Ask Amanda: Where To Book A Rehearsal Dinner

Following my Ask Amanda post on graduation dinners, I got quite a few requests for rehearsal dinner/wedding dinner suggestions.

Chester writes:
"I am wondering if you can pass along any ideas for a great rehearsal dinner space. For ours, we will be about 40-45 people and enjoy all types of cuisines."

Many of the same places mentioned in the previous post would fit perfectly here as well: Ardeo+Bardeo with its tucked away rooftop patio and seating for 40, Oyamel's colorful private room for up to 50, and Poste with private rooms that can fit up to 45 guests.

A few tips: Remember that (for the right price) many restaurants are available to buy-out for an evening. And consider restaurants within hotels, which are often set up to handle private parties for hotel guests or local patrons.

Here are a few more ideas for accommodating parties of 40 or more:

Art & Soul: For a Southern-inspired meal, look into the private party options at Art Smith's Capitol Hill restaurant. The patio can fit up to 150 and there's also a hotel rooftop pool area available for parties.

Bibiana: Make it an Italian feast in the private room, which seats about 50.

Brabo: In Alexandria's Lorien Hotel, Robert Wiedmaier's restaurant can do large parties in a variety of locations, including the outdoor terrace.

DC Coast: For a classic mid-Atlantic meal, the Wine Room at DC Coast seats up to 50.

Equinox and Watershed: Todd Gray's restaurants offer plenty of spaces to host a private dinner

Sonoma: For a casual affair, check out the options at Capitol Hill's Sonoma. The upstairs is a great spot for private events.

Tabard Inn: This historic Dupont hotel is a popular spot for hosting private events.

Westend Bistro:  Eric Ripert's restaurant in the Ritz can seat 40 guests in a semi-private dining area in front of the kitchen.

Had a great rehearsal dinner experience in DC? Let us know about it in t he comments.

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Anonymous said...

We had over 60 guests at our rehearsal dinner at Acadiana. It was a great experience - big room with lots of space to mingle/kids to run around, efficient waiters and bartender, delicious food.

Missy said...

We had a great experience at Jaleo Crystal City. Our dinner was about 35 people, and there was no extra charge for the private dining space (obscured with a curtain and very pretty).

There were lots of options for tapas/paella (dramatic presentation), and they bring out a TON of food. And while they advertise/push drink packages, we were able to get something more reasonable (wine/beer with a set amount of sangria) which helped us keep the cost down. Even the less adventurous loved it.

Heather said...

I attended a great rehaearsal dinner for about 40-50 at Finemondo (www.finemondo.com).

Leslie said...

Great article. Any suggestions for Old Town Alexandria?

Anonymous said...

We did a family only rehearsal dinner at Vinoteca, and it was amazing and very reasonably priced. They gave us the top floor of the restaurant, created a custom menu, and made the entire event really intimate and special. We loved it!

Anonymous said...

I second Acadiana. We had an engagement party for about 60 people there and it was fabulous! The staff and food were amazing and there was lots of room to mingle.

Anonymous said...

Rosemary and Thyme! That's where we had ours in 2007. Terrific!

Amanda @ Metrocurean said...

Nice ideas from commenters: Acadiana, Jaleo, Finemondo, Vinoteca, Rosemary's Thyme. Leslie: Brabo is in Old Town. Or if it's a small affair, see if Eve could accommodate.

Anonymous said...

My cousin rented out Petit Plats in Woodley Park for a brunch the morning after their wedding. It was easy for folks staying at the Omni hotel in that area.

Leslie said...

Thanks Amanda. I have an appointment with Brabo tomorrow. Also will check out Eve and Morrison House. Love your site.

Mr. J said...

We had our rehearsal dinner at Wildfire in Tyson's Corner. I know it's a chain, but they certainly pride themselves on quality food. We had somewhere between 40-50 people, the food was great, and they even were able to accommodate a vegetarian guest with more than a salad. Following rehearsal, other family and friends met us at their bar, and we closed the place down.

Anonymous said...

Is there any venues for 150+ attendees for a wedding reception? Preferably in Old Town but DC works also...