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Going to be in DC for two nights. The last time I was there I stayed at the Mandarin Oriental and had a quick bite at the bar of CityZen.

I spend a lot of time in DC. Can some DC hounds give me some suggestions on places that would compare to Eleven Madison Park, Daniel, Per Se etc. in DC.

If I have missed a previous thread, feel free just to post the link.

Thank you!

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CityZen Restaurant
1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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  1. Hard to compare DC dining to Daniel, Per Se etc - I've been to Per Se etc in the past few months and having dined all over DC I don't think you're going to find anything quite at that level. That being said Restaurant Eve in Old Town Alexandria is superb, although outside DC proper. CityZen didn't do it for me. Mediocre food and poor service were my experience. Citronelle will probably fit the bill for you.

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    Restaurant Eve
    110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

    CityZen Restaurant
    1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

    Citronelle
    3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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    1. re: 3crazydogs

      I would like to thank you and everyone for their feedback

    2. I've actually never been, but the place at the top of my list, and it seems, everyone else's, is Komi. I would add the chef's counter at Sushi Taro from my personal experience (and I believe the Washington Post would concur), and, from the buzz it generates, Jose Andreas' Minibar at Cafe Atlantico, although it's probably easier to get a reservation at The French Laundry. There is an entire thread devoted to the ordeal on this board. And apparently there's an awful lot of foam.

      1. The places I would check out would be Komi, Equinox, Palena, Restaurant Eve, Corduroy, Citronelle, Black Salt and Bibiana.

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        Restaurant Eve
        110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

        Citronelle
        3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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

        Bibiana
        1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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        1. re: Elyssa

          Elyssa knows her stuff. All excellent recommendations. The only one I'd add would be Zentan, though that's admittedly a little more casual than the rest on this list.

          1. re: LCDC

            Absolutely no. I used to live practically next door to this place and I went there all the time. It's two stars at best. I wouldn't even list it among the top 50% of restaurants in the District. The food is midding, the service is...odd (either absent or overbearing), the sushi quality ranges only from fair to totally awful (salmon that tasted like bologna) and the cooked dishes are generally terrible. The cocktails are really, really good, and the dessert wasn't bad, but you'd compare it to Per Se? Really? I don't believe you.

            The best thing about it is the 1,000 point reservations.

        2. I strongly recommend you look up posts on this board by uhockey. He visited DC a short time ago and hit most of the fine dining restaurants. He left with a very, very positive feeling about the DC dining scene. While he and I don't agree completely -- he doesn't like CityZen as much as I do for example -- I recommend his posts because they are extremely detailed. You can use that detail to determine how much the things he enjoyed would matter to you and vice versa.

          Looking at the restaurants others have already posted, I'd add Marcel's, Blue Duck Tavern, and 2041. (The Chef's Table at Teatro Goldoni has lost its chef so that stellar experience is no more. Ditto for the tasting menu at Vidalia.) You don't say when you're going to be in DC. Check to see if Michel Richard's about-to-open restaurant in the Ritz Carlton in Tyson's will be open by the time of your visit.

          I'd put places like Black Salt and Bibiana on par with Cafe Boulud. I'm not sure Equinox is as good as DB Bistro.

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          1. re: Indy 67

            Whoops! That's 2941. Incidentally, this restaurant is located in Falls Church, VA.

          2. I might also add Corduroy to the list.

            1. You will not find any restaurant in DC that is even close to EMP, Daniel, Per Se..

              I personally did not enjoy Citronelle and City Zen at all.

              I second Komi, Marcel's, Blue Duck, and Courduroy.

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              Citronelle
              3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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