I live in LA, but I'm coming into NoVa to take my mom out for a 65th birthday dinner. I'm looking for someplace within 40 minutes of Reston, rather than the city. My mom's the kind of gal who generally just orders whatever on the menu looks most like plain roast chicken, but she'll still want someplace with a "special occasion" vibe for the evening. Normally we'd go to L'Auberge Chez Francois, but they're closed on Mondays, which is when her birthday is. So any suggestions for a conservative eater who still wants to feel like dinner is a special event? Given the importance of the birthday, I'll splurge on the bill, so price isn't too much of an object.
Thanks for any help!