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Jun 21, 2007 02:35 PM

Inexpensive + live music (piano?)

Hey all,

Looking for a good fairly inexpensive restaurant with live music. Extra bonus points if there is a piano player (jazz esp.).

Metro-accessible also nice.

Let's say < $20 per entree.


Also, any other general recommendations for good meals relatively close to tourist type stuff would be appreciated. ( restaurants near the mall (metro center,chinatown,etc), some stuff in arlington near rosslyn, maybe a few old town or georgetown restaurants)

Also, parents will be with, so it shouldn't be tooooo young of a crowd.


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  1. Virtually perfect would be 701, a terrific restaurant, consistently under-rated, at the Archives Metro stop. Live piano every night with a bass added on weekends to give the live jazz you're looking for. A nice crowd, lots of the residents from the condos around there in Penn Quarter, less of a "scene" than much of the rest of than neighborhood. Most entrées between $20 and $30 but there is a small plates menu at Mo's Bar and a pre-theatre menu.

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    1. re: MakingSense

      This looks really good, but is a bit on the expensive side.

      Know any other good ones?

      1. re: ls1dreams

        Cantina Marina on the SW Waterfront has live music but it's more bar food and beach party. Probably not the thing for the parents.
        Nice live music usually gets the cost up there...
        There's a church on SW that has jazz and a soul food buffet one night each week but I can't find the information now. (Away from home base.) Maybe someone else can help here. Really inexpensive and they have some seriously good musicians.

        1. re: ls1dreams

          I'm afraid you have to adjust your idea of value meals here.. At $25.95, 701's pre theater menu is about as good as a bargain gets here in DC. And, it fires on all cylinders with regards to your request.The Bombay Club also has nightly piano, with many entrees below $20. It's a classic and classy atmposhere.
          I can recommend other "ethnic" restaurants, which are cheaper and tend to offer music but I'm guessing you don't want Greek or Flamenco.

      2. La Porta's in Alexandria is about 2-3 blocks from the King Street Metro may fit your bill as far as piano & price point. I haven't eaten there, so cannot comment on the food. Maybe one of the other hounds has eaten there recently?

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        1. re: weezycom

          I believe Laporta's has weekday dinner specials: 2 dinners + bottle of wine for mid $20. They have live jazz. Probably about a 15-20 minute walk from the King St. Metro.

          1. re: monavano

            One of my most favorite places to go is Ruth's in Chinatown on a Tues, Wed or Thurs night. I know it's expensive, but I sit in the bar area, right next to the most amazing guy who plays the piano and sings, get a salad and a app and my beau and I share the surf and turf. Even with 2 martinis the bill comes out to about fifty bucks. It's amazing.

            1. re: monavano

              Hey, thanks for the reply - I've heard about Laportas, but have never been in there. Is the food good?

          2. Thai Chili of all places, near the MCI Center, used to have a jazz pianist on thursday evenings, you might want to check into that if its convenient. 219 Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria is back to serving Creole food and as a native I can say it is pretty good, they have a bar upstairs (smoking, though) with jazz several times a week.