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Mar 7, 2011 12:25 PM

Hip place to bring parents Friday night?

My parents are coming to DC for their annual visit, and I need to make a res somewhere on Friday night. I love my parents, but hate choosing restaurants for them. I obviously like to go out to eat as well, so I'd like for it to be somewhere fun for me to try too!

-Full bar, fun atmosphere
-Must take reservations, they will freak if they need to wait more than 10 mins
-Moderately priced - $20-25 for an entree is ideal...not a place where entrees are consistently above $30
-Not sushi, not entirely seafood (dad is "allergic"), not Indian, or French
-Parents like American, tapas, Spanish/Latin, Asian influenced (just not sushi), Mediterranean. They like those flavor profiles, but nothing that is too stuffy or "weird"/gourmet or rich (hence no French)
-Location...coming from Arlington and would like to go out in DC, pretty much anywhere in the city is fine except for far away neighborhoods like SW, etc

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Also...I know Zaytinya would be a good option, but they don't take reservations (only walk ups) at this let me know if you have other ideas!

    701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    1. Well in the same line as Zaytinya there is Jaleo.

      Other ideas: Sonoma, Oya, Ba Bay, Cava and perhaps Zentan?

      Sonoma Restaurant
      223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003

      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        I second Jaleo (Spanish tapas). They take reservations through Open Table and it falls within your budget. I think it would be ideal.

        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          what about Estadio? I've been to Jaleo, don't think it's that great :)

          1. re: jamiechiri

            I think Estadio is excellent, but more costly. In addition, they only take reservations up to 6:00 pm. If they arrive after that, parents will "freak out" at the wait.

      2. How about PS7's for great cocktails and food!

        PS7 Restaurant
        777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

        1. what about trying Birch and Barley?

          Birch and Barley
          1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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            1. re: Jeserf

              I just brought my parents to Birch and Barley last Saturday, and they loved it. They particularly enjoyed the serious beer menu and the highly competent staff, but the food was good as well, and not too exotic. They've got a cookie plate with grownup versions of a Hostess cupcake and an oatmeal pie, you get the idea. Kind of pricey but within your specifications.

              Birch and Barley
              1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

            2. What about Ceiba? The food is very good ( i love the fejoada (sp?)) and the cocktails and drinks are good. It is in DC and not too far from the metro, and takes reservations.

              I love Proof as well, but there are some dishes that can qualify as "weird," e.g., sweetbreads, etc. Also, I think Oyamel is the best tapas restaurant around, consistently good. The food is not weird, the drinks are great, and the place is hip.