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Apr 29, 2007 01:32 PM

Mark and Orlandos

I never heard much about Mark and Orlandos. Is it any good? The menu sure looks good. I'm moving in around the corner from the restaurant and while I've eaten at most of the places on P St. (except Obelisk...which I hear is excellent) I have yet to be to Mark and Orlandos. Is it more of a nice-night out type place or a casual Sat night dinner with the boyfriend?

In other P St Restaurant news...I'm hoping something good (and legal! :) ) goes into the old 21P spot. Anyone hear any rumors?

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  1. I like Mark and Orlando's. If they have the hangar steak and you eat red meat -- it's a great dinner. I've only been during the week (Drinking Liberally) and it is excellent.

    1. Mark and Orlando's is certainly worth a visit. They have tow restaurants. Downstairs is more fine dining (business casual atmosphere) aned upstairs is casual food. I was just there once but liked it very much: good food, service, ambiance. I can't answer your question though as it implies that "nice out out" and dinner with boyfriend" are mutually exclusive. I hope not!

      Try Obleisk--very good but reservations are a must.

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      1. re: Dakota Guy

        What's the price range for both the upstairs and downstairs?

        1. re: Elyssa

          Downstairs are $10 appetizers, $25 entrees ..... upstairs are $10 entrees. I have seen the mnenu but not eaten upstairs. Downstairs was very good; I'd go back.

          They have a website with menus:

          1. re: Dakota Guy

            I just checked out the menu and it looks really good...especially the lobster pot pie...mmmmmmmmm! Might have to check it out sometime this week.

            Is it someplace I could go on my own with a book? I imagine this would be the upstairs part.

            1. re: Elyssa

              I am sure you would be graciously welcome either upstairs or downstairs dining alone.

              1. re: Elyssa

                You can definitely go on your own with a book. There is even a couch upstairs if you feel like sitting somewhere a bit more comfortable...

        2. I really like Mark & Orlandos. One of my favorite parts is that you can eat upstairs in the more casual dining room, but still order from the downstairs menu if you like. Their burgers are phenomenal and they have a great cheese/charcuterie plate. And if you are up for dessert the blueberry financier is incredible!

          1. I finally checked out Mark and Orlandos on Friday and had a wonderful meal. I originally went in to get the lobster pot pie which was listed on the outside menu but they unfortunatly weren't serving it that day. So I instead sat upstairs but ordered from the downstairs menu.

            I had an incredible oyster chower that was full of flavor. I especially liked the little bit sized roasted potatoes in it. Then I had a delicious pan-seared halibut on saffron risotto. Everything had so many layers of flavor. I was really impressed.

            It was pretty empty when I was there but the staff was very friendly---even Orlando himself! I will def. return. Seems like the perfect neighborhood spot. You hardly ever find such good food at such an affordable price. The menu clearly had a lot of thought put into it but it didn't break the bank at all.

            Thanks to all who recommended it!

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            1. re: Elyssa

              I loved it too. Great service and good food. We ate upstairs and our waitress was great.

              1. re: foodslut

                Have you tried their burger? It sounded good. What else is good there?

                I think the different flavored butters is a nice touch as well.

              2. re: Elyssa

                That oyster chowder sounds incredible. It's a shame that more places don't offer it. I will have to return and try it!