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Great Georgetown place with excellent wine list

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Mwilkinson Oct 8, 2007 03:15 PM

In DC from out of town and looking for a terrific restaurant which has a really good wine list. Preferrably something which is not a chain-type place or a hotel restaurant. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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    elegantelliot RE: Mwilkinson Oct 8, 2007 03:21 PM

    Sonoma should fit the bill! http://www.sonomadc.com/

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      elegantelliot RE: elegantelliot Oct 8, 2007 03:23 PM

      Hook is new and good and Citronelle is the best restaraunt in town if you really wont to go over the top.

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        Hal Laurent RE: elegantelliot Oct 8, 2007 03:53 PM

        From personal experience, I think Citronelle is overrated.

        I sometimes wonder how many of the people here extolling the place have actually eaten there.

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          curious4food RE: Hal Laurent Oct 8, 2007 04:05 PM

          agree w/ opinion on citronelle. michele is one of the "old gods". loved fabio but has re-located to the big apple.

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            Elyssa RE: Hal Laurent Oct 8, 2007 06:20 PM

            I've eaten there and I loved it. But it is a techinically a hotel restaurant. I don't remember a ton about the wine list since I was with my father and when he is present he's in charge of the wine. But the food is exceptional and perfectly creative.

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              Steve RE: Hal Laurent Oct 12, 2007 08:48 PM

              I've only eaten at the lounge, which I highly recommend. Informal, no reservations necessary, and the service is fast. Hit it before a movie. Go for the soft shell crab ($16 per person.) Completely astounding. If you like it, then keep on ordering. Go on to the Mushroom cigars ($14, enough for two) and the Tuna Napoleon. Desserts are $10. You just might change your tune.

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              jpschust RE: elegantelliot Oct 8, 2007 05:33 PM

              It's also considered one of the best wine lists in the country (see james beard award for wine service)

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              Elyssa RE: elegantelliot Oct 8, 2007 06:18 PM

              Sonoma is actually on Capitol Hill. But perhaps you might want to try out their sister restaurant Mendocino in Georgetown.

            4. Geoff RE: Mwilkinson Oct 9, 2007 06:42 AM

              Citronelle is wonderful, IMO. Sure it's located in a hotel, but so what? If wine is what you care about, and from your title G'town is where you want to be, also check out Mendocino Grille and Wine Bar.

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              Citronelle
              3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

              Mendocino Grille & Wine Bar
              2917 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

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                elegantelliot RE: Geoff Oct 9, 2007 07:27 AM

                thats what i meant, sorry

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                  pomme de terre RE: elegantelliot Oct 9, 2007 08:57 AM

                  Second for Mendocino Grille! I really like their food. I can't remember if it's all California wines or not, though.

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                    j fish 44 RE: pomme de terre Oct 9, 2007 11:45 AM

                    I'd say Hook or 1789 (1789 is a bit off the beaten track--near the University, but it's a DC staple with great food and a lovely history)

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                Mwilkinson RE: Mwilkinson Oct 12, 2007 05:53 PM

                Thanks for the suggestions everyone. We tried both BLT and Citronelle. BLT was good, food was excellent, unpretensious steak house fare with a a flare. Meat was excellent. Wine list was very good and expense. The place was a little loud and cramped - but quieted down once the happy hour ended - but all in very friendly and comfortable.
                Citronelle - was an great food experience rather than a great meal. The dishes were very clever (especially the lobster pasta disguised as a can of caviar) but rescued from being too much by tasting delicious. The the wine list was stunning and very expensive, with a handful of bargains. The unfortunate aspect was the dining room itself and the general feel of the place - it was like eating in a nice basement in the dark - our party had to ask for a pen light to read the menu and wine list and the air-conditioning vent kept going on an off at oddly high volume. Service was good though a waiter's attempts to take away the same half empty wine glass got a little annoying.

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