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

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


    1. 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

        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

          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

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

            1. re: hamster

              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.

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

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          1. re: Worldwide Diner

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

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

              Etto has gotten good reviews too.

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              1. re: braver

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

              2. 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

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

                  1. re: law_doc89

                    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

                      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

                        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.

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