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Apr 6, 2008 03:22 PM

Restaurants near Folger theater?

We are taking our son to see MacBeth. We would like someplace really close to the Folger Theater for dinner. I do not get around very well, so we are looking for someplace yummy but where we can park just once for both dinner and the theater. Any ideas?

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  1. The closest restaurant to the Folger is Sonoma at 223 Pa Ave, SE, a long block South of the theater. There are a lot of parking meters close to the restaurant and you could get lucky on the residential streets as well. Check with the theater about parking too. They may have some disability parking if you can use that.
    Wine bar, good food, nice charcuterie and cheese platters.
    The Penn and Teller production is getting incredible rave reviews. I'm sure your son will adore it.

    Sonoma Restaurant
    223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003

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    1. re: MakingSense

      I second (third, fourth, fifth?) the vote for Sonoma. That's where I go before Folger shows. Hope you enjoy the Scottish play!

    2. There's a bunch of restaurants right by Sonoma, but I don't have experience with many of them. There's a Mexican place across the street that was pretty good. I also remember their being pub grub, Thai, Greek and Chinese at least. I like Sonoma but it's a little pricey.

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      1. re: bylinemjf

        Sonoma is really the best restaurant in that area that's open for dinner (for lunch I also like Le Bon Cafe). There are a bunch of pubs/bars also in the area. If you want to go that route I suggest Hawk and Dove, which in my opinion is the best out of the not so great pub food.

        It's been a super long time since I've been to that Thai place but it was decent enough the last time I went. But really Sonoma is the safest choice. It's quite good.

        1. re: Elyssa

          Thai Roma is decent but it's best to stick to the more traditional dishes rather than the Italian/Thai fusion experiments. They're quite fond of their peanut sauce, but fortunately it's fairly good.

          1. re: hill food

            Wow it must have been a super long time since I totally forgot it was a Thai/Italian fusion place. Kind of a weird combo. I do remember eating some sort of chicken dish with peanut sauce though and it was decent enough.

            1. re: Elyssa

              yeah, gimme rice noodles with my Asian, thanks. semolina has its place, but not under a stir fry.

              but to be fair it's been a long time for me as well, esp. after they stopped delivering.

        2. re: bylinemjf

          La Lomita Dos at 308 Penn. is the Mexican place. I've had really enjoyable meals there. A party atmosphere most nights with lots of families and young people. Always had fun there. And had luck finding parking on the same block.

          Hawk and Dove has basic bar food but a good burger. My fave is still the Tune Inn - the best dive around. If it ever closes, I'm leaving DC.

          la Lomita Dos
          308 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC

        3. Sigh... you got Macbeth tickets? I am so jealous...

          1. Isn't Montemarte still there ? I haven't been there in a year or so but it was a good choice for French bistro food. Lately after the Folger I have going to Beck as it is open all afternoon --- the Folger usually gets out 4:30ish and many nearby restaurants don't open until 5:30.

            PS: The play is vey good.

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            1. re: Dakota Guy

              Montemarte is still there. But its a little bit farther down the street (closer to Eastern Market) then Sonoma etc.