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Looking for pre-theater dinner in Old Town ALexandria

gritshunter Nov 3, 2007 06:28 PM

We're going to a theater in Old Town, Alexandria, and so we would like to find a great pre-theater dinner, with efficient service. Any ideas?

  1. monkeyrotica Nov 7, 2007 04:57 AM

    I had the lobster roll and fried clams at Hanks Oyster Bar on a Saturday night, and the service was pretty snappy considering how crowded it was. And the server seemed to know what the heck he was talking about. When he found out we handn't been served our oyster shooters, he rushed back and promptly had the shucker bring us a fresh set. Everything was very tasty, particularly the clams.

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    1. re: monkeyrotica
      Elyssa Nov 7, 2007 05:20 AM

      Ooooo another great suggestion. One of my favorite spots in DC---aren't those lobster rolls delicious?? (Only problem is the price has gone up in the past year I think...boooo)

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      annissam Nov 6, 2007 10:24 AM

      Are you driving? If so, I have to give a pitch for my neighborhood - Del Rey - both Del merei grill (casual American) and RT's (but bring a very empty stomach!) are great for good but casual dining - and are only 5-10 mins from Old Town.

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        Dakota Guy Nov 6, 2007 10:55 AM

        Del Merei Grill ? Southside 815 ? Oh please, the OP wanted "great" food.

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          annissam Nov 13, 2007 01:07 PM


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        Elyssa Nov 6, 2007 08:19 AM

        I'm not sure if it's close to the theater or not but I had a great meal on Saturday at the Majestic and service was pretty speedy (actually a bit faster then we would have liked since we weren't in much of a hurry to run off to a play). I highly recommend it for it's great cuisine.

        Reservations are suggested though since there was a long time to get in when we were there.

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          monavano Nov 6, 2007 08:45 AM

          Majestic is wonderful, but I would caution that if the OP is going on a Sunday, that Majestic serves "Nana's Sunday Dnner" only, which is a dinner for 4.
          Other options include Southside 815 for casual southern food and Trattoria de Franco for (obviously) Italian.


          1. re: monavano
            BrianD Nov 6, 2007 09:57 AM

            That's not true. Majestic also serves it's regular menu on Sunday.

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              monavano Nov 6, 2007 10:04 AM

              good to know.

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              MDoodle Nov 6, 2007 02:34 PM

              We've always wondered about Trattoria da Franco...pass it every day, looks so cute on the outside. Obviously you recommended it so you must like it...what's great there? We've been meaning to go for a while now.

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                chinkleDC Nov 13, 2007 01:52 PM

                I've gone a few times to Trattoria da Franco... food is good and pretty authentic. Service can be slow, but it's friendly, with an Eastern European staff. The tables are a bit close together for my taste, which can lend itself to a noisy atmosphere. It edges toward the romantic side, as long as you don't expect to have a real private conversation. :) The linguine vongole was nice -- it's the only dish I specifically remember having there. My partner didn't care to order from the menu and instead asked the chef to create something meatless for him, and had a lovely meal as a result.

                They've got "opera night" every so often with a singer who comes in... and pianists other nights. One time we went and the pianist was, in our opinion, just awful and WAY too loud. Almost spoiled the evening, except that we kept the conversation going by poking fun at his sad attempts to muzak-ize some old Italian-American classics.

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            Dakota Guy Nov 6, 2007 07:42 AM

            If you are going to the Little Theater of Alexandria, then I recommend Farah Olivia. It's a 2 block walk and great food.

            If you are going to MetroStage, I'd consider Bastille next door for French (good but not great) or A La Lucia for good, casual Italian.

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              sweth Nov 3, 2007 07:44 PM

              Can you be more specific in terms of style, price, time, etc, that you're looking for? There are a whole lot of options in Old Town.

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