Need help choosing 3 dinners in Dupont Circle area
We will be staying at Hotel Dupont in early August. We need 3 restaurants for dinner [Mon, Tu, Wed, if that matters]. We will have only public transportation.
We are from the SW, so we love seafoood, fish when we are on the coast, and it can be any ethnicity for preparation. French, Italian, Oriental all will work. We don't want Mexican for obvious reasons. Entree price around $25 -30 per person would be good, less would be better.
Give me your top 3 places that we have to eat at; we won't be this way again for quite some time. We have never been to Washington before and our dining experiences when we travel are very important to us.
Staying within the immediate Dupont area...
Hank's definitely makes my list as well,
Zorba's is good cheap and quick Greek (but stick with Mourayo if you're looking for something nicer)
Bistro du Coin is decent fairly authentic french that's not too expensive...
Using the metro you'll be able to get to a whole lot more fairly quickly and easily... a couple of my favorites that are all easy to get to via metro, although a little more expensive than the other three...
Zaytinya, really good Mediterranean
Cafe Atlantico, Latin
Central Michel Richard, Modern French I guess you could call it...
405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Central Michel Richard
1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004
1612 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
1732 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 100, Washington, DC 20009
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
like Hank's much, they don't take reservations but if you call 15 or 20 minutes ahead they'll put you on the list. I either 2nd all the recs or if I haven't eaten there, I can say I've never heard anything negative. for Thai, Regent is prob. best, although Thai Chef and Thai-phoon are passable. budget blower Japanese would be Sushi Taro. more affordably I like Sakana but it's more of a Japanese food version of a nice diner (although the tempura sorta sucked at one lunch).
you'll eat fine at that price point. maybe not always the absoulte best DC has to offer, but DC is kina funny when you get down to 15 or less for dinner, then you have to really hunt. or drop down to 5 and go with fast food crap.