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One Solo Dinner in DC. Where to?

I'll be coming to DC for a weekend next month for a wedding, but I will have time for one solo dinner (not wedding-y activity).

I called Minibar this morning and got waitlisted, so ...
is there any other must-eats in DC? I considered Table 21 at VOLT also.

I'm coming from LA where we have The Bazaar, where Michael Voltaggio is, so I'm not looking for anything too similar unless it's promised to be much better like minibar is ...


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  1. oh also, I'll be going straight from DCA, so nothing too far .. Thanks again!

    1. Komi seems to be a place you should look at.

      1. I'm not sure if you'll have a car, but Volt may be tricky as it's about an hour outside the city. Komi, CityZen, Proof, and Citronelle (the bar) would all be very good options.

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        1. re: aburkavage

          And all of the above, unlike Volt, can be easily managed via public transit or cab from DCA. CityZen is the closest from DCA, but none would be very expensive or difficult.

        2. I'd add Restaurant Eve to the other suggestions here, especially since it's not far from DCA.

            1. re: JaneWinston

              Rasika seconded, especially if you want unusual, inventive, and perfectly executed. Komi will probably be a waitlist too, but well worth it if you can get in. The suckling pig is awesome, not to mention the 20 or so mezze that precede it.

            2. I dine often alone in this city. 2 of my favorite spots are Central and PS7. PS7 has one of the best mixologists in town, so if you are interested in creative drinks, I would choose that. You can also order off of the full menu at the bar.

              I also dine often alone at the bar at Central and have always had a top notch experience.

              1. Looking at their website I think I'll try making res at Komi tomorrow *crossing fingers*!

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                1. re: burumun

                  I forgot to add Palena to my list. You can sit in the cafe (front) part of the restaurant but order off of the full menu from the more formal dining room. They don't take reservations, but it's well worth a short wait if you can't get a seat right away. One of the most consistantly good restaurants in the area.

                2. For solo dining, I recommend the bar at CityZen. $50 gets you three excellent courses ($75 with generous wine pairings) and the atmostphere is both cool and comfortable.