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Apr 17, 2012 12:37 PM

Pre-theater dining near Arena Stage

Hello all -

My wife and I will be seeing a play at the Arena Stage on Saturday evening and want to have a nice dinner before hand. I've been told there's a new place close to the peformance site but the person telling me about it didn't recall the name. He also suggested Sou'Wester at the Mandarin. I've got a reservation at Acqua Al2 just in case; we haven't been but have heard good things about it.

Thanks for your suggestions.


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  1. This might be what the person was thinking of:

    I haven't been, so don't have an opinion, but I love the idea that you can have dinner before the show, and come back for dessert after the show.

    Have fun!

    2 Replies
    1. re: VaPaula

      Station 4 is fair at best. I would opt for Sou'wester definitely.

      1. re: flobow

        Station 4 is fine. It's a pretty space with a great patio, just steps from Arena Stage. I live near there, and enjoy it.

    2. My husband and I have established a nice tradition to eat Tosca's pre-theater meal before going to either the Kennedy Center and Arena Stage. We make 5:30 p.m. reservations.

      The wait staff and kitchen are very, very conscientious about getting us out the door at the time we tell them. The choices on the pre-theater menu are lovely. That menu is posted online. Incidentally, if you aren't interested in dessert you can do just as well by ordering two courses only. However, my husband never passes up the opportunity to eat their sublime Tiramisu.

      Driving from Tosca to the parking lots on Water Street is practically a straight shot. Just continue on F Street until 9th Street. Turn right onto 9th and continue driving until you reach Maine Ave for street parking or Water Street for lot parking.

      Mapquest says that this trip is 1.4 miles (4 minutes)

      1. I have heard Station 4 is good. We have been to Sou'Wester twice. The second time was dismal. The waitstaff was good, but the food no so much.