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Jan 22, 2013 04:51 AM

Birthday dining experience

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.


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  1. 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

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

      1. re: eatingoutdc

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

        1. re: Jeserf

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

          1. re: shake N baik

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

      1. re: ipsedixit

        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

          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.

      2. 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

          Thanks for the recommendations Elyssa.

        2. 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

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

          2. Others to consider: Zatinaya or 1789

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              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!