, inexpensive (sandwiches/salads/entrees $8-$15), and a block and a half from DOI.

            I meet business clients from OPM (adjacent to DOI) at least once a month, and RH Bistro is always our go-to place.

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