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Dining near Kennedy Center

Ellen Apr 30, 2008 08:30 AM

I was too late to get reservations at Marcels for this evening and don't want to go to Kinkeads. Any other decent dining options in the area? Aquarelle has apparently closed.

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  1. DanielK RE: Ellen Apr 30, 2008 08:44 AM

    I would look at Notte Bianche, WestEnd Bistro, or Circle Bistro.

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      Elyssa RE: Ellen Apr 30, 2008 09:00 AM

      I like Dish for something very close to the center. Not too far off is Taberna del Alberdero (you could always do their happy hour special if you can't get a sit down reservation), Blue Duck Tavern, or Firefly.

      I agree with DanielK's suggestions, except Nottie Bianche, where I had a bad experience a year or so ago. I hear they have a new chef though, so maybe things have shaped up.

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        DanielK RE: Elyssa Apr 30, 2008 01:21 PM

        Without commenting on the food, and while the poster didn't specify how close to the KC they wanted to be, Taberna, BDT, and Firefly are a bit beyond what I would call a quick walk to the KC. At least 20 minutes for BDT and Firefly, and maybe 30 for Taberna depending on how fast you walk.

        Notte Bianche is quite close, Circle Bistro a bit further, and WestEnd is probably a 15 minute walk, about 3-4 blocks closer than BDT or Firefly.

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          Elyssa RE: DanielK Apr 30, 2008 01:27 PM

          Taberna isn't that far off from the Foggy Bottom metro though. I've gone to events at GW a number of times and grabbed some tapas at Taberna before hand. And when I've gone to the Kennedy Center I've taken the shuttle. I guess I should have specified that.

          And true on BDT and Firefly. I just figured if you are going to the West End, it might not kill you to walk that extra 5-10 minutes in either direction.

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            DanielK RE: Elyssa Apr 30, 2008 01:29 PM

            Taberna is actually right by the Farragut West Metro, so I suppose you could metro one stop to Foggy Bottom and then take the KC shuttle. But by that argument, just about anything downtown is a 10 minute cab or Metro ride from the KC...

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        Elyssa RE: Ellen Apr 30, 2008 01:28 PM

        Btw, on a totally different note...is something else going into Aquarelle. I ate there a couple years ago with some girlfriends during RW. I thought the food was decent enough, although a tad boring (except for a delicious dessert---I remember something having to do with smores :) )

        It's just a nice location for dinner...wondering if something else will go in there.

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          Ellen RE: Elyssa May 2, 2008 06:03 AM

          I hope so. I'm generally pressed for time trying to fit in dinner and a performance at the KC after work. Factoring additional time for more travel between the metro, a restaurant and the KC, walking or otherwise, would make it very tight. BTW, we ate at Dish. We shared a deconstructed heirloom tomato and goat cheese bruchetta, which we enjoyed. I had grilled rockfish over baby bok choy. Very good. The grilled hangar steak was OK, nothing special, but we loved the fries that came with it. Not particularly exciting but it is very convenient. I'll make sure to reserve at Marcel's next time.

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