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Romantic dinner near Herndon/Reston area (or Tyson's Corner)

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Hey all!

Wedding anniversary is coming up soon.. We live in Herndon, near the airport, and are willing to travel as far as Tyson's corner for a great dinner for two! It's a weekday night and we work late, so no D.C. venturing for us =(

I'm thinking some place with great wine, delicious food (of course!), romantic atmosphere, and preferably a great view. Something a little formal would be nice - gives me a chance to dress up. ;)

Price range - not picky, we're fine with spending up to 200 bucks for something really yummy.

Thanks in advance peoples!!

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  1. Passion Fish should be your first choice - and search for Joe H's favorite table - asking to reserve that table. It overlooks the room.

    Mon Ami Gabi should be on the consideration list. My wife and I had a nice romantic dinner out a couple of months ago at Ice House Cafe in oldtown Herndon. I think most Saturday nights have a jazz band. A reservation is encouraged but not absolutely necessary.

    I would also consider El Manantial in Reston or Cafe Montmarte at Lake Anne - the latter especially if it's a nice night weather wise (al fresco dining).

    1. Not a great view, not an uber romanticly decorated restaurant. But very good food and wine and service at Inox and definitely a place you could dress up. I would go on my anniversary happily (the walnut financier is wonderful).

      I second Passionfish we really like it. Their soups are excellent, fyi.

        1. re: dining with doc

          Second 2941...it meets all of your criteria.

        2. L'Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls is also excellent for a special occasion..

          The Chateaubriand is our favorite menu choice.

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          1. re: BlueRidgePro

            agree also with l'auberge and together with 2941 are both lovely restaurants, romantic with excellent food and service.

            1. re: dining with doc

              I went to 2941 a few months ago. While the food was good, it wasn't great. And was pretty forgettable actually. The only thing I can remember from tasting the dishes from our party of 5 was the hen which isn't on their online menu now. Both hubby and I felt it was a little expensive for the experience. We liked both Jonathan Krinn and Scott Bryan in the kitchen a little better. But the wine service and atmosphere are excellent. I wish the chef would step outside traditional safe a bit. I just don't know if I would go back unless I heard some new wow reviews.

          2. Have you tried Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro in Reston? They are located right next to the Westin Hotel. THey have an awesome menu and wine list. There is nothing like them in the area.