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Apr 23, 2008 04:42 AM

Union Station Restaurants?

I am coming in to Union Station from Baltimore to meet a friend for dinner. Are there any decent restaurants inside the station? We're meeting around 6 p.m. and I'd like to eat at a nice restaurant and would even make reservations if necessary. Please help!

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  1. Unfortunately there's really nothing decent in the station (some people like B. Smith's but I'm not among them)

    Much better (esp. on such a nice evening) to walk two blocks down to Bistro Bis or Johnny's Half Shell.

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    1. re: BuckyinDC

      I'll second Johnny's Half Shell. Some of the freshest seafood you'll find downtown. Well worth the reservations.

      A short walk down Mass Avenue, you'll find Cafe Berlin and Bistro Italiano for German and Italian respectively. Good food, reasonably priced, but not in the same league as Johnny's.

      Johnny's Half Shell
      400 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Bistro Italiano
      320 D St Ne, Washington, DC

      Cafe Berlin On Capital Hill
      322 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC

    2. I second Bistro Bis. Excellent food and service. If you or your friend like escargot, it is one of the best items on the menu and always prepared in a unique fashion. Also, they have a macaroni-and-cheese-type side dish which is delicious.

      1. but the setting of the station itself is worth a drink in the main hall. (in fact a decent bloody if it's that time of day)

        1. There isn't a whole lot in the station to write home about, but a very short walk from the station is Bistro Bis which is very good French food. You can make reservations but usually I'm also able to just walk right in and get a table, or sit at the bar (the bar area also has outdoor seating which might be nice if its warm out).

          1. I agree with the earlier posts about Bistro Bis but if you have to eat in the station I would recommend either the Asian Bistro on the second floor for decent noodle dishes or Thunder Grill. Its not great food but its much better than the other options and they have a decent burger and some passable salads