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Good date night recommendations please

We are a couple in our mid 30's and will be visiting DC next weekend. Looking for a fun somewhat upscale to upscale restaurant with great food for Friday night. We will be staying at the Omni Shoreham so as far as neighborhood we are willing to go anywhere the Metro will take us. We are adventurous eaters who enjoy any cuisine, it just needs to be good! As always any suggestions are appreciated.

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  1. Try Palena - one Metro stop away at Cleveland Park.

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    Palena
    3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      This would be my recommendation as well.

      If you are willing to travel a little further (although still on the metro in DC) try Central.

    2. Also in Cleveland Park but a little less 'dressy' are Dino and Ardeo. Ardeo just revamped itself, I believe, and I haven't been in a while but it was decent when I went. Dino is one of my favorites. You're also not far from Cashion's Eat Place on Columbia Road

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      Cashion's Eat Place
      1819 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009

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      1. re: Jeserf

        I agree about Cashion's. It just has so much great energy, and is often overlooked. Plus it's a nice walk from the Omni into Adams Morgan. I'd recommend making a reservation, but stopping at the Gin Joint at New Heights for a drink before dinner.

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

        1. re: katecm

          what a great idea (the stop for drinks and all)! Although it's not as nice a walk over the bridge in bad weather, in case it's raining. The circulator bus will get you there, though, for a dollar.

      2. New Heights is right near the hotel and quite good

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

        1. Second on Palena and Cashion's, which appears to be experiencing something of a renaissance, at least according to Tom Sietsema (I haven't been in a while).

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          Palena
          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

          1. Palena,Dino and Central look good and looking at other threads so do Rasika and Cafe Atlantico. We're not afraid of venturing away from our hotel, the Metro makes everything fairly accessible and we love to walk!

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            Cafe Atlantico
            405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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

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            1. re: wanderingviolet

              you'll have a really hard time getting a reservation at Raskia a week out. I can't even get reservations for a weekend a month out anymore. Not sure about Cafe Atlantico, but if you're going to travel that far, the number of suggestions skyrockets.

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              Cafe Atlantico
              405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004