I am traveling to DC with friends in about 2 weeks and will be in town for only one dinner (a Saturday night). We are all huge foodies and love to eat any style of food. Price is not a huge issue and we also really enjoy good tasting menus. Where do you suggest for us to get one of the best meals in the DC area? Thank you!
I went to The Mint for dinner last night (Jan 15) with friends and I have to say that I was not super impressed. It was kind of hit or miss for us (which could be that we ordered the “wrong” things). The service was very shakey and uncertain (very new) and a little bit over the top (like a literal 15 minute heady wine monologue when asked what dry white would go best with our salads).
Anyway, I won’t write it off completely just yet. They are still only a week old so who knows where they will be in a few months (if you must try it...wait a month or so for them to figure things out like the salt use and service). But it should be noted that when we casually mentioned that the steaks were too salty they did comp us three lovely desserts which was way above and beyond. The desserts were fabulous.
So I just thought I’d put my two cents in. For my money, I’d probably rather eat somewhere else. I don’t mind dropping the $$ on awesome food, but this just wasn’t up to the standard I expect when doing so. All in all we felt that it was simply okay. The décor was pretty impressive and interesting (big mafia style booths) and location will most likely be its biggest asset.
At the moment I feel like there are better places in the area (Piedmont, Lantern, Second Empire, Fraziers, Magnolia Grill, Watts Grocery, Vivace) that are all cheaper than this place.