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wanderingviolet Mar 6, 2011 01:06 PM

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.

  1. woodleyparkhound Mar 6, 2011 02:33 PM

    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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      Elyssa Mar 7, 2011 03:14 AM

      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.

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      Jeserf Mar 6, 2011 03:00 PM

      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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        katecm Mar 7, 2011 10:52 AM

        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

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          mselectra Mar 9, 2011 05:50 AM

          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.

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        nytdct Mar 6, 2011 04:36 PM

        New Heights is right near the hotel and quite good

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

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          marcj Mar 6, 2011 05:22 PM

          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

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            wanderingviolet Mar 7, 2011 08:01 AM

            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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              Jeserf Mar 7, 2011 08:54 AM

              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

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              wanderingviolet Mar 7, 2011 09:06 AM

              By all means, keep them coming!

              1. ktmoomau Mar 7, 2011 10:37 AM

                Even though you are willing to travel further, I highly third or fourth Palena.

                New Heights, Ardeo+Bardeo would also be on my short list.

                Other suggestions not mentioned: Proof, 701 (not as sceney, live piano a little old school, but beautiful inside, good food and a nice place to converse) and Corduroy.

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                Palena
                3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

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                  wanderingviolet Mar 8, 2011 09:43 AM

                  Looked at websites with my husband last night, Proof and Cashions seem very appealling for this trip. Planning on Open City Cafe for breakfast the next morning, loved it the last time I stayed in this area.

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                  Open City
                  2331 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008

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                    mselectra Mar 9, 2011 05:44 AM

                    Just as an FYI, a couple weeks ago at Cashion's we really loved the charcuterie plate (I thought the rabbit rillettes was amazing). The rest of our meal didn't impress as much as it sometimes does (maybe didn't order well, maybe anything would have been a let down after the charcuterie?), but it's still a go-to date place for us (it's in our neighborhood). I don't actually order charcuterie much, so not as much to compare with -- I know Proof also does charcuterie well. Haven't been to Palena since the expansion, but it's sure getting raves.

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                    Palena
                    3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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                    wanderingviolet Mar 9, 2011 08:19 AM

                    Made reservations for Cashions for Friday, I'm being tempted by the bison hanger steak. Will also try to stop by the Gin Joint prior to dinner. Thansk for all the recommendations!

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                      wanderingviolet Mar 10, 2011 06:23 PM

                      How dressy should we be? Should I go with nice jeans and a cute top or dress and tall boots?

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                        katecm Mar 11, 2011 06:03 AM

                        You'll be fine with either. I've worn jeans at Cashion's. Just watch the weather and decide. Also, I thought of you this morning as I jogged past Cashion's and thought I'd point out that if the weather is really nice, a rooftop drink at Perry's a few doors down might be in order. I also love getting bubbly at Napoleon, a few doors down in the other direction.

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                        wanderingviolet Mar 13, 2011 12:25 PM

                        Cashion's was perfect for what we wanted, thanks so much for the recs! I started with the spiked cider, it was a little colder outside than I expected and that warm spicy goodness hit the spot. For an appetizer we had the charceuterie plate, it was good but not amazing-the item that was a standout was the truffled deviled egg. I could easily eat a dozen of those and I am totally making those for my next dinner party. For dinner(no bison on the menu tonight) I ordered the rockfish over cauliflower puree and my husband had the short ribs, both entrees were fantastic. I'd also like to add that I get excited when brussels sprouts are cooked well and Cashion's did not disappoint. For dessert we hoofed it down Conn. Ave to Dolcezza. Artisan gelato and choice of single origin coffee? Yes please. I had the dulce de leche and its reputation is certainly well earned. Thanks for steering me toward a night of good eats!

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