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Jun 26, 2013 07:34 PM

DC Fine Dining Near Mandrin Oriental

In September, we will be back to DC, and it looks like some of my favs, like Citronelle, are no more.

We are staying at the Mandrin Oriental, so a bit farther south, than we are used to.

Looking for 2 - 3 fine-dining restaurants, whether new, or old.

In years past, we have done Vidalia's, Citronelle, La Peradou, Bis, Acadiana,1789, Occidental Grill, Charlie Palmer's, Marcel's, Galileo's and a few more. Some are gone, and some are still around. We are not "steakhouse fans," as I can normally do better than most at home, and have a 9K btl. wine cellar, to draw from.

We are looking for some new locations, and a walk, or a short cab-ride would be ideal.

The exact cuisine is not that important, but a good wine list is. The price-points are not an issue, but quality of the food, and the service are.

Thank you,


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  1. One obvious choice is City Zen, located in the Mandarin.

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    1. re: Zevonista

      We have not tried that one yet.

      Thank you,


    2. The hotel is in an isolated location for walking.

      Since you've enjoyed Citronelle, I recommend Central Michel Richard. More casual, but same ethos and still a bit swank.

      While CZ is an obvious choice, not everyone (including myself) is thrilled with it, but it seems right up your alley.

      Speaking of alleys, if you are feeling more adventurous, then Rogue 24 is not comparable to any of those; it does its own thing, admirably. Highly recommended.

      1. Fiola has great service, food, and Italian wine list. If you liked Charlie Palmer then I would consider Bourbon Steak. I think their non-steak items are superior. Lastly, you should consider Blue Duck Tavern. I think they meet your service and quality of food criteria.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Thank you.

            Not familiar with the latter two, but if you place them in the same list with Marcel's, that sounds good.

            It has been several trips, since we have done Marcel's, so they should be up near the top of our list.

            Lots of good spots to work with.



            1. re: Bill Hunt

              Estadio offers a very interesting and eclectic Spanish-centric list.

              Plume is just the opposite, with a very extensive and wide-ranging selection. Some find the list a little off-putting by highlighting the supposed "hidden gems" but just ignore that little quibble and you should very happy.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Thank you.

                I will definitely check each out. Each sounds lovely, and worth the time and calories.

                I have never heard of either - but now I know.

                If they ARE "hidden gems," I swear that I will not divulge the secret, or we will never be able to secure a table... [Grin]

                Greatly appreciated,


            2. re: ipsedixit

              ditto these three as a tasting swoop.

            3. Not necessarily fine dining, but new places worth a look:
              Teddy's and Lincoln. I've been hearing good things. Not sure on wine, but cocktails are interesting.


              PS: Turns our you really do know what I'll be missing from the east coast when I move to Oahu :-)

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              1. re: 0225eiluj

                Aloha Julie,

                So it was YOU, wanting to know about what would be missing, upon moving to Hawai`i.

                While I could not make note of everything, we left New Orleans many years ago, and missed much. Also, we have been in Hawai`i about 2x per year, for the last 25, so know some of the cuisine (mostly fine-dining), and where many of the chefs are heading. We also know some things that are just missing, due to the location and isolation.

                Your question is a great one!

                I am not familiar with Teddy's, or Lincoln, but will check them out. I often get into a bit of a rut, so long as my favorite restaurants do not disappoint me. When we lost Le Paradue and then Citronelle, I knew that it was time to branch out. Next, my wife has her meetings at the Occidental, which will be new to us, and in a slightly different location, so I want to try some new spots. Normally, when she meets with Congress, we are at the Hay Adams, or the DC Hilton, and with some of her medical meetings, we are up at the Marriott at Woodley Park. I know plenty of places near each, but not down at the Occidental, so I greatly appreciate the recs.

                I will check out their wines, as neither of us is really into cocktails, though both are from New Orleans, home of several.

                Mahalo, and enjoy the move to Hawai`i. I think that you will fall in love.