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Feb 26, 2012 07:51 AM

Private Room for 15-24 in Southern Montgomery County/Upper NW?

I'm planning a dinner for my father's 70th birthday, and would prefer a private room at a restaurant. There will be between 15 and 24 people attending. I'm having a hard time finding a place that fits my (admittedly difficult) requirements:
- Ideally in Silver Spring, Bethesda, southern Rockville. Upper NW (Cleveland Park, Friendship Heights, etc) is a second choice.
- Not too expensive (i.e., no $2,500 minimum)
- Preferably someplace where some of the seating is on soft benches (or very soft chairs). As I said, my requirements are difficult.
- Not Dino.
- This will be on a Sunday night in a few weeks.

It doesn't have to be a private room, if we could have a sectioned off part of a restaurant, that would be fine. I just don't want to be sitting at a bunch of tables in the middle of the dining room.

The only place I've found that somewhat meets these requirements is Praline Bakery & Bistro, but that location is a bit too far. Someone said McCormick & Schmick's in Bethesda had a good room, but they are closed - is there another restaurant in that space that has retained the layout? has anyone done a private dinner at Mannequin Pis? Ray's the Classics?

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  1. I think Tragora Italian has a private room upstairs. Lia's might be able to give you the smaller side room. Indique Heights? I don't know if you want to go down this road but Cheesecake Factory would have the space. Maggianos? Don't know if they have minimums, etc

    1. Ruths Chris Bethesda
      La Ferme In Chevy Chase
      Tavoli in Chevy Chase
      all 3 fit your requirements

      1. I've done a private dinner at Ray's the Classics for about 16 - they could definitely do 24 in the private room.