Hill Rag Arts and Dining Special - Dining
Washington DC has become quite the theater town, and thankfully many restaurants have stepped up with pre-theater (or pre-event, as some now call it) menus that offer three courses for a discounted price, along with a guarantee to get you out the door in time for the show.
Here are some choices grouped by area of the city.
Penn Quarter - Theaters: Shakespeare Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth, Ford’s, Warner, National)
701 | 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW | 202-393-0701
This upscale restaurant has a $32 pre-theater menu with such selections as beef carpaccio or red pepper risotto to start, flat-iron steak or sake-miso glazed salmon as an entrée and dessert. The menu is available Monday-Saturday 5:30 - 6:45 PM, Sunday 5:00- 9:30 PM. Valet park for $8/car at 701 until after the show!
Rasika | 633 D St. NW | 202-637-1222
Going early for a pre-event dinner may be your best chance of snagging a meal at this ultra-popular Indian-influenced eatery. Named among the top 20 restaurants across America in Zagat's 2014 America’s Top Restaurants Survey, you need to make reservations weeks in advance. Rasika offers a $35 three-course menu until 6:30. Closed on Sunday. Valet parking available.
14th Street/Logan Circle - Nearby Theater: Studio Theatre, Source Theatre, Theater J, Howard Theater
B Too | 1324 14th Street NW | 202-627-2800
In a fun, eclectric space, celebrity chef Bart Vandaele showcases the cooking of Belgium. Yes, the mussels are delicious, but there is so much more. And they offer a Belgian vanilla waffle for the table when you present your Studio Theatre ticket.
Posto | 1515 14th Street NW | 202-332-8613
Posto serves both classic and modern Italian dishes. The kitchen works with local farms for organic vegetables and imports only the finest Italian ingredients. There is a three-course Pre-Theater Menu available nightly from opening to 6:30 for $29.
SW Waterfront - Theater: Arena Stage
Station Four | 1104 4th St. SW | 202-488-0987
American, bistro-style restaurant gets excellent reviews and is the most convenient place to eat if you are going to the Arena Stage. They offer a $35 three course dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Or take 10% Off Bill from regular menu with tickets.
Capitol Hill - Theater: Folger Theater, Atlas Performing Arts
Bistro Cacao | 320 Mass. Ave, NE | 202-546-4737
This charming French restaurant offers a three course pre-theater menu for $29.95 per person. Everyday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There are classics such as Coquilles St. Jacques, bouillabaisse, Onglet de Boeuf aux Echalottes, Tarte Tartin. If you come at 5:30 you should have time for a relaxing dinner in this romantic, European-style setting before strolling through historic Capitol Hill on the way to the theater.
Cafe Berlin | 322 Massachusetts Ave NE | 202-543-7656
Located a few steps from Union Station, this Capitol Hill mainstay of almost 30 years serves classic and modern German cuisine. Though there is no pre-theater menu, it is close to the Folger. The restaurant feels authentically German and the food backs that up. You could make a meal off the small plates with home-made pork terrine, sausages, pickles and the like. The entrees include sauerbraten and cordon bleu. Desserts are strudels, Black Forest cake and cream tortes.
Red Rocks | 1348 H St NE | 202-621-7300
Red Rocks is an upscale neighborhood pizzeria with four locations in the DC area. Thin Crust Neopolitan pizzas, pastas and more. Craft beer and designer cocktails. No pre-theater special but close to the Atlas Performing Arts Center.