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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
How about Vermilion in Alexandria? They have a bit of Southern edge to their cooking (as well as the requisite locally-sourced ingredients) that will likely be something different for the SF crew, and the noise level has been reasonable the nights that I've been there. They seem to have at least one large table upstairs. I've eaten there a few times recently and have been quite pleased with the food.