21st in DC
I'm looking for a good $20-30 price range restaurant to celebrate my birthday. I'm only here for the summer and haven't tried out many restuarants. I would like a place that has somewhat healthy fresh foods, but still a fun atmosphere. (Somewhere that has special festivities for birthdays..maybe.) I like almost all foods, but my favorites are seafood, sushi, and italian food. We will need to go somewhere that is metrolink accessable. Some of my friends are stil 21, so it will also have to be a place that allows for all ages. Anything come to mind?
When is your birthday? DC Restaurant Week is coming up. All week long, you get three courses for $30. http://www.washington.org/restaurantwk/ Make your reservations early, because the best restaurants fill up.
Also, if it's in July, Oya has a similar special all month long, but it comes with champagne. I had it for lunch last week and was pleasantly surprised. The menu is lovely.
Considering your preferences, and assuming you want somewhere more festive and fun than quiet, I'd recommend Oya in July or Zengo (expensive, so better during Restaurant Week), Zola, or any Jose Andres restaurant (like Zaytinya, Oyamel, Jaleo, etc).
I'd say, then, Oya or Zengo. Because of the three-course deal at Oya, you can do really well in the price department, and it's a gorgeous, swank space to boot. Plus, the free glass of champagne will add some festivity. I recommend both of the sushi rolls as appetizers. They're fantastic.
A lot of restaurants have three-course pre-theater menus that offer good deals, but I doubt you want to celebrate before 6:30.
And happy birthday!