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place to take the in-law Thurs nite?

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Looking for an easy good place in Arlington or DC to take the mother in law...somewhere with simpler foods, not really frou frou and about $20 a plate...more for ambiance, maybe some music playing and a nice view...is Circle Bistro or 701 or the Press place a good spot considering it's RW?

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  1. I have really enjoyed Circle Bistro, but normally go on off nights so I don't know what it would be like on RW. I think they have a pretty good amount of space between tables though if I remember correctly.

    1. I know that Circle Bistro still has reservations available for RW since I was thinking of going tonight as well. I've never been but I've heard it's good.

      701 is great if you can get a reservation because of the view of the Navy Memorial. (btw...I just checked and 701 has a 7:15pm reservation tonight for 4).

      I've been hearing great things about Charlie Palmer's RW menu. If you can get in there its certainly worth a shot with the view of the Capitol etc. Plus its usually much more expensive then $30. :)

      You might want to also think about some place not participating in RW like Hank's Oyster Bar, Creme or Cashion's.

      1. 701 would be perfect - but I doubt that you can do dinner for $20 a plate.

        But, it's very close the the metro (Navy Memorial) and getting a cab there is easy.

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        1. re: dcandohio

          Well she more or less can if she is particpating in RW. You get 3-courses for $30. It's $10 more then what she originally wanted but you get a full meal. If you avoid ordering wine, tip and tax will bring you to uner $100 for the whole meal. Not bad for a place like 701.

          1. re: Elyssa

            thanks! just booked the 7:15 slot...wish me luck!

            1. re: CH2176

              Also make sure to report back on how it goes. I don't think anyone has reported on 701's RW yet. Have fun!

              1. re: Elyssa

                will do! Please do the sam re: Circle Bistro. I always love reading your posts!

                1. re: CH2176

                  Thanks! It's going to be a drop in either Friday or Saturday night so I can't make any promises if I'll get in or not. But I'll be alone so maybe they'll be a space at the bar.

                  It will either be Poste, Circle Bistro, of DC Coast (my friend just went there the other night and said it was excellent...apparently a winner of a pork chop is on the menu.)

                  1. re: Elyssa

                    Had the in-law dinner last nite. Quick review of 701, as I am sitting at work so I have to be quick...I was not impressed. First, it was warm in there and when we asked why, they said the air wasn't working. Strike 1.
                    I felt so rushed. Literally the moment we sat down, they gave us the RW menu and asked what we wanted to drink, I mentioned water with lemon for now and we'll glance over the wine list for dinner pairings...less than 2 min later, our server asked us again, if we were ready to order. I asked her to please give us 5 min to make our choices...she came back and told us since we are getting the RW menu, go ahead and give her the dessert choice as well...she wasn't so much rude, but all too hasty.
                    I asked for recs on the main entree, she told me the encrusted salmon was a bit "salty tonight" and we may want to go with the roasted grouper or the ribs.
                    The first course was the best, I had the heirloom tomato salad which was delicious and my guest had the grilled asparagus and enoki salad...excellent.

                    We went with the ribs and grouper...all I can say is...meh. The ribs came with a mango slaw which was ok, the roasted grouper I hear was over done and not memorable. The dessert selection was nothing to write home about either...I had the warm chocolate cake with what was supposed to be ice cream, but because of the warmth in the place, it was just sweet milk and my guest had the cherry tart...
                    Saving grace was the wine selection and 1st course...
                    all in all...I would rate this place a 4 out of 10...I have reservations for Acadiana tomorrow...wish me luck :)

                    1. re: CH2176

                      Oh I'm so sorry to hear the 701 was such a bust. I usually hear wonderful things. It also sounds like your server was rather lame at her job. I had when people make me feel rushed...even during RW.

                      Acadiana is offering their entire entree menu so food-wise it should be excellent. In terms of appetizers there I love their trio of deviled eggs. And make sure to try their delicious biscuits. Better luck next time around.

                      1. re: Elyssa

                        Thanks Elyssa, I know it's hit or miss during RW...but I at least got the out-law to chat with me, due to a couple extra glasses of wine I bought her...LOL!
                        Thanks for the Acadiana tip!

                        1. re: CH2176

                          The "out-law" lol! Was that on purpose or a freudian slip?? :)

                          1. re: Elyssa

                            LOL, I'll never tell :)