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Jan 22, 2009 06:11 PM

RW DC 2009

It's 2/16-2/22 and the open table is open for reservations. In my quick perusal I'm not finding any great deals. $35.09 for three course prix fixe dinner is about the same as many offer year round in pre-event and earlybird diiners.

What have you found that lights your fire?

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  1. There's a mistake on the list. Both The Oval Room and its sibling Rasika are listed as participating in the promotion for lunch only. No so. Both restaurants are under the same management and said folks supplied the wrong information to the RW organization. In fact, they'll be participating for both lunch and dinner. (They have not made a decision about extending their RW menu for an additional week. They did so at the last Winter RW, but did not do so for the more recent Summer RW.)

    Incidentally, I'm not management, but I learned this after having conversations with management.

    1. I'm probably going to try Equinox. It's one of my favorite restaurants and I can rarely afford it, so regardless of what's on the menu I'm sure it will be delicious and a great deal.

      I also made a reservation at D'Aqua. I've never been and I'll give it a try depending on what's on the RW menu.

      1. Very excited to try Vidalia. Don't think we could ordinarily afford it. Also are doing Tallula but don't know if that's anything special of a deal.

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        1. re: littlew1ng

          Tried Vidalia's tasting menu at lunch last week - app, ent, dess= 20.00. It was great. Also had a mint julep. Going back as soon as I can. Our waiter, Moses, provided exceptional service even though we were not eating at full price.

          1. re: littlew1ng

            I tried Vidalia last year at dinner for Restaurant week and was really not that impressed. Most of their "famed" items were an upcharge which was a little disappointing (I would think that most restaurants would want to show off their hit items in order to bring more patrons)..for me it wasn't memorable

          2. We are going to Charlie Palmer. I've heard Farrah Olivia is great for RW.

            1. I've done DC Coast, Rasika, Dino, Sushi Ko and Ruth's Chris and I enjoyed all of them. This time I'm booking DC Coast, Passionfish and Equinox. I mean, even Obama has been to Equinox!

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              1. re: xpatticakesx

                If you haven't been to Ruth's Chris before, go. It's excellent.

                1. re: Gigi007

                  I booked at Adour. However, on Friday when I booked, there were still lots of openings. Is there something I am missing about their potential for RW?

                  1. re: daves_32

                    You haven't indicated whether you'll be eating lunch or dinner. Unless you know something we don't know, Adour is not listed as particpating in Winter RW at dinner. Suggest you check the list of participating restaurants for RW before making an expensive mistake. There's a link within Open Table to the list of RW participants.

                    1. re: Indy 67

                      Well, I THOUGHT I was eating dinner. I was looking at the Washington Restaurants website and missed the lunch only designation. oops! They don't have any lunch availability. Thanks for the clarification! My friend has a Taberna reservation for that night anyways.

                      1. re: daves_32

                        Don't go to Taberna for RW. It notoriously gets horrible reviews during Restaurant Week. I love the restaurant very much but have never eaten there during RW since I've heard that they really drop the ball. They only offer 2 options in each category and quality and service seriously declines for some reason during that week.

                        Do yourself a favor and go the following week during the tapas happy hour.

                        1. re: Elyssa

                          I actually went to Taberna, by accident, for last summer's RW (without a reservation; as I said, it was by accident) -- and found it really good. At first I was upset to find myself there, if we'd planned I'd have gone somewhere else, so it was a very nice surprise.

                          Service was great. There certainly was a limited menu, but it was more than two choices (there were three of us and we each got different things). I've only been there for tapas happy hour, so I can't compare with their normal dinner menu, but for me it was nice to try different dishes, and we all enjoyed what we ordered very much. (What I really remember was the gazpacho.)

                          I don't have much RW experience, and I'm sure there better RW choices. I'm not saying that I'd recommend it over someplace else -- but it turned out very well for us, so I wouldn't warn anyone away from it, if it's where they want to go. And since it has a bad reputation, it might be less of a zoo than other places....

                          1. re: mselectra

                            Perhaps they have reformed their ways :)