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Belated Thanksgiving dinner report: Campton Place

DC in DC | Dec 7, 200503:00 PM

Apologies for the late post, but three of us enjoyed a very nice Thanksgiving dinner at Campton Place, and in an effort to help those looking for a great meal out this holiday season or next Thanksgiving, I thought I'd post a quick report.

They offered a set menu, with three or four options available for each of the following categories: soup/salad, starter, entree, and dessert. Among the three of us we ordered: salads and soups, each entree (turkey, salmon, and venison) and each of the dessert offerings (pumpkin mousse, cheese plate, and a rich chocolate thing - details now forgotten.) Each item was at least very good, and some (like the venison, the tenderest and most flavorful I've ever had, and I'm not a big red meat fan) soared to fantastic. (A picky note: Later I realized no one told us what cheeses were on our cheese plate; I wish they had.) Portions were modest in size - which suited our table fine, but big eaters should should know this in advance.

The wine list was both long and broad, and seemed somewhat eclectic to us, but the sommelier was knowledgeable and helpful; the wine he recommended (unfamiliar to us) was a big hit.

A word on ambience: First, the place was quite busy when we arrived for our 7:00 reservation, so I worried we might be in for chaos, or at least a long wait, but no, we were seated within five minutes. Their dining room is glorious. (Beware that I think they were seating some people in the bar area too; if ambience matters to you, insist on the dining rom.) Service was very attentive and timing was perfect.

All this didn't come cheap: dinner was $95 per person. But it was worth it. I'd highly recommend it for future holiday meals.

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