Dinner in Georgetown
We 2 moms and teen daughters will be in D.C. Thursday, April 9th and we need a place for dinner - good food, casual atmosphere, Georgetown-y feel. Any ideas? Thanks so much.
If you like seafood, I would recommend Hook. The food is very good and the atmosphere is casual while still being hip at the same time. Not sure if it's Georgetowny though.
For something "Georgetowny" I think of Clydes, which is a good local chain. Nothing spectacular but they have good burgers, sandwiches, salads, crab cakes etc.
If you like red Italian, I would recommend Filomena. The pasta is made fresh (by the Pasta Mamas in the front window) and are large and yummy. For dessert no lady can pass up their GIGANTIC delicious pieces of cake.
I would have to disagree with you about Hook. I don't think this "feels" like Georgetown. Also, it's not very "casual" and it's quite pricey.
Clyde's is a good idea and everyone will be able to find something there, as well as J. Paul's. Both have a Georgetown-y feel. If you want Italian and Paolo's has a Georgetown feel and always have had good Italian (on the lighter side). You walk out of Filomena bloated and it tends to be mostly tourists. Another cool place is Leopold's in Cady Alley. It has a Euro-Georgetown vibe.
La Chaumiere - mid-range French bistro, very solid food, tend to be a little on the old/stuffy side although it's completely casual
Hook - expensive seafood, trendy
Mie 'n Yu - exotic interior decoration with Asian fusion menu, the food is good but not as good as the other joints listed above
Mendocino Grill - a recent chef change so it's not on my list at this point
I find the pastas at Filomena to be large portions of gloppily sauced, gummy starch.
Pizzeria Paradiso puts out a very fine product by any standards, particularly the atomica. Though I don't know if pizza is what you had in mind. It does have a somewhat Georgetown feel.
Mr. Smith's is one of several bar/restaurants that get the old brick 'feel' correct. Garden dining is nice. Food is much better than it needs to be.
Unfortunately, you are getting into non-Chowhound territory with your question. There are higher end places, of course, and lower end like Amma's Vegetarian Kitchen (Indian), but the middle is a large morass of average food for average money that you could find just as well by strolling and window shopping.
Consider Martin's tavern, too. Very Georgetown-y, very casual. The food is kind of standard, but it's been there forever and if you sit by a window the people watching is very good, too.
For casual and Georgetown-y, I would also recommend Clydes, J. Paul's and Martin's Tavern...they are all quintessential Georgetown.
I also really like Mendocino Grill.
Another option is Bistro Francais. It's very casual and has that Georgetown feel (food is decent enough).
Hook and Mie n' Yu are both great but not exactly casual and/or "Georgetown-y".
I lived in G'town for 6 years and I have no idea what is Georgetown-y. Clydes, J. Paul's and Martin's are restaurants that have been in G'town for a long time, so they're G'town insitutions. Nowadays, they're a bit touristy, but the food's okay and they're not too pricey. You might as well throw Nathan's into that category. For cougars on the prowl, there's no place better (not saying you're a cougar or that you're on the prowl). Another restaurant in the same vein is Cafe Milano....I'd rather shoot myself than eat there but it's been there and done that. Closer to G'town University is The Tombs.