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D.C. Restaurant suggestion for French Chef

In charge of finding an appropriate spot for my Chef husband. and I to dine on a Sunday evening,his only day off. Must be excellent food quality, non stuffy atmosphere, good wines, type of food really not an issue, just a memorable dining experience. Price not an issue.

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  1. Central although the French tilt to many of the items on the menu may not appeal. Rasika also meets your requirements.

    I'm a little confused by your post. Is your husband a chef in the DC metro area? If so, doesn't he have a list of colleagues whose food he respects?

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    1. re: Indy 67

      Thank you, for your suggestion. We are not from this area.

        1. re: Indy 67

          I think Rasika would be wonderful for anyone. I still remember our lunch there two years ago as one of the better meals we've ever had.

          1. re: c oliver

            I agree, but Rasika is not open Sundays.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Well, poop :) "Signs do not apply to illiterates." :)

              1. re: c oliver

                Too many times I've flown into DC on a Sunday afternoon, only to be left stranded with no where to go but places like Oceanaire or Bourbon Steak. Even stalwarts like BLT and Charlie Palmer shutter on Sundays.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                Rasika West End is planning on opening Sundays at an unspecified date...someday.

          2. Maybe 2941 or Bistrot du Coin? Brasserie Beck? (oops, sorry, I only picked up on the French aspect of your question).

                1. re: dining with doc

                  1/3 off wines at Dino oN Sunday and Monday. Ripple, Ardeo, Palena all open in Cleveland Park,

              1. For Sunday night dining, I would suggest either Zatinaya or 1789.

                1. I would recommend Corduroy. The wine list is interesting and reasonably priced, the food is very good, as always (Tom Power worked at Citronelle for years), the dinning rooms are on the quiet side and beautiful and the staff is friendly.

                  I checked Open Table and they have Sunday seatings, but the website says to call for information on Sunday - it would be worthwhile to call them before booking via Open Table, I think.

                  1. I may be too late posting, but I'll toss out my favorite R's: Ris and Ripple. Both open Sunday.

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                    1. My vote would go to Dino.The wine list and truffle season and open Sunday.
                      Another excellent suggestion is Corduroy,a quiet room and good food.The quiet room maybe a big plus on a "CHEF'S DAY OFF".

                      1. I'm going to assume your husband doesn't want french cuisine.

                        Some places I would check out would be Rasika West End (I prefer it these days to the original because its not as loud), Mintwood Place, Bibianna or Estadio.

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                        1. re: Elyssa

                          Bibianna and Rasika West End are not open on Sundays.

                          And if it came to Italian, I would opt for Tosca over Bibianna, but alas Tosca shutters on Sundays as well.

                          1. re: donaldbabb

                            CityZen is not open Sundays.

                            Probably one of the few negatives of staying at the Mandarin.