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Dinner with fiancee on a Sunday in DC?

Hi I'm trying to look for a nice restaurant in the DC area for my fiancee's birthday in 2 weeks, who is relatively new to DC. I want to take her out for dinner on Sunday, but many restaurants aren't open on Sunday. I have a reservation for Volt at 915pm (not Table 21, and a little too late and far but better than nothing). Any other suggestions/ideas? My requirements: open Sunday evening, dinner for 2 under $200 (and we don't drink wine), within 25-30 mile radius from metro DC.

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  1. You haven't said where your starting point is, but consider:

    The Goodstone Inn & Estate Restaurant in Middleburg, VA
    L'Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls, VA
    Marcel's in DC
    Palena in DC

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    Palena
    3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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    1. re: dinwiddie

      Palena is only open for brunch (until 2:30 p.m.) on Sundays.

      Proof would also be a nice spot, even if without wine.

    2. I'm a big fan of Dino on Conn. Ave. in Cleveland Park. They are open Sundays.

      1. Equinox or Corduroy? on the slightly more casual side: Zentan, Firefly, PS7, Bistro Bis, Blacksalt. All have solid food and a nice atmosphere.

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        PS7 Restaurant
        777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

        Bistro Bis
        15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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        1. re: ktmoomau

          I agree - Corduroy is amazing and should fit your needs perfectly. The outside is unassuming, but it's very centrally located near Gallery Place and the Convention Center. The food and drinks are wonderful and the service is spectacular - she'll definitely feel special here. This is a real gem.

          Equinox is also wonderful and well known.

        2. I think a Volt dinner is a great birthday treat -- unless you really want to be finishing dinner earlier, I'd recommend keeping that reservation.

          1. Volt is good but not as good as it thinks it is. Goodstone is very nice. A really nice place that has been around for quite a while but has done some amazing renovations and the chef is fantastic is Mrs. K's Toll House in Silver Spring, MD.
            Columbia is the home of Aida Bistro, one of my favorites and a bit further north your fiancee would love Tersiguel's French Country restaurant.

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            Tersiguel's
            8293 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043

            1. Adour and Bistro Bis are both open on Sunday's and both in DC. Excellent food at both.

              1. Corduroy is a really good choice. Although personally I haven't been there in a few years. That said, it appears the menu hasn't changed much. Their scallops are out of this world, regardless of preparation.

                A couple of other places to consider are Blue Duck Tavern,Cashion's Eat Place, Brasserie Beck, or J&G Steakhouse.

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                1. re: Elyssa

                  Another time travel suggestion -- OP was asking for 2011

                  1. re: Teddybear

                    Oh didn't even see that...oops. Someone must have bumped the thread.