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Oct 5, 2010 01:52 PM

Best for seafood in Washington

Thursday is our last night in Washington before returning to Mexico on Friday morning. Prior to touring south into Virginia and now staying in Williamsburg we've had great food at Dino's in Washington, Hank's Oyster Bar.........incredibly terrible service at Billy Martin's in Washington (waiter and host appeared to be from another planet. Our reservation assured our table but just after sitting down and obtaining directions for the bathroom from the host, on returning a few minutes later he opened the door and asked me if my dining experience had been great.) Williamsburg has been wonderful, particularly "Food for Thought", Berret's Seafood, The Blue Talon (except for the bartender who definitely loves himself more than the customers) (and the Ă„berdeen Barn" which is exceptional with great service and incredible prime rib. We're staying on Water St. in Washington on Thursday night and would welcome any recommendations that are close. Good seafood would be a first choice and great Italian a second. Thanks a million.

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

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  1. You're right down the street from Maine Avenue Fish Market. You could do a lot worse than raw oysters, crabs, or fried fish al fresco.

    1. "Best for seafood in Washington" is Black Salt, but it certainly isn't close to you. It's way up in Northwest Jesus and would be a long cab ride. But... if you want the best seafood in DC, that's where to get it.

      For great Italian... I've read tons of positive comments on this board about Bibiana. I haven't been yet, but am dying to go. It's downtown, at 12th and H - much closer to you than Black Salt.

      1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

      1. Third vote for Blacksalt here; it's out of the way, but well worth the trip.

        I've had mixed experiences at Kinkead's. I've been there four or five times, and I've never had a great meal. On its good days, it's very good, but I've had a couple of mediocre meals as well.

        If you're up for sushi, I'd recommend Kushi. Very high quality fish, well-prepared.

        I have no great Italian recommendations. I like Toscana Cafe, but it's more of a lunch place--I don't know if I'd consider it worth traveling to for dinner.

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        1. re: marcj

          Filomena's in Georgetown for Italian. I had a great swordfish steak there about a year ago.

          1. re: marcj

            I need to get back to Blacksalt, but I fourth it (or whatever count we're on). If you go, we've had tremendous experiences ordering mainly from the nightly specials and letting the server guide us somewhat. They're very good at taking generals and pointing to a few specific options. It's really a place where it seems everyone excels at their role on the overall team.

          2. I'll nth BlackSalt, but getting there during rush hour will be a hassle. If you want to go, consider going for lunch, or later at night.

            Maine Avenue Fish Market is fun - even if you go somewhere sit-down for dinner, it's still worth a quick visit before you go.

            Is it too late to cancel your hotel? That's not the best place to stay, especially if you're flying out of Dulles.

            4883 MacArthur Blvd., Washington, DC 20007

            1. For seafood I would concentrate on the following
              1. Kinkeads
              2. BLT steak
              3. Oceanaire
              4. The Prime Rib (best crab cake around)

              Kinkead's Restaurant
              2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006-1812

              Prime Rib
              2020 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006