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Best pre-theater dining

The Washington Post Staff  |  Updated 09/20/2011

Some restaurants offer great prix-fixe deals. Others are just reliable eateries to know about near performance spaces.



Washington, DC

With an $800,000 makeover and a new chef in place, 701 has reestablished itself as a great place to dine before a play at Woolly Mammoth or Shakespeare Theatre. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant off ers its pre-theater menu post-show, as well. ($28.95 for three courses. 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. daily and 10 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.)


Cafe du Parc

Washington, DC

Simple, elegant and well priced for downtown, the classy French bistro is close to the National and Warner theaters (Entrees $19.95 to $28.95.)



Arlington, VA

Of all the restaurants near the Signature Theatre, we like the Carlyle for its reliable American food and efficient service. (Entrees $17 to $24.)



Washington, DC

The entire menu is your oyster at Marcel's, near the Kennedy Center. Select from options such as boudin blanc or butter-poached lobster. $52 for three courses. Price includes transportation to and from the theater.


Rasika Penn Quarter

Washington, DC

The alluring atmosphere is a great prelude to the show to come. Sup on Indian specialties such as tandoori salmon and lamb rogan josh. ($30 for three courses. 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 5 to 6:45 p.m. on Saturdays.)


Woodmont Grill

Bethesda, MD

Th e former Houston's offers hefty portions of well-prepared American standards such as salads, steaks and burgers. The restaurant is within a mile of Round House Theatre, Bethesda Theatre and Imagination Stage. (Entrees $19 to $35.)


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