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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

            1. You are in luck. One of my favorite places to dine alone (at the bar) is in your hotel---Bistro Bis. You should feel comfortable there with nice jeans and a nice top. The bartenders are always friendly and helpful. This is a great spot for lunch or dinner.

              I've never dined at Art and Soul alone, but I imagine they would be welcoming to solo diners, especially because it is also in a hotel. Wonderful Southern cuisine. I had a smothered trout dish when I was there last and it was outstanding. The bread is also addictive.

              You are also a short metro ride (or cab ride or longer walk) from lots of restaurants in Gallery Place/Chinatown. Some of my favorite spots to fine solo are the lounge at PS7, Matchbox (for pizza and miniburgers), or Taylor's Gourmet for great sandwiches.

              Enjoy!

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              PS7 Restaurant
              777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

              1. I second the recommendations for Bistro Bis and Johnny's Half Shell.

                I really liked my Oyster Hoecake from Art and Soul the other day for brunch. I have only been for brunch which isn't a veggie heavy meal, but was a little surprised how many entrees were protein and starch only. I assume for dinner it is probably better.

                I love the side of mushrooms at Charlie Palmer. I am not sure what non-meat entree they might have, but if you end up going get the mushrooms too.

                Probably 5-6 blocks away is the other side of Capitol Hill which has more casual places down near the Eastern Market. I like Cava and Sonoma (has some really good fish dishes) and Matchbox (although it is pizza and burgers so more meat centric).

                Also Union Station is on the Red Line so if you got on the metro the easiest places would be Metro Center (near Chinatown and Penn Quarter which has a ton of great options) or Dupont. I am not good with what is new or happening in Dupont as I am not there a lot, but Hank's Oyster Bar has really nice casual fish and seafood.

                Washington is pretty attune to the solo diners.

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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

                Sonoma Restaurant
                223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003

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