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DC fine restuarant - BYOB?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by cuffthis, May 2, 2005.

  1. cuffthis

    cuffthis Senior member

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    I am planning to meet a friend of mine from FL this Sunday in DC. We have some sightseeing planned for the day and are trying to find a restaurant for dinner on Sunday night. We both have some great wines not sold in the US that we want to share. Can anyone recommend a restuarant with excellent food that allows BYOB or charges a moderate corkage fee?

    PS - we will share our wines if you are a gourmet and agree to cook for the 4 of us at your house, lol. (hey, I would do this for you if you came to Wilmington, DE)
     
  2. kabert

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    CT, There are so many good restaurants in DC.... Here's a list of restaurants with corkage policies put together by a local wine shop: http://www.wideworldofwines.com/corkage.php Recommendations? From this list, the "best" restaurants are 1789, Galileo and Vidalia (all are in DC). I could suggest some but could better do so if you tell me where you want to be -- in Georgetown, downtown? Virginia or Maryland? And, what kind of restaurant -- a steakhouse? a placed known for its seafood place? Modern American? Really good pizza? Best sushi in town? Best place you're likely to see celebs? Best "Southern" food?
     
  3. cuffthis

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    Thanks. The special bottles we want to share are NZ pinot noirs and Aussie Shiraz's, none of which are available in the US. With that in mind, I think a steak house or comparable alternative would be best to go with these big wines. We are staying at the Hyatt Regency 400 New Jersey Ave NW, so any place within a 15 minute cab ride each way is fine. I am having dinner with them on Sunday night but they are also looking for places on Friday and Saturday night. Food is most important choice, followed by service and ambiance, then cost, last is celebrity and popularity factor.
     
  4. Ambulance Chaser

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    Last Thursday, I had a great meal at the Capital Grille, which my friend claims is the best steak house in Washington, DC.  It is located at 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, a little over a half-mile from your hotel.
     
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    Whatever you do, don't go to the DC Palm, it's horrible.
     
  6. kabert

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    400 New Jersey Avenue sounds like Capitol Hill. That said, it's not known for having too many really great restaurants. Charlie Palmer is one on the Hill that has gotten good reviews and has a special wine program (I read that they strive to have wine from each of the 50 states). I've never been there though -- it's only been open for about a year. You could find the review online I'm sure. This article might help: http://www.washingtonian.com/dining/05vbcontents.html And this one: http://www.washingtonian.com/dining/...favorites.html Best steakhouses in DC article: http://www.washingtonian.com/dining/...eakhouses.html By the way, some of the best places are probably already booked for Saturday night, and possible for Friday too. Sunday should be open though -- there may be some that are closed on Sunday actually.
     
  7. kabert

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    By the way, the famous Spring Wine Sale just started at Bassin's MacArthur Liquors (on the other side of Georgetown on MacArthur Blvd). If you drive down to DC, you might want to check it out to stock up at one of the best wine stores in the US. The catalog is almost 70 pages long -- find it at www.bassins.com
     
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    I agree with Capital Grille. Best steak place overall in the city. By overall I mean apps, sides, steaks, etc. Total package. Dunno about the corkage situation there though.
     
  9. kabert

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    Cuffthis,

    Where'd you end up going?
     
  10. cuffthis

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    Lavandou (3321 Connecticut Ave, immediately past the Zoo). Recommended by Manton. Good choice, although on Mother's Day, they were serving a special, very limited menu and several of the choices were already sold out when we arrived. There was no beef choices left to pair with the bid reds we brought. But the food we had was very, very good, as was the service. [​IMG]
     
  11. kabert

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    Lavandou is something of a secret in DC, as it's so small. It doesn't get written up much either. I think it (like Le Chaumiere in Georgetown) is frequented by those seeking traditional French fare. Those in the know like to keep these places as their own little secret, although Lavandou is more of one as it's essentially in a residential part of DC (Cleveland Park).

    What was the corkage fee per bottle at Lavandou?
     
  12. cuffthis

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    Corkage was $15 per bottle. Good price, but we had to beg them for decent wine glasses. They don't have too many with large bowls.
     

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