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Dec 4, 2013 11:33 AM

National Theater Pre-Theater Dinner?

Hi All,

A group of friends and I are going to see If/Then at National Theater this Friday. We'll be celebrating a birthday and I'm looking for a few dinner suggestions within walking distance (maybe 5 blocks) from the theater. There are only four of us and we'll be looking for something that's about $30/35 pre-drinks. If you can recommend any Korean restaurants in the area, that would be our first choice, otherwise we're open for any cuisine. Blue Duck Tavern, Bombay Club and Cashion's Eat Place are a few DC favorites if that helps with options.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. You could do that at Central Michel Richard. They have a pre-theatre menu for $35. But really you could get away with spending less if everyone chooses a main plate and then a starter: I vote for the 'faux' gras or the macaroni and cheese. The food here is very rich; you should always under-order, and I recommend sharing... like you would in a Korean restaurant!

    If you go, please report back to us.

    1. There is no Korean in that area. Central's pre-theater menu would work. Also the Hamilton is walking distance from the theater and has something for everyone at good prices.

      Also depending on what time the play is you can go to Osteria Elisir and order from their happy hour menu (4-6:30pm) which is awesome!

      1. Thanks for both suggestions, Central Michel Richard sounds really promising. Mac & Cheese would definitely be a must. Osteria Elisir looks wonderful, definitely keeping that as a must-try. Any thoughts on Bistro D'Oc or Acadiana?

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        1. re: Wenatchee

          I went to Acadiana once (last year) and didn't love it. It was OK.

          I have much better memories of meals at Ceiba; it's been a few years though.

          1. re: KeithW

            I agree with "OK" for Acadiana. Actually some of the food was good, but not very memorable and not something I've craved enough to run back there.

            We like Bistro d'Oc a lot. Solid food, great service, very French- feeling. They have a $25 fixed price pre and post-theatre option. I typically end up getting specials there and have never been disappointed.

          2. re: Wenatchee

            Both are great! Bistro D'Oc is certainly closer to the theater and wonderful in this type of colder weather. I also think Bistro D'Oc would be closer to your price point. I love their goat cheese salad and duck confit (but also pay attention to the specials board). They also have a pre-fix theater menu but I think the regular menu is usually better.

            1. re: Elyssa

              Thanks for the suggestions on dishes. Next time I'm there I'm going to try the two you suggested!

          3. Ok, reporting back: we went with Bistro D'Oc for dinner and everyone wound up ordering off the menu. Overall we got the watercress soup, bistro salad, Caesar salad, Croque monsieur, trout special, chicken with kumquats, and... for the life of me, I can't think of what the last main dish was! We loved the ambiance of the restaurant. It's a great date spot. Some dishes were surprisingly salty and some thought a couple dishes had too much sauce.

            The pre theater dinner menu is a steal if you have someone that's budget conscious. For $25 you get a starter, main, dessert, and a glass of table wine. I'd go back for second try if I were seeing a show at Ford's, otherwise next time I'd go for Central Michel Richard.