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Jan 12, 2009 08:30 AM

Desperately seeking inexpensive private dining space

Hello --

Can anybody suggest a reasonably priced, Metro-accessible D.C. restaurant or bar that has a private or semi-private space that could hold about 25 people? Room setup would have to be such that all 25 could sit at the same table. Any cuisine -- including bar snacks -- is acceptable.

Thanks so much for your help.

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  1. What is the price you are looking for, what night of the week?

    3 Replies
    1. re: ktmoomau

      Tuesday evening. Looking for a place where the room itself is available free or for a nominal fee (say, $100). Flexible on the actual cost of food and drink, but can't afford top dollar.

      1. re: Deborah R.

        Think about Seacatch as it has a really low food cost and minimum, and they have free parking for events. Because of the long table requirement I don't know if it will work. But I believe if you spend their minimum there is no space rental.

        You might also check out Zola, on a weekday their minimum will be lower than a weekend, and their food costs were reasonable. I think they are the same as seacatch if you meet minimum no rental cost.

        Also check out the Tabard Inn, I think they might be able to do the table, they have a low minimum and reasonable food prices too.

        One last place you might investigate is Agraria.

        Now none of these places will say up front they have a minimum until you start digging for details so ask up front as most all DC places have them. But most if you meet the minimum don't charge for rental.

        Another place I can't remember being awful was Brasserie Beck.

        1. re: ktmoomau

          I 2nd Tabard Inn.

          Another place to consider is Heritage. I think they have a semi-private area and their delicious Indian menu has a lot to choose from, regardless of your budget.

    2. Not sure what your price range is but I know that Bistro D'Oc has a private room upstairs which is nice and can hold 25 people (you would have to ask them about the 1-table thing). The french bistro cuisine is delicious (with lots of options in case you have picky eaters) and affordable. Also near Metro Center--which never hurts.

      1. You should call Clydes at Gallery Place

        1. It is not great food but Front Page Grill at Dupont Circle might work.