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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.

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    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).

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      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.

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        Bibiana
        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.

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      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 http://www.noras.com/menu/noramainmen...

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

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          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.

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            CityZen Restaurant
            1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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

            Bibiana
            1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

            1. Equinox is actually quite vegetarian friendly...they even have a vegetarian tasting menu I believe. Not to mention if you call ahead and let them know what you are looking for, they can probably cater to your needs. Chef Gray's wife is a vegetarian so I'm sure he has some great recipes up his sleeve.

              2 other places to consider are Rasika (although I personally find it pretty loud. It might not be conducive to anniversary conversation...whatever that may be haha) and Bibianna.

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

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              1. re: Elyssa

                Thanks for all the replies. I think I'll call both Equinox and Bibiana and see what they can do. I did check out Restaurant Eve, but they generally only have one option for a la carte which is not on the menu. I'm sure it's good, but a little too risky when spending all that money. FYI, my girlfriend and I have been to Komi, and I didn't think the vegetarian offerings were worth it (The regular menu was awesome). Also Rasika is my favorite restaurant but we have been there alot.

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                Restaurant Eve
                110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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

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

                Bibiana
                1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

              2. I have a few vegan friends and we found a really neat local restaurant that has alot of vegetarian and vegan options and serves them up beautifully. Delicious too. We've enjoyed baba ghannouge, eggplant stew, and they serve a sampling all together with their homemade bread. They have alot of great reviews. Mazadar Kabob Restaurant in Fairfax, VA and the atmospthere is really enjoyable. Don't be deceived by the name of this place.

                1. Where did you decide to go? How was it? I'm vegetarian and DH isn't. Our anniversary is coming up soon and I'm starting to look at restaurants.

                  Thanks.

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                  1. re: jerirl

                    You might contact Taberna del Alabardero. They can provide a vegetarian menu and of course have vegetarian paellas. Of course, I think they consider cheese and eggs as part of a vegetarian diet.

                  2. Thanks for all of the advice. We ended up going to Equinox. I think it was good, but not great. We were told that they could expand anything on their vegetarian tasting menu into a main course. However, the tasting menu didn't really have anything that you would want to turn into a main course. So, my gf ended up getting the veggie tasting menu ( I had the regular tasting menu which was also good but not great).
                    So far, Rasika has been our favorite among nicer veggie-friendly restaurants. We're still in search of another "fine-dining" type restaurant that does vegetarian well. Next time we will try some others that were mentioned in this thread.

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

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                    1. re: tabicket

                      I don't know why I didn't think of this before, but Corduroy's three-course bar menu, which is the best deal in town, has an absolutely amazing mushroom fettucine. I know a vegetarian is probably sick of that sort of dish, but his is astoundingly wonderful. Maybe call to make sure it's available? Just remember you have to sit at the bar, but you get to enjoy his wonderful food at a great price.