Spot for a post-wedding-reception dinner in Silver Spring/Kensington/Wheaton?
So a whole bunch of relatives are coming to town for my cousin's wedding, and I, being the only DC local in the family, have been assigned the task of finding a restaurant for the wedding party and family to eat after the wedding and reception. The wedding is in Kensington, and they're thinking (wisely, I think) that trying to get everyone into the city for dinner when nobody knows where they're going, on a Friday night, is probably a bad idea, so the area under consideration is Kensington/Silver Spring/Wheaton. Unfortunately, being a city kid with no car, I don't know the restaurant scene in the suburbs at all, really, which brings me here.
A couple of particulars:
* My aunt and uncle, who are footing the bill, don't have a ton of money, and their wallets will probably already be well-stretched before paying for a dinner for twenty, so this needn't be fancy. It'd be good if the atmosphere was such that someone in a button-up shirt and maybe a sport coat wouldn't look out of place (so, no drive-in burger shacks), but needn't be much nicer than that. Entrees should probably fall somewhere in $10-$25 territory.
* Lots of my family members are not city people, and the latest Nicaraguan/Japanese fusion is probably beyond their palates, so I'm looking for something reasonably accessible (seafood, Italian, new American, etc.).
* It should be able to accommodate a reservation for 20.
* Oh, and most of them are teetotalling Mormons, so things like the wine list, corking fee, etc., are not considerations.
Have you considered Ray's the Classics in Silver Spring? It's steak so no freak factor, feels both fancy and casual at the same time, and it fits your budget. I believe they have a private space in the back but you would have to doublecheck. Added bonus, you can get there without a car so you could check it out before the wedding.
Ray's does have a private room, and it should seat 20 with no problem.
They don't have a website.
It's slightly out of your price range - most of the entrees are in the $20-$35 range, but I think you'll be happy there. Give them a call - they do a great job with groups. Not only do I go there regularly, I've hosted a number of banquets there.
I agree that Ray's is a great idea. I think they would be willing to accommodate your price requirements with a prix fixe and the food is terrific steak house fare.
Is Bethesda also under consideration? Its about the same distance as Downtown Silver Spring to Kensington. If so, I would give Woodmont Grill a call. Other places to consider: BlackFinn, Mccormick & Schmick's Seafood, and Mon Ami Gabi.