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Rose's Luxury
Rose's Luxury
R. Lopez

A Dozen Places With Affordable Family-Style Dining Deals

A dozen restaurants where eating with a group saves everyone some dough.

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Rose's Luxury
| R. Lopez

Dining in pairs may be somewhat romantic, and it's certainly easier to logistically to snag a table. But when dining out with a posse, it often becomes cheaper per person — and that can offset the headache of finding enough elbow room to enjoy the shared meal.

Enter the family-style restaurant. Visit any of these places to get a better value than eating solo — but keep in mind that some require advanced notice for big parties. These deals feed people for as little as around $5 per person, and none more than $20 per person.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Purple Patch

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3155 Mount Pleasant St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 299-0022
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The portions at this Filipino restaurant are large, so get the escabeche ($22) and an order of pancit ($13). This will definitely feed 3 people for about $12 per person. [Photo: Facebook]

2. Rose's Luxury

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717 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 580-8889
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For those who can stomach the wait, Rose's Luxury has two family-style dining options on their menu. The brisket with Texas toast and a side comes in at $29 and feeds 4-5 people (about $6 per person) and the Korean catfish is $28 and feeds the same number of crew. [Photo: Facebook]

3. Steel Plate

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3523 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
(202) 290-2310
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For those who want to enjoy an entire animal, Brookland's Steel Plate offers a whole animal service. The slow cooked lamb in yogurt serves up to 14 people and costs $275, which is less than $20 per person. The restaurant needs five days of notice. [Photo: Facebook]

4. Guapo's

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4515 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 686-3588
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This chain's rotisserie menu is where the deal is. For $16.50, diners can get a whole chicken, fries and two sides. And this is enough food to feed at least three people (less than $6 per person), depending on the appetites. [Photo: Facebook]

5. Kochix

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400 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 232-3468
This Korean chain in Shaw is kind of like Bonchon Chicken. For $39.99, diners can order 20 wings and 9 drum sticks, which will feed at least four people for $10 without sides. [Photo: Facebook]

6. The Partisan

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709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 524-5322
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At this Penn Quarter restaurant, the full rotisserie chicken is $28 serves up to 4, which is a deal of $7 per eater. And the "pig feast" is an epic meal with a pig's head, sausage, ribs and a whole host of other delights. It's $120 but it comfortably serves six people, so that's $20 a head. [Photo: Facebook]

7. The Pig

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1320 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 290-2821
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Because one course is just not enough. The Logan Circle meat-centric restaurant has a "suckling pig composition", which is a "head to toe suckling pig board" with roasted carrots and farrow. This is great for at least two people to share and costs $30. [Photo: Facebook]

8. Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant

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1825 Connecticut Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-8466
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Like Carmine's, this is an Italian restaurant that likes to go big or go home. When guests order a dish "Buca large", then it'll serve 4 or more people. The "Buca large" eggplant parm is only $34 ($8.50 per person) and many of its other large dishes are less than $40. Makes it easy for a group to enjoy several things at once. [Photo: Yelp]

9. Carmine's

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425 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 737-7770
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Small plates this is not. The Penn Quarter restaurant calls itself a "family style Italian restaurant" and the portions it serves are large and affordable. The meatballs are covered in sauce on a large plate for less than $30, which is the same deal for the restaurant's epic and very popular lasagna. Many of the dishes are priced below $30 and many of the appetizers are less than $20. And all will satisfy the cravings of a small family.

[Photo: Official]

10. Queen Of Sheba Restaurant

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1503 9th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 232-7788
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Ethiopian food is all about sharing. And sharing is caring. The beef tibs (beef cooked in a tomato-based stew) is $12.95 and comes with many disks of injera, plus lentils and vegetables. This is enough for two people right there, which means it's less than $7 per person. And if the group goes strictly vegetarian, everyone can eat for less than $6 a person with the restaurant's many large vegetarian options. [Photo: Facebook]

11. Maketto

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1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 838-9972
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It's kind of like chicken and waffles, but so much better. The Taiwanese fried chicken comes with two large pieces of fried chicken on top of bread to soak up the sweet, syrupy sauce. It's enough food for two people to enjoy over dinner. And at $25 for the dish, it's only $12.50 a person. [Photo: Facebook]

12. Super Chicken

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422 S Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 538-5366
While places like The Partisan has a fancy take on Peruvian chicken, the area's casual Peruvian chicken joints are always a reliable option for affordable family-style eating. A whole chicken with two sides and six cans of soda is $22.49, which can generously feed a family of four for $5.60 a person.

[Photo: Kym T/Foursquare]

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1. Purple Patch

3155 Mount Pleasant St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
The portions at this Filipino restaurant are large, so get the escabeche ($22) and an order of pancit ($13). This will definitely feed 3 people for about $12 per person. [Photo: Facebook]
3155 Mount Pleasant St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

2. Rose's Luxury

717 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
For those who can stomach the wait, Rose's Luxury has two family-style dining options on their menu. The brisket with Texas toast and a side comes in at $29 and feeds 4-5 people (about $6 per person) and the Korean catfish is $28 and feeds the same number of crew. [Photo: Facebook]
717 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

3. Steel Plate

3523 12th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20017
For those who want to enjoy an entire animal, Brookland's Steel Plate offers a whole animal service. The slow cooked lamb in yogurt serves up to 14 people and costs $275, which is less than $20 per person. The restaurant needs five days of notice. [Photo: Facebook]
3523 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

4. Guapo's

4515 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
This chain's rotisserie menu is where the deal is. For $16.50, diners can get a whole chicken, fries and two sides. And this is enough food to feed at least three people (less than $6 per person), depending on the appetites. [Photo: Facebook]
4515 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

5. Kochix

400 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
This Korean chain in Shaw is kind of like Bonchon Chicken. For $39.99, diners can order 20 wings and 9 drum sticks, which will feed at least four people for $10 without sides. [Photo: Facebook]
400 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. The Partisan

709 D St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
At this Penn Quarter restaurant, the full rotisserie chicken is $28 serves up to 4, which is a deal of $7 per eater. And the "pig feast" is an epic meal with a pig's head, sausage, ribs and a whole host of other delights. It's $120 but it comfortably serves six people, so that's $20 a head. [Photo: Facebook]
709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

7. The Pig

1320 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Because one course is just not enough. The Logan Circle meat-centric restaurant has a "suckling pig composition", which is a "head to toe suckling pig board" with roasted carrots and farrow. This is great for at least two people to share and costs $30. [Photo: Facebook]
1320 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

8. Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant

1825 Connecticut Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009
Like Carmine's, this is an Italian restaurant that likes to go big or go home. When guests order a dish "Buca large", then it'll serve 4 or more people. The "Buca large" eggplant parm is only $34 ($8.50 per person) and many of its other large dishes are less than $40. Makes it easy for a group to enjoy several things at once. [Photo: Yelp]
1825 Connecticut Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009

9. Carmine's

425 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Small plates this is not. The Penn Quarter restaurant calls itself a "family style Italian restaurant" and the portions it serves are large and affordable. The meatballs are covered in sauce on a large plate for less than $30, which is the same deal for the restaurant's epic and very popular lasagna. Many of the dishes are priced below $30 and many of the appetizers are less than $20. And all will satisfy the cravings of a small family.

[Photo: Official]

425 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

10. Queen Of Sheba Restaurant

1503 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Ethiopian food is all about sharing. And sharing is caring. The beef tibs (beef cooked in a tomato-based stew) is $12.95 and comes with many disks of injera, plus lentils and vegetables. This is enough for two people right there, which means it's less than $7 per person. And if the group goes strictly vegetarian, everyone can eat for less than $6 a person with the restaurant's many large vegetarian options. [Photo: Facebook]
1503 9th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

11. Maketto

1351 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
It's kind of like chicken and waffles, but so much better. The Taiwanese fried chicken comes with two large pieces of fried chicken on top of bread to soak up the sweet, syrupy sauce. It's enough food for two people to enjoy over dinner. And at $25 for the dish, it's only $12.50 a person. [Photo: Facebook]
1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

12. Super Chicken

422 S Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046
While places like The Partisan has a fancy take on Peruvian chicken, the area's casual Peruvian chicken joints are always a reliable option for affordable family-style eating. A whole chicken with two sides and six cans of soda is $22.49, which can generously feed a family of four for $5.60 a person.

[Photo: Kym T/Foursquare]

422 S Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046

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