Need a Rec for Work Holiday Dinner in DC for 10 People
Its that time of the year again and i need to find a place to have a work dinner for 10 VPs. Fun people, who like good food and drink. This is not a working dinner, just a holiday celebration.
I need a nice place, good atmosphere and great food. We need to be able to sit together pregerably at a round table, and be able to hear each other, but it can't be so quiet that we will be the loudest ones there.
Downtown DC, preferably within a short walk of a metro stop.
Please provide price range, dietary restrictions, food likes/dislikes, weekend or weekday, etc. Then we can help you with suggestions
Sorry about that,
Thursday night (or Wednesday).
Per entree price of $35 or less including sides.
No vegetarians..mainly beef and seafood eaters
Lively group, not raucus must be able to hold conversations.
Blue Duck Tavern was recommended to me but i am not sure what the acoustics are there.
I can't guarantee the shape of the table but perhaps Bibiana would be a good option for you. There is a little area behind a beaded curtain that is a little more private but still part of the main dining room. I sat there with a table of 4 and it was nice and a little more private while still not being a separate room. If they put a few tables together I'm sure you can fit in that space.
Another option would be Cafe Atlantico---the top floor would be best for you.
1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Againn. Caters to a business clientele, has a menu full of meat and seafood, featured among best new restaurants in the Washingtonian and in the Washington Post's fall dining guide. Has the noise level you require and the price point you require. Not so, so close to a metro station, but not so far from Metro Center either.
I also really like Blue Duck Tavern also, but the sides are separate and I think you'll be over $35/person. The steak on the menu is about $50. If you're okay with that, for the group you're talking about, I'd definitely go to J&G Steakhouse instead, which is not really a steakhouse. Service is better than Blue Duck, the dining room is really gorgeous, and it feels like the kind of place you'd celebrate with coworkers who happen to be VPs.
I go to Blue Duck tavern for dates or more intimate dinners and it just feels like that kind of space to me even though it's very modern. But then, I usually sit on the patio, which is kind of romantic.