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aal22 Dec 18, 2007 07:43 AM

New to the city and looking for guidance! Where would be worth it?

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    Elyssa RE: aal22 Dec 18, 2007 08:29 AM

    The full list hasn't come out yet. But I've always had a good RW experience at 1789, Bistro Bis, Butterfield 9, TenPehn and Sonoma.

    From what I hear Cordoroy and Zola does a good job and is very generous with portions.

    While waiting for the full list to come out, you might want to check out this Washington Post article--http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarti...

    Also you can do a search from last winter and summer's RW to see what the reviews were. There were quite a few threads.

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      JustinS RE: Elyssa Dec 18, 2007 09:49 AM

      Correct me if I'm wrong, but 1789 hasn't participated in the last few Restaurant Weeks. I'd wait to make reservations there until the list comes out.

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        Elyssa RE: JustinS Dec 18, 2007 10:20 AM

        I went a year ago during the winter RW, it was my first time dining there and they practically had the entire menu available. It was a very memorable experience with 2 of the best waiters I've ever had in my entire life. My bf and I shut the place down chatting with our waiters. They told us great stories from over the years of the various charecters that dine in the restaurant. Lots of fun in a place that I expected to be disgustingly stuffy. I was surprised at how comfortable I was, in what is a formal service environment, It's nice to be spoiled every now and then.

        This summer they did something special where instead of RW, they basically had the same deal with a coupon on their website.

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        ktmoomau RE: Elyssa Dec 18, 2007 10:24 AM

        They recommend Vidalia for RW, but there were so many upcharges for their dishes I didn't think it was really worth it, would have had about the same bill, but better service another time.

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        Elyssa RE: aal22 Dec 18, 2007 08:48 AM

        Also you'll want to keep your eye on this website: http://www.washington.org/restaurantwk/

        This is where they will be listing all the restaurants particpating. OpenTable is a great place to find reservations, but you should know that not every restaurant in the city participates in OpenTable, so you'll miss some restaurants for RW if you only look there. The Washington.org site also will link to those restaurants that allow you to make reservations online.

        1. ktmoomau RE: aal22 Dec 18, 2007 10:18 AM

          All my experiences are posted on a huge thread about Restaurant Week, you might search this board for Restaurant week or just RW ont he search feature to find it, it is a very comprehensive thread. After just having lunch at Ceiba though, I would bet they would do a good RW.

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            polly parker RE: aal22 Dec 18, 2007 10:30 AM

            i have been anxiously awaiting the list to be posted, any idea when that will happen? And hat are the dates again?

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              ktmoomau RE: polly parker Dec 18, 2007 10:41 AM

              There is another thread below this one with that information posted today.

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              veggiegrl RE: aal22 Dec 18, 2007 03:04 PM

              I'm not a big meat eater but I love Fogo de Chao. I don't know if they are on the restaurant week's list, but if they are then you should give them a try. It is well worth it.

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                Goldielocks1225 RE: aal22 Dec 18, 2007 06:31 PM

                I had really amazing experiences at Poste, Hook and Bistro Bis. I didnt feel the quality of the food or service slipped.

                1. chinkleDC RE: aal22 Dec 18, 2007 06:50 PM

                  I feel the whole point of RW is to try places you haven't been before so you can make some new favorites... and the price point is stable so pretty much everything ends up being "worth it." :) I discovered David Greggory (alas, no more), Jaleo, and Belga Cafe during RW in seasons past and thought they were great. The one time I had a bad experience was at Pinzimini in Ballston (waited forEVER for the food, service was horrible, food mediocre), but even so I didn't feel bad about it because the price was relatively low.

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