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Citronelle or Komi

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For a first anniversary dinner?

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Citronelle
3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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

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  1. Depends on what you have in mind. Komi is really highly regarded. Citronelle is too, but it has more critics than Komi. Komi is smaller, a bit more cheerful inside. But describe the sort of experience you're after - there are a lot of other excellent restaurants in the area, so one might be better suited to you.

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    Citronelle
    3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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

    1. I personally would go with Komi. It's a more intimate environment (ask if you can get the seat by the window) and I liked the food more.

      You get more choices with the menu though at Citronelle. No menu at all at Komi.

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      Citronelle
      3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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

      1. I haven't been to Citronelle in a while, but I would say Komi for both food and service (I remember the service at Citronelle as being less warm and gracious than at Komi, although it wasn't "bad").

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        Citronelle
        3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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

        1. My husband and I went for our 2nd anniversary dinner to Komi and to Citronelle for my birthday this year.Don't think you can go wrong with food or service at either of these - they are both exceptional on these fronts! Personally, I enjoyed the tasting menu at Komi far more than the a la carte options at Citronelle. For me, Komi had a more intimate setting, friendlier service, and the food was an adventure for the eyes and taste buds. Komi was a 'food experience', whereas Citronelle was more 'fine dining', so it really depends on what you are looking for. Happy anniversary!

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          Citronelle
          3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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

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          1. re: dc_foodie_girl

            There is a tasting menu at Citronelle for $190 per person with roughly 10 courses.

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            Citronelle
            3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

          2. I agree with the consensus so far--I think Komi is a better anniversary spot, although the two places are so different that it really comes down to personal preference. I think the food at Komi is more interesting and the service less officious, and the room is definitely more intimate. That said, you can certainly have a great meal at Citronelle, particularly if you like a more old-school "fancy restaurant" vibe.

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            Citronelle
            3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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

            1. I would also say Komi. The menu may cost you a bit more in Citronelle. Citronelle has pretty decent decor, and food presentation, but I thought the food had no taste or soul. Taking someone there is just letting them know that you took them to elegant dining. Komi is in a less glamorous but intimate setting. However, their food has taste, and is a better value. You do share one plate sometimes. It depends on what you would like and how much of a foodie you folks are.

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              Citronelle
              3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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