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Mother's Day/Thank You Dinner with Mom?

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My mom is coming into town next week and we are going to do Mother's day and a "thank you" dinner in one. I'd like to take her somewhere with great food and a nice atmosphere. That doesn't necessarily mean formal dining... I'm just not looking for a hole in the wall.

My mom is an amazing cook who grew up with fine food and wine. My dad is not so into food, so she doesn't get to try too many great restaurants these days. Last time she came to town, we went to Ris and she loved it. She's also enjoyed 701.

Any suggestions on a nice place with amazing flavors? I'd prefer something in Dupont, Georgetown or downtown.

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  1. In Dupont Circle I would go to Urbana. Their new chef is working wonders with their menu. The fish stew/soup appetizer is incredible and enough for a main course. They also have a nice wine and cocktail selection.

    Downtown I would consider going to Bibianna for excellent Italian food.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Agree with both of these choices. Bibiana is a little more formal than Urbana, in my opinion, but both are excellent.

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

      1. re: Jeserf

        Bibiana sounds good. I've never been there....

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

    2. Above are good suggestions. I'd also consider Corduroy, where if you want a bit less formal, you can take advantage of their excellent three course bar deal.

      1. Well if you want to be really adventurous I would suggest Eola. Also on my list would be Proof, which has a great wine selection, Fiola, Tosca or Central or perhaps even the Source.

        I also second Corduroy and Bibiana.

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

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        1. re: ktmoomau

          My mom is a very adventurous eater and would enjoy Eola in theory. However, I went to Eola once last fall and I had an AWFUL experience. At least one member of our party's food was literally inedible. The service was horrendous, too. Perhaps it was because it was restaurant week?

          1. re: puffinsmuffins

            I was just at Eola last night and it was amazing -- from service to food. (you can see the whole long post I wrote up on it today on the board). They just started doing a prix fixe menu a few weeks back, and maybe that is working better for them? We had really amazing service too. I typed in the little open table box that it was a birthday celebration, and as soon as we announced we were there they were sure to ask whose birthday it was and then treated us to a free glass of champagne to start. It was a nice little touch of good service.

            Though, the other posters here have also given great selections. I'd also add Estadio.

            1. re: hppyheather

              The only problem I would note about Estadio is the reservation policy - for a special occasion, it might not work

              1. re: Jeserf

                Agreed. What day are you looking at? We've had good luck at Estadio dining during the week or during non-popular hours (i.e. late -- 9:30 ish).

                1. re: hppyheather

                  We're going out Wednesday. The one caveat is that it needs to be on the earlier end of things (6:30-7:30ish, not 8, 9 10) because we're up early the next morning.

                  1. re: puffinsmuffins

                    I think 6:30 on a Wednesday shouldn't be a problem at Estadio -- which I've been to a number of times and loved everything each time. It is a nice trendy spot, but it can get a bit loud (in case you were looking for a quiet meal).

                    Like I said, I loved Eola last night -- but have been to Estadio more times so know for sure it is reliable. Just the whole "do you chance it without a reservation" thing.

        2. ok, this isnt dupont, georgetown or downtown, but its not too far off the path. Have you been to Coppi Organic? Its low key, the atmosphere allows for conversation and the staff is genuinely friendly. The menu is ecclectic and seasonal with flavors that surprise and please the palet. Plus it space has personality and you feel as though the chef and manager truly care about your dining experience. http://www.coppisorganic.com/