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Washington D.C. restaurant with great food fit for formal attire

My husband and I are visiting Washington in April. We'll be attending a black tie event early in the evening and want to find a restaurant with great food where we will feel comfortable arriving in formal attire. (Lively bar with interesting cocktails a plus!)

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    1. CityZen in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is perfect for this. It has a nice bar area and excellent high-priced food.

      1. You'd be quite comfortable in formal attire at Marcel's, and the food is great. I don't know anything about the bar there, though.

        1. If you happen to be attending the event in Northern VA, I would highly recommend Restaurant Eve in Alexandria. The food is excellent and the cocktails are the best in the DC area.

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          1. re: dcfoodie13

            Second this. Also If you are in Georgetown Citronelle has a lounge, but I don't think they have the same level of bar as his other restaurant, which is more casual. But if you are in NOVA definitely Restaurant Eve.

          2. 1789 in Georgetown REQUIRES jackets, as does Prime Rib, on K Street. You will not be out of place at either.