We’re a couple of Phoenix Chowhounds, and are about to embark on our 4x/year trip to DC. Over the years, we’ve dined at Le Paradou (maybe 8x), Michel Richard’s Citronelle (maybe 3x), Vidalia’s (probably 3x), Kincaid’s, 1789, Briss [SP?], Galileo, and a few dozen other restaurants, including the Charlie Palmer lineup. We’re more into fine dining and are looking for someplace that might be new to us. Wife is leaning towards a return to Citronelle, even though she thinks that Le Paradou is probably the best, all of the way around.
I’ve looked at the posts over the last few months, to see if some spot really struck me, but most of the chatter seems to be about restaurants out of DC-proper. We’ll be staying near Embassy Row, so we’re looking for someplace within a reasonable cab ride of the hotel. A great wine list, and wine service, are a real plus. Maybe even a ++.
We are not looking for a “scene,” or a “see and be seen,” place. Fine dining and wine are the subject of my request. Price is not a problem, as we just finished a week in London, followed by repeats of Joël Robuchon’s L’Atelier. Those dinners were in the US$350-400/person range. While I do not wish to throw my $ away, I’ll pay whatever the fare is, for great food.
Should I just do Citronelle, and not try and find any new spots, or do you have some great recs.?