(Closed) Name your favorite Restaurants in the DC/MD/VA area-Need ideas

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which would you chose for your guests
    A Fixed Priced Menu : (17 votes)
    77 %
    Let your guest pick anything from the menu : (5 votes)
    23 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think you are going to be hard pressed to find a restaurant that has a private room that will hold 70 people. I’d start with researching that. For that many people, you may have to rent out the whole space for the night.

    I really like Mon Ami gabi – my BFF had her rehearsal dinner there. Great steak frites.

    All the various Clyde’s locations, particularly the one is Ashburn, can hold that many people.

    I’ll keep thinking and see if I can come up with anywhere else that I think will hold that many people.

     

    A price fix menu will be easier on you – in my research, a lot of places ask you to narrow down the menu to 2-3 choices for each course and go from there.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    For a wedding this size, I would look at Mad Hatter in Dupont (ignore the number of guests they say they can hold in the room, they can hold more), Old Ebbit Grill, Arlington Rooftop, and Ireland’s Four Courts. Our rehearsal is about that size and we found that Four Courts is a really affordable option. We are going with a buffet and it is really reasonable.

    I have also done private events at Mad Hatter and Rooftop. I cannot say enough good things about them! At Mad Hatter we allowed them to order off the menu, which worked for 25 guests. I think for 50-75, giving a choice of 3-5 entrees or doing a buffet works best. It is far easier for the kitchen!

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Clyde’s or chef geoffs offer that I think.  

     

    Maybe one of the prime rib or Ruth’s Chris 

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

    For that many people the restaurant will probably want you to do a limited menu. They won’t be able to turn around that many different meals all at the same time. Just FYI.

    for restaurants, what about Addie’s. I am also obsessed with the Rumor Mill, which is in old Ellicott City so may be a bit far from you but they are delicious and reasonably priced and can accomodate that many people.

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    @Glasgowbound:  Err… In Frederick proper there’s a really good place called Dutch’s Daughter (best filet I’ve ever had, and I’m including the famous snooty places in Baltimore, 😉 lol). My parents go there with various guests/friends/family, and everyone has always loved it. It’s an old mansion that was renovated into a resturaunt. They do private parties and weddings (20-300 people). 

    http://www.dutchsdaughter.com/events.htm

     

    My brother had his rehearsal dinner at Victoria Gastro Pub. It’s unique and the food was pretty good. I just got like a burger because it was a pre-selected menu for them. They have a lot of interesting things though. They had appetizers set out and such, like a cocktail hour. Their two rooms together can hold up to like 75 people I think.

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    Two other places I could think of…

    This place is in Olney. Another restored mansion. They do ceremonies and receptions, but they’re also just a regular restaurant. When I was there though I couldn’t eat anything because I was sick = But they do events and parties

    http://theinnatbrookevillefarms.com/The_Inn_at_Brookeville_Farms_Weddings.html

     

    This place is pretty good too, and I’ve seen them do private events… They’re kind of Eastern-Shore-y looking as far as decor goes though, if that makes sense. It might appear too informal. Dutch’s Daughter and Victoria Pub are both nice though. 

    http://www.annies.biz/pages/home/banquets-events.php

    It’s on Kent Island though, so maybe too far? 

     

     

    I can’t think of anything else off the top of my head right now…  That’s all I got that I’ve been to. You can probably google some stuff around here though! But I’m sure you can find something closer to DC or in like Alexandria or Arlington. I’m 25 mins south of Baltimore, so I’m a bit far from your range I think

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Ms.BlueEyesDC:  At Four Courts and Rooftop there is a free garage under the court house, about a block away. For Mad Hatter, we took metro, but there is street parking and paid garages. Old Ebbit has vallet.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Nick’s Riverside Grill down in Georgetown can do wedding receptions–I went to one there and it was really nice, beautiful view.  I’ve only been to Mad Hatter’s casually at the bar but I liked them.  Seconding Chef Geoff’s as well.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @Ms.BlueEyesDC:  I’ve only ever been to the one on New Mexico Ave (right next to AU), and it was good but I haven’t been back in a few years (moved from area)

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @Ms.BlueEyesDC:  Thats a bummer that the yelp reviews arent good :-/  it is one of my favorite places in DC and I have lived here my entire life!   The one downtown has an “atrium” area that can be used for private parties and the one in AU park has a private room as well.  We looked into using them and they were great about sticking with budget and had lots of options.

    Go for dinner sometime and check it out!  I reccoment the mac and cheese lollipops, the Ceaser Salad, their chips and pop corn… well actually — everything!

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I like the ideas of Clyde’s and Georgetown on the waterfront. Also, try looking at Hamilton, Clyde’s new restaurant downtown. Also, I don’t know what your budget is but 1789 is wonderful and also next door to that is F. Scott’s, which is beautiful and ONLY open for private events. It’s all art deco and really amazing. They even have a dance floor! You can PM me if you want more details on that. Parking in Georgetown might be a hassle and there is no metro (I went to Gtown, so I know the area pretty well) but you could make it work, I think sometimes they have valet parking available.

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