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Jan 23, 2012 06:46 PM

oh, no- the parents are meeting!

I'd love any recommendations for a nice spot, quiet, great food and ambiance, where we can have a dinner for about 10, two nights before our wedding. We're all old- bride and groom are mid-40s, so none of us can take a lot of noise. Half the folks are from San Francisco, so the bar is high for good food and service. We're in Rosslyn, so close is a plus, too. Any thoughts?

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  1. Are you willing to come in to DC? Price range?

    The private room at Equinox would be perfect for this type of thing but it will be pricey.

    Other places that come to mind: Corduroy, 701, Palena (either the cafe or the more formal dining room would work), or Bibianna.

    Good luck and congrats!

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Elyssa, I can't believe you didn't mention Bistro d'Oc! How unlike you! It definitely fits the bill for quiet and excellent food, and it's very romantic too. I believe you can book the upstairs room.

      1. re: katecm

        True Bistro D'Oc would also be a great choice.

    2. satisfy the SF crowd I'd say Central or Corduroy, satisfy the noise level concern and 1789 and RIS pop into my head.

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      1. re: hill food

        Ris is actually an excellent choice!

        Central can get very loud at peak hours. The food is great but I wouldn't say it's a quiet restaurant---especially for a table of 10.

        1. re: Elyssa

          Central has a private dining room that seats 10.

          1. re: woodleyparkhound

            Yes if they want a private room that would work.

      2. We're former SF dwellers, and our favorite place in the city is Eola. The are two stories in a townhouse in dupont, so not exactly convenient to Rosslyn, but I think a good feel. I would recommend calling to see if you could have the upstairs (which should seat 10 people perfectly) reserved and a menu arranged.

        1. Not close, but Tabbard Inn has some smaller rooms upstairs that you could ask if you could reserve for dinner. I've requested them for brunch before when having a group of similar size.

          I don't know if they allow groups as large as 10, but I did a wedding dinner for 8 at Cashions that was lovely. Great warm ambiance and you can hear yourself think. I like the service there too, but I'm a regular.

          1. If you really want close, then maybe Talulla? Or Screwtop if you could get their big communal table.

            Other options given were good if you don't mind traveling. Blacksalt might also be a good choice and not too far.