I'm a chef from Rhode Island, and I'm going to be spending 4th of July weekend a Hotel Rouge in DC. I was looking for recomendations from local foodies for a great tasting menu with wine pairings for me and my girlfriend. I hate to put a price tag on it, but there are plenty of other activities planned for the weekend.....Hence the budget
Yes, go to Komi! Their tasting menu is delicious, varied, well-paired with the accompanying wines and the perfect amount of food and wine. I left full and satisfied but not overstuffed and drunker than I had intended like I did at Citronelle. The best meal I've had in DC so far.
While it's not in DC-proper I highly recommend Restaurant Eve. As a chef I'm sure you will love what Chef Armstrong is doing out in Old Town Alexandria. There is a bistro (where I ate) and a seperate Tasting Room, which I hear is excellent.
I also really love the Tasting Menu at Equinox. Equinox has excellent sourcing and their dishes included some of the freshest local ingrediants around. Depending on your wine/drink situation that should bring you right around $200 or so.
Finally, while I have never been, I've heard wonderful things about Komi. Book well in advance, since it's one of the hottest tickets in town.