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Best for groups

The Washington Post Staff  |  Updated 10/01/2014

Birthdays, going-away parties, engagement parties, you name it: If you're planning a large gathering over dinner, look to these restaurants first.



Washington, DC

The restaurant serves upscale (and pricey) Cajun food in a glorious setting, but it never gets too noisy for conversation.


Bistrot Lepic

Washington, DC

Settle into the wine bar upstairs just like you'd settle into a good friend's living room.


Bistrot du Coin

Washington, DC

The French bistro is known for its loud, boisterous party vibe.


Brasserie Beck

Washington, DC

Belgian cuisine and a top-notch selection of Belgian beers fuel good times at Beck, especially if you're lucky enough to sit at the chef's table.


Busboys and Poets

Washington, DC

Splitting the bill is easy at this well-priced, lefty cafe and restaurant. The pizzas are perfect for sharing.



Washington, DC

Carmine's specializes in super-sized "family-style" portions of traditional Italian dishes in a space that holds 700.


Hill Country

Washington, DC

Texas barbecue is served cafeteria-style at Hill Country, a large Penn Quarter restaurant that offers live music and karaoke in the spacious basement "Boot Bar."



+ Multiple Locations

If your group likes to share, order dozens of small plates to split.


Magnolias at the Mill

Purcellville, VA

Housed in a restored grain mill, atmospheric Magnolias offers a range of private dining rooms, stone baked pizzas and one of Virginia's top beer lists.


Rasika Penn Quarter

Washington, DC

Two elegant private spaces and four-star modern Indian cooking make Rasika the perfect setting for a meal to remember.


Rock Bottom Brewery

Bethesda, MD

Rock Bottom's a great place to gather with beer lovers: The Bethesda brewpub has won national awards for its beers. Reserve the upstairs lounge, which features pool tables and its own bar.


Virtue Feed & Grain

Alexandria, VA

Whether you're looking to dine, enjoy a few drinks or get in a couple of rounds on the old-school Donkey Kong machine, this sprawling two-level Alexandria restaurant fits the bill.


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