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Casual restaurant for first night in town (Monday)

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Could you kindly recommend a casual place for me and my husband for our first night in town. Somewhere within an easy metro or cab ride of the National Portrait Gallery or Dupont Circle.

Quiet and relaxing would be perfect. We will have had a long day and will be facing a hard day Tuesday.

American or French are preferred.

Thank you very much.

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  1. District Commons is a short walk from the Foggy Bottom metro stop on the blue line. It's got some energy so not very quiet, but if you ask for one of the booths along the window that should be relaxing. Service is good.

    Two things I like are the Roasted Duck “Low & Slow” and the mussels with Limoncello. My wife really liked the shortribs "burger" but I didn't try it. I've been a couple times and the only thing I suggest you avoid is the brick pressed chicken.

    http://www.districtcommonsdc.com/dist...

    1. BistroBar (part of Menu MBK)
      http://www.menumbk.com/bistrobar/

      Love the space.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Ooooo I haven't even heard of this place. Is it new? The menu looks good.

        1. re: Elyssa

          Believe open for about 3 months or so?

          When I am back in town I promised myself dinner at Kitchen.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I'll need to check it out when I'm back in town as well.

        2. re: ipsedixit

          Wow. That place looks really cool.

        3. In Dupont Circle Hank's Oyster Bar, Ris, DGS Deli or Mourayo (if you are not 100% tied to the American/French) would work.

          In Gallery Place I would recommend Clyde's or Bistro D'Oc.

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          1. re: Elyssa

            Hank's is quiet and relaxing? I have not been on a Monday.

            1. re: mscoffee1

              When I lived nearby this was my neighborhood spot during the week and I didn't have a problem with it---especially if you can sit outside. Then it is really relaxing and nice.

          2. Blue Duck Tavern near DuPont fits your request.

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            1. re: Worldwide Diner

              But do you think Blue Duck Tavern is casual? I kind of consider it a little more higher end....personally I probably wouldn't wear jeans there.

              1. re: Elyssa

                It's casual. It's not cheap, but the OP didn't ask for cheap. Implicit in all requests is good food, which Blue Duck has, and it's relatively quiet, with great service.

                1. re: Worldwide Diner

                  I guess I never really considered Blue Duck Tavern "casual." Every time I've gone there I've worn either a dress or black pants and have seen people business or business casual.