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Recommendations for large party for early dinner in Georgetown or near Verizon Ctr?

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L84Dinner Jan 17, 2010 06:35 PM

Looking for restaurants in either Georgetown or the Verizon Center area for an early dinner in a couple weeks. Party will be between 10 and 14 in all, mostly college classmates of my daughter. Not looking to spend tons of dollars (may not be possible, I realize). I thought of Paolo's and Zaytina (my daughter likes the former but I've never been and I've been to the latter). Any suggestions would be welcomed.

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    Steve Mar 4, 2014 06:51 PM

    District of Pi about 9th and F. Outright better than Matchbox and less crowded / frenetic.

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      L84Dinner Feb 5, 2010 11:03 AM

      Thanks all for the suggestions. We eventually went to Kanlaya. They had no trouble with our party size, no minimum planned menu like the other places in the area. Excellent Thai food with enough options to suit the college crowd, our 10 year old, several parents and one vegan; friendly and attentive service; and a tab that did not break the bank. We will return.

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      Kanlaya Thai Cuisine
      740 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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        L84Dinner Mar 4, 2014 11:28 AM

        Kanlaya fell victim to development, apparently.

        http://the42bus.blogspot.com/2014/01/...

        Anyone have any idea where and if they will relocate?

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          hill food Mar 4, 2014 05:22 PM

          too bad, K was never my favorite, but it wasn't half bad at all. I'd never send anybody there, but I wouldn't have talked them out of it either.

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        msr3017 Jan 26, 2010 01:51 PM

        How 'bout Zengo, an Asian/Latin fusion place with cool cocktails and $5 happy hour specials at the downstairs bar, plus (I think) some private space upstairs. It is practically next door to Verizon Center. Went there with my daughter (16 y/o) before the Caps game last week after Zaytinya couldn't take us. We both really enjoyed it.

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          MrsWheatie Jan 26, 2010 08:54 AM

          Penn Qtr area
          Kanlaya for Thai, they take rezzies.
          http://www.kanlayathaicuisine.com/New/index.php

          Nando Peri Peri for some Portuguese chicken, you would have to call to see if they can set up space for your group
          http://www.nandosperiperi.com/index.cfm

          Have you thought about Pizza Paradiso in G'town? Call and see if they can set up space for you in the basement.
          http://www.eatyourpizza.com/

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            Raids Jan 26, 2010 08:28 AM

            Yeah, they're not the same quality as Jaleo or Zaytinya, but Rosa Mexicana and Clyde's are both right by the Verizon Center and reasonably priced for the area. Matchbox too, but it's not as close and I think it would probably take a lot longer to get in and out of there, not to mention the fact that I don't think they take reservations, and won't put you on the list until your entire party is present.

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              dining with doc Jan 18, 2010 07:14 AM

              Jaleo, Zaytina, matchbox, clydes are all near verizon center and will work for your sized group

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                L84Dinner Jan 25, 2010 07:23 PM

                Zaytina and Jaleo require making a private party reservation for parties of 12+... with three course tasting menus starting at $40 pp (plus 20% tip and 10% DC meals tax). Non-starters for us since none of the girls are likely to eat that much and that pushes the price to $625+. While I like both, way more than we want to spend on a casual post-game early dinner. Next. Unfortunately Matchbox is no reservation on Saturdays.

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                  baltymoron Jan 26, 2010 06:15 AM

                  Oyamel is close and great as is Jaleo. Rosa Mexicano is supposed to be good.

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                chicken kabob Jan 18, 2010 06:04 AM

                matchbox is great.

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                  L84Dinner Jan 18, 2010 04:46 PM

                  I forgot about matchbox - thanks.

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