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i Ricchi or Kinkead's for Sunday dinner meeting?

I don't know DC restaurants well, but these two were suggested for a Sunday evening meeting of 4 people. We need to be pretty close to Dupont Circle.
Any thoughts?
Thanks.

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  1. You'll probably hear a resounding NO! for i Ricchi, mostly service issues.

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    1. re: monavano

      Avoid i Ricchi like the plague. Used to go there for business meals quite frequently many years ago, but it fell off a cliff and they just don't care.

    2. Do not, I repeat DO NOT, go to i Ricchi. Kinkead's would be fine but it's closer to Foggy Bottom than Dupont. Instead I would suggest Blue Duck Tavern...close to Dupont, fine for a dinner meeting, and great food.

      1. There are much better places to try. West End Bistro on 22nd is nearby. Hanks Oyster bar on Q and Blue Duck Tavern at 24th and M are also close and good.

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        Blue Duck Tavern
        1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

        West End Cafe
        1 Washington Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037

        1. Another no for both IRicchi and Kinkeads.

          I would add to the other places recommended Spezie which has good Italian food and a nice business atmosphere and is at the same price level as both other options. It is only a couple blocks away from IRicchi.

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          Kinkead's Restaurant
          2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006-1812

          Spezie
          1736 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

          Iricchi
          1220 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

          1. Thanks for all your advice! Spezie seems really good, but I've heard comments about the acoustics. That would be a deal-breaker. Has anyone had that problem?

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            Spezie
            1736 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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            1. re: betsy616

              I haven't been to Spezie lately, but the last time I was there (over the summer), it was quite noisy. Granted it was a weekend night (Fri or Sat0, but still, if you have concerns about being able to hear your dinner companions, I would suggest either the Blue Duck Tavern (as Elyssa mentioned earlier) at 24th & M or Firefly (near Dupont Circle). Both places offer great food and a nice ambiance (with the edge on the food and wine selection to Blue Duck). Hope this helps.

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              Spezie
              1736 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

              Blue Duck Tavern
              1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

              1. re: Gigi007

                Just be careful at Firefly about what table you get. I find the tables are really tightly spaced, and you don't want a table against the wall as you feel like you are eating with your neighbors. And I always get stuck next to the whiniest people.

                Blue Duck might be really nice. They serve family style which is sometimes not optimal for business. Westend Bistro might also be another good option- no family style, pretty quiet (unless it is Top Chef night) and good but traditional food.

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                Westend Bistro
                1190 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

                1. re: ktmoomau

                  Re: Firefly, I haven't had the experience you described, but maybe it's because there was no one seated next to us the times I went with groups and with one other person. LOL @ being next to whiny people (I'm really sorry to hear that as it's super-annoying). In any event, I don't think Sunday evenings this time of year are particularly busy or crowded at Firefly.

                  Probably Blue Duck Tavern would be best option in terms of food quality and ambiance (not to mention the wine list, which is outstanding). And even though the dishes are mostly served in serving dishes (family style), I've dined with people who have ordered their own entrees and it's worked out fine. As for Westend Bistro, I like the ambiance and have had some very good cocktails there. but I don't think the food is the caliber of Blue Duck's, plus the times I've been there, it's always been very loud.

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                  Westend Bistro
                  1190 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

                  1. re: ktmoomau

                    Yes Westend Bistro is another good option.

                    At Firefly you should make a special request to get one of the larger 4 tops by the window. There is more space around those tables.

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                    Westend Bistro
                    1190 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

                2. re: betsy616

                  Depends how many people you have but Spezie has a private room that seats about 12. Very quiet. If it's just you and one other, how about the restaurant in the Mayflower? Quiet, good service and decent food for a hotel restaurant.

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                  Spezie
                  1736 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20036