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Sep 27, 2010 09:46 AM

Large Rehearsal Dinner in DC?

I am getting married next Labor Day weekend on Sunday and need a large Rehearsal Dinner venue in D.C. for Saturday night (which we realize is a lot to ask). Our guests are going to be staying near Dupont Circle so somewhere withing walking distance would be ideal. We are looking for a venue that can seat 150 for dinner, or at least have a standing reception for 150. We would love something casual with great food, especially showcasing local/Southern cuisine, but we understand that few places will be large enough for our group. I have already started calling the venues recommended by Washingtonian magazine's bridal issue, but could use more suggestions. Thanks!

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  1. you could try the Langston Room at Busboys and Poets or Eatonville? They might be large enough for standing cocktail.
    150 is a LOT of people for a rehearsal dinner, so maybe look at the regular wedding places that could handle a group of that size. pizzaria paradiso does private parties as well, but I'm not sure of the size they can handle (they were FAR too expensive for our rehearsal dinner, but we have like 25 people and wouldn't be able to meet the minimum)

    Eatonville Restaurant
    2121 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

    1. I know that Acadiana has a couple of private rooms. Not sure how many people can fit but their food is great with a Cajun taste.

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

      1. B. Smith's in Union Station. Southern cuisine. It is in the former Presidential Suite in Union station. Although the surroundings are fancy, dress is can be casual because it is in a train station.

        1. I had my rehearsal dinner for about 110 at Buca di Beppo in Dupont Circle in 2007. I know it sounds pretty cheesy, but they did a great job and everyone had a wonderful time. It happened to be where my husband and I met (birthday party) and after alot of searching around DC for a large rehearsal dinner venue it made the most sense in terms of space and being reasonably priced. I think we paid around $30/person for food (unlimited, three-courses, served family style) and everyone else was giving me quotes in the $60+/person range (not including alcohol). We paid extra for beer and wine, but beer was served by the pitcher and the wine were giant jugs of chianti that they then had everyone sign (although everyone drank alot more alcohol than we originally estimated - thank god it wasn't an open bar). I think the total bill was about $5-6K.

          We had our reception at Hotel Monaco downtown which I would also highly recommend to anyone looking for a wedding venue.

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