It’s already October, which is when private dining rooms start to book up fast for the holidays (particularly when it comes to private events). As families and companies weighs options for Thanksgiving dinners or Chrismahanukwanzakah parties, consider these options for private rooms in D.C.Read More
D.C.’s Top Destinations for Private Dining
When dining with the masses just won't do
The Imperial’s team just converted and expanded the old Dram & Grain space into a candle-lit hideaway called The Cellar. Up to 75 guests at a time can feast on oysters and seafood towers near a fireplace.
Lyle Washington DC
Opened in April 2021, Lyle Hotel in Dupont offers seven different options for private dining. Opt for an intimate, 12-person dinner in Lyle’s private dining room to a 70-person reception in the Drawing Room.
At Logan Circle’s Mexican restaurant, the lower-level Mezcal Room is a stylish subterranean spot for a private event. It can accommodate 55 for dinner, 70 for the bar and dinner, and 80 for a standing reception.
Rasika West End
To really impress, check out Rasika's chef's table, where President Obama celebrated a birthday. It can seat 10 to 12. Additional private dining spaces include the The Library, which can seat 42 to 50, and the Garden Room, which hosts 10 to 12 diners.
Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar
The handsome dining room at Dupont Circle’s destination for ceviche includes two private dining rooms. Outfitted with built-in screens and LCD projectors; each one can host 20 people.
SHŌTŌ Washington DC
Tucked past the wine and sake cellar at downtown’s modern Japanese izakaya, this opulent private dining room lined with museum-quality artifacts offers one long table for 40. The room can also be split into two seating areas.
Fiola Mare on the Georgetown waterfront has multiple private dining rooms and has become a go-to for the area's political crowd.
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
This D.C. power spot has three private dining rooms. The Gigi Room, the largest room, can accommodate 112 seated people or 200 people reception style. The South Beach Room — with its black lacquer millwork, leopard print carpeting, and retro-style chandelier — includes ornamental glass doors that reveal or conceal the bar below, fitting up to 30 seated individuals.
H Street’s German standby for steins, pub grub, and the largest outdoor patio on the strip can accommodate events for 40 to 400. The sprawling setup includes five bars, fire pits, over 20 TVs, and a rooftop deck suited for sit-down dinners or standing receptions.
The year-old Italian showpiece has two private dining spaces that can be combined to accommodate 70 seated or 110 standing. They’re called The Galleria as a nod to their collections of local and international art, complete with a private entrance and bathrooms down a VIP hallway.
The latest addition to Daikaya Group specializes in wafu (Japanese-style) Italian noodle dishes and pizza. The upstairs level is ideal for private parties, complete with horigotatsu-style dining (a traditional Japanese table that’s low to the ground with a recessed floor so the legs can stretch down). In addition to the upstairs level, the entire restaurant can be rented out.
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Old Ebbitt Grill
One of D.C.'s classic restaurants has a private dining room paneled in mahogany that can handle 50 people seated or about 75 standing people. Just make sure everyone has an appetite for Old Ebbitt's famous oysters.
Carmine's has a whopping nine private dining rooms, advertising rooms for anywhere from 15 to 700 people.
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
Oyamel offers customized menus at its private dining spaces, including a Butterfly Table alcove that seats 10 and the fully-private Escondido Room, with room for a seated dinner for 40 people.
Charlie Palmer Steak
One of Capitol Hill's top destinations for private dining, the renovated steakhouse has multiple options for rental, including the coveted terrace and rooftop spaces.
The three-level complex at the Wharf has plenty of options for private events, from the 12-seat private dining room overlooking the water to a very chic rooftop events space complete with fire pits and stellar views that can accommodate up to 60 people.
Crazy Aunt Helen's
The color-soaked Capitol Hill diner has an upstairs Peacock Room that seats up to 55 for a private dinner or 75 people for a standing reception, plus a full bar and stage for performances or karaoke or presentations. Book one of its frequent entertainers like Drag Queen Tara Hoot and DJ Phil Reese to liven up the event.
Mi Vida Restaurante
Mi Vida has multiple private and semi-private spaces and special menus for private dining on the Wharf, including an 11,000-square-foot space offering panoramic views of the Potomac River. And the new Mi Via along 14th Street NW has a plaster-framed Hacienda room that serves as a private events perch up top.
District Winery’s new 40-person private event space, The Portrait Room, offers patio access and full waterfront views. Choose between three packages: a dinner Menu, plated brunch or a private wine tasting.