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Need three best can't miss restaurants!

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