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Some help needed! (looking to buy a gift cert)

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Hello DC area!

I am looking to buy a gift cert. for a friend in the NoVa area(alexandria/fairfax,etc) Just looking for something not too "daring", but I want to treat them to a nice well executed, meal. Possibly some good old American dishes, steak, chops, seafood, etc, but done well.

I have narrowed it down to the following options, and would appreciate any help making the following selection. I think I am leaning towards the Evening Star, or Liberty Tavern.

1. Evening Star Cafe

2. The Liberty Tavern

3. Grille at the Morrison House

4. Eventide

I have checked the typical "review" sites, but can't really get a great feel for any of them. I always trust CH to come through.

I would appreciate any help picking one, and even am open to other suggestions if you have something else in mind.

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Evening Star Cafe
2000 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301

The Liberty Tavern
3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

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  1. My standard for people who aren't too daring is Great American Restaurants because they have a choice of a few types of restaurants and locations. If they're willing to go to Old Town and you want to spend a little more, my choice is The Majestic.

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    1. re: chowser

      Funny, I do know they like that chain. I am trying to get it for somewhere they may not splurge on regularly.

      How about "Capital Grille"

    2. I think all of the neighborhood restaurant group restaurants really fit what you're looking for -- so Evening Star, Columbia Firehouse, Rustico, Tallulah, etc.

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      Rustico
      827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314

      Evening Star Cafe
      2000 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301

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      1. re: hppyheather

        Any thoughts on Evening Star vs Liberty Tavern?

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        Evening Star Cafe
        2000 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301

        The Liberty Tavern
        3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201