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Romantic Restaurants in the Area near Holocaust Museum

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ange1828 Jan 6, 2011 05:24 PM

I'm planning on visiting DC for my birthday (which is in about 2 weeks), and my boyfriend wants to check out the holocaust museum and the national museum of natural history. So we were looking for a place that is more "fine dining" than just the regular places you find everywhere that are in that area. We will be driving to DC so if it is within a 10-20 minute ride from the museums that would be fine. I've already looked into the Capitol Hill Restaurant and Art and Soul, so if you have any insights on either of those restaurants i'd like the input!

Thanks so much!!

PS...the restaurants don't have to be "romantic" i'd just like a good place where we would get good food for not a ridiculous price. anywhere between $15-30 an entree.

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Art and Soul
415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

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    yfunk3 RE: ange1828 Jan 6, 2011 06:09 PM

    I know it's not often mentioned on this board, I recommend Cedar in Penn Quarter (just a block away from the Archives-Navy Memorial Metro stop). It's modern American cuisine and they have a great pre-theatre dinner menu and good cocktails (not my opinion since i don't drink alcohol, but the opinion of others I know).

    If you do get the pre-theatre menu, just don't order the pork dish. I remember not liking it all that much. But the butternut squash soup is excellent!

    They have fairly good happy hour deals, too. Menu is on their website: http://www.cedardc.com/

    1. Dennis S RE: ange1828 Jan 7, 2011 03:12 AM

      Where are you staying? Why I ask is that you mention a car and going to the mall. The two generally don't work well together unless you're lucky or in the know.

      That being said, I'd suggest expanding horizons for the dinner to anywhere metro accessible and/or near where you're staying.

      Also - keep in mind that the mall is a big area. There are a few recent threads guiding lunch choices - you will want to plan a lunch as well to keep energies up.

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        Jason1 RE: ange1828 Jan 7, 2011 10:54 AM

        Nothing says "romantic" like the holocaust museum. Seriously, if you're still in the mood to eat after visiting the museum and if you like the small plates format, I still really like Zaytinya (just follow those Penn Quarter directions).

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        Zaytinya
        701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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          KeithW RE: Jason1 Jan 7, 2011 06:58 PM

          I second Zaytinya. (Come to think of it Oyamel is also very good -- they are both from the same chef, Jose Andres.)

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          Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
          401 7th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20004

          Zaytinya
          701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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            ange1828 RE: Jason1 Jan 9, 2011 05:25 PM

            Oh I know right? What a great birthday place for me! I've actually already been there, but since we were already going to go to the natural history museum and he wanted to check it out, i figured why not. He'll make up for it I'm sure;)

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            katecm RE: ange1828 Jan 7, 2011 11:05 AM

            Art and Soul has very good food, but is a pretty boisterous place - especially when you're in the post-museum vibe. I'd recommend Bistro d'Oc on 10th between E and F. In fact, if you're comfortable walking decent distances, I''d recommend that you'd park in a garage near there and then walk (or cab, it'll only be a few bucks) between it and museums. Anyway, it's cozy and romantic, the food is delicious, and you'll be transported to Paris. Plus, it's on the same block as Ford's Theater and the house with Lincoln died, and a block north of the FBI building, so you can add those to your quick sight-seeing tour!

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            Art and Soul
            415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

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              dinwiddie RE: katecm Jan 7, 2011 12:51 PM

              I'd also suggest looking at Tabard Inn near Dupont Circle.

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              Tabard Inn
              1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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              ange1828 RE: ange1828 Jan 9, 2011 05:26 PM

              Thanks for all the suggestions!! And the tip about driving and parking. I'll look into all of them.

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                kallisti RE: ange1828 Jan 12, 2011 06:23 PM

                Proof is delicious, and Rasika is tasty too, Proof is probably a little less scene-y, but both have nice atmosphere and tasty food. :)

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                Rasika Restaurant
                633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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                  foodtrip RE: ange1828 Jan 15, 2011 01:46 PM

                  I'm really surprised that no one has mentioned Sou'Wester at the Mandarin Oriental, which is within walking distance of the Holocaust Museum. It has water views, which I would consider to be romantic. I haven't been there myself, so can't comment on the food. However, it has been positively reviewed. http://www.mandarinoriental.com/washi...

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                    lawhound RE: ange1828 Jan 16, 2011 09:48 AM

                    The title to this query gets my vote for "Most Cognitive Dissonance, 2011."

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                      Dennis S RE: lawhound Jan 17, 2011 03:58 AM

                      Besting the nominee for 2010: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/754399

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                        lawhound RE: Dennis S Jan 17, 2011 05:13 AM

                        Hmm . . . missed the earlier one -- I think it's a tie. Now searching the Jerusalem board for "Haimisha restaurant near Yad Vashem."

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