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50th Anniversary Party

I'm in Los Angeles, trying to help plan a 50th anniversary celebration in the Arlington area. The party will be a luncheon on a Saturday in July, with approximately 40 guests (including some children). I am looking for a restaurant that has a private room and solid food...it doesn't have to be the best food in the world, but I'm hoping for a step up from banquet food.

To put things in perspective, the top contender right now is the Army Navy Country Club. The guests of honor are members, so there is a push to have the event there. I think it will be very expensive for yucky banquet food. Please help me...if I have no better suggestions, then I will be destined to eat rubber chicken and wilted salad! Something near Crystal City, Shirlington, etc., would be ideal.

Thanks!

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  1. Bumping up since there were no replies. Did I post on the wrong board? Or...maybe I'm looking for something that doesn't exist in the Arlington area? Thanks.

    1. How formal do you want and what is the price range? Is there a particular kind of food you want, or want to avoid? That would help narrow it down.

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      1. re: chowser

        It does not need to be "formal", but I would like it to be nice (e.g. maybe "business casual' in nature). There are going to be a lot of people in their late 60's and 70's as well as some kids, so I want something relatively tame...maybe sticking to American or Italian, nothing exotic. We are flexible on budget, but was hoping for something around $25/person to include all food & soft drinks...will pay additional for alcohol, tax & tip.

        Thanks!

        1. re: WestsideLisa

          Thanks, that's helpful, and eliminates the ones I thought about suggesting. I'll think about it and hopefully others will be able to come with something.

          1. re: chowser

            Is the budget the reason it doesn't work? If so, we are flexible on that.

            1. re: WestsideLisa

              Yes, a big part of it. My first thought was Willow Restaurant, has a private room that would fit your party, solid food. But, I think you'll get more suggestions with the added info.

          2. re: WestsideLisa

            If you're willing to travel a bit farther west, Osteria Assaggi in McLean is a good possibility. There's a private room and the food is nice but not transcendent. I've provided a link to the luncheon menu which offers a $14 lunch special to include an entree and house salad OR soup OR dessert.

            http://www.assaggiosteria.com/menus/l...

            1. re: Indy 67

              Thanks for the suggestion. I mapped it out, and it looks to be about a half hour away...which I think is too much for this particular crowd. But thank you for the suggestion!

        2. You might also check with Eventide, which I believe has a private room, it's in Clarendon.

          Not sure if any of the Shirlington restaurants have private rooms. What about Alexandria is that too far? Lots of options there.

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          1. re: ktmoomau

            The suggestion of Eventide makes me very conflicted. Ever since chefs Vaden and Frank left in the spring, everything I've read and heard about Eventide has been mediocre. I wish that weren't the case; I had many very delicious meals there.

            One last practical note: If you follow up with Eventide, discuss the private room size with the appropriate folks. I think 40 will put you just over the capacity for the private room and you may have to take over the whole restaurant. That will definitely have financial implications.

            1. re: Indy 67

              But compared to a buffet at a country club it would be an improvement... I am not sure what their private room capacity is though, it's probably on opentable.com.

              That's why I asked about Alexandria...

            2. re: ktmoomau

              I looked at their site, and it doesn't look like they serve lunch. Or did I miss something? I agree that the food MUST be better than the country club!

              Depending on where in Alexandria, I actually think it could work as it would be less than a 15 minute drive. So I'm open to suggestions there as well.

              Thanks everyone!

              1. re: WestsideLisa

                If you're willing to go to Old Town, that would open up a lot more choices. For Italian, you could try Landini Brothers. I don't know if they have private rooms but the restaurant is divided by rooms so you could probably get your own section.

                Also check out Willow that I mentioned above that is in Arlington. Their site isn't as nice but the restaurant is elegant. Much nicer than the Army Navy Country Club, as food goes.

                http://willowva.com/about.html

            3. The Carlye in Shirlington might work for you. It has been several years since I've been there so hopefully others will provide feedback.
              http://www.greatamericanrestaurants.c...