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mlll Nov 24, 2009 11:15 AM

Any nice kosher restaurants in downtown DC (client lunch/dinner appropriate)?


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    MaineKosher Jan 27, 2010 11:43 AM

    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.

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      vallevin Jan 12, 2010 04:26 AM

      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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        lewyn Jan 19, 2010 10:08 AM

        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.

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          SimonF Jan 21, 2010 09:07 AM

          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.

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        smtanen Nov 29, 2009 06:46 PM

        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:

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          zsero Nov 29, 2009 06:55 PM

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

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          DebbyT Nov 29, 2009 05:18 PM

          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.

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            cappucino Nov 27, 2009 05:21 AM

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

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            1. re: cappucino
              queenscook Nov 27, 2009 08:33 AM

              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.

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              elmoz Nov 24, 2009 07:13 PM

              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. weinstein5 Nov 24, 2009 06:42 PM

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

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