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Yikes! Need a restaurant for pre- Kennedy Center meal on Valentine's Day

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mrsphud Jan 23, 2011 12:10 PM

So my honey got tickets for an artist I really want to see. Performance is at 8:00 p.m. Need suggestions for a romantic restaurant (where we can still get reservations) for a pre-theater meal. Needs to have parking for disabled, but romantic love bird. Love most cuisines with the exception of sushi. Help!

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Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256

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    nytdct Jan 24, 2011 09:33 AM

    Other options would be RIS and WestEnd Bistro (in the Ritz Carlton @ 22 & M)

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    RIS
    2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

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      marcj Jan 24, 2011 08:48 AM

      I third the rec for Marcel's. Fantastic food, romantic setting, + car service to and from Kennedy Center, so you can enjoy your dessert post-performance. Now that's a Valentine's Day date!

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        KeithW Jan 24, 2011 07:28 AM

        Blue Duck Tavern or New Heights. Not sure what you consider romantic but they would work for me.

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        New Heights Restaurant
        2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

        Blue Duck Tavern
        1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

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          nytdct Jan 24, 2011 09:13 AM

          New Heights may present accessibility issues (dining room is upstairs and ven the fron entrance has 1-2 steps) though it is a great venue for dinner - may not be as easy as usual to get from there to Kennedy Center since ramp into Rock Creek Parkway is being renovated and is closed often but still not hard to get from there to KenCen using Connecticut Ave and downtown streets (just need to leave a bit more time)

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          New Heights Restaurant
          2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

          Kennedy Center
          2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256

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            KeithW Jan 24, 2011 09:35 AM

            Sorry -- I forgot about New Heights accessibility issues, that is very true and was an important requirement given by the OP. Also I did not know about Rock Creek Parkway ramp.

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          nytdct Jan 24, 2011 07:21 AM

          The restaurant on top of the KenCen is a pretty setting (haven't eaten there in a long time) and reduces stress in terms of having to get dinenr done in time to get back in vehicle, travel, and park at Ken Cen (which I assume you are doing)

          Rivers at Watergate - food was good, parts of the room were pretty but we experienced service problems - room appeared accessible though don't know about parking

          Marcels may be a good bet

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            Raids Jan 24, 2011 06:40 AM

            I will say up front that I have not yet been, but is Marcel's an option?

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