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Good Wine list in D.C. restaurants?

My boyfriend and I will be in D.C. in mid-March and need some restaurant suggestions. We live in the Napa Valley and really enjoy places with great food and great wine lists. The food does not have to be organic or anything like that. Preparation and uniqueness is more important. As far as wine lists go, we would like a place with a strong wine by the glass list: A good combination of reds and whites. We are not interested in Asian or Mexican food. So far we've booked one night at Mio.

We'll be staying at the Grand Hyatt on H street NW but can easily walk a few miles, take public transportation or cabs. We are willing to spend upto $200/person.

Thanks for you help. I look forward to answering your questions on your next trip to the Bay Area.

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  1. You should check out Proof and Equinox.

    1. What about the Cork Wine Bar?

      http://www.corkdc.com/index.html

      1720 14th Street, N.W.
      Washington, D.C. 20009

      Phone: 202.265.CORK (202.265.2675)

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      1. re: Smiles2008

        I recommend Proof too. And the Blue Duck Tavern also has both a great menu and pretty good selection of wine.

        1. re: Smiles2008

          We are definitely going there. I saw it in the NY Times a few weeks ago. Is it more of a local crowd? We're going with a large converntion and I would like to stay out of the "regular" places that tourists visit.

          1. re: Smiles2008

            I 2nd Cork. I had an amazing wine by the glass this summer. It was so refreshing after a day of nonstop heat. I wish I wrote down the name.

            Plus the food is good. Only problem is they don't take reservations and it gets super crowded. Go early! If you want "local flavor" this is a good place to start. You can have drinks and small plates at Cork, or just drinks and then head down to U St for dinner. Not touristy at all.

            1. re: Elyssa

              Be *very* careful about when you arrive at Cork. We had a pretty dismal experience there on Tuesday, unfortunately my birthday dinner. We called a half-hour ahead to get on the wait list (they don't take reservations after 6:30 and advise you to call ahead), and when we arrived we were told we were second in line for a two-top and it should be 20 minutes. Forty-five minutes later (and after trying to get the bartender's attention for 10 minutes and finally having to wave my hand in the air to get service), we were finally seated at a four-top after seeing another four-top empty for at least five minutes and at least 3 parties of two seated before us (the entire bar emptied out before we were seated). This was disappointing, and the food did not make up for it in my opinion. We had a very tasty mushroom Duxelle (mushroom spread on grilled bread), okay kale (perfectly cooked but I didn't think the cheese it was matched with worked well), a perfectly seared chicken breast with a surprisingly small amount of sauce, and a duck confit that was good but served on a warm coleslaw (blech). Our server was very good, and the food did come out expeditiously, I'll give them that. But for us, the seating nightmare was not worth it and we will not be returning or recommending it to friends.

          2. We like the wine list at Corduroy and the food is teriffic. At a differenct price point, look at PS7s. For a great selection of Italian wines check out Dino. Sonoma is good for catching a relaxing glass on the Hill.

            On a side note we are headed out to Sonoma County next week.

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            1. re: MrsWheatie

              MrsWheatie is spot on about Dino. Highly recommend it.

              1. re: Gigi007

                Dino really has a killer list. I wish I was back in DC, enjoying some of the amazing values on their list!

              2. re: MrsWheatie

                Sonoma County is HUGE. Whereabouts will you be going?

              3. We traveled to DC last spring, and loved Restaurant Eve in Alexandria.

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                1. re: DLAOKC

                  Mendocino Grille and Wine Bar is another excellent option as it has an extensive selection of California and Northwest wines, good flights and yummy cheese plates along with a regular menu that changes seasonally.

                  http://www.mendocinodc.com/

                2. Granville Moore's has the MOST amazing mussles & frites that I have ever had, if you are interested in that kind of thing. it is an edgy, cool gastropub in Capitol Hill area. Founding Farmers is also really good for comfort food- it is a relatively new place near Georgetown.

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                  1. re: chicken kabob

                    Does Granville Moore's have a good wine list or are they serving mostly beer, like some of the other mussels and frites places (Brasserie Beck for instance)?