"Pop-Up" Wedding in Dupont Circle, Dinner Suggestions
the boy and I have decided we can't handle planning much more than a "pop-up" wedding. Basically, we've decided to go with our immediate family (13 people total including us) to the spanish steps in Dupont Circle (near the textile museum) where we will be quickly/quietly married by the boy's grandfather. No seating, 10 minutes top.
Then we'd like to take everyone out for a nice meal in Dupont Circle or somewhere nearby. Where would you go for your wedding dinner in the area?
Everyone is an adventurous eater and probably prefer ethnic cuisine in general. Small dining room option would be awesome, but not essential as long as the restaurant isn't noisy. Money isn't a problem within reason (we're not millionaires obv). We'd just like everyone to be comfortable and have a good time.
First off---congrats! I love your low-key idea. I would head over to Rasika West End. They have a couple of different private rooms that should fit your needs. Even though this is a "pop-up wedding" definitely make reservations.
Kababji could be nice - the food is really good, and the setting is quite comfortable and spacious. Lebanese food.
Sichuan Pavilion on K Street has pretty good Chinese food and some good Sichuan specialties in particular, and I believe they might have a private room.
Mourayo has good Greek, and it's a relatively nice dining room. Kellari Taverna is much grander, also Greek (and probably more expensive), also on K Street.
Casa Oaxaca has fairly serious Mexican and would be pretty nice space...I can't remember how noisy it is.
Personally I can't recommend Kababji. The food is good but when I went there the service was TERRIBLE! I literally had to go find the waitress (she was sitting at the bar, flirting with the bartender), because I had to get back to the office and we waited for 20 minutes for the plates to be cleared and for anyone to stop by with the check. We kept looking around and around and the other waiters just ignored us. I wouldn't want to take the risk of holding a wedding reception there.
Mourayo is a nice idea though. And Casa Oaxaca could be a lot of fun.
I suggested to someone on another thread trying to do a cheap reception that since you're doing a pop-up wedding, why not a pop-up reception in Mitchell Park, less than a block from the steps? just charter a coupla food trucks (BTW love those steps - what a great place for a wedding)
I like the Kellari Taverna idea above. It's not too expensive, and folks can nosh on free appetizers (cheese, bread, olives) in the bar. They have a private room in back and their service is pretty great. Plus they give out free cookies at the end of the night that you can use as wedding favors.
Yes, I have gone since my recommendation, for Restaurant Week dinner actually. The unlimited bread, cheese, and olives are a nice touch, as are the scrumptious cookies they send you off with. It is kind of pricey for me, though. But for this wedding idea, it could work really nicely. It definitely would feel celebratory, but not stuffy.