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One dinner in DC - Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, Adams Morgan areas

Will be staying at the Woodley Park Marriot for a conference and am only in town for one dinner, on a Friday night. It will be a late-ish dinner, 8:30 or 9:00. Figured I might stay in the general area, so am looking for ideas for Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, Adams Morgan. Am thinking about Dino, 2Amys, Hank's Oyster Bar, Palena Cafe. Any thoughts on these? Any other recommendations? Thanks.

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Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

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  1. I haven't been to Hank's Oyster Bar yet, but from your other three choices, I would definitely pick Dino -- wonderful, unpretentious, reasonably-priced Italian food and a great wine list. Palena Cafe is also very good, but I would put it behind Dino. 2Amys brings up the rear - unless dining with strollers and screaming infants sounds good to you. It's also much further away than Dino or PC.

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      Thanks! I was actually leaning toward Dino. The menu looks interesting and it seems comfortable. Glad to hear your thoughts.

      1. re: kdolan

        It seems like you might be dining alone, in which case Dino is a very good call. You could get a quiet 2-top upstairs, or if you'd prefer the conversation, just sit at the bar in the main room and chat up Andrew behind the bar, or Dean walking around in his Hawaiian shirt talking about his wine list and opera.

        1. re: DanielK

          Actually, I am getting together with a friend, but quiet enough for talking and catching up is perfect.

    2. If I had one dinner in that area I would certainly head over to the Palena Cafe in Cleveland Park. You'll have a wonderful meal!

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      Palena
      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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      1. re: Elyssa

        I agreee with Alyssa. Palena is fab.

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        Palena
        3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

        1. re: fishie

          Palena Cafe at 8:30p on a Friday is going to be a zoo and have a huge wait for a table, and no reservations.

          The back restaurant takes reservations, but is pretty expensive.

          Don't get me wrong, I love Palena, but I think Dino might be a better choice for you given what you're looking for.

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          Palena
          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

      2. All of the restaurants you've looked at are pretty good - some moreso than others (I'm not a huge fan of Dino's food; their wine and drinks, however, are excellent).

        Beware: you can't make a reservation for Palena Cafe, so if you go there at that time, be prepared for a wait (really, all of those restaurants will likely have waits). It's no big deal, though, if you're ok with waiting at their bar with a delicious drink. Try their sloe gin fizzes.

        One other place to consider is Cashion's. I live in the neighborhood and my fiance and I eat there on a regular basis. We have yet to have a bad meal. Love the atmosphere too.

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        Palena
        3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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        1. re: LCDC

          What you should do is check in at Palena (or call ahead as you are walking over) to get your name on the list. They are often times willing to take down your name and phone number and call you when your table is ready. Then you can head over to the bar at Dinos and grab a glass of wine and maybe an appetizer. Best of both worlds!

          Cashion's is also a great choice.

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          Palena
          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

        2. Go to New Heights, just west of the corner of Calvert and Connecticut, south of your hotel. A lovely, quiet atmosphere, fine, creative cooking, outstanding bar, and probably an easier table to get than any of the other places you suggest. The current chef (who cooked under Frank Ruta at Palena) there is doing the finest work ever in the long history of this place that has nurtured some of the best talent in DC. It's the best restaurant in Woodley Park, and easily deserves equal consideration with these other suggestions.

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          Palena
          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

          New Heights Restaurant
          2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008