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Old 10-12-2012, 04:15 PM   #1
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Thanksgiving in Washington D.C.

We may find ourselves in the Washington D.C. area on Thanksgiving Day. Any recommendations for a nice restaurant for a Thanksgiving dinner?

A internet search has turned up two we are considering:

Clyde's at Mark Center - Alexandria, Va
Cedar Knoll on the Potomic - Alexandria, Va

Anyone with experiences at these places or ideas for other restaurants?
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I went to Clyde's at the Mark Center many years ago. I was not impressed with the atmosphere and it was just so-so.

Many people that go out for Thanksgiving around here, go to one of the major hotels. I can't think of any off the top of my head but look for ones right in DC or in Old Town. I would think that the Gaylord at National Harbor might put something nice on also.

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How about Old Ebbitt Grill? It's right by the White House and has great food


A bit more expensive but amazing is 1789 House and check out these ideas. Also, if you want an amazing meal but a budget blower - Cintronelle. Yum Both of those are in Georgetown.

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Love 1789! That is where my parents would take me whenever they came to visit me in college.

Clyde's is boring. It's ... adequate.

I recommend Palena, up in Cleveland Park, if they are open.

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Thanks for all the great responses!

I contacted all restaurants mentioned: no reservations available or not taking reservations at this time or unable to tell me if they have a Thanksgiving menu.

I will miss not having the big Thanksgiving dinner at home this year. I always enjoyed preparing the meal, spending time with family, and immersing myself in all the entertainment that day on tv.

Clyde's and Cedar Knoll are the only two I can find that have availabilty and a Thanksgiving menu. Is there a reason they still have availabilty? The pictures of these establishments on their website look nice.
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I would start contacting hotel restaurants, e.g. the Lafayette at the Hay-Adams. They generally stay open for all holidays.

Clyde's is a local chain. I actually haven't been to the Alexandria one, just the Georgetown and Chevy Chase locations, but I'm going to assume they're pretty much the same. There is nothing really wrong with Clyde's. The food is good and the service is very attentive. But there is nothing special about it either. It's generally pretty crowded and noisy (not in an unpleasant way, just more like clatter). The menu is safe/dull - burgers, steaks, crab cakes, etc. Though perhaps Thanksgiving will be different. You won't be disappointed, but you won't leave excited either. It's fine. It's adequate. It's just nothing special.
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If you are looking for something different, what about Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town Alexandria. It is a really neat historic tavern circa 1740 and frequented by George Washington. The servers are in historic garb, the setting is rustic and the tables are candle-lit. The food is actually surprisingly good, I expected it to be Disney-caliber due to it being a tourist destination.

They do have a Thanksgiving menu, and it would certainly be an experience and different from the traditional restaurant Thanksgiving buffet.

Also Old Town Alexandria is just a beautiful place, beats out the Mark's center area any day!
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