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Georgetown - casual dinner recs?

As part of our trip to DC, we plan an afternoon and evening "touristing" in Georgetown and it'd be nice to eat dinner in the locality.

Any recommendations for casual to mid-scale places? All cuisines considered.



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  1. Pizzeria Paradiso on M Street.

    1. Peacock Café has great food, interesting menu and a nice sidewalk café if the weather is good. http://www.peacockcafe.com/about.html

      Peacock Cafe
      3251 Prospect St NW Lbby 2, Washington, DC 20007

      1. Try Cafe La Ruche, right off of M near Wisconsin. French bistro style, but really reasonable, and the outdoor patio is very sweet on a beautiful day.

        1. I prefer Bistro Francais to Cafe La Ruche for reasonably-priced French. They have great early bird specials if you dine early.

          Also Clyde's is sort of a DC area institution and not a bad reasonably-priced option in Georgetown for regional American.

          Another casual place to consider is Vietnamese Georgetown Restaurant on M Street and 29th. Great Vietnamese spring rolls.

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          1. re: dzherbst

            I 2nd Bistro Francais and Cafe La Ruche. Both are really cute and good french bistros. (Personally I really like Cafe La Ruche's courtyard/outside seating).

            Other ideas would be Filomena for a big, delicious plate of pasta (and save room for their giant desserts). Or the Vietnamese restaurants...there are 2 in the area and I can never remember which one is better.

            Also I actually like the dumpling place in Georgetown...the name is something like Bangcock Joes or something along those lines. I go there sometimes after a movie for a quick bite and like it.

          2. Leopold's is a very cool option. It feels like a European cafe/bar on their terrace, and the inside is very hip and modern. They serve really nice desserts, and Austrian/German food. It's definitely a cool ambiance. And it's right off M Street, on Caddy Alley.

            1. Manhattan's: good seafood, fabulous crab cakes (especially when eaten with the accompanying tartar sauce.) I'm pretty sure they take reservations. The crab cakes really make the place special, in my opinion, so be sure to give them a try if you go there.

              1. I would second Clyde's on M St. MUCH BETTER IDEA, but more upscale: Closer to the University is 1789 (and out of the hassle-y M Street and Wisconsin Ave. zones), and it is offering a great Summer Prix Fixe deal for $36. Go to Clyde's website (google it) which has 1789 as part of the restaurant group. Clearly a great deal for a very nice place! In fact, I intend to head there, too.

                1. My understanding is that the stellar Hook restaurant has some kind of community-table dining at the front of the house, presumably at a lower cost. I'd inquire first, however.


                  1. For inexpensive but good food, I always liked Miss Saigon (Vietnamese).

                    1. Love Bistro Francais! Cafe La Ruche is good as well, but the menu can be limiting.

                      1. Bangkok Bistro, Zed's (Ethiopian), or The Guards (preferable to Clyde's, IMO).