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Special dinner suggestions

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Special dinner suggestions

Looking to surprise my husband on our last night in DC which happens to be his birthday with something really nice for dinner. It will be a Sunday. It can be a nice restaurant with a view, river cruise, private dinner set up outside somewhere with a view - just something romantic and beautiful. I'm not looking to just be inside 4 walls of a fancy restaurant but rather atmosphere, view and good food. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. My budget - I'd spend $200 for what I'm looking for. Maybe more just depending on how spectacular :)

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1. Re: Special dinner suggestions

Restaurants with a view are rare in DC, unless you mean a view of the street-scape and the people walking by. And I am unaware of any place that has a view and good food. There are many places with good food, though on a Sunday some of those are closed. And there are many places in DC with outdoor dining, if the weather permits.

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2. Re: Special dinner suggestions

You could start out with drinks and a view at the POV at the W Washington and then go for dinner downstairs to the J&G Steakhouse or walk around the corner to the Occidental Grill at the Willard.

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I think one or more of the restaurants at the Mandarin Oriental has views, and the food is supposed to be excellent, but I don't actually know. You could at least check with them on the views if no one else chimes in.

The Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant has great views, but I haven't eaten there in a long time. I eat regularly at the KC Cafe there which is quite good, so I assume the restaurant is as good or better.

There's also some rotating restaurant in Arlington, but I know nothing else about it.

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The Sequoia has views over the Potomac. I haven't been there in about 15 years, so I have no idea if the food is as good as it used to be.

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5. Re: Special dinner suggestions

I would post on Chowhound DC. If the hotel you are staying at has a concierge you could contact them.

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6. Re: Special dinner suggestions

The Kennedy Center restaurant's food is not good, sorry to say. It's also overpriced. (But still crowded!) It's a shame because it really is a missed opportunity for the KenCen to have an excellent restaurant with an excellent view. Sequoia has a nice view of the river but has always had spectacularly bad service and only decent food (but - for those reasons - I haven't been there in years either, so who knows - maybe it's had a turnaround. I haven't heard that, though.)

Kept in mind that we don't have really tall buildings in DC so it's not like spectacular bird's-eye views are everywhere. You may not want to be "just inside 4 walls of a fancy restaurant," but that's what we specialize in here. ;)

If you can give up the "view" prong of your requirements list, excellent special-occasion restaurants include CityZen at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, The Oval Room, and Proof. Oh, and The Source by Wolfgang Puck adjacent to the Newseum.

Good luck!

Edited: 09 May 2013, 13:12
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