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Volt, Restaurant Eve, or???

I am looking for a great restaurant for my mom's b'day. I will be arriving into Dulles at 6 PM on a Friday in November, and would like to try to dine aound 8 PM or so. I was thinking about Restaurant Eve or Volt, since they woudl not require Beltway drives and my mom apparently has not been to either. Is it worth going to Volt if not choosing Table 21? Ditto restaurant Eve and the Chef's Tasting Room? Anything better in town currently? Hoping to spend less than my last parental birthday meal at Komi, if that helps.

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Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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

Tasting Room
101 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701

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  1. It is definitely worth going to Eve for their bistro menu. I much prefer the main courses to the starters.

    1. Volt is good, but I've had some mixed experiences there. Some of the dishes are incredible but I've had two (chevre and beet salad and a shitake veloute) that were seriously in need of flavor.

      But, to make it even easier - Volt has a few Wednesdays open in November and one Sunday at 9 PM. You're probably not going to get a table.

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      1. re: reiflame

        I can't imagine that you would be able to comfortably get to either of these places by 8:00 if you are landing at Dulles at 6:00 on a Friday evening. That being said, those are two great choices, absent the potential difficultly in getting there on time. Volt would seemingly be better, transportation wise, but I have not gone in that direction from Dulles on a Friday evening.

        I don't know where your mom lives, but a potentially more realistic place for you (arriving at Dulles) to get to by 8:00 is PassionFish at Reston Town Center. Not quite what Eve or Volt have to offer, but some of the best seafood in the DC area.

        1. re: SoxFan1

          I agree that the time frame is dicey. Travelling from Dulles to Frederick on a Friday night -- Rte 15 between Leesburg and Frederick is a single lane much of the way, and the traffic can really bog down. Other places which would be closer might be: the Ashby Inn in Paris, VA, or Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville.

          1. re: foodtrip

            I second Patowmack Farm in the time frame. It's half the distance and you can't beat the view. A restaurant that's closer to Dulles than Eve is 2941. I think it's a beautiful restaurant. The traffic to either Fredericksburg or Old Town on the Friday night would be crazy.

      2. DEAR GOD DO NOT GO TO VOLT!!!
        There menu and execution does not stand up to far better restaurants in DC for the same price.

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        1. re: sfafard

          Interesting comment by sfafard - I ate at VOLT for the first time last week and although I wouldn't say "don't go" (especially because it's probably easier to get from Dulles to Frederick than from Dulles to Alexandria at that time of day) I too do not think it lives up to the hype.

          Restaurant Eve, on the other hand, is outstanding. I really can't say anything negative about my experience there. Go there. The room is beautiful, the service is attentive but not annoying, and I enjoyed everything I ate there. Eve does live up to the hype and is worth the money.

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          Restaurant Eve
          110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

          1. re: profjmm

            Everyone,

            Thanks everyone for the advice. I am booking Restaurant Eve for the dinner, and planning later than 8 PM based on previous comments.

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            Restaurant Eve
            110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

          2. re: sfafard

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6352... is a post of mine before this was known. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/659840 is our return visit.

            Table 21 is a great experience.

          3. I can't speak to Volt, although traffic sounds like a real issue. But an 8:30 pm dinner at Eve sounds very doable, esp if you have no checked luggage. You would primarily be going against traffic.

            Had dinner at Eve last month, not in the Tasting Room, and it was really just outstanding.

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            Tasting Room
            101 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701

            1. Another possibility is Trummer's on Main in Clifton, which is about halfway between Fairfax City and Dulles, a little south, so not a bad drive at all.