Group dinner restaurants for mid-September
- insectazoids Aug 14, 2014 12:34 PM
Hi all, seeking current opinions on D.C. restaurants that would be worth looking into to reserve a Friday dinner, party of 14.
Here's where I've looked so far:
Restaurant Nora (not available)
Blue Duck Tavern (awaiting response)
Farmers Fishers Bakers (not available... no parties >8 on weekends?!?)
The guests of honor have well-rounded appetites. The dinner is in celebration of a significant anniversary, so I'm looking for a place that would be able to host that (i.e. has great food & environment -- does not have to be a culinary or trendy experience).
Thank you all in advance for your advice.
Does price matter because you have quite the range above? Are you looking for a private room?
Equinox has a great wine room that would be perfect for a celebration like this. I'm fairly sure it can fit a group your size. This will be on the pricier end of course.
Other options to look into: Ris, The Source, Rasika (in the private room in the West End location), and Acadiana. All have wonderful food, good service and should be able to fit a group your size.
Thanks Elyssa, this is a helpful list; I will look them up.
Right now we are casting a wide net just to see what's actually available on the date we have. We're asking our guests (aside from the guests of honor) to contribute a small per person amount, and we will cover the rest -- so price is sort of negotiable... TBD by what restaurants can host us.
A private room is not necessary, provided that the main dining area of the restaurant is quiet enough for conversation. We'd prefer to reserve a time at the earlier end of the night, which should help with that.
All the places I mentioned above should be large enough to accomodate your group regardless of private room or not (Equinox would likely be able to fit you in the front area with the windows), with the exception possibly being Rasika---but you would want a private room there in order to avoid noise.
Zaytinya is very noisy. I am not sure if the noise problem continues up to the balcony where there is a table for groups.
FFB, food is corporate casual, not particulalry good. A safe choice if you don't care about eating particularly well.
Alba Osteria has an interesting private room that would fit with your size. Outstanding creative pasta dishes prepared with serious skill.
It depends a lot on what you are looking for price wise. Some places to consider:
Cedar - 822 E Street, NW
Finn & Porter - 900 10th St NW
Kellari Taverna - 1700 K Street NW
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - 1652 K Street, NW and 901 F St, NW
The Capital Grille - 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Palm Restaurant - 1225 19th Street N.W.
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How about The Palm in Tyson's corner. They have a room that is perfect size for 14. The Steaks and lobster are great as is almost anything you get there. The servers are so professional. Not sure why it doesn't get more love on this blog.
Here are a few other places that have been recommended to us:
1789 Restaurant (sadly the Garden Room is not available on our night)
Hank's Oyster Bar (yes, very casual but we have a connection to someone who works there, so we're looking into it...)
One thing I've noticed is that at least 2 places (Rasika, Blue Duck Tavern) have small dining spaces that max out at 12 (and then much bigger spaces that can fit 3x or more guests that are outside of our price range). Too bad we can't knock two of our guests off the list! ;) Something to note for future readers.