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Restaurant near Dupont Circle?

beeble1 Oct 14, 2011 09:23 AM

I need a Monday night restaurant in Dupont near the Washington Hilton Hotel. Looking for something a bit hip with a fun atmosphere, if possible, and definitely good food. Can be on the more expensive side and am not bound by type of food: everything from American to Asian is o.k. Suggestions? I've gotten great ones here before and I rarely get into the city to eat, so anything you have to offer would be excellent.

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    dracisk RE: beeble1 Oct 14, 2011 02:35 PM

    Bistrot du Coin is great and right near the hotel. Delicious food and definitely a lively atmosphere. Can get a bit noisy (maybe not on a Monday night), but if you don't mind that I'd definitely recommend it!

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      Elyssa RE: beeble1 Oct 14, 2011 02:41 PM

      There are a number of good restaurants in this area. I would check out Urbana, Hank's Oyster Bar, or Firefly. If you are willing to walk a couple of blocks you can head over to Logan Circle where there are a number of excellent (and more hip) restaurants including Masa 14, Estadio, and Bar Pilar.

      Hank's Oyster Bar
      1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

      Bar Pilar
      1833 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

      Masa 14
      1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

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        J_DC RE: Elyssa Oct 14, 2011 03:00 PM

        I like Elyssa's list, and, for hit and lively, would also add Vento on P St. and Agora on 17th for Dupont. If you are willing to head to 14th, Marvin, Cork, and Posto are additional good hip choices in my opinion.

        I like Bistro du Coin's atmosphere and have enjoyed the food in the past, but my last meal there was pretty bad - tasted like mussels in water sauce.

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        masonuc RE: beeble1 Oct 19, 2011 10:33 AM

        Based on your description, definitely Urbanna or Agora. I'd lean Agora because the food is terrific. Definitely avoid Vento -- not good at all.

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          J_DC RE: masonuc Oct 19, 2011 10:40 AM

          I am curious to hear others' opinions on Vento. I think it's quite good, although I prefer its sister restaurant Siroc.

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

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            Elyssa RE: J_DC Oct 19, 2011 12:06 PM

            I thought Vento was ok....not great. i think Siroc is much, much better.

            Also I live right around the corner from Vento and have been a little worried it might not survive. It's a very large space and I rarely see it even close to being filled.

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

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              masonuc RE: Elyssa Nov 3, 2011 10:34 AM

              Vento won't survive unless they improve massively. It's possible that my opinion on Vento is negatively influenced by comparison to Siroc. But how can Siroc be so much better?

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

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              dracisk RE: J_DC Oct 20, 2011 06:59 AM

              Hmm, I only went to Vento once early this year, but I really enjoyed it. I've never been to Siroc to compare, though....

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

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            beeble1 RE: beeble1 Oct 20, 2011 07:46 AM

            Thanks everyone! I ended up going to Ardeo/Bardeo for a couple of reasons (I was driving and it had valet parking! Plus I always wanted to try it.) I liked the atmosphere and some of the dishes I tried to were fantastic (brussell sprouts, marinated chickpeas), but one was so-so (whole roasted rockfish -- TONS of bones to pick out) and one was not great ("faux" carbonara -- though I did love the egg on top). Anyway, thanks for all the suggestions. I'm going to use them for future outings!

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