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Jan 26, 2010 07:42 PM

Need A Relaxing Dinner On U St

We're going to the Hatian relief fundraiser at Local 16 on Friday for happy hour, and are looking for someplace for dinner in the neighborhood. It will be the end of the week, we'll be tired, and we're looking for someplace quiet and good.

The places that I like nearby are Cork (which doesn't take reservations except for pre-theater and will be mobbed then) and Marvin (which doesn't have any tables available when we'll be hungry). We're not picky about kind of cuisine, but want something where we'll feel taken care of.

Any suggestions for someplace tasty where we can get a reservation on a few days notice, or where we won't need one?

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  1. The Islander. Might be appropriate to indulge in some Caribbean cuisine.

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    1. re: Steve

      Second the Islander. I've never needed a reservation.

      1. re: monkeyrotica

        No reservations necessary, but it may be a good idea to call if you want to avoid jazz musicians playing. they sometimes have live performances. The food is good, the ambience is nice, the place is comfortable and relaxed, but the menu is not fashionable, so it doesn't attract the hipsters.

    2. i went to ulah bistro on a night like this and was very pleasantly surprised at how good the food was -- the risotto was excellent.

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      1. re: littlew1ng

        You might want to try the new Bistro La Bonne, which replaced Axis in the 1300 block of U Street. It has very good traditional French cuisine and friendly service.

      2. Al Crostino is a good neighborhood spot for authentic italian. I recommend the pastas and specials - but be sure to ask the price for specials as they are often more expensive than the menu items.

        1. Coppi's Organic. They really take care of you at this restaurant. Very quaint and fresh seasonal fare. They focus on italian food.

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          1. re: Smiles2008

            I've never found Coppi's to be quiet. It's always cramped and noisy when I've been.

          2. I would check out Creme, Ulah, or Etete.

            I also hear good things about DC Noodles, but haven't been able to check it out yet.

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            1. re: Elyssa

              I think Etete would fit the bill.

              I've been to DC Noodles once. I liked it - a tasty bowl of noodles, but too expensive for what it was (about $14 as I recall, before tax and tip). I also think it may be a bit too casual for what you are looking for.