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Client Lunch near MCI Center/Chinatown/Union Station

Otter2 May 21, 2007 09:22 AM

Thanks in advance for any help.

I have a client lunch scheduled soon and would like to take them somewhere special in the MCI Center/Chinatown/Union Station area. Ruth's Chris would have been perfect, but it's not open for lunch.

I'm looking for something kind of upscale (but not completely break the bank) - a place they wouldn't normally take themselves. I don't think the crowd is full of adventurous eaters, so I was imagining seafood or steak.

Any ideas would be appreciated!

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    MrsWheatie RE: Otter2 May 21, 2007 09:55 AM

    Poste and Zola are nice and have pretty good food.

    1. jpschust RE: Otter2 May 21, 2007 10:14 AM

      Poste is good, Tosca is good as well for this- Italian is usually a safe bet as well.

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        Elyssa RE: Otter2 May 21, 2007 10:41 AM

        I 2nd Zola. Although they have a new chef so I don't know what the new menu looks like. Also in that area is Cafe Atlantico which is really delicious but it might vear towards the more adventurous since its Nuevo Latino food.

        I've never been but my friend LOVE DC Chophouse...you can get steak there and apparently their hamburger is quite good.

        A little farther off from the Chinatown/Penn Quarter area is 701 which seems perfect for a business lunch.

        And if you want to stay near Union Station there is always Bistro Bis which is always reliably good and practically invented for the business lunch.

        All of these places seem to be around the same price if not a little less then a lunch at Ruth Chris' would be.

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          kcm19 RE: Otter2 May 21, 2007 11:40 AM

          More traditional steakhouse/DC power lunch choices are the Capital Grille and the Caucus Room.

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            katecm RE: Otter2 May 21, 2007 12:37 PM

            I hit Zola last weekend. The chef seems to have settled in beautifully; we had a lovely dinner.

            Of course, the restaurant that seems to be the answer to almost every food dilemma is Central. The menu would appeal to almost everyone.

            Acadiana is also not far from there, and, while not the best restaurant in DC, has good, comforting food in a comfortable atmosphere. Well-suited for business.

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              IBJ9 RE: Otter2 May 21, 2007 02:02 PM

              Bistro Bis is over by Union Station and would definitly be a nice treat. They have a number of things that are a little on the adventurous side but they have a pretty large menu so there are a lot of options. http://vidaliadc.com/bistro/lunch.asp

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                Elleninthecity RE: Otter2 May 22, 2007 07:20 PM

                No one mentioned PS7 so I will throw it out there. There food is good and the restaurant is beautiful.

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