The tasting menu was simply the best food I have ever eaten. This is my third time ordering the tasting menu and although a bit pricey, definitely worth every penny. I have not found a better meal in DC!
Perhaps the best DC restaurant in which I have dined in many years. The inventive menu is something rarely seen in these parts. I would have not even thought of making a tart covered with a puree of snails. Quite a delightful appetizer. If you like game prepared with flair accompanied by exceptional wines, this is the place. The dining area is rather dark and just a bit cramped for my taste, but many table provide you with a theater-like view into the kitchen. That's always entertaining if you don't have the right crowd for some good people watching. Service in impeccable. Located right off of M Street in Georgetown, you need not got deep into the city to experience Citronelle. Valet parking is a must if you drive. Citronelle also has a very well stocked bar especially if you like single malt. I suggest getting there just a bit earlier in the evening and having a drink. This is the type of dining experience that you want to ease into. No need to rush. Reservations are a must as is respectable attire. You're not at Olive Garden for Pete's sake!
We dined here in July 2007 to celebrate a birthday and the food was absolutely the best I have ever eaten in my life!
Every course was meticously prepared and in unique ways (such as the eggplant gazpacho with the tiny cubes of vegetables - very unique). Every dish was unique and a complete pleasure to the taste buds. We re-made the eggplant gazpacho at home and it reminded us of our wonderful experience.
We ordered the chef's tasting menu and although I was completely full when it was time for the dessert and cheese courses, I had to eat at least half. Each dish is unique and just perfectly prepared - this is how fine food should taste.
Citronelle by far has been the best dining experience for me; I've dined in some of the top restaurants in Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore and D.C. and this one by far comes out on top. Just be prepared to sacrifice a car payment for dinner - but it's well worth it for a special evening or occasion.
Note: It's located in the Lanham hotel, so it can be a bit difficult to to find - we used the navigation in my car and it's not obvious that it's in the hotel.
I liked every single thing about Citronelli although it was a little challenging to initially find the entrance to the restaurant. Dinner was a celebration of my retirement from my friend, Joanne. The food was scrumptious, the service impeccable, and the atmosphere elegant. We had a wonderful, wonderful, evening. I have no idea what Joanne had to shell out for this evening (I know it wasn't cheap) but it was certainly an evening I will remember. It is a place I will go back to for another special occasion or to just enjoy an elegant wonderful meal with friends or family.
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