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Dining alone near Union Station this weekend

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I'm coming to DC for the weekend-- for work. I'm staying at the Hotel George near Union Station and will likely be dining alone for dinner Friday (after I arrive from NYC), and lunch Sunday (before I head home)... and maybe dinner Sat evening if I'm feeling anti-social!

I've read the boards and have seen a few good recommendations for the area but I don't know if they are open on the weekend, or appropriate for a solo diner. I am flexible about cuisine, though I don't eat meat (I do eat fish), and since I'm flying solo I'd prefer casual places.

Options near my hotel are ideal, but I'd be willing to hop on a bus or the Metro a short distance to enjoy great food in an interesting neighborhood.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. In your hotel is a wonderful French themed restaurant Bistro Bis. And around the corner is good but expensive seafood restaurant Johnny's Half Shell. Both are business casual

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    Bistro Bis
    15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Johnny's Half Shell
    400 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

    1. you'll be fine - there will be open places and good ones for a solo, and if they give you 'tude well nothing is more satisfying than a brush-off

      Johnny's sounds the most likely

      1. I had a great dinner at the bar at Art and Soul recently. It is upscale southern style food and it has a comfortable atmosphere. It's also right around the corner from your hotel. Also, Charlie Palmer's is about 1-2 blocks away - I think they have the best chi-chi burger in the city, and sitting at the bar is always an interesting experience.

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        Art and Soul
        415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

        1. oops sorry I missed the thing about no meat... so skip the burger at Charlie Palmer's and get the lobster corn dogs.

          1. Real casual but Bistro Italiano on Massachusetts (actually D Street NE - on the other side of Union Station from your hotel) is good cheap Italian. It's quite a bit cheaper than the other (good) suggestions you've had so far.

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            Bistro Italiano
            320 D St Ne, Washington, DC