Post # 1
Hello ladies! I’m new to this thing. Just got engaged 2 weeks ago, and am planning a fall wedding for next year. We haven’t decided if we’re going to get married in DC or Baltimore, but we have decided that our ideal reception size is under 100 people; 80 would be great.
I just moved to DC from NYC, so I’m not too knowledgeable on the restaurant scene. We are both foodies, so good, innovative food is a must! I’m not entirely sure what the budget is just yet; waiting on ideas before we come up with a solid number.
Anywhere in the city is fine.
Post # 3
Here are some suggestions you can check out:
- Resturant Nora
- Pizza Italia Resturant
- Willow Resturant
- Mrs K’s Toll House Resturant
- Old Ebbitt Grill
- The Occidental Resturant
- Sequoia Resturant
- Boulevard Woodgrill
- Harvest Moon Resturant
- Chef Geoff’s Resturant
Hope this helps! Congratualtions & Happy Planning!
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
Tabard Inn patio. mmm tabard inn brunch, nommm.
Post # 7
Fillomenas in Georgetown is Delish and I think they have a back room. Oya also have a prive room its french/asian fusion near Chinatown and also quite yummy. Good luck!
Post # 8
THE SOURCE is the absolute best restaurant in DC, imo 🙂 very modern, a little pricey though. their lamb chops are to die for. its run by wolfgang puck. def check it out!
Post # 9
Rock Creek in Mazza and Bethesda
Post # 10
Check out clyde’s – they have private rooms, the food is pretty decent and very reasonably priced. We considered Clyde’s in Gallery Place but ultimately decided on the Capitol Hill Club because it was closer to the church. They also have a couple of other locations in Bethesda and in Tysons that have very nice facilities as well.
Post # 11
I’m having my small reception at Charlie Palmer Steak, located right across from the Capitol. The place is beautiful and they have a number of different options depending on the size of your event and your price range. I’m having a very small reception (50 people) and am using two of their private rooms, one for the cocktail hour and one for the dinner. The best part of this set up is that they do not charge a room rental fee. They also offer an option for medium size events on the 5th floor of the building with a beautiful patio that offers a view of the Capitol. There is a fee for this space, but if I remember correctly, it was not as much as the charge I found at other restaurants. And finally, they have a huge roof-top option with an amazing view of the entire mall. This would be for large events and also comes with a larger rental feel. This place definitely offers the “DC experience” for guests.
Another place I looked into was Corduroy. This is one of my favorite restaurants and consistently has amazing food. There you can rent out the entire restaurant or just one of the two floors. I believe they do not charge a rental fee, per se, but did require a minium of $12K in food and beverage costs. Which would not be difficult if you had a larger party. The place also would not require extensive decoration.
If you want to contact me, I can see if I can find the intial paperwork I was provided by each of these places.
Post # 12
I think a LOT of this is going to depend on a) budget and b) location. DC is not all that big but it is hard to navigate so you are likely going to want to choose a location that is central to the ceremony/reception sites (assuming that is where Out of Town guests will be staying.) Also, if you are like me you may run into some serious sticker shock in DC.
I am a big fan of Yelp and TripAdvisor. If you find a spot in any price range that is consistently rated well on both of those sites, then typically it is a solid spot.
For what it’s worth, one of my personal faves in DC is Oya! Super modern and chic.
@JAO – Waaa, I soooo want to do my Welcome Party at Corduroy, but I want to treat my guests and 12K for the night before party just ain’t gonna happen.
Post # 13
Maybe Equinox on Connecticut near Farragut? They have really nice food and apparently can hold around 100 people if you rent out the whole restaurant. http://www.equinoxrestaurant.com