Dinner Sat. in DC not RW-related
We will be visiting from Philly and going out to dinner this Saturday. Had considered Kinkead's, Taberna del Alabardero, and an Austrian place we were once at in Georgetown. We have no desire to participate in restaurant week menus etc. Any recommendations?
If you want to avoid Restaurant Week, go to places that are not particpating or at the meal that is not included. Kinkead's isn't participating for dinner. I would also suggest Palena or, if you can get in, Restaurant Eve in Old Town.
Philly Chowhounds were awesome to us back in October so I'd really like to help, but I need a little more information (location, price, cuisine). FYI- Kinkead's and Taberna aren't what they used to be. For good fish, try Hook in Georgetown.
For a special/fancy saturday night out in DC:
2. The Source
4. City Zen
5. Blue Duck Tavern
6. Steak houses(Old & New): Charlie Palmer, BLT, Prime Rib, Capital Grille.
Since when is Kinkead's not what it used to be? My recent meals there, and several other's who I know and trust, have enjoyed excellent food and outstanding service, maybe not as original to us as it once was (ie pepito crusted salmon), but certainly just as delicious, with Bob still in the kitchen.
Do you have a price range and preference of type of food.
Without knowing the details I would suggest trying to get a reservation at Palena, Hook (they are only doing RW for lunch), or Brasserie Beck.
I have a few places in mind:
- Brasserie Beck
- DC Coast
Some of them are participating and some aren't, but all of them are really very good. If you have more details perhaps we could be more a little more helpful ...
Price is not a big factor. We'll be staying at the Mandarin Oriental in SW, but meeting a friend who lives in Georgetown and didn't expect to eat near the hotel. My husband was at Kinkead's fairly recently and still liked it. We haven't been to Taberna in ages, and from reviews I read here, RW probably not the time for a revisit.
I second Palena and Hook or Restaurant Eve if you don't mind going to NOVA. Neither are participating. With what you seemed to like in the past I think these would be good. There are some other good suggestions above.
I agree with both Citronelle and Blue Duck Tavern. Also near Georgetown is Marcel's--excellent chocolate souffle with raspberry sauce. I'd pick any of those over Palena or Tosca or Kinkead's, which are very good, but I feel that they are a step down. And though you may not have expected to eat at your hotel, both CityZen and Cafe Mozu are very good. In my opinion, CityZen is the total package. Cafe Mozu is more laid back and the sunset there is lovely. Hook is very good and if you care about sustainable fishing, it's the place, but again, a step down from Citronelle or some of the other places mentioned.
Citronelle and CityZen are both fantastic restaurants to try in DC -- I agree with indcgirl that CityZen is the total package. It offers great food, ambiance, service, and would also be convenient for you at your hotel.
I recently went to Eric Ripert's new restaurant -- Westend Bistro -- located in the Ritz Carlton. It isn't too far from Georgetown - M St and 22nd St - and offers delicious food without an overly stuffy atmosphere. The menu itself may look a bit plain, but the dishes are fantastic. My favorite was the fish burger - very succulent and tasty.
As for the Austrian place in Georgetown - I think you were talking about Leopold's Kafe in Cady's Alley. I have not personally been there but have had it recommended to me time and time again by friends that used to live in Georgetown. I am also a fan of Hook.
Has Marcel's re-opened? We tried to have dinner there January 6. After phoning a number of times with no answer, we got a recorded announcement that the restaurant was closed for rennovation and would re-open Monday, January 7. When we drove past the place that evening, we could see chairs piled on tables through the window. If re-arranging the tables and chairs was all that needed to be done by the 6th, they could be back in business as planned. Any first-hand knowledge?
I'd rank Citronelle, Marcel's, and CityZen in the top tier for DC. None is participating in RW. I'd rank The Oval Room and Tosca next, but both are participating in RW.
I haven't been to Komi or The Source, but the buzz is very positive. We've eaten at The Tasting Room at Restaurant Eve, but we didn't get what the fuss is all about. We had a perfectly enjoyable meal with wholly pleasant and polished service, but we've had meals with greater wow! factor at far less stellar places.
No one's mentioned it yet in this thread, but Komi is my favorite restaurant in DC. I recommend you at least consider it. Also, I agree with others here who have recommended Hook in Georgetown and the Blue Duck Tavern, which is between Dupont and Georgetown in the West End neighborhood. I ate at the Blue Duck Tavern last Friday night for the first time and can't wait to go back. I gave it a full review on my blog, FoodRockz. Have fun!
My list would be Palena and Vidalia (both recent Beard winners and deservedly so), and Kinkeads. Also excellent in Gtown is Mendocino and Hook
For a good night out in DC with a more original/fun type of place I would list the top 5 places right now as
1. The Source
2. Blue Duck Tavern