Ideas for special occassion dinner near GMU
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.
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.
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.