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Jan 18, 2010 11:34 AM

Looking for great wine list, relaxed environment (and of course great food)!

I'm coming in from Toronto to meet a friend (who lives overseas) in Washington DC at the end of the month. I'm looking for a great restaurant that is not too noisy, has a great wine list, and of course great food. We will want to have a leisurely dinner and therefore do not want to feel rushed out. It doesn't need to be where the cool kids hang out. Any suggestions?

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    1. re: Jeserf

      Second this, and perhaps add Proof, I find being in the booths makes it quieter. And I have been singing the praises of New Heights lately, but I went for my first time last week and it really blew me away in a good way. Although it isn't as casual as Dino, I think it is still relaxed. But Dino really has an amazing wine list and normally some very good deals too, highly recommend it for this occasion.

      1. re: ktmoomau

        Dino exactly fits the description of what the OP is looking for . . . but I am now fully convinced to try the new New Heights (for some reason we keep choosing elsewhere).

        I agree on the booths at Proof, but the crushing crowds at Proof make me feel far less relaxed than Dino.

    2. If you access to a car, you might enjoy the extensive wines by the glass at Fleming's Steakhouse in Tysons Corner. The food is good, the restaurant is plenty comfortable, and the wine list is lengthy.

      1. Definitely Bistro Lepic in between Georgetown and Glover Park. Sit upstairs in the wine bar and relax on the very cozy chairs.

        1. I don't think Proof is the kind of place that would overtly try to rush you out, but you might feel that way anyway because of the large crowd of people waiting for a table. Also, it definitely gives the vibe of being that kind of place where the "cool kids" hang out, so it might not be what you're looking for. They also don't have all *that* many wines by the glass (but what they do have is well chosen). I haven't been to Dino yet (going next week), but from what I've heard and seen of their menu, that's a better choice.