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Jul 28, 2010 08:18 AM

An amazing night with your family?

Hello all,

My parents are having their 50th wedding anniversary this year, and my siglings and I would like to plan for them a very special evening (there have been other aspects of their "gift", and this evening would be just one of them). Here are our thoughts and constraints:

- in Wash. DC
- an amazing meal
- a dinner venue ideally with a view, able to accommodate a large family (8 adults, 7 kids)
- an amazing hotel (at which a deluxe room, ideally with a view, is a possibility)
- perhaps some aspect that makes it a romantic night/morning when it's just them

We already have an idea that is being actively researched/booked, but I wanted to reach out here as I can think of no better forum of food-minded folks :-)

Many thanks in advance for any ideas you don't mind sharing!

- Doug :-)

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  1. Doug,

    What a wonderful thing to do for your parents. I'm not from the area, so I can't speak with any authority about restaurants, but as to the hotel, the Mandarin Oriental is everything you seem to be asking for. When we stayed there, our room was very romantic and had an amazing view. The bathroom was to die for. We even had dinner one night at the restaurant, CityZen, and it was fabulous. They have a spa on site as well. I'm sure if you contacted the hotel, they could come up with something very special for your parents.

    Good luck!

    CityZen Restaurant
    1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

    1. DugB,

      You might try to get a room at the new W Hotel in Washington which overlooks the White House. The rooftop bar/lounge has an amazing view of Washington, would be very romantic.

      For the dinner venue- normally in Washington the quality of the view is disproportionate to the quality of the food. Depending on the month you could see if you could do the patio at Poste, which doesn't have an amazing view, but has really nice ambiance and could accommodate a large party.

      You could also try Sou'Wester at the Mandarin Oriental which might be a bit more kid friendly than CityZen.

      The Ruth Chris in Crystal City has a fantastic view. But it a jaunt from the city.

      I think you can see the Capitol from a good portion of Charlie Palmer's.

      CityZen Restaurant
      1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        I would say not go to the W -- I took my parents for a drink around Memorial day. It was a total zoo in the lobby, with people everywhere and difficult to manuver. Then, even though we had a reservation, we waited for 20 minutes behind the velvet rope while they were trying to sort out how to get a wedding party to the roof top bar. A few other things happened, but the real kicker was that 3 different bartenders didn't know how to make one of the signature drinks. All in all, it was not the relaxing, nice view of the city, drink we were looking for and was actually pretty awful. Plus, not sure if they let kids up there (it was already getting pretty "clubby" at 6:30.

      2. I would think that the Jefferson Hotel, and the wonderful Plume restaurant, would be up their alley. Only thing it lacks is a view, but all you have to do is step out front and you can gaze down 16th to the White House.

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        1. re: katecm

          I have to second the Mandarin Oriental. If you book a corner room with a water view for your parents -- that would be really special. CityZen is a fabulous restaurant although there are no views from the restaurant itself and I'm not sure how kid-friendly it is. On the other hand, SouWester on the other side of the hotel does have water views and, I would think, would be more kid-friendly. Of course, SouWester is not as upscale as CityZen. Maybe CityZen for dinner, SouWester for brunch the next day?

          CityZen Restaurant
          1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

        2. I would not recommend taking that large a group - let alone 7 kids - to Cityzen. The expense would be immense, and IMO it is definitely not kid-friendly. Although it would do nicely for an amazing romatic meal for the two of them.