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Jan 8, 2008 12:34 PM

Dinner Thursday Dupont near the Improv

Does anyone have good suggestions for a not too loud place near the Improv? We have a show at 8:30 and will probably get to dinner around 6:15. Monderately priced would be ideal, not fancy- just good food and maybe a martini or two.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. How about the Tabard Inn? Wonderfully cozy atmosphere, nice menu and can mix up great drinks.

    Other options would be Mark and Orlandos either upstairs (for the cheaper menu) or downstairs, Heritage for yummy Indian cuisine, Hudson, or Sette Osteria.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Is the Tabard Inn reasonably priced? I have been wanting to go there for a while now. Heard great things about it. It's a tough situation cause I love Indian but the friend I am going with does not.

      I think we are looking to spend 15-20 bucks a person not including drinks.

      What is Mark and Orlandos? Never heard...

      1. re: xena1441

        $15-20 total? Are you planning on getting an appetizer?

        With those prics I would suggest either Heritage (because you can share dishes and they have a cheaper "street food" menu) or Mark and Orlando's.

        Mark and Orlando's is a nice neighborhood restaurant on P St. American cuisine. With your budget I would sit in the upstairs portion of the restaurant. Upstairs you can order off of "Mark's Menu" which is cheaper (nothing over $15) and you can also opt to order from the downstairs menu (which is still reasonably priced).

        Most entrees at Tabard Inn run around $15-25 I think (check online if they have a menu up). I think it's reasonably priced...but I guess it depends on what your definition of "reasonable" is.

    2. It might be a little pricier than you had intended, but a friend of mine went to Spezie on L street before an Improv show. She said it was fantastic...

      1. For a reasonably priced meal in a nice atmosphere with good martini's, and if you're ok with Thai food, try MaiThai on 19th St NW between M and N Sts. I really like their lychee-lime martini. It's only about 2 or 3 blocks to the Improv.

        1. Thank you all for your suggestions.

          We actually just ended up eating at the Improv (we had to go early to ge good seats). It wasn't horrible- actually my salad was pretty good. Everything is catered from California Tortilla.

          Now I am not singing their praises, but compared to the food at The Birchmere, this food was delicious. Can't really go wrong with a burrito and a salad.

          Tabard In is certainly on my list now though. Their menu looks great. I wonder if they are in on RW.