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Birthday dinner for two- something special and unique

hateysmurf Dec 5, 2007 06:46 AM

Ok.. so my husband and I share a birthday.. he's an hour 1/2 older and so our birthdays have to be special... we don't do gifts.

We both love to eat but are getting tired of just going to a restaraunt even if the food is good. Can someone suggest a place that has entertainment and good food? We didn't like Mie N Yu but want something along the lines of either belly dancers, murder mysery, a show at the theatre...Also, a place with a few courses would even do.

Something fun and unique! The food and drinks need to be good too!!

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    DCDOLL Dec 9, 2007 02:19 PM

    If you REALLY want something special...what about the Inn at Little Washington? My hubby took me there for our anniv a few years back and it was unreal! We had a rental property we owned in the Mts not too far so that's where we stayed that night but if you really want to splash out i hear the rooms are wonderful too. Anyway, the meal is about 6 courses and it's honestly the best quality of ingredients anywhere. There is also a chef's table in the kitchen which is extra but you might not want to do a communal table anyway on your anniv. But i digress--the choices include things like lobster, truffles, etc...every bite is like a new adventure. And the 7 deadly sins for dessert makes you want to roll around on the plate... :) Then they give you a little box of sweets "for the road" and you are like HUH?? as if i could eat again this month??
    It's spendy....i think it's about $160 per person on the weekend but for something really special you can't beat it. It's bout an hour 1/2 from the city.

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    1. re: DCDOLL
      ktmoomau Dec 9, 2007 04:56 PM

      It's a bit more than 30 minutes, it is about 65 miles or so... but very nice, and hard to get a reservation. Not that it isn't well worth it.

      The Marcels thing sounds pretty good to me, but I am not huge into entertainment value. There is a Benihanna in Georgetown (upscale Japanese Steakhouse with all the tricks)? Also for other shows there is the newly renovated Shakespeare theatre?

      1. re: ktmoomau
        DCDOLL Dec 14, 2007 04:02 AM

        I said was an "hour 1/2" meaning an hour and a half. Sorry for the confusion!

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      JAC13 Dec 8, 2007 10:48 PM

      I have no idea what date you are talking about so this may not work at all but My Fair Lady is playing until Jan. 20th at the Kennedy Center I believe. This year for my birthday my boyfriend got us tickets to Phantom and reservations at Marcel's before the show. They offer a pre-dinner tasting menu, take you to the theater, and then pick you up and bring you back to the restaurant so that you can have dessert. We had such a fun and romantic night!

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        kelarry Dec 8, 2007 07:44 PM

        marakesh in d.c. hands down. belly dancers, moroccan food. u eat with your hands. it's soo much fun.

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          maddogg280 Dec 5, 2007 09:41 AM

          Since I am unsure what geographic area you are in, this might not work for you... But my husband and I really enjoy the Melting Pot. I realize it's a franchise and not all locations are the same, but we go to the Melting Pot in Towson for special romantic occasions and it's always fun. It's a LONG meal- be prepared for 2+ hours at minimum. The Towson location has romantic and very private tables for two upstairs. They have a pretty good wine list, too. It's not exactly entertainment, but it is certainly a different kind of dining experience!

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            Elyssa Dec 5, 2007 10:00 AM

            There is also a location in Dupont Circle that my friends love but I have yet to be (have always wanted to go though since I LOVE fondue).

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              hateysmurf Dec 5, 2007 10:04 AM

              Melting Pot is fun and a great suggestion but my husband isn't a fan. You see why I am going nuts trying to find a place... :-) He's really picky and it has to be good. He's a cook himself so it needs to be a place that will "WOW" him.

              Thank you all for the suggestions though!

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            jalleneldridge Dec 5, 2007 09:02 AM

            What about Marrakesh (Moroccan restaurant) on New York Avenue?

            I haven't been myself, but I've heard the food is good and that it's fun -- ritual of washing of hands before the meal, bellydancing, etc. I've wanted to try it myself but haven't yet, so I can't vouch for the place personally.

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              hateysmurf Dec 5, 2007 09:19 AM

              Thanks for the suggestion. We will look into this for sure.

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                KWynn Dec 5, 2007 09:33 AM

                Marrakesh's food is just mediocre. You go here for the entertainment--NOT for the food. It's a lot of okay food and fun entertainment. I think this is really better for large groups. My husband and I went and have no need to return.

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                  Elyssa Dec 5, 2007 10:00 AM

                  The food is just so-so. The experience is interesting but I don't know if I would want to go with just my husband. When I went it was with my bf, his cousin, and their all male friends. Someone's Dad had been there in the 70s when it was super hot with all the movie stars and bands coming through town (think Rolling Stones, Jerri Hall, Warren Beatty etc). It was kind of fun, but that's because I was with this particular group and 1/2 the time we were kind of poking fun out of the whole thing. There's a lot of bachlorette parties and birthday parties there.

                  There is a belly dancer and multi-course meals. The food was interesting but wasn't high end. You eat with your hands etc. But it might be weird to just go with your husband on a birthday date.

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                    MikeR Dec 9, 2007 02:10 AM

                    I immediately thought about Marrakesh when she mentioned belly dancing. The food is OK, I suspect kind of a mass market version of what's not terribly exotic food, but they present it well. You do the hand washing, there are several courses, and a belly dancing show. And it's not terribly expensive.

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                    Elyssa Dec 5, 2007 08:49 AM

                    You didn't mention a price-range so I'll just go with the higher end. If you are able to get a reservation at Mini Bar you might be able to get your great food, multiple courses and entertainment all in one. From what I hear, an evening a Mini Bar is theater in and of itself.

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                      hateysmurf Dec 5, 2007 08:53 AM

                      Great! I will check it out for sure. Price is not a huge thing given we don't do gifts. I just want something special, unique and fun!

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                        hateysmurf Dec 5, 2007 09:20 AM

                        So the mini bar looks AMAZING but they book a month in advance! This is the best suggestion yet but they are booked. BUMMER!

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                          Goldielocks1225 Dec 5, 2007 09:41 AM

                          MiniBar is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! It took me about two months to secure a reservation...call first think at 9am the morning a month before. Even if you cant go for your birthdays, I would recommend the experience.

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                            Elyssa Dec 5, 2007 09:57 AM

                            Another option would be Citronelle. While it's not the same as Mini Bar, the presentation is unique, fun, and creative. It's of course probably the top restaurant in DC so the food is wonderful as well. Michel Richard really has fun with his food and I had a blast seeing what came out of the kitchen.

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                          katecm Dec 5, 2007 07:18 AM

                          Do you enjoy cooking? Roberto Donna has Saturday night cooking courses at Bebo. The wine flows freely, and you end up with six or seven courses. It's a small group (six when we did it) and a ton of fun. You cook about half of each course, then the sous chefs finish it and five courses are served to you at a table. You begin with Prosecco and antipasti and it's just a party from there on.

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                            hateysmurf Dec 5, 2007 08:29 AM

                            What a great suggestion unfortuantly my husband is a great cook already. Could you suggest something else?

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                              katecm Dec 5, 2007 08:47 AM

                              Honestly, I didn't learn very much from the cooking. It's not really a lesson - it's the experience of cooking with Roberto Donna and talking with him.

                              I also believe the chef at Teatro Goldoni is a magician and often throws some magic into the evening. Someone else may need to confirm.

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