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Oct 21, 2009 03:02 PM

Restaurants where you can dress up and not feel overdressed?

We're going out with another couple next month for a celebration dinner and we'd like to dress up (cocktail dresses and suits) and not feel overdressed relative to the other guests. We'd also like to go somewhere where we haven't been before, so that eliminates CityZen, Citronelle, Marcel's, Eve and the IALW. Anything left? We're open to any place in DC, VA or MD. Thanks!

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  1. How about the back room of Palena? You would be more than comfortable wearing a suit or cocktail dress there and the food is excellent.

    Perhaps Equinox as well.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Thanks, Elyssa. I should have mentioned that I originally made a reservation at Palena only to receive a phone call several days later telling me that the restaurant was booked for a private event that night! So, I'm starting over. Equinox is a definite possibility.

      1. re: foodtrip

        Oh that's a bummer re: Palena. But Equinox would be great. Chef Gray is one of my favorite chefs in town! He'll treat you right.

    2. You might be slightly overdressed for Komi but it's definitely up there in terms of quality of food with CityZen, Citronelle, Eve, Marcel's & IALW. You can also try the Minibar or the Chef's Table at Teatro Goldoni. A notch below foodwise (IMO) but in a beautiful setting is 2941.

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      1. re: Ericandblueboy

        Thanks, Eric. We have been to Komi (absolute favorite!). I think we would feel overdressed. Teatro Goldoni and 2941 are definite possibilities. Thanks!

      2. Here are a few suggestions: 2941 (Falls Church), Inn at Little Washington (Washington, VA), Minibar at Cafe Atlantico, Al Tiramisu (here you may see people not in suites, but most people have a sports jacket on). Oh and Occidental at the Willard hotel in DC.

        1. I would second Palena, and add The Source to the list of places I don't feel overdressed wearing that attire, but also really enjoy the food.

          I have never been to the chef's table at Teatro Goldini, but have heard good things.

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          1. re: ktmoomau

            Thanks, kt. We've been to the Source. Teatro Goldoni is a possibility. Thanks!

          2. Corduroy fits your needs perfectly and the food does not get enough attention around here. The pork belly, any soup on the menu, and the lobster salad are not to be missed.