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Fri. nite (9/6/13) dinner--Logan/Scott/Dupont Circle

spiralcook Aug 13, 2013 08:14 AM

7 family members (age 30-65) staying at Courtyard Embassy Row 1600 RI NW before attending wedding on Sat. Looking for restaurant w/in walking distance (5-10 min.) that takes reservations., is casual, $30-40 per person incl. a drink, and food that is fairly "mainstream" (pasta, beef, chicken, seafood). Churchkey is definitely on the list for some to go to over the wedding weekend, but not sure if their bar menu would work for dinner and Birch and Barley seems a little more expensive and limited foodwise. Thanks!

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    bcarter3 Aug 20, 2013 07:33 PM

    You're right on top of an excellent choice: The restaurant Nage is in the same building, and would probably be a good fit.


    1. law_doc89 Aug 19, 2013 09:41 PM

      Given your criteria, check out La Tomate

      1701 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
      (202) 667-5505

      I think it is what you want. DC is fraught with trendy mediocrity, and this one is a reasonable Italian style that should also get you in for under $40 pp.

      This is neither haute, nor is it cutting edge, but solid, reliable stuff that seems to be your tastes.

      DGS is for sandwiches, not what I think you are asking for.

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      1. re: law_doc89
        Steve Aug 20, 2013 05:58 AM

        DGS has a full dinner menu which includes main courses, appetizers, etc.

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          Elyssa Aug 20, 2013 06:35 AM

          DGS is great and they have entrees not just sandwiches.

          La Tomate on there other hand---I wouldn't really recommend it especially now that DC has so many more great Italian restaurants. If you want Italian in Dupont Circle I would rather go to Darlington House down the street.

          1. re: Elyssa
            law_doc89 Aug 20, 2013 05:40 PM

            There are some quality Italian, but you need to go re-read what the OP asked:

            "food that is fairly "mainstream" (pasta, beef, chicken, seafood). "

            1. re: law_doc89
              Elyssa Aug 21, 2013 05:10 AM

              Mainstream doesn't always need to mean not tasty or high quality though.

              Darlington House for example has cesar salad, pasta bolognese, ribeye steak and salmon....pretty mainstream and in my opinion much better quality.

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          braver Aug 19, 2013 08:32 PM

          ted's bulletin or matchbox (same owners) on 14th St?

          Etto has gotten good reviews too.

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          1. re: braver
            Elyssa Aug 19, 2013 08:33 PM

            Etto doesn't take reservations though, which might be hard with 7 people on a Friday night.

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            eatdceat Aug 16, 2013 02:36 PM

            Tortino on 11th and N St. Great pastas, and fantastic lamb shank.

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              Worldwide Diner Aug 15, 2013 06:39 AM

              Lincoln fits your budget and description of food. The Pig fits your budget, but the focus is on pork.

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                Elyssa Aug 15, 2013 06:45 AM

                Lincoln is great for a group. You might also enjoy Teddy (their sister restaurant) with a Teddy Roosevelt theme and small plates at dinner time as well.

              2. ipsedixit Aug 14, 2013 08:28 PM

                Tabard Inn?

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                  Elyssa Aug 14, 2013 06:46 AM

                  DGS is a good recommendation. Another option in Logan Circle would be Le Diplomat (again...call ASAP if you want to get a table for a group that size). It's not a 10 minute walk from the hotel, but it's a short walk or taxi ride.

                  Also you might want to check out Urbana or Firefly and see if those work with your price range.

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                  1. re: Elyssa
                    hamster Aug 14, 2013 08:04 PM

                    Le Diplomate is going to be more expensive than that, unless you only get one of the cheapest entrees and a drink. Check out the menu and prices online.

                    For something cheaper and more casual, there's Commissary. Maybe Logan Tavern?

                    1. re: hamster
                      Elyssa Aug 15, 2013 06:45 AM

                      Yes Commissary might be cheaper but the food is pretty run of the mill/awful (depending on the day) there.

                      Le Diplomate might be on the top end of their price range depending on what they are ordering.

                      1. re: Elyssa
                        hamster Aug 18, 2013 08:01 PM

                        I've never had awful food at Commissary, and Diplomate is definitely too expensive for them.

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                          Elyssa Aug 19, 2013 04:12 AM

                          What do you order there? I've almost systematically had totally mediocre food at Commissary. Breakfast is probably their best meal on their menu....also the easiest meal to execute.

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                    Steve Aug 13, 2013 02:49 PM

                    You'd need to reserve ASAP at DGS, a deli/restaurant. Very popular.


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