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a place for six this thursday in dupont

Chargenda Mar 25, 2008 07:27 AM

I am looking for a fun spot for six for a thursday dinner in Dupont Circle or nearby. Suggestions? We want to have some drinks over dinner, have good food, a good time and not spend a ton. Alos, a vegetarian or two in the crowd.


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  1. Unplugged RE: Chargenda Mar 25, 2008 07:42 AM

    Although it's not haute cuisine, Buca Di Beppo is fun for a group. It's north of the circle on Connecticut.

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      aburkavage RE: Chargenda Mar 25, 2008 07:48 AM

      Bistrot du Coin definitely fits your description. Good food, lively atmosphere, reasonably priced wine list, and about 2 blocks from the circle. It tends to be a bit noisy, but that may not be an issue for a big table of six. If the vegetarians eat fish, then they should be satisfied as well.

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        cleveland park RE: aburkavage Mar 25, 2008 09:13 AM

        what about Mourayo, the greek restaurant on connecticut...

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          julialimei RE: aburkavage Mar 26, 2008 01:45 PM

          I really liked Bistrot du Coin, but do they have much in the way of vegetarian food? I haven't been in quite awhile, so I can't really remember what the veggie options were.

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            Elyssa RE: julialimei Mar 26, 2008 01:47 PM

            They have salads, french onion soup and cheese but really not a whole lot to offer a vegeterian, especially if they don't eat fish. French bistros tend to use a lot of animal products be it beef, fish or chicken.

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              jes RE: Elyssa Mar 26, 2008 01:57 PM

              French Onion soup is generally a beef broth. Have never been to Bistro du Coin so don't know anyithng about theres.

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                Elyssa RE: jes Mar 26, 2008 02:19 PM

                Oops...I new it was a beef broth but for some reason it slipped my mind. Duh...bad choice! lol

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          Elyssa RE: Chargenda Mar 25, 2008 09:30 AM

          Sette Osteria seems to fit the bill. They have pasta, pizzas and Italian entrees (my personal favorite is the broccoli rabe with sausage). They don't take reservations but I bet you can find a table on a Thursday, maybe call ahead an hour or so to see if they can take you.

          They have a full bar with pretty good wines and veggie friendly options. Not sure what the weather is going to be like on Thursday but if we are blessed with a return to Spring you can always sit outside on their patio area, perfect for people watching.

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            janetdwms RE: Chargenda Mar 25, 2008 10:59 AM

            Most of the places that everyone has mentioned are fine for what you seek. Here are a few others:

            Circa: right on Conn & Q, great people watch spot and good patio. Food's decent.

            La Tomate: It's an old standard in Dupont, but the food is good, pastas fresh, an its always lively

            There's a new spot on P Street that is getting raves, but I can't remember the name of it, someone please help me out. It's across the street from where the Barcelo hotel is.

            Good luck. You've got tons of choices in Dupont...

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              julialimei RE: janetdwms Mar 26, 2008 01:47 PM

              I love La Tomate. It has great atmosphere, friendly staff, and consistently good food. I've loved every fish/seafood dish I've had there, and my boyfriend always enjoys the pasta.

            2. Smiles2008 RE: Chargenda Mar 25, 2008 02:46 PM

              What about Alero's in dupont? It's cozy, with vegetarian options, and it is very reasonably priced:


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                keithdcil RE: Chargenda Mar 26, 2008 01:26 PM

                Try Firefly. Nice place to have dinner and drinks on a Thursday night. Their menu changes often, but always includes vegetarian options. Entrees mostly under $20.

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                  Jacey RE: keithdcil Mar 26, 2008 03:54 PM

                  I wouldn't define this place as reasonable. For some reason everything adds up here and the drinks can be pricey. Plus, the tables are really close to each other.

                  I would second Circa, La Tomate and Alero's. Also, Rosemary Thyme's Bistro, Mandu and Skewers are other options.

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                  katiesir RE: Chargenda Mar 26, 2008 03:55 PM

                  I would second Mourayo...very veg friendly. Great food and great wine - you can linger and enjoy the company

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                    Elyssa RE: katiesir Mar 26, 2008 06:38 PM

                    I've never been to Mourayo but I always thought it was more on the higher end. Not necassarily expensive but more then say Alero or Bistro du Coin.

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                    MDoodle RE: Chargenda Mar 26, 2008 07:56 PM

                    I'd second Alero, good amount of food for the money and good margaritas. We usually go there when we get friends in for the weekend for well priced food and drinks. I love FIrefly but I think its not quite what you're looking for - its seems more intimate (you'll sit in your neighbors laps practically) and it can get pricey. I do have to say tho - La Tomate is one of the worst places I've ever eaten and I would not recommend it. What about Mark & Orlandos?

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                      Elyssa RE: MDoodle Mar 26, 2008 08:16 PM

                      Mark and Orlando is also a very good choice. Sit upstairs where you can order off of Mark's Menu (more affordable, nothing over $15) and the downstairs menu.

                      I've always thought the food at Alero was so-so (then again I'm not a huge Mexican food fan) but they make a killer peach frozen margarita.

                      Ya I was also surprised with the La Tomate recommendations (and quite honestly Buca di Bepo...which I have thought was decent in the past but wouldn't necassarily recommend it). If you are looking for Italian there are plenty of other choices in Dupont including Sette Osteria and Anna Maria's.

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                      hopeinmee RE: Chargenda Mar 30, 2008 08:11 PM

                      I realize it's past Thursday but I would recommend going to Axis on U St. It is not too far a walk from Dupont, can host a group of six comfortably and provides a chill atmosphere to have a good time with friends over a meal or drinks. There are foods for vegetarians and is not too pricey. My friends and I ended up at Axis randomly one night for dinner and did not spend a lot, my vegetarian friend found options to choose between and we had a good meal and drinks.

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                        martyd RE: hopeinmee Mar 30, 2008 08:38 PM

                        I would head over to either IL Tiramisu on P St, great Italian, I'm sure you veg party can find a great pasta dish and if they eat fish you can't miss there. My experiences at Tomate and Sette have been very poor, I wouldn't eat there again. I would eat at Bucca instead. If your party can eat fish I would also recommend Hank's Oyster Bar as well. Ditto on Elyssa above re. Mark and Orlando's as well.

                      2. Chargenda RE: Chargenda Apr 3, 2008 08:27 AM

                        I did Hank's one night and Raku another night. Raku was decent and fun, but Hank's is great! Yum! Thanks for the help.

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