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Feb 22, 2011 08:55 AM

Vegetarian fine dining recommendataions

Hi all,

I'm Looking to celebrate an anniversary and need a place that best caters to vegetarians. We would probably do a la carte rather than tasting menu. That would exclude the super fancy, such as Komi and CityZen. Generally all fine dining restaurants have one vegetarian option, which I find a little un-interesting. I have been looking at some of the nicer places around town (i.e. Source, Proof, Equinox) and all generally fall into the category of "not too vegetarian friendly". Has anyone had a good vegetarian experience at a nicer restaurant in/around DC? Has anyone been to the restaurants mentioned only to find they have a more extensive "un-listed" vegetarian menu?

Thanks for the help!

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  1. Rasika is the place to go. It's beautiful, the food is wonderful, and you'll be blown away by how many options you have. I am not vegetarian, but I only order vegetarian there, because so many of my favorite menu items (crispy spinach, sev batata puri, gobi mataar, oh my goodness their dal) are all meatless. And if you haven't been there, you can rest assured that it's special enough for an anniversary.

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

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    1. re: katecm

      Thanks Kate, that is excellent advise; however, I should have mentioned that we go to Rasika for every special occasion, and we are now trying to change it up a bit. This is our favorite restaurant b/c of their vegetarian options (and for me, their meat options also). Their dal is the best thing ever. But at this point, even if wanted to go back to Rasika, the day of our anniversary is already booked up (It's a Saturday).

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

      1. re: tabicket

        Oh bummer. So much for the perfect solution! I wonder if Proof would be good. They do tend to lean a bit meat-heavy, but I have fed their assorted tofu entrees to carnivores who have been amazed, and have also been smitten with what they do to gnocchi. Or maybe Bibiana? It always blows my mind that The Source doesn't have more vegetarian food, given their emphasis on Asian cuisine.

        1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

    2. I would call firefly and see if they could work this. They are really accommodating.

      Also what about Galileo III?

      Also I bet if you called 701 they might be able to help out too. Since the remodel of dining room and menu I have been really impressed.

      I would also perhaps call New Heights, they are really good at preparing special menus.

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

      1. I had a really good experience at Equinox last week during a business dinner. I called and spoke to the FOH, who made a note under the reservation. There were several vegetarian options on the menu. So call?

        1. Dino-not supper fancy but cozy. What about Zola? That might work.

          Also, Restaurant Nora

          I have had vegetarian fare at Restaurant Eve. You just have to ask.

          Restaurant Eve
          110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

          Restaurant Nora
          2132 Florida Ave., N.W, Washington, DC 20008

          1. CityZen has a vegetarian tasting menu and I'm fairly certain that Komi does as well. Equinox is vegetarian friendly as well both tasting and a la carte. My only concern would be eating the same meal as my partner.

            Also, Bibiana has great vegetarian food.

            CityZen Restaurant
            1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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

            1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005