Washington DC is a city that has seen an incredible transformation in its food culture over the past two decades. From classic to contemporary, the city has something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a place to host a corporate event or a rehearsal dinner, there are countless options available in Washington DC. From Compass Rose Bar & Kitchen to Café Riggs, here are 19 places to start for your private dining experience.
Compass Rose Bar & Kitchen- This contemporary spot run by a chef offers an authentic dining experience with regional curry, tandoori, sawa and other tasty dishes from the subcontinent.
Private functions are frequently held here, with several space options available, both private and semi-private, such as The Library, with a capacity for 36 people, the Garden room, with capacity for 12 people, or the Chef's Table room, with capacity for 12 people (where Barack Obama called when he turned 52).
CIRCA- All CIRCA locations (two of which are in DC) offer private dining space available these days. The menu is seasonal and the wine list is long, so no matter how many times you organize an event here, you'll always have the opportunity to mix up the order. The private dining room seats 14 people and is located next to an impressive wine cellar, making it an intimate and sophisticated private dining experience.Rasika West End - If you're in the mood for contemporary New American cuisine, this is a popular dining topic among DC locals. The dishes are meant to be shared in this pleasant environment, with delicious options such as raspberry-tipped oysters with champagne mignonette, mushroom pasta with chardonnay sauce, or a cassoulet-style candied duck.
Pair it all with Rasika's bespoke craft cocktails for an unforgettable experience. Choose between two private rooms for up to 40 of your closest friends.
RPM Italian- Joining the list of best Mediterranean food in DC is RPM Italian. The restaurant can create a private and intimate dining experience for 8 people or, if you want to go big, for 300 people (with a full purchase). Enjoy large-scale Italian photography behind a curtain with stainless steel beads or sit for 40 people (80 people standing) under 13-foot ceilings next to giant windows.
Corduroy- If you're looking for exceptional farm-to-table food, Corduroy would be a great choice for your next private dining event.
The New American menu has delicious options such as wood-fired pizzas, homemade pasta, and a much appreciated bread service. There are two private rooms available for up to 40 guests.
Modena- It's La Dolce Vita in Modena! Enjoy an authentic Italian experience with dishes such as burrata with prosciutto di Parma or tagliatelle al ragu di manzo. The Milanese design is present in this well-equipped restaurant which can offer you a variety of private dining options.
Old Ebbitt Grill- While it has gone through different incarnations over time, this historic bar and restaurant was first established in 1856 and has been intertwined with the city's history since then. Literally next to the White House, this has been the favorite restaurant of government workers after hours since before the Civil War! Size-wise it's a big place so there are plenty of semi-private and private areas to choose from including the cabinet room that can accommodate up to 50 people.
DBGB Kitchen & Bar- If you're looking for a Washington DC private dining room, the Salon Rouge (“red living room” for non-Francophiles) at DBGB Kitchen and Bar is a solid destination.
At this restaurant by chef Daniel Boulud (as in THE Daniel Boulud), the technique of French cuisine is combined with casual American food for dishes such as local crab noodles or fried potatoes with steak. Seat for 22 people or invite 40 people reception-style.
Café Riggs- Café Riggs reflects the best of European brasseries with its vibrant atmosphere. The restaurant is located in the Riggs Hotel (also known as the Riggs National Bank building). Given its architectural origins, a grand polished aesthetic is obtained with an ornate ceiling and original Corinthian marble columns.
There is a semi-private dining area with seating and receptions for up to 20 people or a private room for a seated dinner for 16 people.