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Dinner for Large Group in DC Area

Looking for Chowish food to satisfy a somewhat adventurous large group of about 15 people for dinner in the DC area. We don't necessarily need a private room, but we do need something that isn't too loud.

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  1. Meiwah, at NH and M Streets has a room upstairs and Chinese is always good for sharing.

    1. Buca Di Beppo in upper Dupont is fun for large groups. They serve their food family style so it is good for sharing and the portions ar elarge.

      1. Zengo, Rasika, and Brasserie Beck can all get loud in the main dining rooms, but all are fun for groups and have private/semi-private rooms available.
        At Zengo I'd recommend any of the sushi rolls, the beef short ribs (not great for summer, but excellent nonetheless), and the black cod. The salad with grilled chicken and empanadas are also great for sharing.
        At Rasika get the Chicken Makhani, the Crispy Spinach, and the black cod.
        And I had a phenomenal rabbit at Brasserie Beck the other night. Also don't miss their selection of mussels and huge variety of beers.

        Rasika Restaurant
        633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

        Zengo Restaurant
        781 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

        Brasserie Beck
        1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

        1. How Acadiana, PS7 or Ceiba? All are very delicious and I know especially Acadiana can has a great private room.

          Acadiana-Stylized cajun cuisine
          PS7-Sylish American with a lot of items that people can share. Very creative dishes (think mini tuna tartar sliders and mini gourmet red hots and sausages as well as hanger steak, fish etc.)
          Ceiba- Nuevo Latino cuisine

          1. Les Halles has a lovely private room, and they let you order off the full menu.

            1. Firefly has a nice semi-private room that can accomodate that many people.

              Firefly Restaurant
              1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

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              1. re: dzherbst

                Really? Firefly has a private room? I haven't been in awhile but I always thought there was just the bar area and the main dining room. Good to know---I can add this to my list of suggestions for larger parties since the good is group friendly.

                1. re: Elyssa

                  Yes- look at the tree lined banquette and then turn to the right- it's beyond a set of doors that are usually half or fully open

                  1. re: jpschust

                    Correct. The semi-private room doors open to appear part of the dining room. They often put regular tables in there when a large party has not reserved it. But they can also close it off for a party of 15-20 or so. Check it out.

              2. DC is known for its excellent Ethiopian cuisne. It's by far the largest Ethiopian community in the US. The newly remodeled Queen Makeda on 9th St., NW would make a spectacular meal for you.

                Queen Makeda
                1917 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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                1. re: Steve

                  I haven't even heard of Queen Makeda. Is this a newish Ethiopian restaurant or just something I haven't heard of since everyone always recommends Etete and the other one?

                  1. re: Elyssa

                    It closed down for about a year or so, but has been remodeled in the same location on 9th St., NW Used to be a scary looking hole-in-the-wall, and is now a great looking place.