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Jan 10, 2011 10:24 AM

DC - Need recommendation for dinner and breakfast

We will be in DC overnight on a weekend. We will be staying at a hotel near the White House and
will not have a car. We are looking for a bistro-like restaurant for dinner and also good recommendations for a place for breakfast (we're happy to walk a ways to breakfast). Thank you in

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  1. Cafe du Parc and Bistro d'Oc would both fit the bill for dinner, though "near the White House" is a big vague. Bistro d'Oc is five blocks east of the White House, so may be a bit too far. It's cozy and charming, and Cafe do Park is a bit brighter and cheerier. The benefit is that it's in the Willard, so you can enjoy a drink after dinner at the Willard's famous Round Robin bar.

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    1. re: katecm

      Btw, Cafe du Parc is also excellent for breakfast. Beautiful place and the food is cooked at a very high level.

    2. I would walk up towards Dupont Circle for breakfast to Tabard Inn or Cafe Dupont.

      I also agree with Bistro D'Oc and Cafe du Parc for the bistro dinner. Both delicious french food.

      Bistro D'Oc
      518 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

      Tabard Inn
      1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

      Cafe Dupont
      1343 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

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      1. re: Elyssa

        We had a lovely dinner at Bistro D'Oc - exactly what I had in mind. We walked up to Dupont
        Circle in search of Cafe Dupont - could not find it (perhaps I wrote the address down wrong?),
        but ended up having a great breakfast at Luna Grill & Diner on Conn. Ave. Breakfast on Sunday
        was at Cafe du Parc, which we loved. Definitely would try that for dinner. The one disappointing meal was dinner at Filomena - huge portions of mediocre food in a large,
        noisy, overdone venue. Would never return! thanks to all for your suggestions.

        Luna Grill & Diner
        1301 Connecticut Ave NW Frnt 1, Washington, DC 20036

        Bistro D'Oc
        518 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

        Cafe Dupont
        1343 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

          1. re: Steve

            So you agree with my assessment?

            1. re: jmk38

              Oh yes, you are spot on. It pains me every time I see Filomena being recommended on Chowhound.

          2. re: jmk38

            I forgot about Luna - haven't been there in awhile. Thanks for the reminder.

        1. (I actually LIKE Filomena. *waits* LOL)

          Dinner: Old Ebbitt Grill is nice -- just in case you change your mind about the "bistro" part.

          Breakfast: Luna Grill & Diner serves huge waffles and fresh fruit ANY time of day.