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Restaurant Week-August 2011

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Elyssa Jul 14, 2011 01:28 PM

It's that time of year again boys and girls----Restaurant Week time.

The dates were just announced: August 15-22. The full list of restaurants can be found here: https://www.restaurantweekmetrodc.org/

There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of additions of new restaurants on there, which is a little disappointing. But still a nice list.

I'm personally thinking about doing lunch at 701 and maybe Johnny's Half Shell, Nage, Acadiana, or Bombay Club. Anyone have thoughts on any of these?

We can use this thread to give recommendations, say where we have reservations, give reviews etc.

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Bombay Club
815 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006

Johnny's Half Shell
400 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Nage Restaurant
1600 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

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

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  1. crosby_p RE: Elyssa Jul 15, 2011 06:53 AM

    I have a reservation at The Prime Rib...never been there and really looking forward to it!

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      Elyssa RE: crosby_p Jul 15, 2011 10:07 AM

      The Prime Rib is great! The first time I went there was for Restaurant Week. It is an incredibly good deal for RW. Of course get the Prime Rib as a main course and the key lime pie for dessert.

      Delicious, old school Washington restaurant.

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      Prime Rib
      2020 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

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      Jeserf RE: Elyssa Jul 15, 2011 07:23 AM

      Birch and Barley is already booked. I was trying to figure out where you get a good bang for your buck - I figured there...and maybe Bibiana. It's hard to pick until the menus come out for me.

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

      Birch and Barley
      1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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        Elyssa RE: Jeserf Jul 15, 2011 10:08 AM

        I've gone to Bibiana for RW before and they do it really well.

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

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          Jeserf RE: Elyssa Jul 15, 2011 10:45 AM

          I ended up with somewhat early evening reservations at Birch and Barley. Bibiana is a place I'll definitely go regardless of RW.

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

          Birch and Barley
          1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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            Jeserf RE: Jeserf Jul 19, 2011 02:15 PM

            nixed the reservation due to having tickets to the Nats-Phillies game. Oh well!

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        odkaty RE: Elyssa Jul 15, 2011 07:31 AM

        First choice was Rasika, which is booked. So I made dinner reservations for Ardeo + Bardeo.

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          bcarter3 RE: Elyssa Jul 15, 2011 09:33 AM

          I'm addicted to the lobster mac 'n cheese at Nage. V rich.

          Tried Acadiana during restaurant week a couple of years ago, and was disappointed by the portion size and selection. But that was a while back--maybe it's changed.

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          Nage Restaurant
          1600 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

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

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            Elyssa RE: bcarter3 Jul 15, 2011 10:08 AM

            Just made a reservation for Nage for lunch with a girlfriend. Looking forward to finally checking it out. It's one of those places I consider all the time and then chose some place else.

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            Nage Restaurant
            1600 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

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            startsev RE: Elyssa Jul 16, 2011 10:31 AM

            I ate at Adour and Oval Room during the winter Restaurant Week and I highly recommend them both. This year I am heading to Rasika, Tosca, and Watershed.

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

            1. RobertM RE: Elyssa Jul 16, 2011 03:09 PM

              Any good rec's for a great sea food place?

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                majmaj4 RE: RobertM Jul 16, 2011 05:55 PM

                Passionfish is great. Last time they offered all the entrees for the RW menu.

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                  Elyssa RE: RobertM Jul 18, 2011 08:09 AM

                  Watershed or Blacksalt (although I think this one is only open for lunch).

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                    daves_32 RE: Elyssa Jul 19, 2011 08:58 AM

                    I am glad to have Adour

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                  reiflame RE: Elyssa Jul 19, 2011 11:29 AM

                  Is Vidalia still any good? I grabbed a reservation just to see for myself; the last time I was there was like 2006 and I know they've gone through at least 2 chefs since then.

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                    Elyssa RE: reiflame Jul 20, 2011 01:34 PM

                    I went there last summer for Restaurant Week and was really disappointed and felt that the food lacked any sort of creativity, even though there were quite a few dishes to choose from.

                    That said I have been back since for lunch and our meal was excellent. Lots of fresh, seasonal ingredients, a creative menu etc. I think I just caught it on a slump, maybe between chefs. The chef they have there now is quite good.

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                    Snd485 RE: Elyssa Jul 20, 2011 08:23 AM

                    My top choices -- 1789 and Birch and Barley -- were already booked, so I made a dinner reservation at Prime Rib and a later lunch reservation at Art and Soul to take advantage of their extended restaurant week special. I've been to Art and Soul before and really liked it, plus I don't think it will be as busy after the 22nd. I've never been to Prime Rib before, but heard good things and I do love a good steak.

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                    Prime Rib
                    2020 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

                    Art and Soul
                    415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

                    Birch and Barley
                    1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

                    1. Smiles2008 RE: Elyssa Jul 20, 2011 10:50 AM

                      I have reservations at:

                      Tabbard Inn

                      Buddha Bar

                      Bibiana

                      Sushi Taro

                      Rasika

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

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                        takadi RE: Smiles2008 Aug 16, 2011 10:22 AM

                        Bibiana is horrible! At least when I went last summer.

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                          majmaj4 RE: takadi Aug 16, 2011 11:41 AM

                          I went to Passionfish last night. They have all entrees as part of the restaurant week with only 2 with up charges.

                          I am trying Adour and Oval room over the weekend.

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                            woodleyparkhound RE: takadi Aug 16, 2011 12:00 PM

                            Bibiana was excellent when I went a month ago.

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

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                              Elyssa RE: takadi Aug 16, 2011 12:50 PM

                              I have to disagree. I've been many times and have always had excellent service and delicious food. What happened during your experience that was so horrible? It helps to expand vs. just saying "it's horrible."

                              I also went for Restaurant Week lunch last year and it was great. The meatball w/ polenta is delicious Italian comfort food.

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                                hamster RE: Elyssa Aug 16, 2011 01:31 PM

                                I also really enjoyed Bibiana for Restaurant Week last winter (lunch).

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

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                                  takadi RE: Elyssa Aug 18, 2011 12:00 AM

                                  When I went for restaurant week last year, I remember first and foremost the tiny tiny portions. I can understand small portions in a place like 2941 where each dish, despite being a sample, is a masterpiece but I felt like they ran out of ingredients or something and had to make do with a limited supply. The bucatini in the amatriciana was undercooked and it was the most measly dish I've ever seen. Maybe three specks of bacon and barely dressed in a tomato sauce. I think it was a meatball or a terrine dish of some kind, but it was incredibly salty and bland, as contradictory as that sounds. I think there was also some squid mousse in squash blossoms, and maybe a soup. I remember getting only two blossoms and don't remember it tasting that great at all. All I remember is that I came out of there hungry and dissatisfied, and I probably don't remember the rest mostly because of the fact that they were unmemorable.

                            2. ClevelandDave RE: Elyssa Aug 17, 2011 11:33 AM

                              Can you use a Groupon on a RW menu or is that considered a "special?"

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                                mselectra RE: ClevelandDave Aug 17, 2011 02:32 PM

                                It should say in the fine print, might vary by restaurant, but my impression is mostly no. Dino, for example, makes it clear you can't use the Living Social during RW.

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                                  Elyssa RE: ClevelandDave Aug 17, 2011 02:40 PM

                                  Most places won't allow it. They likely consider it a "special." I would read the fine print and call the restaurant before hand.

                                  Some of them specifically say you can't use it during Restaurant Week like PS7 or Dino.

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

                                2. Mulan RE: Elyssa Aug 17, 2011 04:59 PM

                                  I am going to 2941 on Saturday. I think this is the first time they are doing RW for dinner. The following Saturday, we are doing Liberty Tavern which is one of our favorites. They are doing an extended RW.

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                                  The Liberty Tavern
                                  3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

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                                    Elyssa RE: Elyssa Aug 18, 2011 07:45 AM

                                    I had a great Restaurant Week dinner at Bombay Club last night. I haven't been there since the Clinton Administration so was pleasantly surprised by how delicious our meal was. I started with the chaat, which wasn't quite as good as Rasika's but was still delicious none-the-same. I then had the trout which had a mixture of spices and herbs on top. This was served with rice and basket of naan to share at the table. Very good.

                                    For dessert I had the chocolate/coconut dessert. Which I probably would have thought was amazing...if I hadn't tried my friends shredded carrot dessert which was out of this world. Super tasty and simple. Our (wonderful) waiter told us it's an Indian comfort food. He even told us how to make it so we might try to recreate it at home.

                                    I'm glad I finally returned to Bombay Club so now I can put it back on my list of places to dine at again.

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

                                    Bombay Club
                                    815 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006

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                                      Jeserf RE: Elyssa Aug 18, 2011 09:37 AM

                                      hm, makes me want to hit that spot for their sunday brunch buffet one of these days

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                                        kathleen440 RE: Elyssa Aug 19, 2011 10:06 AM

                                        I went to Bombay for lunch on Monday and also really enjoyed it. Like Rasika, I thought the vegetables/legumes outshone the meat - my Bombay thali was excellent.

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

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                                        takadi RE: Elyssa Aug 18, 2011 03:54 PM

                                        I went through every single review on opentable.com and the restaurants that consistently were at the top were all the steakhouses like ruth's chris, mortons, capital grille, flemings. I loaded up all the reviews based on overall score, food score, and number of reviewers, and the names that kept popping up were Rasika (especially rasika, the hype for it is amazing), 1789, Tosca, vidalia, Zaytinya, 2941, and la bergerie. Other names I saw were La chaumerie, the prime rib, filomena, passionfish, black salt, and kinkead's. I personally have reservations for filomena and 2941.

                                        I was looking for blue duck tavern on the list and it turns out they aren't doing it this year. It explains why there were so many openings.

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

                                        Zaytinya
                                        701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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                                          reiflame RE: Elyssa Aug 19, 2011 07:45 AM

                                          I had a good meal at Vidalia; nothing spectaular (not sure what Sietsema's raves in last week's chat was about). My fish was overcooked, the smoked salmon appetizer was pretty boring, the mac and cheese was excessively salty and they charged us $21 for a Manhattan (overcharging for drinks is a huge pet peeve of mine). Flavors were generally good and the desserts were the standouts. I'm not in a huge rush to return, but it made for a nice night.

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                                          Vidalia
                                          1990 M Street, Washington, DC 20036

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                                            Elyssa RE: reiflame Aug 19, 2011 11:48 AM

                                            I have found that Vidalia dumbs it down a little for Restaurant Week. I went there for lunch for RW a year or so ago and was pretty disappointed with my experience. I have been back since for their excellent lunch deal (around $19) and thought it was much, much better. They change the menu daily with seasonal ingredients and feature much more creative items.

                                            And was that $21 for ONE Manhattan? If so that's insane!

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                                            Vidalia
                                            1990 M Street, Washington, DC 20036

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                                              reiflame RE: Elyssa Aug 19, 2011 01:40 PM

                                              Yeah, one Manhattan. 3 oz of Rye, a splash of vermouth and a cherry.

                                              I sounded pretty negative above, but the meal was really fine. The complaints above border on nit-picks, and if it were any one complaint I would've considered the meal a smashing success, but it was just a lot of little things that added up. Anyways, I hadn't been there in like 4 years and I'm glad I went, but there are just so many better options in the price range nowadays.

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                                                takadi RE: Elyssa Aug 21, 2011 09:59 PM

                                                Do they always have a 19 dollar lunch deal?

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                                                  Elyssa RE: takadi Aug 22, 2011 07:48 AM

                                                  I'm pretty sure during the week they do. But I would double check.

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                                              italy531 RE: Elyssa Aug 20, 2011 02:58 PM

                                              I hit 3 spots during RW and only plan to head back to one but it was a good time with friends regardless.

                                              From Best to Worst:

                                              Againn - Loved everything about the food and drinks but service was a bit lacking. I had the tomato, housemade burrata, and white anchovy, filet with onion butter, and banoffie pie. We also ordered a side of the brussel sprouts for the table to share. The anchovy added a nice twist to the caprese salad and I could have eaten a bucket of the onion butter that came with the perfectly cooked medium rare steak. The dessert was the perfect amount. I also had two drinks, Little Sister and Pippa's Punch that hit the spot.

                                              New Heights - The drinks were just ok and the food was ok to good. I had the fried oyster app, duck with stone fruit, and chocolate torte that was surprisingly light and more of a cake than what I consider a torte. The service was great. I would probably go back but it is just in a neighborhood that we don't spend time in regularly.

                                              Hudsons - The drinks were definitely the highlight here. Definitely try the gucci slingback if you like rasberries and the white sangria margarita is tasty. I had the lobster hushpuppies and they were an odd spongy texture. I had steak here too and while it was good the portion was tiny. Dessert was an underwhelming peach melba. The service was horrible.

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                                              New Heights Restaurant
                                              2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

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                                                MoCoMe RE: italy531 Aug 22, 2011 06:15 AM

                                                Had a great meal at Siroc Sat night. Service was outstanding! Was my first time there, and would definately go back. My friend did better on ordering than I did! Crabcakes and tiramisu were awesome. I had the branzino and almond cake, both were very good, but I were to do it all over, I'd get the other 2.

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                                                Siroc Restaurant
                                                915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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                                                  Elyssa RE: MoCoMe Aug 22, 2011 07:51 AM

                                                  Siroc actually had a pretty affordable lunch menu and the serving size is pretty large for lunch. Delicious sandwiches.

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                                                  Siroc Restaurant
                                                  915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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                                                Elyssa RE: Elyssa Aug 22, 2011 07:53 AM

                                                I received 3 emails yesterday for extended Restaurant Week. Ardeo, Bibiana, and Dino (with really good wine deals) will be extending RW for the next week or so. I know there are other restaurants out there as well extending but these 3 do Restaurant Week particularly well.

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

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                                                  VaPaula RE: Elyssa Aug 22, 2011 08:35 AM

                                                  We went to Prime Rib and were both pleased with our meals (prime rib and London broil). Service was very good.

                                                  You know what I liked? They offered three $6 wines by the glass as part of the RW menu - considerably cheaper than their regular menu of wines by the glass. Of course, any hopes of keeping costs contained by ordering one of these was destroyed by my $14.50 pomegranite martini. Oops.

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                                                    takadi RE: Elyssa Aug 23, 2011 01:03 PM

                                                    Oh my lord, did anyone try the lunch menu for 2941? Did someone kill the chef and replace him with some amateur from some cheesy pretentious asian fusion restaurant? The dishes I had were just plain boring. The duck was okay, but for 2941 I expected so much more. It was paired with this very frozen-foodesque wonton and put on a bed of the greasiest fried scallions I've ever eaten. The appetizer was some sort of deconstructed banh mi. I liked it, but if I wanted banh mi, I could have bought one myself for a quarter of the price and deconstructed myself. The dessert was the savior of the day, a hazelnut pastry with stewed apricot and lavender ice cream. The other dishes, like the corn risotto and the "thai" melon soup were just so unmemorable.

                                                    So very very disappointed, especially considering how amazing last years meal was.

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