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Recommendations for Restaurant in Georgetown?

I am planning a girls getaway weekend in Georgetown this weekend. Any recommendations for dinner on Saturday night?

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  1. Do you have a budget you need to stay within? You might want to check out RIS - if you go, you must get their Dark and Stormy cocktail. They make the best one in town. RIS is located near Washington Circle. You can walk from Georgetown, take a cab, or take the red Circulator bus ($1) on M St. headed in the direction of Union Station - they come along every 10 minutes.

    For excellent seafood, try Blacksalt. This requires a cab or the D6 bus.

    Another suggestion is Il Canale. I've been there twice for pizza (but they have many other things on the menu). The second time the pizza was much better than the first. I also liked their fresh mozzerella appetizer.

    More budget-friendly and up Wisconsin Ave. is the Cafe Divan (Turkish) and Heritage India (Indian, obviously).

    The best restaurants in DC aren't in Georgetown. Are you hell-bent on staying in Georgetown for dinner?

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    Cafe Divan
    1834 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

    Heritage India
    2400 Wisconsin Ave NW Ste A, Washington, DC 20007

    RIS
    2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      Another good place is Filomina's. It is the cutest and most authentic Italian place I've been too in the city. They make their pasta right there and it is to die for. Good desserts too... a little more expensive, but the food is really good and the atmosphere is cool. It's not let's go hang out and kick it with drinks and stuff, but if you are looking for dinner and conversations, it would work...

      1. re: goodfoodgoodtime

        Filomena's serves thick, gummy pastas. If by authentic you mean rigatoni with grilled chicken breast on top, then I've got news for you: not much chicken on the menu in Italy especially boneless, skinless chicken breast on top of pasta. Same with the scallops and shrimp tossed with ravioli.

        Check out the menu at Bibiana instead.

        For a girl's night out in Georgetown, I recommend the lounge at Citronelle. No reservations, but none necessary. Desserts are a must there. Across the street, Mendocino Grille and Wine Bar offers California Cuisine. They usually have a mushroom burger on the menu which is terrific. Excellent seafood and charcuterie as well.

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        Citronelle
        3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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

        1. re: goodfoodgoodtime

          I like Filomena, but what you might want to do is go elsewhere for dinner and then stop by Filomena for dessert. Their GIANT pieces of cake are delicious!

        2. re: woodleyparkhound

          No budget in mind really maybe $30 max per entree? Definitely want some great drinks too. I am open to moving outside of Georgetown if there is somewhere else I should go!

          1. re: tamaradoc

            I really think you'd like RIS - and most of their entrees are under $30. Their cocktails are wonderful.
            http://www.risdc.com/index.php/site/m...

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            RIS
            2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

            1. re: tamaradoc

              Great drinks means Bourbon Steak. Sit at the bar and enjoy their amazing bar menu. Their cocktails rock, their bartenders are super-talented, and I would kill for their lobster corn dog right now.

          2. There is only one place for a Girls Out dinner in Gtown on Saturday night....Cafe Milano.

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            1. re: Pappy

              I ate at Cafe Milano once - on someone else's dime. It's a beautiful place - a place to see and be seen. However, I thought the quality of the food was very pedestrian for the price.

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              Cafe Milano
              3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007

              1. re: Pappy

                I guess if the girls care more about scene vs food.

                1. re: Elyssa

                  I think girls' nights are all about fun, which includes scene. Cafe Milano would be a good option as well as Mie N Yu.

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                  Mie N Yu
                  3125 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

                  Cafe Milano
                  3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007

              2. I recently had dinner at Il Canale and loved it. I had pasta (linguine w/ clams) and it was very good. It's in a cool townhouse-style space. I also hear their pizza is excellent. A nice choice for a girl's night out.

                Another option would be Hook. It has a lively atmosphere and great seafood and desserts. Try to get a seat near the open kitchen.

                Finally if you are looking for tapas, me and my friends like Bodega for Spanish tapas, sangria, and wine. Chic restaurant withl a fun vibe. The chicken croquettas (among other dishes) are quite good.

                1. Thanks everyone! This is incredibly helpful!

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                  1. re: tamaradoc

                    Please let us know where you ended up and your opinions about it! Have a great time!