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Dinner or Dinner/Drinks in or Near SW Waterfront?

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Hi there!

I am looking for a place to have birthday drinks or dinner for my husband on Thursday night before heading over to DC Cruises for the "Monuments by Moonlight" cruise at 9pm.

Here are the parameters:
-Ideally by Smithsonian or L'enfant Metro stops
-For 4-6 people
-Won't be too packed with Cinco de Mayo crowd
-Not too fancy - not so much concerned about price as dress code, business casual at most
-Price range: $15-$25 entree (roughly)
-If it's a place that serves dinner, ideally would have gluten-free and egg-free options (food allergies in the party)...if that's not possible, then just drinks will work.

Any cuisine is fine; would prefer to avoid Mexican as that could be crowded with Cinco celebrations and it seems we always resort to Thai to accommodate the food allergies, so having a different cuisine would be awesome!

Would also be open for options that would allow for fairly quick Metro or busing to the SW Waterfront area for the cruise after drinks/dinner if expanding the area would help. Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. You should probably prepare yourself for crowd restaurants on Thursday regardless of cuisine

    1. I would consider Sou'wester in the Mandarin Oriental. I believe that business casual would be just fine, and you're a very short cab ride to the cruise boarding (actually, you can walk). I love Cantina Marina for casual drinks, but the food is not great, even for bar food. I suspect it will be packed on Cinco de Mayo, unlike Sou'wester which is likely to avoid the entire "holiday." Seriously, there's not much in that area...yet...

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      Cantina Marina
      600 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024

      1. There is next to nothing in SW and because of the date, the Mandarin would be best. Normally I would suggest Barracks Row or Penn Qtr, but they are likey to filled with amateurs.

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        1. re: MrsWheatie

          'Zackly. I would normally suggest anything on the SW circulator bus route, from Rasika and Oyamel to Corduroy and Acadiana, because the circulator bus deposits you right at the boats. But on Cinco de Mayo? No way. But we SW folks are patient, and apparently there is a new place from the Tunnicliff's folks that is in progress just across from the SW waterfront metro station. So, soon, we will have an option for Arena stage, for the cruise boats, and for US RESIDENTS!!!!

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          Rasika Restaurant
          633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

          Acadiana
          901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001