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While in DC this summer, my boyfriend said he would like to take me to three fancy (dress up) restaurants that I have always wanted to try. However, I've been out of the DC area for two years now... What shouldn't I miss? Thank you!

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  1. If you like Indian...Rasika!

    1. Vidalia 24 (call ahead, though they are expanding to more days per week soon.)
      Komi (call ahead, one month to the day)
      Restaurant Eve Tasting Room or Citronelle for your third one.

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      Restaurant Eve
      110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

      Citronelle
      3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

      Komi
      1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

      Vidalia
      1990 M St NW # 2, Washington, DC

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      1. re: uhockey

        Here are my thoughts on Vidalia 24 - really, don't miss it. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7099...

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        Vidalia
        1990 M St NW # 2, Washington, DC

      2. My 3 would be: Corduroy, Equinox, Restaurant Eve.

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        1. re: DCDeb

          Equinox should re open around Memorial day.

        2. Blacksalt would be one. Mainly order specials and server recommendations.

          1. I'm one of the few posters on this board who consistently and enthusiastically mentions The Oval Room. It's not as if I have a unique point of view and other posters dislike the restaurant. The Oval Room is rarely mentioned in any context: good or bad. I've shared this history because I was pleased to read Sietsema's lavish praise for the great, inventive food at The Oval Room in today's spring restaurant review.

            I enthusiastically second Rasika, Komi, Restaurant Eve, and Corduroy, although I guess my standards for "fancy (dress up)" are different. At Rasika the vast majority of the diners are not dressed up. Komi strikes me as a mixed situation: Eating that food is a special enough experience to feel as if dressing up should be part of the experience. However, the ultra-plain decor certainly doesn't fit my definition of a dress-up place.

            Equinox and The Oval Room are essentially next door to one another, and I would never dine at Equinox over The Oval Room. I've eaten at Equinox twice, and I've enjoyed my meals both times. However, The Oval Room is better, especially if you like inventive cuisine.

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            Restaurant Eve
            110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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

            Komi
            1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

            1. I would say Komi, and then after that I am not really sure, but since no one has mentioned CityZen I will throw it out there (I went a few years ago and was impressed, but lately it does not seem to get a lot of love on this board).

              Also, if you can manage to get a reservation to Minibar (calling to the second one month before) then that should be on your list.

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              Komi
              1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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              1. re: Doh

                I went to Cityzen (along with Vidalia 24, Komi, Inn At Little Washington, Volt Table 21, Citronelle, and Restaurant Eve Tasting Room) on my recent visit - it was the worst of the group in terms of setting, service, and "bang for the buck" but it was still an excellent meal with expertly prepared food.

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                Restaurant Eve
                110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

                Citronelle
                3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

                Komi
                1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

                Vidalia
                1990 M St NW # 2, Washington, DC

              2. Komi, Makoto and Obelisk would be on my list.

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                Komi
                1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

                1. I would go to Komi, Restaurant Eve, and either Corduroy or Equinox.

                  Other options would be Bibianna or Black Salt.

                  In my opinion you really can't go wrong with any of these places.

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                  Restaurant Eve
                  110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

                  Komi
                  1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

                  1. If you want to drink part of your dinner dressed up, the PX in Old Town Alexandria!