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Ideas for special occassion dinner near GMU

tjljsc Mar 9, 2011 06:21 PM

My parents, major foodies, are coming to town for my graduation in May. Event is on a Sunday at GMU. We're looking for a great place to go for a celebration dinner that evening. We live out in western Loudoun, so anything from within 15 minutes of GMU all the way out to Leesburg/Lovettsville would work.

Looking for something special... a real foodie experience. Ideas? Price range should max at about $100pp.


  1. Terrie H. Mar 12, 2011 07:42 AM

    Kincaid's might suit the occasion.

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    1. re: Terrie H.
      tjljsc Mar 14, 2011 07:28 AM

      Do they have another location? We're trying to avoid heading into the city.

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      sherriberry Mar 11, 2011 04:48 PM

      Trummer's on Main in Clifton is not far from GMU and is a lovely place. The chef has received a lot of accolades recently. They have a chefs tasting menu or you can order a la carte. The tasting menu is basically "chefs choice", but they do ask about any allergies or dislikes. The a la carte menu, however would probably fit better in your budget. The food is quite good and they are very good about special requests. We went for an anniversary in Dec. and they were very good. I made the res. on open table and mentioned that we are fans of ice wine and the sommelier came to our table soon after we were seated and showed us a bottle he had selected that was a favorite of his. He offered to put it on ice for us and give us a taste, and there would be no obligation to purchse it if we did not like it. (the price was reasonable as well)Throughout the meal(we had the wine pairing), he came by to check on us and see how we were enjoying his choices. Although it was our first time there, we were made to feel special. They focus on seasonal foods, and I would think the choices available in May would be great.

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      1. re: sherriberry
        tjljsc Mar 14, 2011 07:26 AM

        Oh, this sounds right up our alley. Thanks for the recommendation!

      2. chowser Mar 10, 2011 12:35 PM

        Near GMU, there's Villa Mozart but make reservations ASAP. In Leesburg, I've wanted to try Tuscarora Mill.


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        1. re: chowser
          viperlush Mar 11, 2011 06:53 PM

          Villa Mozart isn't open Sundays. Bummer because that would be the perfect location.

          1. re: chowser
            tjljsc Mar 14, 2011 07:25 AM

            Tuskies is great. We go there often, so it's not really a "special occassion" place for us.

            Never heard of Villa Mozart. Will have to check it out...

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            beanodc Mar 10, 2011 12:24 PM

            How about 2941? They have a small glass enclosed room that might be available for a private party. It has a lovely atmosphere.

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            1. re: beanodc
              tjljsc Mar 14, 2011 07:25 AM

              Thanks for the recommend. It's on the short list!

            2. Dennis S Mar 10, 2011 08:40 AM

              Just some things either closer to you or in the middle:
              Lightfoot in Leesburg
              PassionFish in Reston

              You could go for more ethnic experiences like Paradise or Angeethi in Herndon for Indian, Sichuan Village in Chantilly (though I'd probably change up everything to go to Uncle Liu's in Merrifield).

              Also, in Centreville/Chantilly there are a number of Korean places. I unfortunately am not up to which ones are standouts, though.

              Congrats on the graditation.

              1. chowser Mar 10, 2011 04:30 AM

                Have you been to Patowmack Farm? That's where I'd go if I were out there.


                Oh, never mind--they only do brunch on Sundays. But it is a great experience.

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                1. re: chowser
                  tjljsc Mar 14, 2011 07:24 AM

                  I'll have to keep them on my short list for future special occassions. I've heard lots of good things about it.

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