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Mar 17, 2009 11:47 AM

Visiting foodies need French restaurant rec

LA foodies in town for important work-related event and need a recommendation for an excellent French restaurant in D.C. proper with an extensive wine list for a celebratory dinner.


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  1. Marcel's would be my first choice, hands down.

    2401 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC 20037

    1. Marcel's is my top pick for French, as well. Although I am not sure how big your group would be, and it isn't a huge space, and is a little more intimate. They have an excellent menu that you can really customize, and they have an excellent wine list. The boudin blanc is light as air, the lobster bisque very good, I just can't think of a dish on their menu I have had that I didn't really like.

      My Second and third choices would be:
      Le Paradou, which has a very nice modern decor and creatively prepared modern, but classic french menu; and
      Bistro Bis (be sure to get escargot they have great preparations, I love the red wine one) which is more of an upscale Bistro, but I think they have great food, that is rarely if ever disappointing.

      You might search the board for a rather recent thread Best French, which I think has a good discussion of many of the best French restaurants in the city.

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        I second all of these recommendations. Marcel's would be my first choice, then Bistro Bis, then Le Paradou (but all are excellent in my opinion).

        1. re: ktmoomau

          I agree with the Bistro Bis recommendation.

        2. Depending on the size of your party and the kind of ambiance you'd like two excellent options are Bistrot Lepic and Bistro Bis (already mentioned). For a smaller group and cozy, relaxed vib, I'd recommend Bistrot Lepic. For a larger party, more upscale decor, and livelier atmostphere, Bistro Bis would be a good bet.

          1. La Chaumiere is also a good choice.