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May 30, 2008 07:51 AM

DC Restaurants for Wedding Receptions?

Hi all.

I'm newly engaged and considering the possibility of choosing a restaurant for my wedding reception. I will have about 110 people and I was hoping to find a good restaurant to rent out that has a large open dining room that could accomodate a party of our size.

Has anyone been to a DC wedding reception at a restaurant that you've enjoyed?

Or can you think of any restaurant spaces that might accomodate a party like this?

Suggests are very welcome! Thanks SO much in advance!


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  1. First off, congratulations!

    Secondly, a reception at a restaurant can have a wide range of prices, and you don't really mention a budget, so I am just going to mention some of my favorite reception locales.

    One of the best receptions I've been to was held at 2941 in Falls Church. I know you mention DC only, but if budget is of little concern, you should really look into this spot. Gorgeous surroundings, ample parking, and delicious food.

    In DC proper, I've been to a great reception at the Willard Room. I would say that the food tended to be more "banquety" than that of 2941, but it's still a long cry from the usual fare at wedding receptions.

    Finally, I would check out the various Kimpton hotel properties in DC (Hotel Rouge, Hotel Palomar, etc). Kimpton properties always put unique spins on weddings. Talk to them about catering in house to look into other options too. Good luck!!

    1. congrats!
      I recently attended a rehearsal dinner and wedding held at The Dubliner and the Phoenix Park Hotel. It was a great venue for both affairs. I have a lot of pics if you're interested.

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      1. re: taresa514

        Thanks so much for these suggestions. Unfortunately my budget is a bit more the Willard is out of my price range.

        I have a call into the Palomar already - waiting to hear back.

        The Church we will be going with is in downtown DC, so outside the city isn't going to work for us unfortunately.

        Any other suggestions?

        Thanks again!

        1. re: Kbfrancini

          Congrats!! We had our reception at the Hotel Palomar in DuPont. They were wonderful to work with!!

          1. re: MrsWheatie

            Hi Mrs Wheatie:
            I'd love to hear more about your experience with the Palomar. The photos of the ballroom they sent to me made the ceiling look very low. Is that the case?

            What was your experience like? Did you have around 100 people with dinner and dancing?

            Thanks so much!

            1. re: Kbfrancini

              The ceilings are not ballroom height. We had about 65 people and three connecting rooms. They have a nice floor they can set up for dancing. Our DJ said the hotel was great to work with. We had a "cocktail style" reception with a couple of food stations. Lots of complements about the food and cake. It was a low key reception, not a lot of the associated bridal biz fussiness.

        2. re: taresa514

          Hi Taresa514,

          I know you commented on this post awhile ago but I thought I'd give it a shoot to hear more about the Phoenix :)

        3. Kbfrancini,
          My fiancee and I recently moved to DC and are also planning to get married in the DMV area. We're expecting about the same number of guests and are on a tight budget. Would you mind suggesting a few restaurants based on what you found? Thanks.

          1. I had my wedding & reception in the atrium at Old Ebbitt Grill. We absolutely loved it, and thought it was a great value. The food was fantastic -- all my guests were happy. The space is very large (we had 80 people, but they can hold up to 200) --t here's plenty of room for dancing, too. Good luck!

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