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mario Jun 27, 2007 11:23 AM

We would like to treat some good friends to a very nice dinner:

- Not necessarily a fancy place, more into a small open kitchen type of place.......however money is not an issue
- They are avid wine drinkers connoisseurs, so the place needs to have a splendid wine list,
- DC/Bethesda/Chevy Chase

All suggestions are received!

Thanks in advance

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  1. jpschust RE: mario Jun 27, 2007 11:29 AM

    Seems like you want to go to Komi

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      debit RE: jpschust Jun 28, 2007 06:41 AM

      I second this recommendation. But I think they limit the number of people per table. How many are you treating?

      And I haven't been so I don't know if it is small or open kitchen, but I have heard about Blue Duck Tavern's wine list. Supposed to be good. Can anybody else confirm this?

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        Elyssa RE: debit Jun 28, 2007 08:07 AM

        I loved Blue Duck Tavern when I went...especially because it has a HUGE beautiful open kitchen. (You can request a table next to the kitchen itself)

        There have been differing views of the cusine. But I personally had an excellent meal there from start to finish and a wonderful waiter. Perfect for whaty ou are looking for.

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      MrsWheatie RE: mario Jun 27, 2007 01:21 PM

      Corduroy.

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        beets4dinner RE: mario Jun 27, 2007 02:29 PM

        Kinkead's --- rated best wine list, best seafood, best service -- open kitchen in the more formal upstairs, live piano every nite in the bar area downstairs -- best place for dinner at the bar. Not inexpensive, but very special. Always full of impotent peeps.

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          Elyssa RE: beets4dinner Jun 27, 2007 05:30 PM

          Wow! It's interesting that a restaurant with so many oysters being eaten has such a impotent clientele!!! :) I think beet4dinner meant IMPORTANT! Unless he/she knows something about that restaurant that I don't know about.

        2. BigEats RE: mario Jun 27, 2007 05:40 PM

          Well, Laboratorio del Galileo is the must-see destination, but you'll need reservations many weeks in advance.

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            Dennis S RE: BigEats Jun 27, 2007 06:07 PM

            I'd say BigEats is right for the most special dinner in the area.

            Wanted to also add Black Salt to the list.

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              bordeauxfan RE: BigEats Jun 28, 2007 02:44 AM

              Umm...isn't the Laboratorio shuttered for now while the building on 21st is being renovated? Roberto Donna is encamped at Bebo in Crystal City, without the Laboratorio.

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                dinwiddie RE: bordeauxfan Jun 28, 2007 05:05 AM

                One of the best wine lists (and the best priced) in town is at Dino. It is huge, mainly Italian, and exceptionally well priced. You can get a good meal there, especially if you concentrate on the small plates and appetizers.

                Corduroy has a very good list, especially Burgandies, and the cooking is fantastic.

                Citronelle has a fantastic list, but expensive. The food is expensive but well worth it.

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                  Pool Boy RE: dinwiddie Jun 28, 2007 05:46 AM

                  I agree with dinwiddie in that Dino has one of the best winelists in town. It is obviously heavy on Italian wines, but it's also extremely well priced.

                  I will also pile on for the recommendation of Komi. We had a sparkling wine dinner there last year that was ridiculously good. And all but one of the suggested wine pairings were superb.

                  www.roguefood.com

            2. LulusMom RE: mario Jun 28, 2007 08:46 AM

              I'm going to back up the suggestions for Komi, Blue Duck Tavern and Citronelle. I'm also pretty sure that Labretorio de Galileo is closed for the time being.

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                mario RE: mario Jun 28, 2007 07:23 PM

                Thanks everyone, will be 4 people in total

                Komi: no table available
                Laboratorio: closed for the summer
                Citronelle: no table

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                  Elyssa RE: mario Jun 28, 2007 07:57 PM

                  You should give Blue Duck Tavern a shot. Or Palena...I believe both have good wine lists. Although Palena doesn't have an open kitchen.

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                    dinwiddie RE: Elyssa Jun 29, 2007 06:15 AM

                    Palena is excellent, front or back (I prefer the back but then it is much more expensive) but their wine list is only OK, not what I'd call good. It is not nearly on the par with the cooking, which is fantastic. I ususally bring wine and pay the corkage.

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                      Pool Boy RE: Elyssa Jun 29, 2007 06:18 AM

                      Palena is definitely worthy. Their kitchen is really tiny and you'll never see it. Not sure about their wine list. It used to be pretty small and thin, but I have heard it's improved. I generally BYOW there.

                      Have you thought about maybe trying Tosca? High end Italian. Try the Dover Sole if they have it. Unreal.

                      www.roguefood.com

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