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Office Holiday Party

mymomisthebestcook Sep 2, 2010 08:46 AM

Hi everyone~
I am in charge of planning our office holiday party and I need to book now before everyone is filled up. What are some good restaurants that will hold a party of 25-30 that are very close to a metro? Our office is by Metro Center.


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    Elyssa RE: mymomisthebestcook Sep 2, 2010 09:17 AM

    You don't mention price...but I'm assuming you are going to want a private room.

    I would check out Bistro D'Oc, Acadiana, Firefly, Darlington House, Clydes, and Central.

    Bistro D'Oc
    518 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

    Darlington House
    Washington, DC, Washington, DC

    901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

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      katecm RE: Elyssa Sep 2, 2010 12:51 PM

      We did Acadiana last year. It was great, very reasonable - and I booked it two weeks in advance. So you don't need to worry too much.

      901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

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      nickdanger RE: mymomisthebestcook Sep 2, 2010 11:39 AM

      I recommend Gordon Biersch on 9th and F. Former bank bulding, the private space is in the vault! Food may not be fantastic, but the beer and the prices are holiday-party appropriate.

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        SoxFan1 RE: nickdanger Sep 2, 2010 10:21 PM

        Possibly an upgrade over Gordon Biersch, if that is the direction you are heading, is the District Chophouse on 7th St. Coincidentally, also a former bank building with a private space in the former basement vault. The beer is much better, as is the food (albeit from only a limited sampling).

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          nickdanger RE: SoxFan1 Sep 3, 2010 06:55 AM

          I agree about the beer, but the private room is in a dank basement area, near the restrooms. There is potential for a large party on the main floor, but it would be loud. Your best bet would be to take a walk to some of these places and talk to the managers.

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          mymomisthebestcook RE: mymomisthebestcook Sep 3, 2010 07:58 AM

          Thank you for all the suggestions. Price should be $20 per person & that should include tip. Where is Acadiana? What was on the menu for your gathering?

          901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

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            Elyssa RE: mymomisthebestcook Sep 3, 2010 09:32 AM

            I haven't held a party at Acadiana but I'm pretty sure it will be more than $20/person. Actually most of these places recommended are above that price range I imagine.

            901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

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            Jeserf RE: mymomisthebestcook Sep 3, 2010 02:12 PM

            since the OP didn't mention price....$20pp inclusive is difficult. Aim for someplace like Lauriol Plaza or Busboys and Poets that are already pretty cheap to eat at would be my recommendation.

            I know there is a busboys at 5th and K.

            Lauriol Plaza
            1835 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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              DC in DC RE: mymomisthebestcook Sep 10, 2010 06:22 PM

              Here's a creative alternative: rather than lunch, close the office early and have afternoon tea at Teaism in Penn Quarter. The staff will set aside a portion of the downstairs area just for your group and provide a variety of tea and food options that are really yummy and festive. I think it can meet your price range. I've arranged small parties here and they're always big hits.

              2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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                Raids RE: mymomisthebestcook Sep 13, 2010 05:26 AM

                Our office did an afternoon party at Laughing Man Tavern right over by you for about that cost per head. Nice appetizer buffet - but nothing fancy - think about one step up from chicken fingers, and they give the entire downstairs area, which is nice.

                I don't think you're going to do much better than that at that low of a cost per head.

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                  Elyssa RE: Raids Sep 13, 2010 08:13 AM

                  I've never heard of this place. Is it new?

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                    Raids RE: Elyssa Sep 13, 2010 09:13 AM

                    I think it's just over a year old - it's kitty-corner from Macy's by Metro Center. It's really just a regular sports bar with drink specials (and I believe it's the Penn State alumni bar) that are refreshingly priced for DC. It is on the cheap side, but not divey. It's a regular bar like I would have found back home in Michigan. The food is, you know, bar food. It was, however, slightly better for our office party, and the space downstairs was really nice and large.

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