clock menu more-arrow no yes
Stretchy queso fundido flecked with scallions and chorizo, being stretched up by a fork
Queso fundido from Mi Vida
Mi Vida [official photo]

15 D.C. Area Restaurants That Are Great for Big Groups

For when all the friends want to hang

View as Map
Queso fundido from Mi Vida
| Mi Vida [official photo]

When everyone says “Yes” to a dinner invite and groups quickly stretch into 10-12 person territory, not every restaurant is equipped to meet the demand. From places with sizzling fajita platters to rolling dim sum carts, lazy Susans, tables full of tapas, and a Balkan feast, the D.C. venues on this map are here to help. Every place on this list either provides a large amount of seating, reservations for large parties, or festive menus conducive to sharing.

Have another favorite group dining destination? Share in the comments.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hollywood East Cafe

Copy Link
11160 Veirs Mill Rd
Wheaton, MD 20902
(240) 290-9988
Visit Website

Wheaton’s popular dim sum restaurant is a great place for groups of friends to gather over dumplings, pan-fried taro cakes, shrimp toast, and fried wontons. Carts roll through the aisles on the weekends, but the dim sum menu is also available weekdays.

2. Roofers Union

Copy Link
2446 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-7663
Visit Website

This Adams Morgan restaurant full of craft beer, sausages, and sandwiches is very flexible about accepting large groups in its three-story complex. Parties of up to 10 people can book online, while groups of up to 20 can call the restaurant to reserve. — Lani Furbank

Roofers’ Union’s dining room complete with large picture windows, several tables, and a golden chandelier
The dining room at Roofers Union
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

3. Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant

Copy Link
1114-1118 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-8735
Visit Website

Ethiopian restaurants lend themselves to group dining with large sampler platters of vegetables, grilled meats, and stews served over injera. This U Street classic in D.C.’s Little Ethiopia corner is welcoming to large parties, is open late, and is a good option for a last-minute meal without a reservation.

4. Lauriol Plaza Restaurant

Copy Link
1835 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 387-0035
Visit Website

Lauriol Plaza has always been a popular group gathering place in D.C., and groups of more than 10 people can make reservations online. Though the restaurant is spacious, reservations are a good idea given its popularity for sizzling fajitas platters and swirled frozen margaritas.

A platter of shrimp fajitas with peppers on a cast iron skillet with a side of Mexican rice
Fajitas at Lauriol Plaza
Lauriol Plaza [official site]

5. Farmers Fishers Bakers

Copy Link
3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 298-8783
Visit Website

Reservations for groups of up to 20 can be made online at Farmers Fishers Bakers and sister restaurant Founding Farmers. Reservations can be made over the phone. There’s everything from tacos to salads to sushi — plus a view of the Georgetown waterfront. Brunch is popular here, as are tiki drinks.

An open-faced flour tortilla topped with bacon, guacamole, eggs and other breakfast fillings
Farmers Fishers Bakers breakfast taco
Farmers Fishers Bakers [official]

6. Boqueria

Copy Link
777 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 552-3268
Visit Website

Boqueria’s latest incarnation in Penn Quarter has 164 seats, and reservations for groups up to 20 can be made online. Both locations share menus that are festive for large groups, including a $42 unlimited tapas brunch, a suckling pig feast ($95 per person), and plenty of Spanish small plates.

Boquerias dining room, with pantry items and a leg of jamon on the back wall, a tapas counter to the left, and banquette seating to the right.
Inside Boqueria
R. Lopez/Eater DC

7. Zaytinya

Copy Link
701 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 638-0800
Visit Website

For diners interested in sharing small plates, José Andrés’s expansive Mediterranean restaurant in Penn Quarter takes online reservations of up to 11. Serving everything from seared octopus to fluffy pita bread, the longtime D.C. favorite is a crowd-pleaser, so it pays to plan ahead during busy times.

A flatbread flecked with cheese, chives, sausage and egg yolk
A flatbread from Zaytinya
Zaytinya [official photo]

8. Peter Chang

Copy Link
2503-E N Harrison St
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 538-6688
Visit Website

This Arlington Chinese food destination works well for groups because there are the large circular tables and borderline ridiculous portion sizes. Groups can come together over large plates of slippery Grandma’s noodles and crispy golden chicken.

The large selection of tables that make up the interior of Peter Chang in Arlington
The interior of Peter Chang in Arlington
R. Lopez/Eater DC

9. The Hamilton

Copy Link
600 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 787-1000
Visit Website

Almost comically-large with a prime location downtown, this restaurant from the group behind Clyde’s has a fittingly huge menu. There’s a full sushi bar, several sandwiches, fried chicken, and more.

View this post on Instagram

District Wings, please. #thehamiltondc #mumbosauce

A post shared by thehamiltondc (@thehamiltondc) on

10. The Smith (Multiple Locations)

Copy Link
901 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 868-4900
Visit Website

The Smith can accommodate up to 15 people in one party with an advance reservation (online or phone). The versatile menu of brasserie-style entrées, pastas, steaks, burgers, and salads should have an option to please everyone in the group. Its original location in D.C. has 200 seats. — Lani Furbank

Inside the Smith, with drop lighting, several tables, and patterned flooring.
The Smith DC dining room
The Smith [official photo]

11. Carmine's

Copy Link
425 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 737-7770
Visit Website

Behemoth platters of everything from chicken Parm to pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe make Carmine’s a place you don’t want to go without a large group in tow. With 700 seats, the Penn Quarter Italian place can handle a large dining party. There are several private room options as well.

View this post on Instagram

Oh, is that more lobster!

A post shared by Sarah Schoenfeld (@sarahuponthehill) on

12. Ambar (Multiple Locations)

Copy Link
523 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 813-3039
Visit Website

This Balkan small plates spot on Capitol Hill has a second floor which includes a balcony alcove with room for 12. At either location, plan to share a variety of meze, spreads, flatbreads, and pies as well as grilled meats, veggies, and seafood. There’s a $49 all-you-can-eat Balkan Experience menu ($35 in Arlington). — Lani Furbank

13. Mi Vida Restaurante

Copy Link
98 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 516-4656
Visit Website

This recent addition to the Southwest Waterfront has multiple patios, multiple bars, 400 seats, and several private dining spaces. Diners can make reservations for groups up to 10 online, or call for larger parties.

A cast-iron platter filled with queso fundido, flecked with chorizo and green onions and stretched with a fork. Tortillas appear on the side.
Queso fundido from La Vida
Mi Vida [official site]

14. Osteria Morini

Copy Link
301 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 484-0660
Visit Website

Recently reopened after a fire, Italian favorite Morini is a nice waterfront option for groups in the Navy Yard area. Make reservations for groups as large as 20 online.

Pasta flecked with small pieces of meat and red pepper
Pasta from Osteria Morini
Osteria Morini [official photo]

15. Honey Pig BBQ

Copy Link
7220-C Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 256-5229
Visit Website

Korean barbecue is ideal for communal group dining. With a huge space and hours that stretch into the early morning, Honey Pig is a favorite for crowds, especially those in search of a post-drinking feast.

Loading comments...

1. Hollywood East Cafe

11160 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902

Wheaton’s popular dim sum restaurant is a great place for groups of friends to gather over dumplings, pan-fried taro cakes, shrimp toast, and fried wontons. Carts roll through the aisles on the weekends, but the dim sum menu is also available weekdays.

11160 Veirs Mill Rd
Wheaton, MD 20902

2. Roofers Union

2446 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Roofers’ Union’s dining room complete with large picture windows, several tables, and a golden chandelier
The dining room at Roofers Union
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This Adams Morgan restaurant full of craft beer, sausages, and sandwiches is very flexible about accepting large groups in its three-story complex. Parties of up to 10 people can book online, while groups of up to 20 can call the restaurant to reserve. — Lani Furbank

2446 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant

1114-1118 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Ethiopian restaurants lend themselves to group dining with large sampler platters of vegetables, grilled meats, and stews served over injera. This U Street classic in D.C.’s Little Ethiopia corner is welcoming to large parties, is open late, and is a good option for a last-minute meal without a reservation.

1114-1118 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Lauriol Plaza Restaurant

1835 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
A platter of shrimp fajitas with peppers on a cast iron skillet with a side of Mexican rice
Fajitas at Lauriol Plaza
Lauriol Plaza [official site]

Lauriol Plaza has always been a popular group gathering place in D.C., and groups of more than 10 people can make reservations online. Though the restaurant is spacious, reservations are a good idea given its popularity for sizzling fajitas platters and swirled frozen margaritas.

1835 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

5. Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
An open-faced flour tortilla topped with bacon, guacamole, eggs and other breakfast fillings
Farmers Fishers Bakers breakfast taco
Farmers Fishers Bakers [official]

Reservations for groups of up to 20 can be made online at Farmers Fishers Bakers and sister restaurant Founding Farmers. Reservations can be made over the phone. There’s everything from tacos to salads to sushi — plus a view of the Georgetown waterfront. Brunch is popular here, as are tiki drinks.

3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

6. Boqueria

777 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Boquerias dining room, with pantry items and a leg of jamon on the back wall, a tapas counter to the left, and banquette seating to the right.
Inside Boqueria
R. Lopez/Eater DC

Boqueria’s latest incarnation in Penn Quarter has 164 seats, and reservations for groups up to 20 can be made online. Both locations share menus that are festive for large groups, including a $42 unlimited tapas brunch, a suckling pig feast ($95 per person), and plenty of Spanish small plates.

777 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Zaytinya

701 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
A flatbread flecked with cheese, chives, sausage and egg yolk
A flatbread from Zaytinya
Zaytinya [official photo]

For diners interested in sharing small plates, José Andrés’s expansive Mediterranean restaurant in Penn Quarter takes online reservations of up to 11. Serving everything from seared octopus to fluffy pita bread, the longtime D.C. favorite is a crowd-pleaser, so it pays to plan ahead during busy times.

701 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Peter Chang

2503-E N Harrison St, Arlington, VA 22207
The large selection of tables that make up the interior of Peter Chang in Arlington
The interior of Peter Chang in Arlington
R. Lopez/Eater DC

This Arlington Chinese food destination works well for groups because there are the large circular tables and borderline ridiculous portion sizes. Groups can come together over large plates of slippery Grandma’s noodles and crispy golden chicken.

2503-E N Harrison St
Arlington, VA 22207

9. The Hamilton

600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Almost comically-large with a prime location downtown, this restaurant from the group behind Clyde’s has a fittingly huge menu. There’s a full sushi bar, several sandwiches, fried chicken, and more.

600 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

10. The Smith (Multiple Locations)

901 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Inside the Smith, with drop lighting, several tables, and patterned flooring.
The Smith DC dining room
The Smith [official photo]

The Smith can accommodate up to 15 people in one party with an advance reservation (online or phone). The versatile menu of brasserie-style entrées, pastas, steaks, burgers, and salads should have an option to please everyone in the group. Its original location in D.C. has 200 seats. — Lani Furbank

901 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

11. Carmine's

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

Behemoth platters of everything from chicken Parm to pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe make Carmine’s a place you don’t want to go without a large group in tow. With 700 seats, the Penn Quarter Italian place can handle a large dining party. There are several private room options as well.

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

12. Ambar (Multiple Locations)

523 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

This Balkan small plates spot on Capitol Hill has a second floor which includes a balcony alcove with room for 12. At either location, plan to share a variety of meze, spreads, flatbreads, and pies as well as grilled meats, veggies, and seafood. There’s a $49 all-you-can-eat Balkan Experience menu ($35 in Arlington). — Lani Furbank

523 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

13. Mi Vida Restaurante

98 District Square SW, Washington, DC 20024
A cast-iron platter filled with queso fundido, flecked with chorizo and green onions and stretched with a fork. Tortillas appear on the side.
Queso fundido from La Vida
Mi Vida [official site]

This recent addition to the Southwest Waterfront has multiple patios, multiple bars, 400 seats, and several private dining spaces. Diners can make reservations for groups up to 10 online, or call for larger parties.

98 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

14. Osteria Morini

301 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Pasta flecked with small pieces of meat and red pepper
Pasta from Osteria Morini
Osteria Morini [official photo]

Recently reopened after a fire, Italian favorite Morini is a nice waterfront option for groups in the Navy Yard area. Make reservations for groups as large as 20 online.

301 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003

15. Honey Pig BBQ

7220-C Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003

Korean barbecue is ideal for communal group dining. With a huge space and hours that stretch into the early morning, Honey Pig is a favorite for crowds, especially those in search of a post-drinking feast.

7220-C Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003

Related Maps