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erinnf Apr 25, 2011 07:52 AM

I'm looking for a restaurant to have a great anniversary dinner. My husband and I have eaten all over DC, Central, Black Salt, Volt, Inn at Little Washington, and last year enjoyed Restaurant Eve for our anniversary. Any restaurants you can recommend? We like great food, good service, and an atmosphere that is not too stuffy/classic. Also, our anniversary is the first weekend in June, so hopefully we have not missed the boat on reservations. Thanks!

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Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

  1. ktmoomau Apr 25, 2011 09:48 AM

    Have you been to Corduroy, Palena or New Heights? If not those would be on my list. I really think the food at all of them is really well thought out and prepared and that they all have very good ingredients, but it doesn't feel overdone. I also think they have a nice warm environment, without being stuffy and good service.

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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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      Elyssa Apr 25, 2011 10:02 AM

      You have already eaten at some of the best restaurants in the city. My recommendation for your anniversary dinner would be to try to get a reservation at Komi. It's an incredible dining experience and perfect for an anniversary dinner. If you can get a reservation, try to reserve the window seat.

      Other options are the back room of Palena or Bibianna.

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      Palena
      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

      Komi
      1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

      1. chowser Apr 25, 2011 10:22 AM

        Since you've gone as far as the Inn at Little Washington, if you're willing to go out, my favorite three outside of DC are: Patowmack Farm (glass conservatory overlooking the mountains, source from their own gardens when possible, and from local vendors, for atmosphere, this is my favorite) outside of Leesburg, L'Auberge Provencal (west on 66) and Bistro L'Hermitage in Occoquan. Odd locations but worth the drive.

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          DCLindsey Apr 26, 2011 12:34 PM

          I would ex Bibiana, mainly because of inconsistencies when I have been there. While I know a number of people have had great experiences, the last two times I went the service was attrociously slow, starting with waiting another 45 minutes to sit for our reservation, then taking 2 hours for a 2 course meal. I just wouldn't risk it for such an evening!

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          Bibiana
          1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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            Elyssa Apr 27, 2011 09:18 AM

            This doesn't reflect my experience at all and I've been about 6 times or so.

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              DCLindsey Apr 28, 2011 09:20 AM

              That is what I was trying to get across - -not that it was always bad, but just adding a contrary opinion. If this was just a regular dinner, I wouldn't have mentioned it. It is not a good comparison to Komi or Palena!

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              Palena
              3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

              Komi
              1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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          marcj Apr 25, 2011 05:20 PM

          I second Komi, with tremendous enthusiasm. It hits all of your specifications (great food, good service, non-stuffy atmosphere), and it's creative without being fussy. Overall, you're just about guaranteed an unforgettable meal there. Frankly, I prefer it to the Inn at LW.

          In case you have trouble getting a reservation (call exactly one month to the day in advance, starting at noon), I also enthusiastically second Corduroy and Bibiana. I've never been to the main dining room at Palena, but based on everything I've heard (and the food I've had in the Cafe), it would also be an excellent option.

          But Komi is definitely your number 1 option.

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            katecm Apr 26, 2011 10:02 AM

            I haven't been to 2941 lately, but I used to like it a lot for special occasions. There's something about its location that makes it a bit special to me - I can't just walk there, it's not something I pass by regularly, and it's so pretty and peaceful.

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              emcentar Apr 26, 2011 12:25 PM

              I'm a fan of many of the restaurants listed here, and will add one more: Cashion's Eat Place. I've eaten there on Tuesday night on the patio with my dog tied to a post and on very special occasions and it works for both - a really great restaurant with a laid-back vibe.

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

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                Bart Hound Apr 27, 2011 08:39 AM

                You can't go wrong with Komi. It's a great experience.

                Or, if you want something very different than a normal dinner, go to Minibar. You get a great meal, a bit of show, a litle bit of magic and wizardry, and some science. They do things with food right in front of you that should be coming from some mad scientest's lab. It's fantastic.

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                Komi
                1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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                  erinnf Apr 27, 2011 12:26 PM

                  Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. We made a lunch reservation at Volt. Really wanted to go for dinner, but they were already booked. It's a repeat, but I really enjoyed the atmosphere and amazing wine list the last time we went, and I always like to visit the antique shops.

                  Will consider Komi in the future, just wasn't ready to hand over $135/pp plus drinks, tax, tip, etc.

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                  Komi
                  1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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