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Birthday Dinner Splurge

I am looking for a "new-er" restaurant in which to have a Birthday Dinner. This is a once a year splurge, so taste is far more important than cost. we have tried most of the established DC reastaurants like (Butterfield 9, Galileo, Citronelle, Tosca, David Gregory etc.) We like all styles of cuisine, and are most interested in trying great chefs, great cuisine and having a great night out.

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  1. If you really want to splurge get out of DC and sit in the tasting room at Restaurant Eve. Minus Citronelle it will blow all of those others out of the water- I consider it on par with Citronelle.

    1. Ditto on the tasting room at Eve. Also, Komi, whose food is in a class with Eve's.

      1. My last experience at Komi was sublime. I was in heaven.

        1. I haven't been to Komi but if I was allowed to splurge on my birthday that's probably where I would try to get a reservation.Komi or CityZen...haven't tried either but they are major splurges with what is suppose to be excellent food.

          And while they are not new, if you haven't tried the main dining room of Palena or Equinox that should def. be on your list.

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          1. re: Elyssa

            I understand no one likes a broken record. And I know I am guilty of being one. But again I must tell all who will listen. Komi is not to be missed!

            1. re: oysterspearls

              I was ready to heed the growing chorus and make reservations at Komi, but it turns out they are not open on my Birthday. So we definately need other suggestions.

              1. re: nesseainie

                The back room at Palena, Maestro in Tysons Corner, or Marcel's. All should fit the bill.

                1. re: dinwiddie

                  My wife and I have reservations at palena. She is not into food as much as I am so she suggested that we sit in the front room so she can get a salad and something else casual while I get the 4 or 5 course tasting menu. Do you think we will lose the wonderful experience by not sitting in the back room. She can always get the 3 course and I get the 5 course in the back...what do you think??

                  1. re: DCGUY5

                    I think that the front and the back are totally different. Back more formal, 3-5 course meals, etc. However, give them a call and see if they can serve her something from the front while you have the 5 course menu. However, I think she will easily be able to be satisfied with the three course meal. They will let you pick three one from each course or three from one, etc. (my wife once went with three from the first course list and a dessert) Besides, I don't know that you can get the back foom menu fup front.

                    1. re: dinwiddie

                      You can get the full backroom menu up front. Not sure about the reserve though.