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Restaurant near Capitol for large (30-40ish?) group

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Hi Folks -

I'm not from the area (from St. Paul, MN actually) and taking a group of community college students out to D.C. for an advocacy trip in mid-March, 2011. We're looking to do sort of a special "welcome dinner" on the first night for a group of about 30-40 students. I'm hoping you all have some good suggestions for where.

We're staying at a hotel right near the Capitol (C St. SW & 6th St. SW) and hoping to do it pretty close to the hotel as we don't want folks getting lost on the first night.

Thanks!

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  1. Are you looking for a private room or the sort of place where you all could just descend? You're just a quick walk east (or one-stop Metro ride) from several restaurants by the Capital South Metro. For quick and easy places to stop in, you have Good Stuff Eatery and We the Pizza. For something where you could reserve a private space, you'd want to go a bit further, to the Eastern Market Metro (still very close to the hotel). I wonder if the Matchbox in that part of town would be able to arrange something for you.

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    Good Stuff Eatery
    303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

    1. We The Pizza at 3rd Street and Penn Ave SE can do a private room.

      1. Neither of those places are really close to where that hotel is (not too mention they're both pretty mediocre, although I fully admit to popping in to We the Pizza for a quick slice quite a bit).

        That hotel isn't even by the Capitol (if you're staying at the Holiday Inn at that address, despite its name you're a good 15+ minute walk to the Capitol, although fairly close to the Mall and Smithsonian museums). It's really L'enfant Plaza, which is a restaurant graveyard.

        My suggestions would be to take the Metro from L'Enfant Plaza to Gallery Place. Not only is it pretty active over there, there are also several places that can accommodate a group like that. For a medium-type price range, Clyde's might be your best option. There are several interesting Chinese places too...

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        L'enfant Cafe-Bar
        2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

        Holiday Inn
        2004 Greenspring Dr, Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093

        1. B. Smith's is located IN Union Station and has plenty of room for large groups.

          Art and Soul, adjacent to Liasion Hotel, is another good spot. Please, please, please call ahead. I've never been there on a "slow" day (even during the week).