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Birthday dining experience

eatingoutdc Jan 22, 2013 04:51 AM

I'm looking for some place that can provide a great dining experience for my birthday (like multi-course tasting menus, or something else interesting/different), which is on a Sunday, so it's proving difficult with lots of restaurants being closed on Sundays.

Cost doesn't matter to me but there should be some options that don't break the bank for some of my guests, and can cater to dietary restrictions.


  1. ipsedixit Jan 23, 2013 07:50 PM

    Others to consider: Zatinaya or 1789

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      DCDOLL Jan 24, 2013 08:56 AM

      Agree w/ 1789. When you think about the service, food & atmosphere it's a relative bargain...not more than alot of more mid-range restaurants pretending to be fine dining charge. They would be able to cater to dietary restrictions too. The new chef is great...i usually get a salad or soup and then the appetizer portion of whatever the francobolli of the day is (ravioli type of thing) and it's WAY more than enough for my entree. Desserts are the bomb too!

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      DCDOLL Jan 23, 2013 10:58 AM

      If Obelisk is open on sunday i'd recommend that. Even though they have a limited menu i think if you specified up front the restrictions they would accommodate you

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      1. re: DCDOLL
        eatingoutdc Jan 23, 2013 02:22 PM

        Obelisk is also closed, that was on my list too.

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        Elyssa Jan 22, 2013 11:37 AM

        Equinox is the first place that comes to mind. I'm pretty sure Palena is closed on Sundays, but if not, that could be a good option. Also check out Blacksalt.

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        1. re: Elyssa
          eatingoutdc Jan 22, 2013 09:38 PM

          Thanks for the recommendations Elyssa.

        2. ipsedixit Jan 22, 2013 07:59 AM

          Equinox or The Source.

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          1. re: ipsedixit
            eatingoutdc Jan 22, 2013 08:12 AM

            Source is also closed on Sundays... you'd be surprised how many restaurants are closed on Sundays. They were in my top 5, and then all of my top 5 were closed on Sundays. I've sampled some food form Equinox at some tasting event before, but I can't remember if I liked it or not.

            1. re: eatingoutdc
              BrianD Jan 22, 2013 09:19 AM

              I just had dinner at The Source on Sunday night. I wonder if it was open only because of the holiday and the fact that there was an inaugural ball at the Newseum that night.

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            shake N baik Jan 22, 2013 06:55 AM

            Birch and Barley and Eola have two of the more affordable tasting menu's in DC. You're looking at around 65 bucks for 5 courses at each restaurant.

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            1. re: shake N baik
              eatingoutdc Jan 22, 2013 07:50 AM

              Eola appears to be closed on Sundays. Will look at Birch and Barley. Thanks.

              1. re: eatingoutdc
                Jeserf Jan 22, 2013 12:46 PM

                B&B doesn't do regular dinner on Sundays. They have an expanded brunch on Sunday evenings.

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                  shake N baik Jan 22, 2013 01:26 PM

                  Sorry for the unhelpful recs. Graffiato's has a tasting menu for $55.00 and I think they offer it on Sundays.

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                    Elyssa Jan 22, 2013 05:01 PM

                    They do offer it on Sunday and it's great!

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                      eatingoutdc Jan 22, 2013 09:37 PM

                      Thanks, looks good.

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