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Romantic Weekday Lunch in DC/NoVa?

StephChow Jan 31, 2012 01:16 PM

My husband and I are having our first "date day" in 2 years next Friday. I'd love suggestions for a nice place to have a nice, leisurely, romantic, non-kid- friendly lunch in DC or close-in Virginia, preferably in a neighborhood that's nice to walk around or has other attractions. Price isn't a big concern, so expensive is okay as long as the food is worth it. No preferences on cuisine, although it needs to have a vegetarian-friendly option.

Any ideas? Thanks!

  1. SparkleKristy Feb 2, 2012 04:10 PM

    I would recommend L'Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls. They have a beautiful Three course + Amuse - Prix Fixe lunch that includes a glass of Champagne for under $40. The service is always stellar and unobtrusive. Plus, if the weather stays nice, you can go to the park too. Very romantic!


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      StephChow Feb 2, 2012 06:11 AM

      Thanks for all these great suggestions! Since we live in Alexandria, and have the whole day off, I think we're going to choose something a bit farther afield and save Restaurant Eve for a day we can just get away for a nice lunch. Bibianna, Proof, PS7 and Estadio are all looking tempting!

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        chowser Feb 2, 2012 08:20 AM

        Since you live in Alexandria, you could head south to Bistro L'Hermitage in Occoquan. It's one of my favorite special occasion restaurants--arguably the best duck I've had. And, I love wandering around Occoquan along the water. Oh, desserts are a weak spot there but they have amazing baguettes.

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          ktmoomau Feb 2, 2012 08:53 AM

          Oh well then perhaps also put Fiola on the list.

        2. ktmoomau Feb 1, 2012 02:37 PM

          I also suggest Old Town, I think Restaurant Eve is a good choice, also Vermillion might fit the bill.

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            katecm Feb 1, 2012 12:32 PM

            I did this with a friend in December: lunch at Estadio, strolling through a few of the 14th Street galleries and furniture stores, and then west to other galleries in Dupont. And if by next Friday you mean the 3rd, rather than the 10th, it'll be First Friday, so there will be wine at the Dupont galleries.

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              mdpilam Feb 2, 2012 12:07 PM

              Could you expound on the galleries? Art (for sale)? Which ones have wine, and from what time (if you know)?


              1. re: mdpilam
                katecm Feb 3, 2012 07:08 AM

                It's all art for sale, but open to the public. On the first Friday of each month, they keep their doors open from 6 to 8. Here's more info: http://art-collecting.com/galleries_d...

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              dcandohio Jan 31, 2012 08:09 PM

              Proof or PS7 are good options in Penn Quarter.

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                Steve Jan 31, 2012 01:52 PM

                If close-in Virginia includes Old Town Alexandria, then Restaurant Eve has a nice secluded feel to it.

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                  Elyssa Jan 31, 2012 05:53 PM

                  Restaurant Eve is a good option in Alexandria. In DC I would check out Bibianna, Bistro D'Oc, or The Source. The Source and Bistro D'Oc in particular are within walking distance to the Mall and lots of museums.

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                    chowser Feb 1, 2012 12:46 PM

                    Ditto Retaurant Eve. Even at lunch, it's a nice quiet place. In Old Town, if OP wants Italian, I'd suggest Landini Brothers.

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                      monkeyrotica Feb 2, 2012 04:17 AM

                      Second Restaurant Eve. Near Union Station, I'd recommend Bistro Cacao's cozy upstairs booths.

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