Restaurants & Bars Washington DC & Baltimore Birthday Dinner

Birthday Dinner Ideas?

WSJ | | May 17, 2008 08:54 PM

My birthday is next Friday (the 30th) and I would like to go out and celebrate with my friends. I've been searching high and low for restaurant ideas but can't seem to think of anything good. The issue is my friends and I are college students. I would like to go some place nice. I'm mostly considering DC, specifically Georgetown. As a native I know the Georgetown options are a bit slim. Despite knowing better, I was heavily considering Sequoia because of its view and hearing their private rooms are better than the general restaurant. I've only been once, four years ago on a Sunday afternoon and was pleased with my experience.

Cuisine-wise I'm not sure of what I want (because I have others with me). But we all eat meat, one friend doesn't eat seafood.

Cost seems to be the biggest issue. Typically when we do such things, my friends like to go out to chains like Magiano's, PF Changs, Cheesecake Factory and Coastal Flats. In making my selection I'm considering them and what they may or may not be able to afford. I would like to do 1789, I can pay $38 for their rack of lamb no problem, but I don't know about my friends, I guess 3x Per Person is the max.

Atmosphere is important too, I'll be coming from work so I guess I'd like a place where a guy in Brooks Brothers would be comfortable with a guy wearing a dress shirt and jeans (for my male friends). I'm planning for a minimum of seven people (including me) but would like to get a room if possible.

In case you're wondering why Georgetown, a female friend of mine happens to like it a lot and thought it would be nice to walk around after our meal, especially the waterfront.

Thank you.
Sorry if its a bit long my first post.

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