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Jul 31, 2007

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stephanie

I hate to let everyone in on the secret, but Willow is fantastic. Best Restaurant Week experience I've had... they definitely don't treat you any differently just because you are coming in during RW. I'm vegetarian, so my RW options are limited (usually a "melange of seasonal vegetables," whatever a "melange" is... ugh, so not worth $30), but Willow always has some inventive vegetarian dishes on the menu and RW is no exception. Their wine pairing is pretty fun too, and they gave us quite generous pours. (The wines weren't anything super fancy, but still... $15 for three large glasses is a good deal.) I'm also going to Vidalia for the first time for Restaurant Week. Can't wait!

Fanny

Tabaq has their listed at http://www.tabaqdc.com/files/2007RestaurantWeekMenu.pdf and you can find Viridians under their "events" link in their sidebar.

JoeHoya

Any word on what Posh is offering for Restaurant Week? Alternately, has anyone been there? It sounds interesting, so we've booked a reservation for one night during RW - but if it's not worth the time, I'd rather bail on that one.

Jason

I was told my the manager that Post is completely booked for Restaurant Week, but the good news is that they are extending it an additional week.

Jason

Just made a few updates - added Oya, Aria, Ceviche, Il Mulino, and Posh. I also added a quick reference to the top to help everyone with their reservations.

Jason

Just added Indique and Indique Heights.

ais

Thanks Jason! I'm hoping to go to Dino sometime soon, and am SO EXCITED for lunch at PS7's next week.

John

Hey y'all, don't forget that Baltimore Restaurant Week is happening just 30 minutes north of DC this week until August 5. Sandwiched between Bethesda's and DC's, that's three weeks of good, uncharacteristically inexpensive food!

She

Thanks for the info--so helpful! How is Il Ricchi? I met the owner's ex-husband's friends (phew, that's a mouthful) when I was in Tuscany last summer and I'm eager to try it. Also, does anyone know the name of the husband's new place???

JoeHoya

I know Francesco Ricchi opened Cesco Trattoria in Bethesda with Roberto Donna a little while back...is that what you're looking for, or does he have a newer place?

JoeHoya

Duh. He does have a newer place. It's called D'Acqua, and it's in the space that Signatures used to occupy on the Navy Memorial Plaza (something like 800 Pennsylvania Ave.). Sorry about that!

LooLoo

ACCORDING TO DCFOODIES, CAFE ATLANTICO HAS ALSO EXTENDED THEIR RW AN EXTRA WEEK INTO MID AUG. HOWEVER, NO RW MENU POSTED ON THEIR WEBSITE...

LOOLOO

CORRECTION, ACCORDING TO SOMEBODY ON CHOWHOUND, CAFE ATLANTICO HAS EXTENDED RW AN EXTRA WEEK...

Jason

I was about to say...

That wouldn't surprise me, since the rest of their restaurants are doing that. However, Cafe Atlantico always has a price fixed 3 course menu. Cafe Atlantico is good, but it's not exactly a the best place to go during Restaurant Week.

Neena

Excited, as always, for restaurant week. Have reservations for Corduroy, Rasika (one of my favs), PS7s, and Ceiba. Corduroy is the only one I haven't been to before. Not working in the city anymore means that I don't get to take advantage of the lunch deals...boo!

I have a random non-DC-Restaurant week (hell, non DC related) question for you, Jason: Based on your reviews and my personal experiences, I think we have a lot of similar tastes in good food. That said, I'm goin gLas vegas for the first time next month - as a birthday present, with some friends - and I'm looking for any recommendations you might have. The number of restaurants in Vegas is overwhelming, and I'm not sure what's actually worth it.

Any suggestions?

Marilyn T.

Here are some excellent choices for dining in Las Vegas. We usually stay at the Venitian, and there are two restaurants that are out of this world. First is Aquanox. Upscale seafood. We have eaten there every time we go since we found it, last time in May and it is the first reservation we make every time we go to Las Vegas. Always inventive, fresh and outstanding. We also tried Mario Batali's new restaurant B & B. It was amazing. We did one of the tasing menus. It might have been even better than Aquanox.
There is also a casual and inexpensive Pan Asian called Noodle Asia on the casino floor that has excellent dumplings and noodle dishes.
Just saw a tv show that recommended three off the strip restaurants that are local favorites: Lotus of Siam, Firefly and Todd's Unique...

Jason

Just added Tuscana West, Pinzimini, and Ristorante Piccolo. Cheers!

JoeHoya

Posh has yet to post their Restaurant Week menu on their website, and I'm growing more and more skeptical that they're going to be worth the RW try. Any insight, Jason? Anyone else been there?

Jason

I have their menu posted above...Is that what you're looking for?

JoeHoya

Thanks, Jason. I called them last Friday and the person I spoke to told me that they hadn't set their RW menu yet. Guess she didn't ask the right person.

jim collins

Had dinner at Tosca tonight it was awesome. The polenta with veal cheek was fantastic.

Jeff

Had lunch @ Farrah Oliva today--their RW lunch menu is no different from their regular menu: 3 courses for $20 2 for $16 or $17. Food was very good, but the unpleasant attitude from waiter made me question my taking the trip to Alexandria. Dinner had a RW-specific menu it seemed.

jim collins

Has anyone tried Fourth Estate at the national Press Club? The menu looks fantastic and there don't seem to be any upcharges.

http://www.press.org/restaurants/fourthestate.cfm

Alison

So far I have had dinner at Bistro Bis and IndeBleu and was fairly impressed with both.

Bistro Bis was very nice and the service was actually excellent. I appreciate that they offer their whole menu, even if they have upcharges--I hate when there's something I really want to try on the real menu but no possibility of getting it on the RW menu. I loved the fish dish I had, although I'm now totally blanking on what it was...I want to say rockfish? Everything else was delicious, although not especially memorable.

Dinner at IndeBleu last night was really great too. I had read mixed reviews, especially during RW, but was happy with the experience. I had the mushroom dosa, the seared tuna, and the mango dessert. All of it was tasty and well presented, and the dosa was especially good. The portion size for the tuna was tiny given it's regular price; I hope that they downsized it for RW. It was, however, perfect for me as I usually struggle to eat three courses.

I'm going to Colvin Run on Thursday and Hook on Saturday and hope that these experiences will be pleasant as well.

Jessica

Thanks for posting the extended list. This was exactly what I was looking for.

A

I just went to dinner to Bobby Van's Steakhouse yesterday and had the RW menu. It was the worst experiance I ever had. First off the waiter did not know what a salad consisted of, although he has been serving that salad all weeksinec there are only 2 options :) The bread was stale and dry, they probaly cut it and left it out in baskets all day. Then the steak. It was the worst steak I ever had. It was supposed to be a Filet Mignon, but tasted like a cut that was close to the liver. It looked and tasted like it was boiled and the mashed potatoes were cold. The spinach tasted like it was something you could buy frozen at Giant. For $30 I would prefer to go to my local Sweet Water Tavern and get an excellent steak that is a 10 oz size with a salad. We then decided we were absolutely not going to eat this and asked the waiter to chnage, which they did politly. I got the salmon and my friend got the crab cake. Full of filler. The salmon was the end cut that you should never serve at restaurants and was so think I could see through it.

I know that they are an expensive restaurant and that RW may not bring in as much revenue as if they were booked with regular crowd but if they do not intend to do a good job they should not participate in the RW. They still make a bulk load of money from assembly line cooking. I am really upset and intend to write them. I would never go there again to spend my money on a regular menu, even if it is better. Ruth's Chris and Smith and Wollensky both had excellent steak during restaurant week last year and thay made me want to go back another time.

Stephanie

A -- I have heard terrible things about Bobby Vans for the past several restaurant weeks. I've never gone during RW, but they are close to my old job so I had been there several times with work people (it never would have been my choice). I don't eat meat and the waiters (more than one on different occasions) would give me dirty looks for only ordering the salad... well, it's the only thing on your menu without meat in it! But aside from that, I don't remember anyone really enjoying a steak there (other dishes yes, but not steak), and considering it is a steakhouse, I wonder what the heck they are doing.

Jason

FYI. I just updated the listing for I Ricchi which is NOT offering their full menu. Sorry if I mislead anyone about that.

phoenix

I just had lunch at Farrah Olivia and while the food was good, the service was less than palatable. I sat at the bar while waiting for my table (I showed up early), and while sitting there, two servers came to the bar to make drinks and neither acknowledged me. I figured its RW and they are still getting in the groove, so I asked the female server how she was and how was RW treating her. Her response: "It's been busy"...and then she walked off. I thought this was rather rude, but moreso, I didn't get a chance to order a glass of wine. Once seated, I waited 10 mintues to be greeted and my server's first words to me were "would you like tap water or bottled water?"...and so the meal went. I ordered the duck confit with braised belgian endive and blue cheese, which was quite good. For my main course I had the pork loin with sweet slaw and bacon lardons, which was also very tasty--the pork was tender and served with a savory sauce. For dessert, I had the creme brulee which had a rather unappealing taste--I was not a fan. But, my guest had the citrus cheesecake...I thought it was good, yet unremarkable.
Overall, there are too many good restaurants with good service in the area...unfortunately, I don't consider Farrah Olivia one of them.

Amy

I had lunch this week at Corduroy. It was by far the worst restaurant experience I've had in a while. My reservation was for 1:30 and the service was so slow I didn't get out of there until well after 3. My dish (nicoise salad) was so salty I couldn't eat it. The tuna was actually crunchy because there was so much salt. Also, the salad only had a few onions and 5 green beans. I could be wrong, but this was far from being a nicoise. The servers also played "deal a meal" with each course because they couldn't remember what we had. They also consisently gave us the wrong silverware for each meal. Did I mention the restaurant wasn't busy? There was no excuse. Over all, my suggestion is to avoid this place like the plague. Try Ceiba instead. Their restaurant week lunch is WONDERFUL!!!!

Jim Collins

Eating dinner at DC Restaurant week at Ardeo: $30.07
Eating a fantastic Kurobuta Pork Loin + upcharge + wine + tax + tip: $29.51
Meeting Ashok Bajaj: Free
Being comped a delicious dessert wine by Dave the Bartender to go with your Pear Upside-Down Cake: Priceless

D

I had a completely different experience than Amy at Corduroy. I went there for dinner on Monday, and each dish was great. At our table, we had the tuna, scallops, and lamb. On the other hand, Cafe Atlantico was very poor. The deconstructed pork chop was bland, as were the rice and beans that came with it. The salmon was also very bland. Only two desert options - chocolate cake and coconut ice crea - were available, and neither was impressive. This was my test run before signing up for Minibar, and now I doubt I'll go.

JoeHoya

D - I've heard some other people have so-so experiences at ATlantico after being absolutely blown away by Minibar. It may just be that the lion's share of the attention goes to Minibar...

But if your experience makes you decide to pass on Minibar, that just means one less person for me to compete with for reservations!

Cassandra

A quick comment on Hook - I went there for lunch and it was very good. Two different crudo trios to choose from and 5 salads choices for the first course. 6 or 7 different entrees including wahoo, yellowfin, mackeral and bluefish (all which were delicious) and 2 desserts. So a bit more selection than predicted. of course, its thursday so anyone who was going to make reservations probably already made them :)

Nina

I'm disappointed to hear about someone's poor experience at Corduroy. My friends and I dined there on Monday night and had a wonderful experience. The service was great, even when one of our party was 20 mintues late. We were still treated perfectly. There were four of us, two people had the fresh tomato salad, which looked wonderful. Although everyone agreed that the Northern Neck Corn Chowder was the best 1st course at our table. I highly recommend it. All of our entrees were cooked perfectly, and of the four I highly recommend the Halibut. The highlight of the meal was the chocolate tart for dessert. We each ordered soemthing different, and all were good. But, the chocolate tart was phenomenal. All in all, a very solid dining experience, and, a full menu of choices to select from, as they have done in previous restaurant weeks.

Marsha from Miami

We just came from Il Ricchi. It's the worst meal we've had since we're in Washington. It's overpriced, pretentious, with mediocre service, obnoxious management, as well as charmlessly and ungraciously noisy and crowded. For the "bargain" price of what worked out to $40 person with wine, we couldn't get lemon for our water or ground pepper on our salad. Even ordering off the regular menu rather than the RW menu, I wasn't impressed. My side salad ($10.95) was pathetically wilted, and I sent it back for replacement. With all the excellent restaurants in Washington--and this is the first meal we've eaten that hasn't been spectacular, whether an elegant dinner at the Peacock Cafe in Georgetown(HIGHLY recommended for really elegant and gracious dining that Il Ricchi can't even aspire to), a zesty Ethiopian feast at Zed, or delicious Persian take-out from Moby Dick--whoever you are, you deserve better than Il Ricchi.

PhilLaw

I had a not so wonderful RW experience at Butterfield 9. The food they offered was not worth the $30.07. I could have made the Tilapia myself and my friend was served an undercooked pork tenderloin. None of us dining at the table were impressed by the small portions and mediocre food. I would not recommend Butterfield 9 for RW.

Alison

I went to Colvin Run Tavern last night for dinner with two of my girlfriends. The food was good, but not great. We were a bit rushed at the beginning of our meal, but as the dining room started to empty out (our reservations were for 8:30) the service became better. I had the squid with green papaya salad to start, which was really delicious and perfectly cooked--not at all chewy. Next came the pistachio-crusted salmon, which was good but didn't blow me away. I saw someone else get served the cod and think I may have ordered wrong. My girlfriends really enjoyed the salmon tartare and ravioli appetizers, but were not crazy about their brisket entrees. They looked sort of gross to me, but I haven't eaten red meat in years so I don't think that means anything. We had two of the sour cherry creme brulees and one of the chocolate souffles for dessert, both of which were fine, but hardly impressive. While I don't generally order creme brulee, I had high expectations for this version, but unfortunately I found it just as boring as the version that is on every single halfway decent restaurant's menu, with just a few cherries thrown into the custard that seemed like an afterthought.

It was nice not to have to go downtown (as we live in Virginia), and overall I had a more or less pleasant experience, but wouldn't feel compelled to go back even if it were in my price range.

Kim

My experiences:

TenPenh, Ceiba, DC Coast: wonderful, as always. These guys know how to run RW - the same as any other week of the year!

Kinkead: slow and indifferent service...i had to beg for water. small entrees. $7 upcharge for lobster roll was a joke, it was mainly onion salad on a tiny hot dog role, HUGE dissapointment.

Butterfield 9: worst RW experience - had to wait 25 min to be seated, slow & inexperienced service, tiny portions, cold when meal arrived, then the coat check lost my coat for a half hour

Corduroy: best RW meal. waiter couldn't have been nicer, dinner was leisurely, excellent presentation, incredible taste. i will always go back!

BLT Steak: suprisingly good food & service, great atmosphere

Mc

Ardeo (went last night) has the full menu with only a few surcharges for restaurant week. It was really good, and a bit off the typical path if you can't get reservations elsewhere!

JM

Dinner at Willow: Excellent. The scallops and steak both amazing and seemed like full portions. $15 each for wine pairings and they'll fill your glass up on the same course if you finish your wine.

Lunch at Colvin Run: Awesome...consistently one of the best RW experiences I have year after year. Duck confit crepes were amazing.

Lunch at BLT Steak: Eh. 2 ounces of gazpacho, a mediocre tiny hangar steak (chewy even by hangar steak standards - Ray's sets the bar for hangar steak), very good apricot tart dessert. Worth it for the popovers, though.

Heather B.

You're making me homesick...

Sadly there are no restaurants to have restaurant week with here in Upstate NY.

I so want to move back.

Vickie

I'm new to DC RW, just wondering are the RW special served all night or just for a particular hours,say 6-8 or something. Thanks

JoeHoya

I've never heard of a place limiting the RW offerings to a specific time period. Generally speaking, if they're participating during lunch, it's for the entire lunch service and if they're participating for dinner it's for the dinner service.

Juanita

Went to Ardeo last night for RW and would rate it a B-. The restaurant itself was nice and the wait staff attentive, but the food was just ok. They did offer their whole menu - which was great - but the food was just OK and the desserts were a disaster!

Had a great experience at Bobby Van's last year and looking forward to Ruth Chris's later today :-)

Erich

Marsha re: I Ricchi, thank you for that! We had the same experience with I Ricchi!

The music was computerized MIDI classical music, the most recognizable passages of all trite classical music played during our short visit. The sparkling water was tepid, and cost 9.95. The omnipresent pretention was totally unfounded.

The limited menu seemed confining, so we added $18.95 Calamari which were acceptable.

The oversized shrimp dish contained bell peppers STILL carrying the produce sticker! We were offered no replacement or discount for this, the waiter removed the offending vegetable from my friend's plate and disappeared.

DO NOT VISIT!!!!

LuLu

I've been to posh on numerous occassions. Great food. Enjoyable atmosphere and ambiance. If they have the french onion soup, or lobster bisque...definetely start with either one...amazingly scrumptious. Great entrees as well.

Louise

I called a few weeks ago for a RW reservation at Corduroy and was told that they were fully booked and were running it a second week so we are going this Wednesday. We loved it last time!

carolina

A friend and I went to Agraria this weekend and we both absolutely loved it. I can't believe how many people on this list got bad service at the restaurants they visited. Our server was faultless.

The food was out of this world. There were plenty of choices and the food was so fresh and well-prepared. I had what might have been the best piece of chicken I've ever had, on a bed of mashed potatoes and collard greens.

I'd go there again in a second and not just for restaurant week.

carolina m.

Lima is also extending until the 18th. I am going tonight- I hope it's good.

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