Looking for (restaurant) wedding/reception venue in the Washington DC are/ Maryland My financee and I are looking for a venue that can do both ceremony and reception on the site on the 24th of May this YEAR.
We are looking at about 30 people and want to avoid the hotel/banquet room route.
We would love a place that has:
Romantic, cozy atmosphere
We thought a restaurant wedding would be ideal but open to other ideas too.
Any suggestions from fellow chowhounds would be greatly appreciated! THANKS!!
Woah, that's tight!
Nothing I would rec otherwise, but:
Not sure about ceremony space: http://www.popovers.com/ Normandie Farm (what's with the URL)
You'd have more options with catering to a locale. There's the botanical gardens in Reston. The old mansion near the Old Angler's Inn in near Great Falls, MD side, etc. Some hotels have nice spaces, even with outdoor areas.
If you head further from the city you might have some luck.
That is majorly tight, what about 2941 restaurant in Falls Church it is so pretty I would think you could do it all right there, if they have availability.
The Tabard Inn or Antrim 1844 (closer to Westminster, north-west of Baltimore) would also be possibilities? Or what about a private club? The Washington Club is goregous and outsiders can have weddings there, or Mansion on O, P? St.
Poste if you wanted an outside ceremony could be really pretty?
Thinking of more although 2941 would be my top pick.
If you can cater the Paca House in Annapolis is so pretty.
What about the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Micheals, MD? There are some other places if you search St. Micheals that are really nice looking, as well.
L'Auberge Chez Francois seems to do a fair amount of weddings too, and you might also want to check out Tabard Inn.
The City Club is very nice! The nice thing about those private clubs is they have pretty rooms for a ceremony in another room, and they do their own food, although since memberships normally get free use of the rooms they might be booked for that weekend, as I know Georgetown Club is already booked up that weekend. But the City Club and Washington Club are both a lot bigger than G-town club so you might be in luck. And I don't think either of them make you pay for a membership like Mansion on O does, they just charge room rental.
And I thought I procrastinated on things lol!
Opentable has a list of places for large parties and banquets: http://www.opentable.com/info/banquet...
Perhaps something there will fit what you are looking for. Just glancing at the list I think 1789 would be lovely. If it's not booked already, Tabard Inn would be great!
One place not on the list to consider would be Bistro D'Oc. You could easily rent out the entire upstairs area plus what is more romantic then french food....perhaps a honeymoon in Paris could be arranged :)
You should also look at the various restaurants at the Willard. I know you don't want a hotel wedding, but there is a good french restaurant attached to the Willard (can't remember the name).
The Willard is extremely expensive just to be forewarned I was looking into having our wedding there a while back and room rental alone was outrageous. Cafe Du Parc though I believe is the name of the restaurant.
One other thought you might check out Le Paradou, it is a little more expensive for private rooms than some other places in DC, but that might mean that it won't be booked for graduation parties and etc going on that weekend. And the private room is nice looking.
The Omni Shoreham Hotel has a lovely covered balcony where you can hold the ceremony and of course ballrooms. Good luck.
Some Ideas: Charlie Palmer's has an incredible rooftop terrace with wonderful dc views - I couldn't imagine a better place for a wedding and reception, but I'm not sure if it's available for a group as small as 30. The Source caters all the Freedom Forum's receptionrooms overlooking PA avenue in the Newseum - since they opened so far behind schedule maybe they are not booked. Chef Geoffs in Wesley Heights has a brick courtyard that you could have a ceremony in and an adjoining private party room. Cour de Lion in the Henley Park Hotel could handle both ceremony and reception. Tabard Inn is very romantic/cozy.
In case the Tabard Inn falls through (and even if it doesn't), you should look into Elizabeth's on L run by the Catering Company of Washington. Elizabeth's on L is a gorgeous townhouse located at 13th and L Streets NW. The space is perfect for a wedding your size. (I looked into it for my own wedding but it was too small for me.) The Catering Company of Washington owns and manages the venue and would provide all the catering services. Also, there's no facility fee. The website is www.elizabethsonl.com
Good luck and best wishes!