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Dinner for 10-15 near Washington Hilton

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Need suggestions of restaurants that are close to the Washington Hilton and Towers hotel at 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. We've already thought of the steak places, like Smith and Wollensky, and we've thought of Bocca di Beppo, but would welcome other recommendations, and perhaps something with a bit more local character.

About 10-15 person family gathering around a memorial service, and we'll be there for two night, so a couple of nice, informal restaurants that are in close proximity to the hotel or taxi ride.

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  1. Are you open to taking the metro (much cheaper than taxis and will give you a local feel)

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    1. re: jpschust

      Unfortunately we have some older family members who will probably need taxis (although the younger ones are eager to use Metro during the whole visit).

      1. re: andrea12345

        OK just curious as it helps to know-

        couple of places that I can think of that can handle a group that size

        Dino at cleveland park (i know that people are surprised that I am reccomending this place)- great Italian, great wine, very affordable nice dinner

        Another often overlooked spot that might be able to seat you all at once at different tables is Little Fountain Cafe- not terribly expensive and a great hidden place

        Those are 2 that come to mind off the top of my head, but I'm tired still and will come up with more through the day.

        1. re: jpschust

          Thanks very much - we've been to Dino's once before and really liked it -- good idea, and had not heard of the Little Fountain Cafe, so will look into that. Other ideas welcome after you rest...