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Dinner Before Watching a Performance at the Kennedy Center

I am coming to DC in November for vacation. I need a recommendation for a dinner with my girlfriend on a Saturday before going to a performance at the Kennedy Center in DC. I will also need a recommendation for a place for dessert after the performance as well. I will be staying at a hotel by the Courthouse Metro station in Virginia. I am willing to spend up to $150 in food/drinks for 2 before gratuity. My girlfriend and I are up for any type of cuisine.

Based on my budget and what I read here on Chowhound, looks like Komi, Citronelle and Restaurant Eve (tasting room) is out of the question. I was able to get a reservation at Rasika, but I'm not sure if that is the best place to eat at considering all of my options in DC.

Any help that you can provide would be great.

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  1. I would consider RIS. It's excellent and is fairly near the Kennedy Center. I don't think you would want to be too far away, given the vagaries of traffic.

    It might be nice to do dessert close to your hotel - but I'll let the VA experts address that.

    http://www.risdc.com/index.php/site/m...

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    RIS
    2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      Thanks woodleyparkhound. I'll keep Rasika in mind. I'm surprised that Rasika is one of the top dining options in DC considering all of the restaurants in the area, but I can see why.

      1. re: manhong

        Don't get me wrong; I love Rasika, but I don't think it's a good choice before dinner at the KC due to its location. That's why I recommended RIS.

        A bit further than RIS, but still in that vicinity is the Blue Duck Tavern, which you might also want to consider.

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        Blue Duck Tavern
        1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

        RIS
        2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          Sorry about that. I misread your message. I'll check out RIS and keep that place in mind. Thanks for your help.

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          RIS
          2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

          1. re: woodleyparkhound

            I just checked out the menu for Blue Duck Tavern and that place looks great. I might have to consider that as well.

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            Blue Duck Tavern
            1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

      2. The Lounge at Citronelle is an informal, a la carte, no reservations needed part of Citronelle. I recommend sharing a selection of starters like the soup, mushroom cigars, tuna napoleon, and oyster shooters. Desserts here are exciting, so this could be a place for before and after.

        www.citronelledc.com

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        Citronelle
        3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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        1. re: Steve

          Steve, thanks for the info. Which starters and dessert do you recommend in the Lounge?

          1. re: manhong

            The starters I listed above. Also the smoked salmon and the tomato tartare are very nice. Michel Richard puts more effort into soups than any chef I know, so they are usually excellent with impressive presentation.

            Of the desserts listed on the lounge menu right now, I'd say the chocolate degustation and the chocolate bar sauce noisette are the best. "A rubber ducky taking his bath" is new, and has to be at least interesting.

        2. For dessert after the performance, I usually walk over to Rivers (used to be Restaurant 600) in the Watergate. It's out the front door and turn left and straight ahead.

          They have a piano bar at night and I've ordered tea and dessert and sat and listened to some music.

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          1. re: Manassas64

            @Steve: Thanks for the info. I may have to check out the lounge area of Citronelle.

            @Manassas64: How is the dinner at Rivers? Are the dinners as good as the desserts?

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            Citronelle
            3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

            1. re: manhong

              Although I'm sure people will disagree with me, since Rivers generally gets panned for high prices and poor service, I enjoyed the dinner I had there before a performance at the Kennedy Center. Would I go there if there was no performance involved? Probably not, as it is pricey. Did I make a reservation for dinner for the night I'm going to see Billy Elliott? Yes I did because my friends and I were treated well, the food and cocktails were fine, and the location can't be beat.

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              Kennedy Center
              2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256

              1. re: manhong

                I haven't had dinner at Rivers. I've only eaten dinner there when it was Restaurant 600 and I enjoyed my dinner there.

                I also had lunch today at Circa across from the Foggy Bottom metro entrance. It's a casual place, but may also be an option for dessert/coffee after. You just take the KC bus right outside the front door and they drop you off right across the street from the restaurant, in front of the Foggy Bottom metro entrance.

            2. I had a filet steak in the Terrace Room AT the Kennedy Center before seeing a performance there--------Loved it.

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              Kennedy Center
              2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256

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              1. re: Pesel

                Thanks everyone for the recommendations. I may go with a restaurant further from the Kennedy Center, but I'll keep the ones on this board in mind.

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                Kennedy Center
                2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256