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Feb 10, 2011 08:13 AM

Top Restaurants in DC?

We'll be in DC early April, and are looking for a great restaurant for two couples (friends and business associates). We've been to both of Michel Richard's places and had great experiences at both, though obviously very different atmospheres. I've been reading about a few places I'd love some input on, plus I'd appreciate Chowhounds' other ideas for places with great food and a great wine list. Places on the current short list: Corduroy, The Oval Room, and CityZen. It's on an expense account, so $ isn't the issue; food, wine and atmosphere are. Thanks!

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  1. If it were me, I'd go to Komi.

    Funny, I was just reading Tom Seitsema's chat, and he mentioned that the only restaurants in the area that the Post has given 4 stars to are CityZen, the Inn at Little Washington, Komi, Citronelle, Rasika, and the Tasting Room at Resaurant Eve.

    He mentioned Minibar right after, so I feel like that's one close, and indicated also that maybe CityZen wasn't as deserving of their four stars these days also. Good luck with the reservation - it's like trying to get into the French Laundry.

    If you haven't been to Rasika, I'd consider that also. They have a very interesting wine list and I don't think you could get the same experience anywhere else. The food is outstanding. The atmosphere is, however, boisterous.

    1. I really like the Corduroy idea. Exceptional food, and a very quiet atmosphere, so good for business. If you go, order a soup. He's a genius with soups.

      1. Komi, easily. Everything else in the District is a clear step or two behind.

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

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        1. re: hcbk0702

          Thanks to all for the recommendations. We look forward to some great wining and dining.

        2. Restaurant Eve is one of my faves, some fabulous wines, excellent pairings, top notch food. Be sure to arrive a bit early and have a cocktail in the bar - their bartender/sommelier (Todd Thrasher) makes a hell of a cocktail.

          Restaurant Eve
          110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

          1. Another vote for Komi--definitely my favorite place in the city.

            I like CityZen and Rasika a lot, too, although CZ can be a bit uneven: if you go there, I suggest you try the tasting menu (which is sublime), rather than the a la carte (in my experience, excellent, but somehow lacking inspiration). And if you go to Rasika, you absolutely must try the palak chaat, it's a show-stopper. You may also want to consider Palena--the WaPo re-reviewed it today (it was recently expanded), and (appropriately enough), it's quite a valentine:

            I haven't been to Corduroy, although I've heard only good things. I've had two very good lunches at Oval Room, but was not blown away either time.

            CityZen Restaurant
            1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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

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            1. re: marcj

              I really like Marcel's but don't know how great it would be for business dinners, it is a rather intimate space. Palena is quite lovely, as well, we went there last weekend and had a stellar meal.

              I second or whatever, Corduroy.

              3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

              1. re: ktmoomau

                Agree, as good as Marcel's is, it's not really a business-dinner kind of place, unless your business is romance.