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elliottl Nov 24, 2008 05:05 PM

Folks, am going to be in Washington, DC, for 24th and 25th of December, on business, unable to get home. Any suggestions on where to get meals those evenings? I will assume hotel restos will be open, but if so, which ones should my husband and I target? Is Clydes open, at the very least? Help for the holidays!

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    Indy 67 RE: elliottl Nov 24, 2008 06:34 PM

    I plugged a table for two at 5:00 p.m. into the Open Table Search and turned up a list of 26 open restaurants on December 25. From this list, I'd particularly recommend Blue Duck Tavern or Corduroy. You'll have a delicious meal and a great experience at either of these places. You can search this board for lots of comments and reviews of these two restaurants.

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      ditsyquoin RE: elliottl Nov 24, 2008 08:33 PM

      My old stand by for Christmas is the Old Angler's Inn. They will have a prix fixe menu at about $60.00 per person. The food is very good and service impeccible with no hassle for parking. If the day is sunny, it's very nice to take a hike on the C&O canal trail and watch the Potomac over Great Falls on the MD side. It's one of those places where you can forget about not being home on Christmas and just enjoy the day and the view.

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        elliottl RE: ditsyquoin Nov 25, 2008 01:42 PM

        Appreciate the advice, but not sure we will have a car to travel, so would prefer anywhere in DC. As for Open Table search, how reliable is that?

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          Indy 67 RE: elliottl Nov 25, 2008 02:24 PM

          If you're asking if the reservation you make via the internet gets into their system and is honored, the answer is "yes." If you're asking something else, please clarify.

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            elliottl RE: Indy 67 Nov 29, 2008 12:48 AM

            what i meant, Indy67, was would the open table system generally be a reliable source to identify which restos are open on Dec. 25.

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              Indy 67 RE: elliottl Nov 29, 2008 01:57 AM

              Yes and no. If Open Table online shows availability, you can be certain availability exists. Follow the simple steps online and you've got a definite, real reservation. However, that's not the whole story.

              Some restaurants do not use the Open Table system. Generally, such restaurants are smaller, ethnic restaurants, yet that type of restaurant is precisely the type that tends to be open on Christmas Eve/Day. Unfortunately, looking at Open Table will give you no insight into their availability. If that's the sort of restaurant you want, your only recourse would be to know the name/phone number of the restaurant and call with your question.

              There's one final wrinkle about Open Table availability. OT restaurants don't allow online patrons to book all their tables; every OT restaurant blocks out some tables that can be reserved via phone. If Open Table shows no availability at a specific time, there may, in fact, still be a table that will be offered to phone-in customers.

              Since you seem to have no experience with Open Table I'll add that it is not a parallel reservation system along with the restaurant's real/private reservation system. Reservations made by an employee via phone are entered into the same system an online diner would accesses through the Open Table web site. When a patron reserves a table online, he/she is actually in the restaurant's only reservation system. I believe there's a single letter code associated with a reservation made via Open Table, but otherwise it is transparent to the restaurant whether the reservation came in via phone or computer.

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                deangold RE: Indy 67 Dec 1, 2008 06:01 AM

                Open Table actually allows the restaurant to book whatever they like. Some restaurants will not put all their tables into the system and some will. Especially for weekends, I try to put all my tables into Open Table. If the book fills well, then I have little flexibility to add. On a slowe night, I can play around more.

                But even if you do put all your tables into the system, as an evening books up there may be circumstances that allow the additions of more tables. For example if we get reservations indicating that the party needs to be finished at a certain time, we may be able to add another table to the reservation book.

                Also with open table, you have to assign a time for each table. So if someone tried to book a 6:30 reservation and all I have is 7:15, I can usually move the later reservation earlier. So do call if you time is not available.

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        wysguymd RE: elliottl Nov 25, 2008 06:55 PM

        I'd recommend Filomena's in Georgetown. They deck the place out in holiday decor including a huge tree in the middle of the dining room. It's sure to get you in the holiday spirit and the food is pretty good too. Not sure they are open Christmas Day, but I've been there on Christmas Eve. http://www.filomenadc.com/

        1. Dennis S RE: elliottl Nov 26, 2008 03:22 AM

          As Indy has found, I think more and more are open. As I posted for someone else on the T-Day openings, many ethnic places are open on the holidays, and I had a run of X-mas meals with my mom at different places. Peruvian one year, Mexican the next. I think there were three, but those are the two that stand out most.

          1. ktmoomau RE: elliottl Dec 2, 2008 06:45 PM

            I second Blue Duck Tavern, they have excellent what I think of as very classic american, interesting meats well roasted or braised, great goat-cheese grits. That would be my pick.

            1. Bill on Capitol Hill RE: elliottl Dec 3, 2008 05:32 AM

              I've had holiday dinners at both Blue Duck and the old Corduroy, and both were very nice.

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                bgibb RE: Bill on Capitol Hill Dec 3, 2008 05:56 PM

                Love Corduroy on any day of the year - nice a quiet, great food, good value - and Blue Duck is big and impressive, but for holidays I like the Tabard Inn on "N" street. The food might not be as haut as Blue Duck, but the restaurant is in an old inn tucked right in the center of town. VERY cozy and cute. The Inn Lobby is a nice place to have a drink too... Not sure if they are open for Christmas, but I had Thanksgiving dinner there with my Mom a few years ago and it was rather memorable.

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                  dcandohio RE: bgibb Dec 4, 2008 04:20 AM

                  I've done three Thanksgivings at Tabard. It feels like being in a comfortable, familiar place, even if you've never been there before. If you decide to go, ask for a seat in one of the upper rooms, rather than in the main dining room. The upper floors are less hectic and more intimate. The food at my last experience wasn't quite as well-executed as the first times, but still good enough that it made for a lovely holiday meal away from home. Be sure to have a drink in the parlour by the fire, either before or after dinner. You're likely to make a new friend among the folks who are using the Tabard as their living room for that special day.

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                elliottl RE: elliottl Dec 6, 2008 10:21 AM

                Thanks to all. Our party of 4 has decided on Corduroy...we tried Blue Duck Tavern but only late reservation was available. Wish us luck, apparently it will have 3-course, $65 prix fixe menu on Christmas day.

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