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Apr 22, 2010 01:02 PM

Good eating near L'enfants Plaza hotel

Hey! I am organizing a semi fancy lunch and dinner near the L'enfants Plaza hotel for about 5 people. Does anyone have any great recommendations? I am open to all different types of cuisine, mid price range. Thanks for your suggestions!

L'enfant Cafe-Bar
2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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  1. The area where your hotel is located is a dead zone for good eats. The closest would be the restaurants at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel several blocks away. CityZen is one of the best places in town and probably not in the price range you are looking for, and the Sou'Wester gets good reviews but I do not know their price points.

    If you and your party can hop the subway which is in the basement of your hotel, there lots of other choices around town. Please define mid-price, since everyone has a different interpretation. One of the things DC is know for is Ethopian food.

    CityZen Restaurant
    1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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    1. re: MrsWheatie

      I agree with MrsWheatie that this is a dead zone. Make the Metro your friend. Without needing to change trains you can be at Gallery Place, U St. or Eastern Market, just to name three nearby neighborhoods with lots of choices. Avoid the horrible cavernous seafood tourist traps down the hill from that hotel.

    2. Sou'wester is a good place with plenty of good food, southern influence, but not exclusively. It's perfect for what you are after considering the location. But it does mean shlepping from one hotel to another.

      1. Thanks for the advice - mid range for me is main course $15-$30. Its a business meeting of film producers and writers, so something an easy cab ride away would be amazing.

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        1. re: spectraversa

          I love Rasika - a short cab ride away, in your price range. Highly inventive, modern Indian -- it might be hard to get into, though.

          Rasika Restaurant
          633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

          1. re: spectraversa

            There are some good options in the Penn Quarter part of town, easy cab from your hotel. Search the board for recs.