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Dec 12, 2010 01:42 PM

Reasonable dinner for group of 15

I'm trying to plan a birthday dinner for a group of late 20/30 year olds that is not too expensive but is fun and can accommodate about 15. Ideally it would be somewhere that is Italian or American but would be open to most cuisines. In proper or Arlington.

Any recommendations?!

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  1. I haven't been to Carmine's on 7th St. yet, but from what I've heard from friends who have been, I think it might be just what you are looking for. HUGE portions (1 entree serves 4) of good Italian family-style food at reasonable prices and a fun atmosphere. They do private parties for 15 or more.

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      What do folks think of Darlington House for this dinner?

      Darlington House
      Washington, DC, Washington, DC

      1. re: eastvillageater

        I really like Darlington House. I think it's perfect for a birthday dinner because you'll feel like you are dining in someone's house---it's cozy, intimate, and tasty. I think they can fit 15 people in the upstairs dining room/private room.

        Darlington House
        Washington, DC, Washington, DC

      2. re: woodleyparkhound

        I second Carmine's. In fact, this is probably the best sized group to go to Carmine's with. Just don't order more than 4 entrees. A couple salads, apps, and maybe, like, two desserts. Seriously. I order of chicken marsala = 6 flattened breast pieces. Too small, maybe, for one person's entire dinner, but perfect for sharing along with other things for 6 people. It is also a fun atmosphere, the service is really friendly but casual, and they have many dining areas/tables that can accomodate 15.

        During Tom Sietsema's chat, I asked him how many people you'd need to order an appetizer, salad, two entrees and dessert there and he responded "10?" I'd go with maybe 4-6, but you get the idea.

        Penn Quarter or Chinatown metro station, on 7th St NW between D St & E St.

        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          Third Carmines. The place was pretty much designed for large parties of 20-30 year-olds.

        2. In Arlington you could try Liberty Tavern, they have a big table in the bar you can often reserve. And I know they have a couple spots for bigger groups up top. Very reasonable, American cuisine, but lots of fun :) And Spider Kelly's is next door if you want billiards or etc.

          The Liberty Tavern
          3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

          1. Can you define "not too expensive"? That could mean different things to different people.

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            1. re: Elyssa

              Ideally entrees of $20 or under. Thinking $50/pp all in with a drink or so.

              1. re: eastvillageater

                Pasta entrees at Carmine's are around $25, so around $6 each. You could come in well under budget there.