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Birthday Dinner for 8-10 Twenty-Somethings in G-Town?

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Hey All,

I'm a D.C. native, but its been years since I've really surveyed the dining scene in Georgetown. I'm kinda at a loss to identify a good restaurant for a friend of mine who is coming into town and wants to celebrate her birthday in Georgetown.

Our group just graduated college last year, so no one is swimming in money right now. Still, we're not that bad off and would like a nice mid-range restaurant with good food and a fun atmosphere (and maybe outdoor seating).

Can anyone recommend some good options? I've tentatively looked into Sequoia, Old Glory, Mr. Smith's, etc, but would love to get some more insight from the experts here.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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  1. Don't go to Sequoia. The food is 100% not worth it!

    How about Hook? It's got a hip, vibrant scene and great food (I really don't think the change in chef's will affect your meal. When I ate there Chef Seaver wasn't even in the restaurant at the time and we still had an outstanding meal).

    There is a new tapas restaurant called Bodega. I haven't been but I imagine some tapas and Sangria can be the perfect celebratory meal.

    Other places to consider: Pizza Paradisio for pizza, Bangkok Joes for dumplings and drinks, Filomena for red Italian and BIG pieces of cake, or Cafe Ruche for French.

    1. Not exactly in G-town, but you might consider Marrakesh at 617 New York Ave NW. Authentic Morrocan food, served at low tables in multiple courses while you lounge on pillows, each dinner includes live belly dancing at an intermission during the meal (no kidding). A great place for a crowd on a special occasion, the place is funky / kitchy and unforgettable.


      1. I agree, don't go to Sequioa. The Sea Catch has good seafood and an outside deck overlooking the canal, although I wouldn't classify it as a "fun" atmosphere. Hook is also good. How about Mie N Yu? Good food, hip, mid-range.

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        1. re: SheriS

          Mie N Yu is fun for a group and a birthday, they have plenty of options to accomodate 8-10 people.

          1. re: Culocho

            i secind Mie N Yu. Fun Atmosphere, great tapas and drinks, ultra cool bathrooms! :) great location too.

        2. For big groups I alwayas think of Neyla

          1. Pizza Paradiso is a good suggestion. I loved Clyde's in my time at Georgetown, but it is pretty run-of-the-mill. You could also look into Town Hall in Glover Park.

            1. I wouldn't really recommend Hook for a birthday dinner. There's something about that place that is not too celebratory. I think Mi and Yu is a good suggestion as well as Bodega. I was going to suggest Neyla. If you want pizza, go to Paolo's instead of Pizza Paradiso (too everyday for a bday). Leopold's has a nice outside seating area, and is hidden from M St. You could also go to Peacock Cafe.Not such a huge fan and think it's a little over-priced, but you might like Hudson's in the West end.