Question for Metrobloggers: private dining in DC?

This question has come up several times for me over the past year, and again recently: if you want to host a private dinner in DC, where do you call? A couple requirements:

  • “Banquet rooms” that hold large numbers (min. 20 ppl) don’t count.
  • “Private” demands privacy. For instance, the alcove at the Oval Room with a curtain that can be drawn doesn’t count.
  • It would be nice to identify a couple at different price points. It tends to be easy if you’re looking at spending $70-$100/person, but who’s got that kind of scratch?

If enough spots are identified – it’d be great to create a reference list for the future. You may only need one such venue per year, but it can be a total pain if there’s no good place to look if you’re not a professional meeting planner. Speaking of which – I did find this list (pdf) but it tends to cater to the catering customer.

10 Comments so far

  1. Robis (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 10:43 pm

    When you say “host a private dinner” but you don’t mean a banquet hall, what’s the actual range of people you’re thinking of?

  2. Krempasky (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 10:46 pm

    Let’s call it anywhere from 8-15. Basically, one or two tables of guests.

  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 11:21 pm

    I believe the Fillmore Room at the Boulevard Woodgrill can be private, with doors shut, and opened only for service.

  4. smouie kablooie (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 8:51 am

    that’s a pretty comprehensive list you already have. you had two of my suggestions already.

    i can add to his by noting the JW Marriott on Pennsylvania has a private dining room (I think they refer to it as a wine cellar) between their 1331 lounge and avenue grill.

  5. Tiffany (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 9:05 am

    The wine room at Galileo seats up to 16 or so.

  6. Be_stress-free (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    Try Urbana @ Hotel Palomar and Poste @ Hotel Monaco.

  7. Stacey (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 9:28 am

    Smith and Wollensky, Mr. K’s, Mortons, Daily Grill, David Greggory (little larger party).

  8. Don (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 10:37 am

    Acadiana has a back room that can apparently be partitioned into two rooms, one of which looks like a 8-25 capacity.

  9. Martha (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 4:11 pm

    There is a room at Zola’s that can be closed off and fits about 15 people. There is a smaller room at Poste (very cool) and also one at the Oval Room

  10. Jan Bridge (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 11:06 pm

    I am absolutely thrilled to recommend Harry’s Essential Grille at 8521 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182

    For a private party call 703.752.2693 and ask to speak with Chef William Conway. The room seated 22 very comfortably – but a party as small as 10 would not be lost in the room, and you might be able to go to as many as 30.

    My husband and I selected from the standard menu – two appetizers, three salad options, four entree selections, and four desserts – they printed a menu and our guests individualized their orders.

    Food was fantastic, service and presentation excellent. . . and all for about $40 a person

    Call Chef Conway today!!

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