- Your boss asked you to organize a dinner meeting
- Your spouse is turning 35
- It’s your parent’s 40th wedding anniversary party
- You’re planning your child’s Bar Mitvah reception
Where can you find event space in Bethesda to accommodate that special occasion?
As your Best Bites columnist, I offer you a comprehensive guide to Bethesda's bars and restaurants with event space, or that have private and semi-private dining rooms. I've also included a list of questions to ask when you start planning a special event or business dinner:
Restaurants with Event Space (rooms sectioned off from regular dining):
Barking Dog – up to 250
BlackFinn Restaurant and Saloon – 2 event spaces with a maximum of 300
Caddie’s On Cordell – 3 event spaces up to 100
Benihana – 1 event space
Rock Bottom Brewery – 6 event spaces with capacity of 270
American Tap Room – 4 event spaces with capacity of 35
Positano – 4 event spaces with capacity of 600
Private and Semi-Private Dining Rooms:
Bacchus – Private dining for 10
Bistro Provence – Private dining for 25
Chef Tony’s – Tuscan Sun Room with capacity of 100
Grapeseed – Private dining for up to 110, Wine Room for up to 12
Lebanese Taverna – Fig Apricot Room with capacity of 45; Quince Room with capacity of 60; Entire restaurant with capacity of 100
Mon Ami Gabi – Room #1 has capacity of 40, restaurant capacity is 200
Praline Bakery – Main dining room hosts 50, private dining for 20, and Outdoor Terrace with capacity of 100
Ruth’s Chris Steak House -- Private dining for up to 60
Daily Grill – Private dining for 40
Inn at Glen Echo – 6 Private rooms for parties of 6-100
La Panetteria – Semi-private rooms for capacities of 25, 35 or 45 people
Legal Seafood – Private dining for 30
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood – Private dining for 90
Morton’s The Steakhouse – Several private boardrooms for varying numbers of guests
Persimmon – Semi-private room holding 22 or 30
Redwood – Private room for 12
Relic – Private room for 25
Tako Grill – Semi-private dining for 25
Tragara – Private dining for 10 or 200
Trattorio de Sorrento – Dining room for 100
Questions to ask when planning an event:
- What configuration of seating can you accommodate? Board-room style tables, rounds of eight, etc.? How many tables? Is there room for a dais or head table?
- What parking options can you offer?
- How much flexibility is there with your event menus? Can I order something that’s not on the menu?
- What are tax and gratuity costs? Will they both be included in my bill?
- What type of bar tab is best? Should I use a consumption charge, per-person charge, or an open bar? Should I limit choices to wine and beer?
- Are coffee and tea included?
- Can I take home the leftovers?
- How many servers will be assigned to my group?
- Where will my gift table be?
- When must my guests leave?
If you have suggestions for places that welcome groups that I've missed, please let Patch readers know. Thanks!