We celebrated my wife's birthday last night at DC Coast. This is the second time we have been there, the last being my birthday (do I see a trend developing?) Our son also attended (he is almost 15 and loves eating in nice restaurants)
First, if it is a special occasion tell them so when you make the reservation. They had printed up menus with Happy Birthday and my wife's name on it for us. When we left they gave us one, rolled up and tied with a ribbon and a DC Coast pin attached. Very nice touch.
For dinner my son ordered the Buffalo Crispy Fried Oysters to start. They were served with shaved fennel salad, dressed with blue cheese and hot sauce butter. For his entree he had the Grilled Double Cut Pork Chop with puréed sweet potatoes and a cane syrup-Creole mustard sauce. It was very good, but I thought the sweet potatos were too sweet. But that is my taste, not his. For dessert he had a toffee pudding that was breadlike and delicious.
I ordered the Exotic Mushroom and Goat Cheese Anaheim Chile Relleno With Roasted Tomato Salsa (served on a black bean salsa that was stunning) My entree was the Pan Roasted Wild Rockfish with crispy polenta cake, lobster corn broth and apple-red onion relish. Absolutely wonderful and very filling. For dessert I had the Lemon Curd Napolion, which if you like lemon, is to die for. I thought it the best dessert on the list.
My wife ordered the soup de jour, a warm corn chowder served over seared scallops. Excellent. For an entree she ordered their signature dish, Chinese Style Smoked Lobster With Stir-fry Vegetables and Crispy Fried Spinach. Slightly spicy, wonderfully presented and the hit of the night. I highly recommend it, even if it is market priced and the most costly dish on the menu. I wish I know how to make the spinich, it was heavenly. For dessert she had the Chocolate Mousse Crunch, a white & milk chocolate Creme Anglaise served with caramelized bananas. Very good. They comped her dessert because it was her birthday.
We had a bottle of the 2001 Darioush Viognier with the meal and ended with coffee for us and an expresso for my son.
Service could not have been better. Polite, informative, helpful, and discrete. Our wine was kept out of the way in an ice bucket, but somehow our server knew when it was time to refill our glasses. She didn't rush us, but every time I thought about refilling a glass, she appeared and did so. Not one of those top it up every time she walked by types, but never had to wait either. I wish I know how she did it. The appetizers appeared very quickly, were hot and when we were finished, the dishes wisked away. We never felt rushed; they didn't come and ask how everything was every 10 minutes, but timed everything perfectly. The staff and the kitchen work well together. All in all, a very professional job that made for a very pleasent evening.
The entire meal, wine tax and a 20% tip came to $230. We could have kept the price down by not ordering the wine, but it was her birthday and what is a great meal without a good bottle of wine? Their wine list, BTW is quite extensive, with quite a few wines by the glass or half bottles. The prices are not bad for DC, but of course wine in restaurants is expensive. I do know that DC Coast will permit you to bring a bottle in for a corkage fee of about $20 as long as it isn't on their list.