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Suggestions for private room seating about 30 guests?

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I'm planning my boyfriend's 30th birthday party which is next week on Friday. I sent out an invite and now the guest list has grown much larger than expected. I'm looking for a place either in DC or Baltimore (doesn't matter) than can fit about 30 people in a private room.

Each person will be covering their own bill so I'm trying to avoid reserving a room that charges a fee. But I can bend a little on this as well.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions/advice!

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  1. I've done work events in a private room at Acadiana and it was quite nice. Not sure how the payment would work out, but it might be worth a call. They have done three-course meals for me, with several choices per course, for a set price. That might make payment easy.

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

    1. No idea if they charge a fee but a few places to consider are Bistro D'Oc (they can fit you upstairs), Darlington House (again they have a great room upstairs), Acadiana, Firefly (double check on the size of their private room) or Central.

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

      Darlington House
      Washington, DC, Washington, DC

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

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      1. re: Elyssa

        Firefly's private room holds about 22 people, but they will close off the lounge area for a larger group. That is what they are doing for our rehearsal dinner of 32 people.
        ETA: There is a minimum for the space, though.

      2. I would say that a lot of private rooms don't charge a fee, but have a minimum amount you have to spend. The minimum is higher on fridays and saturdays. When I planned my small rehearsal dinner (24 or so) the typical minimum was about $3000 - plus tax and tip. About $100 pp. I had a great experience at Equinox in DC but that was a couple years ago they have a nice front room that is split from the rest of the restaurant by a heavy curtain. Also, BLT has a nice private room, but I think it tops out at 24 people. I remember looking at Dino that has a couple sections that can be reserved.

        Good luck!

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        1. re: erinnf

          Dino does have a good space.

          But, a week out, 30 people on a Friday night? Start calling now - I doubt any of the places mentioned have a hole this big on their books.

          BTW - when you say each person covering their bill - if you suggest to the restaurant that you will need 30 separate checks, they will hang up on you. Most will probably require a set meal for that many covers.

        2. Smith & Wollensky on 19th St. NW has an upstairs private room that would accommodate you. Great food, wine and desserts.

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          Smith & Wollensky
          1112 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036