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Exquisite Dinner, something innovative and special: Recommendations?

My friend and I have been treating each other to spectacular meals for our birthdays for going on seven years. The gifter chooses the restaurant and treats, carefully selecting based on the WP dining guide, the Washingtonian's 100 Best Bets, and now I pose the question to you, Chowhounders. So far, in order, we've enjoyed: Oceanaire, Palena, Little Fountain Cafe, Cashions Eat Place, Equinox, 2941, Aquarelle, Obelisk, Maestro, MiniBar, Citronelle, and CitZen.

Where should we go next? Price is worth noting, but we are willing to splurge for excellence.

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  1. Is money not important here?

    I would suggest Komi. While I've never eaten here it would be at the top of my list since it's so hot and suppose to be incredible.

    If you are willing to travel outside of the city, I highly recommend Restaurant Eve. I ate in the bistro and it was one of the best meals I've ever had. I hear the tasting room is outstanding as well.

    For something in the more moderate range I would suggest Hook.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      A couple of years ago, I took my friend for a birthday lunch to Restaurant Eve (bistro) and it was wonderful!

      I had the confit of pork belly (Hey! I work out! ) and she had bouillabaise.

    2. Komi is fabulous. The atmosphere is very subdued, so don't go expecting a lush space. But the food is the star, and you will be thrilled. Make reservations now!

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      1. re: dcandohio

        I third the Komi recommendation... spectacular! I didn't see the Tabbard Inn on the list. It's been a DC favorite for years, not to be missed!

        If you're up for a trek to the Hill, try Locanda on Penn Ave, SE. Teriffic pasta! It's a more casual experience, but lovely.

        Oh, and lets not forget the hot new comer... The Source, Wolfgang Puck's new place at 5th & Penn, NW.

      2. Count mine as another vote for Komi. I ate in Restaurant Eve's tasting room (Alexandria) for the first time last night and, though it was good, my two dining experiences at Komi were even better.

          1. Central? Proof?
            Of course you've not yet been to the most authentic high end DC experience of all...1789! I would suggest that!