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Best steak place in Washington DC for a large group of guys

Hey, I'm wondering what would be the best steak place in DC for a large group of guys in the mid 30's. Probably 10-12 guys, a lot of drinking, a lot of laughing, etc... Think the opposite of what Prime Rib would want. We've already done Charlie Palmer so that place is out.

Anyone have any experience w/ the private room at the Palm?

Thank you very much.

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  1. Fogo De Chao - perfect place for a bunch of dudes with big appetites.

    1. Bourbon steak may fit the bill. On weekend's its pretty loud and boisterous. Food is good, albeit expensive, probably slightly moreso than Charlie Palmer.

      I'd stay away from Fogo.

      1. Charlie Palmer's won't let you back? <g>

        1. Take a look at Smith & Wollensky's. I know it's not well-regarded on this board, but I have had consistently good meals there, and they are one of the only places to "really" dry age their steaks. I think they have a private room called The Boardroom. You could also setup in the Wollensky Grill.

          I went to a bachelor party dinner there and we all had a blast. The management and staff took very good care of us. Hey, it's also a block away from Camelot...

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          1. re: georgetownronin

            Ray's the Classics. Excellent food and great prices.

          2. I would go with Rays the Classics or Fogo de Chao. I've never been to Fogo de Chao but my boyfriend went with a similar style group. He said it was good but he was basically on a protein overload for the next 4 days haha.

            J & G Steakhouse is also very good and stylish. GREAT cocktails. My only concern is I went there only once and I felt like the dining room was a little quieter than the bar, lounge, and lobby area of the W. But maybe there is a private room. Maybe call and check.

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            1. re: Elyssa

              The downstairs bar at J&G can fit a big table. I'm not sure if it's always there, since I've only been once, but that might work.

            2. The Palm in tysons corner. you can have your own private room and be as wild and crazy as you want. Drinks are large, food is great. No brainer

              1. My husband dines out like this often. Loud, wine & large steaks.... good times...
                Any Mortons will do a private room for you, no extra cost. Be as loud as you want and stay as long as you want.
                Smith & Wollenskys tolerates a very high level of exuberance from its patrons (esp. if you order a lot of wine)
                Ray's the Steaks was my husband's pick w/ friends just a week ago. They had a great time, and the 9:30 reservation allowed them to circumvent the two-hour table turnover time....and they could be much louder than id dining earlier.

                1. We loved Chima in Tyson's Corner. Fixed price for meat and huge salad bar. Great deal.

                  1. I would go to Bobby Van's Grill I've been to two similar dinners there. Both were great. One was in a room so if your looking for something like that they have it.

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                    1. re: Bigcitywine

                      I only went once and I was treated to overcooked meat, horrifically slow service with attitude and over bland food, except the sweet potatoes, which tasted like someone added a half cup of sugar to them. Thankfully it wasn't too expensive but there are so much better options in this city that I won't be back (unless someone else is paying, and even then under duress).

                    2. Thanks everyone, we decided to go w/ a table in the main dining room at the Capital Grille, probably won't be making any toasts.

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                      Capital Grille
                      601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004