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Recs needed for mother-in-law dinner tonight (upscale American or Italian)

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My mother in law is in town for the weekend and wants to take us to dinner tonight somewhere in DC (the city, not surrounding areas). Although she said she'd take us anywhere, it needs to satisfy her tastes first and foremost.

So base your recommendations on the following:

Dinner somewhere in DC ($$-$$$)
-American or Italian
-safe, slightly upscale to upscale

Think of Buck's Fishing and Camping as a starting point.

Thanks!!

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  1. Dino, or maybe Tosca.

    1. I haven't been there before, but if I were in your shoes I would go to Siroc, an Italian-influenced place I've long wanted to try that seems to fit your criteria reasonably well. Or perhaps Kinkeads? Thats a pretty safe bet for seafood if she likes that.

      1. I would go to Siroc for Italian and Corduroy or Cashion's Eat Place for American.

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        Siroc Restaurant
        915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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        1. re: Elyssa

          Third rec for Siroc, they usually have the traditional fettucine with bolognese as a special (I think it's an "off menu" item that they usually have available, just not on the menu), but then they have more inventive dishes, from pasta to filet. Very good quality and reasonably priced.

          Other recommendation would be Central, but might be hard getting reservations this late.

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          Siroc Restaurant
          915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

        2. Highly recommend Tosca, New Heights, Corduroy, Proof or Dino.

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          New Heights Restaurant
          2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

          1. Tosca is my recommendation for Italian. I found their northern Italian cuisine to be slightly better then the Siroc's. Dino is not in Tosca or Siroc's class.

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            Siroc Restaurant
            915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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            1. re: Jeremy303

              Dino is not in Tosca or Siro'c price range, and has a better wine list than either.

              1. re: Jeremy303

                The OP asked for "slightly upscale to upscale". Dino and Tosca are different from each other, but I think they are both very good restaurants that meet that description.