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May 19, 2010 06:27 PM

Tall Order for DC Dinner?

You've helped me in our previous trips to DC. We've eaten at Zaytina, Rasika, and Matchbox and enjoyed them all. The next trip we are staying one night in DC on our way to Virginia for a dinner at the Inn at Little Washington and basically a few days of bike riding and gluttony.

For the dinner in DC we'll be with a family member who is hearing we need a restaurant that is relatively quiet. Can you suggest a more low key restaurant, maybe ethnic or seafood?

I'm open to any suggestions you might have. Thank you!

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

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  1. Tosca is a lovely restaurant. The room is calm, the service unobtrusive and the food quite good. There will be no rush, you'll "own" the table for the evening if you choose. This Italian restaurant has a way with seafood. Pastas are quite good. Not cheap, this is not a red sauce place. I like it a lot.

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    1. Corduroy is quiet with delicious food. More on the pricey side, but definitely worth it. My last meal at New Heights, near the Woodly Park metro, was quiet. Bombay Club, near the White House, is quiet if the piano player isn't there. Yummy Indian food in a lovely room.

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

      Bombay Club
      815 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006

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      1. re: dcandohio

        Corduroy is a great recommendation. The food, in my opinion, is superior to Tosca. And they have their three-course, $30 menu in the bar area that's the best deal in the city. The food is as excellent their as in the dining room, just different, like the dining room would serve duck breasts, while the legs would be confited in the bar.

        1. re: katecm

          Thank you for the suggestions. Any seafood options?

          1. re: DaisyM

            He changes up the menu, but seeing as he is known for his seafood and his soups, I would assume he'd always have a seafood option. Last time, I had a wonderful tuna.

      2. Not necessary low key, but Kinkead's has seafood and is normally pretty quiet, especially if you have a booth.

        Blacksalt is my favorite for seafood, but I don't remember the noise level.

        Kinkead's Restaurant
        2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006-1812

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        1. re: ktmoomau

          I adore Black Salt, but, sadly for the OP's purposes, it won't be a good fit. All the surfaces are hard surfaces. There's lots of noise bouncing around the room with very little in the way of upholstery or wall to wall carpeting or wall panels/curtains to absorb the sound.

          1. re: Indy 67

            Thanks for telling me. We had a really hard time having a conversation at Zaytina (but the food was great!). I have to ask about the noise level whenever we are with this particular family member. I do wish in general that restaurants would give greater consideration to sound.