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Best DC dinner? Price not an issue. Jackets required is.

DarthEater Feb 6, 2008 04:49 PM

Hi, I'm coming from NYC in search of a high end gastronomic dining experience but is not stuffy and does not require you to dress up. We love raw oysters, foie gras, sushi, bone marrow, pork belly, seafood, steak- basically no restrictions and nothing you can get from a diner either. We can spend up to $200 pp for food exclusive of drinks but I know nothing within this range will allow us in without proper costumes. Dinner is on a sunday and we would like to feel comfortable. Thank you.

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    masonuc RE: DarthEater Feb 7, 2008 06:14 AM

    Based on your requirements, my choice would be Makato.

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      dinwiddie RE: DarthEater Feb 7, 2008 06:34 AM

      With the exception of the Prime Rib, I can't think of any restaurant in DC where jackets are "required". While I often wear a jacket when dining out "fancy" just as often I don't. Some of the best places to eat in DC for what you want:

      Citronelle
      Palena (the back dining room, not the cafe)
      CityZen
      1789
      Kinkead's
      Restaurant Eve Tasting Room
      Marcel's
      Restaurante Tosca

      However, I'd also suggest you try Brasserie Beck or Michael Richard's Central

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        Dakota Guy RE: dinwiddie Feb 7, 2008 07:11 AM

        Citronelle and 1789 both require jackets.

        From Dinwiddie's list, I would recommend Cityzen or Restaurant Eve. The others are good indeed but these two are the best and neither require jackets (although most gentlemen will be wearing them).

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          Dakota Guy RE: Dakota Guy Feb 7, 2008 07:17 AM

          PS: Komi is an option well worth considering as well.

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            dinwiddie RE: Dakota Guy Feb 7, 2008 01:00 PM

            You are correct. I've always work a jacket at Citronelle, and the last time I was at 1789 it was summer, very hot, and they were not enforcing the jacket required rule.

        2. ktmoomau RE: DarthEater Feb 7, 2008 06:51 AM

          From the things you love places I would suggest are:
          Blue Duck Tavern- they have excellent braised meat, sweetbreads, and savory items that are a little more adventurous (bone marrows, etc). I am not hot on them for seafood although it is on their menu. I think their real standouts are their meats. We also had I think a foie gras starter at the bar which was amazing. I can't remember which though. Jacket not required I think a couple guys we went with had on jeans even. They had a bourbon chocolate cake that if you like bourbon and chocolate (which I do) then it is really good, if you are in AA do not order this dessert.

          Seafood- go to Hook, no jacket needed.

          CityZen should also be on your list or perhaps the Source, but I probably think CityZen more so... I think your price range can do CityZen although it is a little more proper costume sort of place I think if you wore khakis/slacks and a button up shirt you could probably be ok. Maybe someone else should chime in on that one... the fiance is a suit/jacket type so I guess I don't pay too much attention and it is one of our nicer places.

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            ktmoomau RE: ktmoomau Feb 7, 2008 06:55 AM

            It says sophisticated business casual, no denim except in the bar, so I am sticking with my you could do it with no jacket if you wore khakis, button up, especially if you had a sweater, then you would just look like you are from VA.

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              Dakota Guy RE: ktmoomau Feb 7, 2008 07:16 AM

              Most gentlemen wear jackets at Cityzen [because of the business diners or the "special occassion" diners] but it is not required. Dress slacks and shirt would be fine and there are always diners so dressed.

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              keithdcil RE: DarthEater Feb 7, 2008 09:18 AM

              Without a jacket, I would feel comfortable at The Source, Blue Duck or Eve. At Cityzen, Citronelle, or Tosca I would feel uncomfortable.

              1. Bill on Capitol Hill RE: DarthEater Feb 7, 2008 09:45 PM

                If I recall correctly, Restaurant Eve does require a jacket. I vote for CityZen, with Rasika (wonderful high-end Indian) as a wild card. (Not sure about the Sunday part, though.)

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                  monkeyrotica RE: Bill on Capitol Hill Feb 8, 2008 04:35 AM

                  The last few times I've been to the bar and the bistro at Eve, only a handful of men were wearing jackets. The tasting room is a different story, however. If they have a dress code, they seem to be enforcing it pretty loosely.

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