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Aug 18, 2008 09:30 AM

Anniversary dinner suggestions in or near Georgetown?

My husband and I are staying in Georgetown for for a weekend in September for our anniversary . We are staying at the Washington Marriott, which is on 1221 22nd Street NW, and looking for a good restaurant to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. We would like to keep the bill around $100 or less. We just like good food, good service and a nice romantic atmosphere. Any suggestions? If there is anything within walking distance (half a mile or so), that would be great, but if not we are willing to travel. Thanks in advance!

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  1. It might be tough to keep it under $100, unless you plan to share an app and dessert, and avoid alcohol, but one idea is Kinkead's. It's definitely walking distance from your hotel, and has some of the best seafood in the city.

    Another option is Kaz for fresh and innovative sushi.

    Most of the restaurants which are more "special occasion" style in DC end up being a minimum of $150, and oftentimes over $200.

    Although, when are you planning on coming? If it's before September 17, you have lucked out. 1789 offers a 3-course summer special for $35. This restaurant is considered "classic Washington," with entrees normally in the high $20's to over $30, so this is definitely a steal! It's also consistently ranked as a top restaurant in DC. If you can take advantage of this, it would be my pick. Alcohol will likely put you over your budget, once you factor in tax and tip (even if you only end up with a glass of wine each). But this is certainly the best bang-for-your-buck you'll get in the vicinity of your hotel. By the way, you'll want to take a cab from 22nd. And note, jackets are required for men.

    1789 Restaurant
    1226 36th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

    Kaz-Sushi Bistro
    1915 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

    Kinkead's Restaurant
    2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006-1812

    5 Replies
    1. re: KWynn

      I realize the budget is a little low, but since we are spending a long weekend there, we want to maximize our vacation budget. My husband doesn't drink alcohol at all and I am fine with just a glass of wine with dinner if I choose to have one. The 1789 coupon sounds like an excellent deal, I have printed it off. We will be there before the 17th so looks like we have lucked out as you say. I will also check out the other two restaurant web sites. Thank you so much for the suggestions and I welcome any other ones.

      1. re: ww1319

        How about Cafe Du Parc in the Willard Hotel? Without wine, you could get in and out of there for about $100. Great atmosphere and great food. You can easily imagine you were in Paris.

        1789's summer special is also a great bang for your buck meal, just avoid the items with upcharges because you'll basically be paying full price.

        Some other ideas a little farther away: Dino, Cafe Mozu, Poste, Rock Creek

        1. re: ww1319

          I suggest you make a reservation sooner than later for 1789. You can do so on, and you can always cancel if you choose one of the other locations.

          1. re: ww1319

            Since you will be there before the 17th, 1789 would be my suggestion as well. I had an outstanding meal there with a similar deal last year. My bf surprised me for a night out and it was very memorable. The staff is top notch, as is the food. It's a very classic, romantic environment.

            When making your reservation ask for a table downstairs, where its more cozy.

            Men do need to wear jackets, just so you know.

            1. re: Elyssa

              I went ahead and made a reservation at 1789, I am looking at some other places as well but I would rather have the reservation in place and cancel it if need be. I looks like it will be hard to beat the 1789 deal. Thanks for the great advice!

        2. Hook - you can definitely spend less than $100 if you are only ordering one glass of wine, and this would include an appetizer.

          I think 1789 is a little stuffy...just my two cents.