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lillotis Nov 5, 2008 06:00 AM

We are thinking of coming down to Baltimore or DC for 1 night and want to have a very special dinner - money is not an issue. What are your top 3 in either DC or Baltimore that are culinary dining experiences?

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    jaydreb Nov 5, 2008 06:30 AM

    In DC area in no particular order -
    Komi
    CityZen
    Marcel's
    Inn @ Little Washington (90 min. drive)
    Restaurant Eve (Alexandria)
    Palena

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      Elyssa Nov 5, 2008 06:55 AM

      My top 3 would be

      1) Restaurant Eve (technically in Alexandria, VA)
      2) Equinox
      3) Palena

      I also hear Komi and Obelisk are amazing (but I've personally never been).

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        Ericandblueboy Nov 5, 2008 09:44 AM

        top DC restaurants:

        Komi - mostly bite sized dishes, very creative and tasty, around 15 courses

        CityZen - great execution, tasting menu is six dishes, priced comparable to Komi

        Citronelle - signficantly more expensive than Komi and CityZen if you want the tasting menu

        Restaurant Eve - their 5 course tasting is the same price as CityZen's 6 course tasting, execution on par with CityZen, on the 5 course tasting, you have a few items to choose from for each course

        Minibar - hard to get reservation but it is the most fun you'll probably have with food. I don't think the 30 or so dishes all taste great but I had fun trying them.

        I'd do Komi or Minibar if you like trying lots of different food. Eve and Cityzen lets you indulge in fewer dishes but more bites per dish. Citronelle is a great restaurant but I just don't think their 10 course tasting is all that inventive and it's by bar the most expensive place in DC.

        Unforunately, with the exception of Citronelle, none of these restaurants can give you a menu in advance. I sugges you study their sample menus to see the kind of food they serve prior to making your reservation.

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          jstroose Nov 5, 2008 03:25 PM

          In Baltimore - Prime Rib, Charleston,

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            GyroBall Nov 6, 2008 08:53 AM

            Komi is the place you want to go. Best meal we've had - ever. And that included IALW and Cyrus.

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              soult Nov 8, 2011 08:27 AM

              I hands down agree!!!! I took a date there and we are huge FOOD fans! Service is stellar and they KNOW how to capture the essence of food!

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            SGI Nov 10, 2008 08:36 AM

            Baltimore options:

            Charleston
            Abacrombie
            Antrim 1844 * located in Taneytown, MD*

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              chefdilettante Nov 8, 2011 09:30 AM

              Abacrombie has been closed a while.

              Charleston is arguably the only destination restaurant within Baltimore.

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              Steve Nov 8, 2011 09:02 AM

              Citronelle for the deliciousness and the invention.

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                soult Nov 8, 2011 09:14 AM

                QUESTION: So, i have been to KOMI and am in love with it! So, now looking for restaurant that will equally impress me as i don't want to compare but ..I am human and probably will. I was debating between Restaurant Eve and Citronelle? Any thoughts?

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                Restaurant Eve
                110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

                Citronelle
                3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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