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Top 20 Restaurants with Private Dining in Washington DC

Book your next event at these spots in D.C.

If you are looking for the best private dining rooms or event options in Washington, D.C., we have you covered.

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Best Private Dining in Washington, D.C.

  1. Compass Rose
  2. Jaleo
  3. Blue Duck Tavern
  4. Ocean Prime
  5. Occidental Grill & Seafood
  6. 1789 Restaurant & Bar
  7. The Capital Grille
  8. Rasika West End
  9. Bourbon Steak DC
  10. Old Ebbitt Grill
  11. Lincoln 
  12. Equinox
  13. 2941 Restaurant
  14. Charlie Palmer Steak 
  15. Officina DC
  16. Masseria
  17. Tabard Inn
  18. The Hamilton
  19. BLT Steak
  20. Central Michel Richard

Whether you’re planning a graduation party or a corporate dinner, Washington, D.C. has plenty of exciting restaurants and bars featuring private dining rooms to host your special event. Check out these awesome spaces when organizing your next get-together.


Compass Rose

1346 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-506-4765
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Compass Rose is located very close to their sister Michelin Star restaurant, Maydan, in the Cardozo area of Washington, D.C. 

Compass Rose features a small-plate menu inspired by street and market food from around the world. Also offered is a prix fixe tasting menu served to small groups under a North African Bedouin tent.

This beautiful and eclectic restaurant is continuously keeping diners surprised by new menu items. A favorite of mine that tends to have a consistent spot on the menu? The Georgian Khachapuri! 


Jaleo 

480 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-628-7949
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An absolute favorite of many Washingtonians, Jaleo by Chef and humanitarian José Andrés is located in the Gallery Place Chinatown area of Washington, D.C. 

Jaleo brings alive the spirit and flavors of Spain by showcasing the rich regional diversity of Spanish cuisine.

Celebrating the traditional as well as the cutting-edge, Jaleo offers a taste of Spain in a festive, stylish, and casual atmosphere. You are sure to be in for a treat with your private dining experience at Jaleo with their delicious bites and excellent service. 


Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-419-6755
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Blue Duck Tavern is quite an elegant restaurant located in the Foggy Bottom area of Washington, D.C

Blue Duck Tavern captures the region’s natural bounty and culinary traditions. Handcrafted wood furnishings, including a 29-foot long Windsor bench, enhance Blue Duck Tavern’s warm and rustic feel.

Savor delicious slow-roasted cuisine from the restaurant’s wood-burning oven, capturing the flavors of America’s simple, wholesome foods. If your private dining experience is a brunch one, be sure to order the Pecan Sticky Buns for the table. 


Ocean Prime

1341 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-393-0313
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An upscale dining restaurant, Ocean Prime is a superb seafood restaurant in the Washington, D.C., area. Ocean Prime is an absolutely stunning restaurant and the decor is modern chic.. 

Ocean Prime is also recognized for its amazing cocktail and wine list. Featured on the Wine Spectator list, the emphasis is on knowledge of drink pairings and wonderful customer service.

Ocean Prime offers Happy Hour during the week and other specials, including Surf and Turf Sundays. Offering several rooms for private dining, Ocean Prime can accommodate up to 48 guests. 


Occidental Grill & Seafood 

1475 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-783-1475
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Occidental Grill & Seafood is a DC dining institution just steps from the White House, with a history dating back more than 111 years.

This iconic gathering place combines legendary staying power with a constantly evolving, cutting-edge menu that takes a fresh and current approach to classic American cuisine. 


1789 Restaurant & Bar

1226 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-965-1789
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1789 Restaurant is the quintessential Washington dining experience. Situated in a Federal period house in residential Georgetown, its six dining rooms are beautifully decorated with American antiques, period equestrian and historical prints and Limoges china, creating an elegant setting for guests.

1789 is as historical as it is elegant. This has been a favorite restaurant of many United States Presidents and First Ladies, including President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. 


The Capital Grille 

601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-737-6200
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Located close to the Judiciary Square Metro station and very close to the National Gallery of Art, The Capital Grille is a great place to host a private dining event in Washington, D.C.

African mahogany paneling and Art Deco chandeliers provide a warm, stately setting for nationally renowned dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, and acclaimed world-class wines


Rasika West End

1190 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-466-2500
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Nestled in the West End area of Washington, D.C., Rasika is a short walk from the Foggy Bottom metro station, and close to George Washington University. 

Rasika West End showcases both modern and authentic Indian fare, prepared on the Tawa (griddle), Sigri (open barbeque), as well as Tandoori and regional dishes.

The restaurant also has an international wine list designed to pair well with Indian fare. Rasika offers three choices for private dining, which accommodates as few as ten people and as many as 36 guests. 


Bourbon Steak 

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-944-2026
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On the edge of Georgetown and inside the Four Seasons Hotel, Bourbon Steak is a wonderful choice for private dining. 

Bourbon Steak DC features contemporary American fare with a focus on seasonal ingredients, as well as award-winning butter-poached meat and poultry and classic seafood dishes. Bourbon Steak can host groups of all sizes in their space for private dining. 


Old Ebbitt Grill 

675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-347-4800
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Located within steps of the White House, Old Ebbitt Grill is as much as a restaurant landmark as you can get in Washington, D.C. 

The Ebbitt serves upscale American saloon food with an emphasis on fresh and seasonal ingredients. Established in 1856, it was a favorite of Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Theodore Roosevelt and is still a popular meeting spot for political insiders, journalists, celebrities and theater-goers.

Old Ebbitt Grill has multiple options for private dining, including their Rooftop Terrace for events happening in warmer weather. 


Lincoln 

1110 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-386-9200
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Located in the Downtown area of Washington, D.C., Lincoln is very close to Farragut Square. 

Lincoln’s seasonal menu showcases simplistic market fresh dishes by Chef Demetrio Zavala crafted from fresh ingredients supplied by local farmers, daily seafood catches by local fishermen, and artisanal meat from ranchers around the region. Lincoln offers several of private dining options, including a full restaurant buyout. 


Equinox

818 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-331-8118
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Located within steps of the Renwick Gallery and the White House, Equinox is led by their James Beard nominated chef, Todd Gray, and is located in the Downtown area of Washington, D.C. 

Equinox’s menu features a wide range of possibilities using the flavors and evoking the traditions of the Mid-Atlantic.

Equinox offers à la carte and tasting menu options. Equipped with the ability to host weddings and other special events, Equinox is no stranger to private dining. 


2941 Restaurant 

2941 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: 703-270-1500
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Nestled in the heart of Falls Church, Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel presents contemporary American cuisine accented with bold French and Mediterranean flavors.

2941 Restaurant has multiple options for private dining experiences, with rooms that boast beautiful views of their sprawling property  through their large windows.

2941 is unique in that they offer private dining for intimate groups as small as two, and can accommodate up to 200. 


Charlie Palmer Steak 

101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-547-8100
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Offering impressive views of the Capitol building, Charlie Palmer Steak is a great pick for private dining in Washington, D.C. 

Charlie Palmer Steak offers signature progressive American cooking, from prime steaks and chops to hand made pastas and locally-caught seafood crudos.

Also of note are the more than 6,000 bottles on the extensive wine list. Charlie Palmer Steak can offer private dining for 12 to 50 guests. 


Officina DC

1120 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 202-747-5222
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Officina has several locations in Washington, D.C., including at The Wharf and Downtown, D.C. 

Chef Nicholas Stefanelli brings his Puglia childhood experiences to life with the decor and recipes at Officina.

Their Terrazza, a glorious rooftop oasis inspired by outdoor dining in Italy, is simply magical. Officina is able to accommodate any event for private dining, including for guests up to 500. 


Masseria

1340 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-608-1330
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Tucked into the Ivy City area of Washington, D.C.,Masseria is an Italian restaurant that will provide an exceptional dining experience. 

A concept by Chef Nicholas Stefanelli, Masseria is an upscale, beautifully decorated Italian restaurant that serves delicious food in an exquisite setting. Masseria has received a Michelin Star in 2020 and is perfect for a night out.

With a Pergola dining offered, this space has a retractable roof which can allow guests to enjoy open air dining when the weather is warm. Masseria has several private dining choices, including a full takeover option. 


Tabard Inn

1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-785-1277
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Nestled in Dupont Circle, the Tabard Inn offers a wonderful dining experience attached to their Inn, which offers boutique rooms to guests who might be coming into Washington, D.C. from out of town. 

The Tabard Inn is a great option for a staycation, out of towners in addition to a date night dining experience. They have a beautifully decorated interior, including rustic features such as a wood burning fireplace.

There are few other places available to dine at in Washington, D.C. that are so rich with history. Originally opened in 1922 as an Inn, The Tabard Inn is the oldest continuously running hotel in the District. The Tabard Inn is familiar with hosting weddings and other private dining events. 


The Hamilton

600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-787-1000
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The Hamilton is an eclectic and vibrant restaurant located in the Downtown area of Washington, D.C., just blocks away from the White House. 

The Hamilton is an upscale casual restaurant focusing on innovative menu items. The Hamilton also offers many sushi options in addition to American fare including burgers and boozy milkshakes.

Hosting a private dining event at the Hamilton is sure to be a hit with any crowd. They also offer private dining events with live entertainment. 


BLT Steak 

1625 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-689-8999
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BLT Steak is located in the downtown area of Washington, D.C., in close proximity to the White House.

Bistro ambiance with steakhouse fare. Indulge in signature warm popovers, an acclaimed selection of steaks, fresh seafood, satisfying sides and creative desserts.

Guests can also enjoy a weekly Blackboard Menu featuring specials that highlight seasonal flavors and local ingredients.

Pair your meal with a selection from an award-winning wine list, or a classic cocktail from BLT’s hand-crafted menu. Offering private and semi private spaces to dine, BLT Steak is a great choice to host a private dining event. 


Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-626-0015
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Central Michel Richard is centrally located in Washington, D.C., and is in close proximity to the National Gallery of Art as well as historic sights including Ford’s Theatre. 

Led by none other than James Beard Award Winning Chef Michel Richard, this American Bistro offers French inspired cuisine with a flair!

Offering an extensive selection of wine as well as a delicious variety of menu options, Central Michel Richard is a wonderful place to partake in private dining. Central Michel Richard has four private dining rooms to host up to 250 guests. 


Final Thoughts

If you’re hosting an event in Washington DC, you can’t go wrong by booking one of these restaurants. With a private setup and delicious food, you and your guests will have a memorable time.

DC has tons to offer in terms of restaurants and dining. If you’re looking for more places to eat in DC, check out our list of the best brunch spots by clicking here.

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Written by Tamara B

Tamara lives in the Washington, D.C. area. She is an enthusiastic foodie exploring different cultures through culinary experiences. Follow her on Instagram at @A.Dash.of.DC