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Aug 13, 2010 06:28 AM

Minibar w/ pescetarian and/or vegetarian?

I've wanted to try Minibar for a long time, and I'm thinking of treating myself and some friends to a visit for my birthday this year. Here's the rub, one friend is a pescetarian and the other is a raw food vegan who would be willing to go cooked vegetarian for the night :-).

My question is whether having a pescetarian and/or a vegetarian in our party will diminish the experience? How does Minibar handle food restrictions? If one member of the party has restrictions, will we all get the restricted menu? Is it a waste to spend the $$'s (and effort of getting a reservation) on Minibar for people w/ these types of food restrictions?

Any thoughts? Alternate ideas for places to go (which might be useful in any case, since Minibar is so hard to book).


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  1. When I went to the minibar, we had a pescetarian in our group. We told them ahead of time and they were beyond accomodating. The rest of us had the traditional minibar menu, but they prepared some substitute dishes for the pescetarian. Honestly, there's wasn't a ton of meat dishes so it didn't feel like he was missing out too much. I'm sure they'd be willing to work with a full vegetarian as well, but in my opinion, I think s/he'd miss out on some of the experience (and you might not get your money's worth).

    1. I think Komi will have no problems accomodating vegetarians.

      Other places where I think vegetarians have good options (including tasting menus) are City Zen, Rasika, Restaurant Eve's tasting Room, and Equinox.

      Restaurant Eve
      110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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

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

      1. I'm a vegetarian, and I second the suggestions for CityZen & Komi, and I'll throw Obelisk out there as well. They are extremely accommodating.

        1. I agree, I think it would be good to try to get a reservation first before asking the question.

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          1. re: cfoodie

            Two questions that are automatically asked when you make the reservation - 1) is this a special occasion, and 2) do you have any food restrictions.

          2. Please report on here how quickly you were able to make a reservation. Or, if you were even able to make a reservation. I didn't have very good luck.