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  • mlll Nov 24, 2009 11:15 AM
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Any nice kosher restaurants in downtown DC (client lunch/dinner appropriate)?

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  1. There is Eli's Steakhouse - http://www.elisdc.com/ - at one point a gathering of Washington's powerful

    1. The only kosher restaurant in DC is Eli's Deli in Dupont Circle, which for all intents and purposes is downtown. The ambiance is comparable to Mr. Broadway. I don't find the food to be particularly good.

      For upscale, and very good food, you have to go out to Pomegranate in Potomac. Unfortunately it's too far from downtown to take a client.

      1. We enjoyd eli's very much. thought the food and service were very good.

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        1. re: cappucino

          We enjoyed it, too, but calling it a "steakhouse" seems wishful thinking on their part. It's basically a deli. One of the two nights we were there on a recent trip to DC, there was a large group, probably about 20 people, from a local conference. It was quite loud as a result of this group, and while appropriate to the setting, I wouldn't recommend such a place for a meal with an important client because of such a possibility. Even the other night had lots of families, kids, etc.

        2. Don't really know the DC area at all, but am told that Pomegranate, in Potomac, is a wonderful place. Otherwise, Eli's is the only kosher place in town.

          1. There is also Harold and Barbara Berman Cafe DISTRICT CAFE @ THE JCC of Greater Washington.
            The owners are experienced restauranteurs from Eli’s Kosher Deli and Siena’s Pizzaria and will be serving a brand-new menu which will include meat, vegetarian and Israeli dishes. Here's the link for the menu:
            http://washingtondcjcc.org/jspaces/Di...

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            1. re: smtanen

              This just opened last week, right? A replacement for the one that got caught treif-handed?

            2. My mom has been at a conference in D.C. this week and has been eating at Eli's. Casual atmosphere but she thought the food was good. - Just an update

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              1. re: vallevin

                I haven't been to Eli's for some years- my impression then was that a lot of the side dishes (esp. hummus and latkes) were pretty good, but the entrees much less so - deli meat was at best bland. But then again, even if nothing has changed, your tastes may vary. On balance I'd go with the JCC if I had only one meal, and try a bunch of side dishes if I chose Eli's.

                1. re: lewyn

                  The JCC just changed management so it's run by the same crew as Eli's. I agree stay away from the deli meat. The burgers are ok, the meatloaf a bit better.

              2. We thought Eli's was quite good. Not fancy, but good service, nice variety to the menu. Not a steakhouse, for sure, but also more than a simple deli.