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Navy Yard’s waterfront District Winery is a stunning spot to tie the knot.
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These D.C. Restaurants Transform Into Stylish Wedding Venues

16 places to eat and party properly

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Navy Yard’s waterfront District Winery is a stunning spot to tie the knot.
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Spring marks the surge of wedding season, which means thousands of couples across the D.C. region are preparing to say “I do.”

While there’s no shortage of event spaces here, restaurants can be a great option for nuptials because couples don’t have to compromise on the quality of food or drinks.

The following venues on this list score points for superior menu offerings, soaring views, and stylish decor. From cobblestone garden patios to a warehouse distillery in Ivy City, these restaurants and bars outshine the rest.

—Updated by Tierney Plumb

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Hook Hall

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Open since 2019, Park View’s sprawling beer garden doubles as a 12,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor private event space with cabanas, shuffleboard, and corn hole games. This is the venue for a warehouse-style wedding with an extra-large seating capacity and low event minimums. Usually bar tabs range from $4,000 to $8,000, depending on wedding size.

The interior at Hook Hall
Hook Hall boasts a soaring industrial-chic interior.
Hook Hall/official photo

No Goodbyes

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Chef Opie Crooks’s locavore-driven, lobby-level hotel restaurant in the lobby of an Adams Morgan church-turned-Line hotel is outfitted with large communal tables, brass accents, and stylish mohair couches. An original pipe organ-turned-dramatic chandelier hangs from its vaulted ceilings, making for a picturesque wedding for 450 across the 5,000-square-foot space.

No Goodbyes sits on the first floor of the Line hotel.
The Line/official photo

Roofers Union

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Roofers Union in Adams Morgan offers three levels of fun for a wedding. Start on the ground floor for a drinks reception for up to 50. The second floor dining room, big enough for 85 seated guests or 150 standing, can play host to the main event. Up high on the roof, up to 100 standing patrons (or 50 seated) can enjoy sweeping views of 18th Street NW.

Roofers Union
Roofers Union’s sun-drenched dining area.
Roofers Union/official photo

Seven Reasons

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Need a reason to book a wedding at Seven Reasons? In addition to the critically acclaimed food from Venezuelan-born chef Enrique Limardo, there’s an incredible indoor-outdoor aesthetic between two floors. The space, including its cozy and secluded second floor patio, can accommodate 115 seats or 140 people for a reception-style wedding. Event minimums for food and drink range between $20,000 to $30,000. U2 frontman Bono recently hosted a glitzy birthday dinner for U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

The bar at Seven Reasons.
The jungle-themed bar at Seven Reasons.
Seven Reasons/official photo

City Winery

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This Ivy City venue is a winery, restaurant, and music space all in one, which makes it a versatile spot to tie the knot. There are six private rooms and four semi-private rooms available, plus a rooftop bar featuring an arched patio blanketed with vines.

The rooftop patio at City Winery
Flowers perch on wine barrels at City Winery’s rooftop patio.
City Winery/official photo

One Eight Distilling

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This distillery, tasting room, and bar offers multiple private event spaces. The main tasting room can host up to 100 standing. But there’s also a hidden second floor space that can fit an extra 120 for a meal or mixed use, and the whiskey production space can accommodate 150 standing.

One Eight Exterior
One Eight Distilling’s facade.
One Eight/official photo

Big Bear Cafe

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Big Bear Cafe is fit for intimate weddings. The menu is seasonal, and much of the produce comes from the herb-filled patio garden, which also makes for the perfect wedding backdrop. On-site ceremonies for up to 90 guests are available for a $500 fee, and can be held indoors on its second-floor space or outdoors on its romantic cobblestone patio.

The exterior at Big Bear
The vine-adorned patio at Big Bear.
Big Bear Cafe/official photo

Dacha Loft

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The Dacha Loft, the adjacent space above Shaw’s Dacha Beer Garden, is well equipped to host rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, bridal showers, and corporate events. The brick-lined perch also houses a curated selection of glossy artwork.

Dacha Loft can host sit-down and standing soirees.
Dacha Loft/official photo

Iron Gate Restaurant

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Executive chef Anthony Chittum can prepare a three-course, family-style seated meal in the garden for 50 or a cocktail reception for 75. The dining room, once horse stables for a general in the Civil War, seats 48. The entire restaurant holds 100 seated and 120 standing. The menu is made up of Greek and Italian dishes but can be customized to include small plates and vegetarian options.

The brick patio at Iron Gate
Historic details are aplenty at Iron Gate.
Iron Gate/official photo

Greenhouse

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If money is no object, consider booking this posh new replacement to Michelin-rated Plume inside The Jefferson Hotel. The colonial revival space requires a $22,500 food and beverage minimum, with the option to do a cocktail reception at Quill, the hotel’s lobby bar.

The interior at Plume
The Greenhouse’s elaborate dining room.
Greenhouse/official photo

Reverie

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With an open kitchen and a peaceful backyard patio tucked at the end of a cobblestone walkway, chef Johnny Spero’s New American-style restaurant that just got its first Michelin star makes for an excellent Georgetown wedding destination.

A look inside Reverie’s kitchen.
A modern open kitchen is the focal point at Reverie.
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Sequoia DC

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Situated on the banks of the Potomac River, this scenic and newly renovated American restaurant at Georgetown Harbor is a popular pick for weddings. A unique lighting installation from Japanese artist Hitoshi Kuriyama provides an illuminating backdrop at night.

Sequoia’s soaring interior.
Sequoia/official photo

Maketto

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Maketto offers all the hip vibes one would expect from stylish chef Erik Bruner-Yang and his team. Where else serves its guests Taiwanese fried chicken? The indoor space and outdoor plant-filled courtyard can easily accommodate modest or medium-sized weddings.

A look inside Maketto
Maketto’s revamped rooftop draws inspiration from a faraway vacation.
Maketto/official photo

Zaytinya

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José Andrés’s Zaytinya has several event spaces, but it can hold more than 200 people if the whole restaurant is rented out. The menu offers family-style plates of Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese dishes.

Zaytinya’s facade
Zaytinya is a Penn Quarter staple.
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Officina

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On the Wharf, Nicholas Stefanelli’s classic Italian trattoria offers rooftop views overlooking the Potomac River. The terrace is modeled after a restaurant and cafe in Rome, and it can hold 100 to 150 standing guests for a cocktail reception. Meanwhile, a full restaurant buyout is possible for an extra-large wedding (combined, the three stories can host 500 people). Large-scale buyouts range from $20,000 to $25,000. Stefanelli’s downtown Greek showpiece Philotimo and NoMa’s Michelin-rated Masseria also offer full buyouts for weddings.

The outdoor patio at Officina
The airy rooftop patio at Officina.
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District Winery

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Couples who hate organizing the details and love drinking wine can choose from one of District Winery’s set packages, which come with a dedicated events manager. This is also the spot where President Barack Obama officiated a wedding for two of his former staffers.

A wedding at District Winery
District Winery offers waterfront views and modern vibes.
District Winery/official photo

Hook Hall

The interior at Hook Hall
Hook Hall boasts a soaring industrial-chic interior.
Hook Hall/official photo

Open since 2019, Park View’s sprawling beer garden doubles as a 12,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor private event space with cabanas, shuffleboard, and corn hole games. This is the venue for a warehouse-style wedding with an extra-large seating capacity and low event minimums. Usually bar tabs range from $4,000 to $8,000, depending on wedding size.

The interior at Hook Hall
Hook Hall boasts a soaring industrial-chic interior.
Hook Hall/official photo

No Goodbyes

No Goodbyes sits on the first floor of the Line hotel.
The Line/official photo

Chef Opie Crooks’s locavore-driven, lobby-level hotel restaurant in the lobby of an Adams Morgan church-turned-Line hotel is outfitted with large communal tables, brass accents, and stylish mohair couches. An original pipe organ-turned-dramatic chandelier hangs from its vaulted ceilings, making for a picturesque wedding for 450 across the 5,000-square-foot space.

No Goodbyes sits on the first floor of the Line hotel.
The Line/official photo

Roofers Union

Roofers Union
Roofers Union’s sun-drenched dining area.
Roofers Union/official photo

Roofers Union in Adams Morgan offers three levels of fun for a wedding. Start on the ground floor for a drinks reception for up to 50. The second floor dining room, big enough for 85 seated guests or 150 standing, can play host to the main event. Up high on the roof, up to 100 standing patrons (or 50 seated) can enjoy sweeping views of 18th Street NW.

Roofers Union
Roofers Union’s sun-drenched dining area.
Roofers Union/official photo

Seven Reasons

The bar at Seven Reasons.
The jungle-themed bar at Seven Reasons.
Seven Reasons/official photo

Need a reason to book a wedding at Seven Reasons? In addition to the critically acclaimed food from Venezuelan-born chef Enrique Limardo, there’s an incredible indoor-outdoor aesthetic between two floors. The space, including its cozy and secluded second floor patio, can accommodate 115 seats or 140 people for a reception-style wedding. Event minimums for food and drink range between $20,000 to $30,000. U2 frontman Bono recently hosted a glitzy birthday dinner for U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

The bar at Seven Reasons.
The jungle-themed bar at Seven Reasons.
Seven Reasons/official photo

City Winery

The rooftop patio at City Winery
Flowers perch on wine barrels at City Winery’s rooftop patio.
City Winery/official photo

This Ivy City venue is a winery, restaurant, and music space all in one, which makes it a versatile spot to tie the knot. There are six private rooms and four semi-private rooms available, plus a rooftop bar featuring an arched patio blanketed with vines.

The rooftop patio at City Winery
Flowers perch on wine barrels at City Winery’s rooftop patio.
City Winery/official photo

One Eight Distilling

One Eight Exterior
One Eight Distilling’s facade.
One Eight/official photo

This distillery, tasting room, and bar offers multiple private event spaces. The main tasting room can host up to 100 standing. But there’s also a hidden second floor space that can fit an extra 120 for a meal or mixed use, and the whiskey production space can accommodate 150 standing.

One Eight Exterior
One Eight Distilling’s facade.
One Eight/official photo

Big Bear Cafe

The exterior at Big Bear
The vine-adorned patio at Big Bear.
Big Bear Cafe/official photo

Big Bear Cafe is fit for intimate weddings. The menu is seasonal, and much of the produce comes from the herb-filled patio garden, which also makes for the perfect wedding backdrop. On-site ceremonies for up to 90 guests are available for a $500 fee, and can be held indoors on its second-floor space or outdoors on its romantic cobblestone patio.

The exterior at Big Bear
The vine-adorned patio at Big Bear.
Big Bear Cafe/official photo

Dacha Loft

Dacha Loft can host sit-down and standing soirees.
Dacha Loft/official photo

The Dacha Loft, the adjacent space above Shaw’s Dacha Beer Garden, is well equipped to host rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, bridal showers, and corporate events. The brick-lined perch also houses a curated selection of glossy artwork.

Dacha Loft can host sit-down and standing soirees.
Dacha Loft/official photo

Iron Gate Restaurant

The brick patio at Iron Gate
Historic details are aplenty at Iron Gate.
Iron Gate/official photo

Executive chef Anthony Chittum can prepare a three-course, family-style seated meal in the garden for 50 or a cocktail reception for 75. The dining room, once horse stables for a general in the Civil War, seats 48. The entire restaurant holds 100 seated and 120 standing. The menu is made up of Greek and Italian dishes but can be customized to include small plates and vegetarian options.

The brick patio at Iron Gate
Historic details are aplenty at Iron Gate.
Iron Gate/official photo

Greenhouse

The interior at Plume
The Greenhouse’s elaborate dining room.
Greenhouse/official photo

If money is no object, consider booking this posh new replacement to Michelin-rated Plume inside The Jefferson Hotel. The colonial revival space requires a $22,500 food and beverage minimum, with the option to do a cocktail reception at Quill, the hotel’s lobby bar.

The interior at Plume
The Greenhouse’s elaborate dining room.
Greenhouse/official photo

Reverie

A look inside Reverie’s kitchen.
A modern open kitchen is the focal point at Reverie.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

With an open kitchen and a peaceful backyard patio tucked at the end of a cobblestone walkway, chef Johnny Spero’s New American-style restaurant that just got its first Michelin star makes for an excellent Georgetown wedding destination.

A look inside Reverie’s kitchen.
A modern open kitchen is the focal point at Reverie.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Sequoia DC

Sequoia’s soaring interior.
Sequoia/official photo

Situated on the banks of the Potomac River, this scenic and newly renovated American restaurant at Georgetown Harbor is a popular pick for weddings. A unique lighting installation from Japanese artist Hitoshi Kuriyama provides an illuminating backdrop at night.

Sequoia’s soaring interior.
Sequoia/official photo

Maketto

A look inside Maketto
Maketto’s revamped rooftop draws inspiration from a faraway vacation.
Maketto/official photo

Maketto offers all the hip vibes one would expect from stylish chef Erik Bruner-Yang and his team. Where else serves its guests Taiwanese fried chicken? The indoor space and outdoor plant-filled courtyard can easily accommodate modest or medium-sized weddings.