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

For when all the friends want to hang

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Large group dinners are fun, but they also require a bit more planning and preparation. When everyone RSVPs “yes” to the invite and suddenly the party has gone into 10-12 person territory, not every restaurant is equipped to meet the demand. From spots with platters of lumpia to rolling dim sum carts, shareable carnival-inspired bites, taco bars, and more, the D.C. venues on this map are here to help. Each eatery on this list either provides a large amount of seating, reservations for large parties, or festive menus that are ideal for sharing, no matter the season.

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Summer House Santa Monica

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With a sprawling, light-filled interior, this Bethesda spot is beloved for its brunch and dinner offerings alike. Whether you have a big party or an intimate gathering to plan, the full restaurant can be booked for larger groups; a banquette table in the main dining room is available for smaller parties. Summer House also offers full-service catering for off-site events, with menu choices like taco bars and sushi platters.

Hollywood East Cafe

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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.

Purple Patch

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With a large outdoor covered patio and a sizable indoor space with a separate area for larger parties, this Filipino mainstay is a solid choice for your group outing. Order platters of lumpia and pitchers of Palawan — a rum-based cocktail with pineapple and lemon, cream of coconut, and calamansi honey — for the table. 

Roofers Union

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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.

Roofers’ Union’s dining room complete with large picture windows, several tables, and a golden chandelier
The dining room at Roofers Union
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Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant

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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.

Dolce Vita Coastal Mediterranean Cuisine

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Dolce Vita has a large communal table near the bar that groups can reserve, outfitted with royal blue seating and built-in tubs on the table to keep your wine cold. The coastal Mediterranean eatery offers plenty of shareable dishes, including artichoke and tomato flatbread, Moroccan lamb shank, and seafood paella, just to name a few.

A look at the dining room and open kitchen at Dolce Vita.
A look at the dining room and open kitchen at Dolce Vita.
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St. Anselm

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This classic American tavern has a hidden gem in its Beefsteak Room, a unique private dining space that seats 18 and serves as a prime locale for special events. A menu full of blue crab deviled eggs, grilled okra, and lamb leg steak encourages sharing with friends.

St. Anselm’s sprawling dining room.
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Imperfecto

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West End’s Mediterranean-Latin hot spot offers a showy private dining room — recently graced by Bill Gates and other celebs — that is tailor made for a big group. It’s also open on Mondays, when many restaurants are closed.

Yardbird Table & Bar

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The popular Miami import is best known for comfort foods like its thick-battered fried chicken brined for 27 hours, buttermilk biscuits, and lobster mac and cheese. The eatery has two spacious patios, as well as plenty of indoor seating.

Boqueria

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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
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Zaytinya

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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]

Peter Chang

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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 Sichuan flavor master just planted his first flag in D.C. with the opening of Chang Chang in Dupont Circle.

The large selection of tables that make up the interior of Peter Chang in Arlington
The interior of Peter Chang in Arlington
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Carmine's

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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.

Ambar (Multiple Locations)

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Restaurateur Ivan Iricanin’s flagship Balkan restaurant got a recent renovation to the tune of a $3 million upgrade. A new pastel-hued, year-round rooftop patio joins a second-floor 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. Opt for a $49.99 all-you-can-eat small plates menu in D.C. and Clarendon, with a third location en route to Shaw.

Mi Vida Restaurante

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This modern Mexican standby along 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. Or check out the newly opened Logan Circle location for the same dishes, plus tequila flights and skewered snacks.

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]

Boardwalk Bar & Arcade

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Need lots of space for your function but still want a scenic view? Head to the Wharf’s Boardwalk Bar & Arcade. There’s 10,000 square feet to play with, complete with four event spaces, three bars, and plenty of Skee-Ball and games to keep groups entertained. The boardwalk-themed menu features chili dogs, corn dogs, and blackened mahi tacos, plus craft beers and colorful cocktails poured from 24 different tap lines. 

Osteria Morini

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This Italian favorite is a picturesque waterfront option for groups in the Navy Yard area. Make reservations for groups as large as 20 online and be sure to order the crostini and prosciutto e melone for the group.

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

Honey Pig BBQ

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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.

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Summer House Santa Monica

With a sprawling, light-filled interior, this Bethesda spot is beloved for its brunch and dinner offerings alike. Whether you have a big party or an intimate gathering to plan, the full restaurant can be booked for larger groups; a banquette table in the main dining room is available for smaller parties. Summer House also offers full-service catering for off-site events, with menu choices like taco bars and sushi platters.

Hollywood East Cafe

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.

Purple Patch

With a large outdoor covered patio and a sizable indoor space with a separate area for larger parties, this Filipino mainstay is a solid choice for your group outing. Order platters of lumpia and pitchers of Palawan — a rum-based cocktail with pineapple and lemon, cream of coconut, and calamansi honey — for the table. 

Roofers Union

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.

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.

Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant

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.

Dolce Vita Coastal Mediterranean Cuisine

Dolce Vita has a large communal table near the bar that groups can reserve, outfitted with royal blue seating and built-in tubs on the table to keep your wine cold. The coastal Mediterranean eatery offers plenty of shareable dishes, including artichoke and tomato flatbread, Moroccan lamb shank, and seafood paella, just to name a few.

A look at the dining room and open kitchen at Dolce Vita.
A look at the dining room and open kitchen at Dolce Vita.
Laura Chase de Formigny/Dolce Vita

St. Anselm

This classic American tavern has a hidden gem in its Beefsteak Room, a unique private dining space that seats 18 and serves as a prime locale for special events. A menu full of blue crab deviled eggs, grilled okra, and lamb leg steak encourages sharing with friends.

St. Anselm’s sprawling dining room.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Imperfecto

West End’s Mediterranean-Latin hot spot offers a showy private dining room — recently graced by Bill Gates and other celebs — that is tailor made for a big group. It’s also open on Mondays, when many restaurants are closed.

Yardbird Table & Bar

The popular Miami import is best known for comfort foods like its thick-battered fried chicken brined for 27 hours, buttermilk biscuits, and lobster mac and cheese. The eatery has two spacious patios, as well as plenty of indoor seating.

Boqueria

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

Zaytinya

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]

Peter Chang

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 Sichuan flavor master just planted his first flag in D.C. with the opening of Chang Chang in Dupont Circle.

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

Carmine's

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.

Ambar (Multiple Locations)

Restaurateur Ivan Iricanin’s flagship Balkan restaurant got a recent renovation to the tune of a $3 million upgrade. A new pastel-hued, year-round rooftop patio joins a second-floor 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. Opt for a $49.99 all-you-can-eat small plates menu in D.C. and Clarendon, with a third location en route to Shaw.

Mi Vida Restaurante

This modern Mexican standby along 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. Or check out the newly opened Logan Circle location for the same dishes, plus tequila flights and skewered snacks.

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]

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Boardwalk Bar & Arcade

Need lots of space for your function but still want a scenic view? Head to the Wharf’s Boardwalk Bar & Arcade. There’s 10,000 square feet to play with, complete with four event spaces, three bars, and plenty of Skee-Ball and games to keep groups entertained. The boardwalk-themed menu features chili dogs, corn dogs, and blackened mahi tacos, plus craft beers and colorful cocktails poured from 24 different tap lines. 

Osteria Morini

This Italian favorite is a picturesque waterfront option for groups in the Navy Yard area. Make reservations for groups as large as 20 online and be sure to order the crostini and prosciutto e melone for the group.

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

Honey Pig BBQ

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.

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