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First time in D.C., need help on picking a romantic seafood restaurant that wont break my wallet!

Hi Guys- I did review all the posts regarding seafood and romance but i was not feeling any of them. Maybe I can be more specific than you all great foodies can help!

My bf and i are visiting DC for the first time and we are looking for a great seafood restaurant in DC for friday night. We like simple food (no fancy schmancy stuff), and we want to look nice (Dress for me, nice button down shirt for him). Something romantic or has a good view. I want to spend around $25 per entree. I love crab and he loves tuna. I checked out Sea Catch (but some reviews were not too great). I looked at blacksalt but was not impressed even though it is supposed to be best seafood in dc.

Does anyone have good suggestions for us? Simple,romantic, seafood, good vibe.

Thank you!

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  1. I love Hook in Georgetown, I think it's a lovely jewelbox little restaurant. Can't recall the exact prices as I've only been for lunch, but think you could manage in your price range (especially since I like some of their starters as entrees). I had pristinely fresh oysters and a great grilled calamari w/ potato salad and pesto. Can definitely go dressy, as we saw lots of suites and ties even at lunch. Have fun!

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    1. re: mjhals

      Not a big fan of Hook. Maybe its because their menu online is a sample menu but i was not feeling any of the dishes.

    2. Pesce is a chalkboard seafood place. Just look at the specials. Casual, Dupont Circle area.

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      1. re: Steve

        Hmm i could not see the menu online for Pesce.. bummer! Is it nice enough to wear a dress etc?

        1. re: BellaNella28

          Pesce does not accept reservations. On a Friday night, I think that would be a big turn-off since you're trying to spend a romantic evening. I don't think there's too much romance in standing on P Street waiting for an available table.

          I can't honestly say that I think of any of the DC seafood restaurants as being particularly romantic places. They can be sleekly elegant, but not romantic by my definition.

          I'm also concerned that your entree price limit is somewhat low. At Hook, the prices range from a low of $25 for bluefish with the majority of the dishes coming in between $26 and $29. At Kinkead's the prices range a couple dollars more with most of the choices falling between $27 and $31. Crab is even more costly with a top-quality crab cake definitely exceeding $25.

          Sorry you don't feel warmer about Hook since I think that's the best combination of food/price and ambiance even with my caveat about elegance VS romance.

          1. re: Indy 67

            Well the price isnt set in stone. We are def flexible. I just thought some places seemed way over priced but if it is worth it, than we most def will try it. On Hook's website the menu seems pretty limited, is that just because it is online? How is sea catch? My bf loves raw bars, hes into oysters and clams etc.. i perfer cooked.
            As for atmosphere, we want something like i said that we can have a nice night to dress up and somewhere that is a bit lively (we are 25, so we dont care so much about noise level etc )

          2. re: BellaNella28

            Oh yes, it's nice enough for a dress. But you wouldn't find anyone in there with a suit. Pesce features mostly simple, highly respectful preparations of fresh fish. Probably the best PQR for fresh seafood in DC.

            I imagine you can call them up and ask them to send you an e-mail of typical offerings/prices.

            1. re: Steve

              So ive been checking out all the menus, and maybe my bf and i are not foodies lol cause everything looks so exotic. We want simple food, decent portions, good tuna, good crab, a nice evening out. And if we need to spend $$ we will to enjoy it.

        2. I'm not sure why you're down on Blacksalt or Hook. I think those are probably the best place in town (along with Kinkeads). All of these places are going to run you a little more than $25 an entree though. I think Hook most closely fits what you're looking for (lively, slightly fancy, etc.)

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          1. re: jaydreb

            I agree Hook seems the best choice but i was not too excited bout the menu online. I spoke with my bf, and he said money is no option lets just enjoy ourselves... SO that opens us up a little bit. Kinkeads? Blacksalt has no reservations for our time slot. boo.

            1. re: jaydreb

              If you want something simple and a place where you can wear nicer clothes I would just go to Kinkeads. The menu is classic and you can't really go wrong there. Nothing should be too exotic. But I'm not sure if it's 100% in your price range.

              Hook would have been my suggestion, but you seem to have ruled it out.

            2. Sea Catch has wonderful crabcakes, its slightly more then $25 per person. Request for table outside along the C&O canal. I had a wonderful meal here a few months ago and would highly reccomend it.

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              1. re: Jeremy303

                I thought Sea Catch's menu looked good but i read reviews online and they were not that great so I was a bit turned off. Has anyone else dined there and could give me better feedback on the atmosphere and food?

                1. re: BellaNella28

                  I like Sea Catch a lot. It's not hip and trendy, but that's not something I look for.

                  1. re: Hal Laurent

                    I'll second Sea Catch. For simple seafood preparations, they do an excellent job. And, especially sitting outside on the patio, I would definitely consider it a romantic destination.

              2. You should check out D'Acqua http://www.dacquadc.com/

                Fresh seafood, done simply, you can definitely dress up in their romantic dining room. It's dressier than Black Salt and more romantic than Hook (which is hip but not romantic). Depending on what you order, the food is as good as if not better than the other two restaurants.