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Jun 13, 2010 03:53 PM

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.


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  1. You;'ve given me good advice in the past on where to eat in Albuquerque/Santa Fe. So here's a seafood suggestion in Dupont Circle: Hank's Oyster Bar:
    Had a really wonderful meal there not too long ago.

    Enjoy your stay!

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    1. re: Teddybear

      Thanks Teddybear! Glad I was able to help you while in ABQ! I love the idea of "paying it forward".

      1. re: DebitNM

        Komi (#1 restaurant in DC-expensive.)
        Mourayo's (Authentic Greek.)
        I like Hank's Oyster bar, too.

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

        1732 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 100, Washington, DC 20009

        Hank's Oyster Bar
        1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

        1. re: chicken kabob

          Third or fourth Hanks. Cashion's also - but not just for seafood, and I haven't been since an ownership change (though I haven't heard much disparage from that).

          1. re: chicken kabob

            Komi is great but no where near the $25-30 price point for entrees--especially because it's pre-fixed.

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

      2. Been to Hank's-loved it

        1. 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...

          Cafe Atlantico
          405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

          Central Michel Richard
          1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

          Zorba's Cafe
          1612 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

          1732 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 100, Washington, DC 20009

          701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

          1. I would recommend taking the metro to Rasika. Make a reservation.

            It's very good and one of the best in DC. The pre-theater menu is a very good deal.

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

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            1. re: Jeserf

              if you are going to take the metro- there are lots of restaurants in Penn quarter that have already been mentioned- to add to the list--- Proof, Matchbox, Coca Sala.

            2. Thank you ALL! I will start looking at each of your suggestions! chowhounders are the best~

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              1. re: DebitNM

                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.