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Aug 11, 2008 04:57 PM

Any go-to places in Georgetown for dinner?

I will be coming to D.C. for a couple of nights in early October. I used to live there but it's been a long time since I've been back....10 years or so...yeow...anyway, wondering if there are any places chow-hounds recommend in Georgetown? I've been reading the boards and haven't seen anything mentioned so I'm curious as to your thoughts. Would enjoy having a meal there if there's someplace good. Thanks much!

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  1. Do you have a particular budget?

    If not I recommend Citronelle or Blue Duck Tavern (walking distance to Georgetown, more in the West End area).

    Hook is also great for seafood.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      I second BDT. The food and service are both excellent - my favorites are the braised beef short ribs and the pork belly appetizer, but the menu does change frequently so they may or may not be currently available.

      1. re: dcfoodie13

        Thanks! I will check out Citronelle (budget may not accommodate?!) and Blue Duck Tavern and will report back.

    2. I love Mendocino Grill- a tiny wine-centric restaurant on M Street w/wonderful food. Hook recently lost its chef so I am not sure how it is now. Still, I have to respectfully disagree w/those who sing its praises- the last time I was there I found it to be very underwhelming- I know it is very trendy right now but I just don't really get it.

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      1. re: JAC13

        Second for Mendocino Grille, especially I have had success with charcuterie and seafood. If the Citronelle dining room is too expensive, formal, and time consuming, then I highly recommend the upstairs lounge which has a limited but very worthwhile a la carte menu - and a reasonably priced sauterne by the glass.
        I highly recommend the mushroom cigars and the tuna napoleon.

      2. Sea Catch, a very underrated place. Simple, excellently prepared seafood. When the weather is nice, lovely outside dining overlooking the canal. During happy hour at the bar, $1 oysters and discounts on drinks, including the wall of house-infused vodkas.

        Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar
        1054 31st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

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        1. re: DanielK

          I have to respectfully disagree with the praises for BDT.

          1. re: chicken kabob

            I like Mendocino Grill, too. Pretty small, but good room, good atmosphere, good wines (and BYOW friendly), and the food is delicious.

            I have been to Citronelle once and it was wonderful. I have heard very good things about the Lounge and I plan to hit it within the next 6 months for sure.


        2. I noticed a few relatively new restaurants - Bodegas, Los Cuates, Cafe Bonaparte, Cabanas. Anyone has anything to say about them?

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          1. re: Ericandblueboy

            Thanks to all! Some great sounding suggestions. I checked out Mendocino Grill and that sounds good. I'm leaning away from Blue Duck Tavern as reviews seem to be mixed. What do you know about Citronelle Lounge, i.e. dress code, reservation policy? I checked out the menu and it sounds great; some of the same options as on the regular dinner menu I notice. I'm thinking Restaurant Eve for one night and Jaleo or one of his other places for another. Thoughts???

            1. re: keving

              Restaurant Eve is my favorite restaurant in the area. Delicious food, excellent service, and the best cocktails in the area as well.

              1. re: keving

                Restaurant Eve is my favorite restaurant in the area. Delicious food, excellent service, and the best cocktails in the area as well. I would highly recommend it!

                1. re: keving

                  Restaurant Eve is not in Georgetown.

                  1. re: keving

                    Citronelle Lounge does not take reservations, and I have never seen it full. No particular dress code, any nice shirt and slacks will do.

                    1. re: keving

                      Restaurant Eve is really good but in Alexandria. My favorite part of the experience there is the cocktails- amazing, original concoctions so don't miss that if you go. Jaleo is just ehh and tends to be spotty where both food and service is concerned. Honestly, I would skip it. If you want to try a Jose Andres restaurant, try another one. Oyamel and Zaytinya are pretty good. Cafe Atlantico is his non-tapas restaurant although they do a "latin dim sum" brunch on the weekends that is awesome and I highly rec. that.

                      Also, if you want to try Michelle Richard's food for lower prices and decide against the Citronelle Lounge, you could do Central. I really love it- bistro-stye, simple food so it certainly less fussy than Citronelle but it is solid and a fun spot. Make sure you partake is one of Justin's cocktails and dessert.

                      If you want a truly amazing foodie DC experience, you must try Komi. It is in Dupont. They don't take parties of more than 4 and it is a long evening but easily DC's best restaurant in my opinion. You will not regret the choice.

                      1. re: JAC13

                        Is that really true...that Komi won't seat a party of more then 4 people? I figured that didn't do large parties of 10 people etc, but I'm surprised they wouldn't take a reservation of 5 or 6 people.

                        1. re: Elyssa

                          Yep- unfortunately, I found out the hard way when we had to cancel an evening there because my sister unexpectedly came into town.

                          1. re: JAC13

                            After a long hiatus....I've booked Mendocino Grill for one night and we will hope to be able to get into Citronelle Lounge another night. 3rd night I'm still up in the air and we may try somethig more casual, maybe in Dupont Cirlce area....any recommendations there? Thanks to all for the great suggestions. I will report back afterwards!

                  2. In Dupont I really like Mark and Orlando's right off the circle. Doesnt get a lot of play on the boards but its good food done well in a relaxing atmosphere. Not cheap per say but its laidback.

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                    1. re: anunez

                      The upstairs part of Mark and Orlando's is very affordable. I don't think there is anything over $14 on that menu. (You can actually order off of both menus upstairs).

                      But Mark and Orlando's isn't really in's in Dupont on P St.

                      1. re: Elyssa

                        Dupont area is good; I'll check it out. Thanks!

                        1. re: keving

                          Just back from D.C. Had a great meal at Mendocino Grill....lamb carpaccio appetizer was delicious as was the branzino....pan fried and crispy! My partner had the rabbit pate which was wonderful and the wagyu beef which was also very good...the potatoes with it were fabulous; I have no idea what they did to them. Shared the apple beignets which were perfect....crispy, not too much dough, great filling and a wonderful creme fraiche ice cream. Service was attentive and overall thought it was a really great recommendation so thanks to all!!! Also had a dinner in the Lounge at Citronelle....mushroom cigars were good but the smoked salmon was outstanding....a generous portion of the most lightly smoked, luscious salmon I can not tell you! Grilled bread, etc were perfect with it. Lamb burger also very good but I wasn't in love with the fries....the server said they were cooked in butter; not sure of that but they had an odd aftertaste and were hard on the digestion. Overall, an enjoyable meal but not overwhelming aside from the smoked salmon...I would go back just for that and a good cocktail! 3rd night we went to Clyde's in was just what you'd expect but I have to say the asian style mussel appetizer was really good. Thanks again to all for your suggestions! Had a really enjoyable weekend and a couple of great meals.