Published on April 6, 2016

7 Super Group-Friendly Restaurants in D.C.

Planning a family affair, birthday celebration or team dinner? Struggling to pick the right spot for the occasion? Here are 7 amazing restaurants to please a crowd.


1. JALEO (Crystal City)

Jaleo Photo provided by Jaleo.

Highlighting the rich regional diversity of Spanish cuisine, Jaleo Crystal City is great for a table of friends or families big and small, featuring multiple private rooms and communal tables. The shareable tapas and paella menu from Chef José Andrés complements its fresh sangrias available by the carafe.

2. ZAYTINYA (Penn Quarter)

Zaytinya Photo provided by Zaytinya. Photo by Greg Powers.

A great place for a special get-together or team dinner, Zaytinya serves Eastern Mediterranean mezze — small plates which encourage socializing and sampling of spreads, cheeses, meat, poultry and seafood. Guests can pair the fare with the Pom Fili cocktail made with white wine, vodka and pomegranate, available by the carafe for all to enjoy.

3. RURAL SOCIETY (Downtown)

Rural Society Photo provided by Rural Society.

Ideal for birthdays, business meetings or holiday celebrations, Rural Society is Chef Jose Garces' take on an Argentine Steakhouse, serving a menu perfect for sharing with the table — Argentine small plates, house-made sausages, Latin-influenced pizzas and wood-grilled meats. Semi-private rooms, complete with vintage minibars, are available.


Oyamel Cocina Mexicana Photo provided by Oyamel Cocina Mexicana.

If you’re looking for a great birthday or holiday party spot, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana will suit your needs, offering an array of tapas — including ceviches, quesadillas and tacos — that combine Mexico’s regional cuisine with modern urban fare. The restaurant features a prix-fixe party menu, a killer selection of margaritas available by the pitcher and a private dining room.

5. GRAFFIATO (Penn Quarter)

Graffiato Photo provided by Graffiato.

Perfect for groups of friends or colleagues, Graffiato serves inventive pizzas and other Italian small plates with Mediterranean and Latin influences by Chef Mike Isabella. The lively restaurant also offers a custom chef’s tasting menu for your party, as well as beer, wine and cocktails.

6. KAPNOS TAVERNA (Arlington)

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A popular spot from Chef/Owner Mike Isabella, Kapnos Taverna serves both modern and traditional Greek cuisine, including seafood towers, traditional lamb dishes and plentiful mezze dishes. Ideal for friends and coworkers alike, the small-plates concept also offers cocktails infused with Mediterranean spices, a Greek-focused wine list and multiple chef’s tasting menu options for larger parties.

7. G BY MIKE ISABELLA (14th Street)

G by Mike Isabella Photo provided by G by Mike Isabella.

G by Mike Isabella delivers authentic Italian cuisine by Chef de Cuisine Elliot Drew, as well as a chef’s tasting menu, classic Italian cocktails and wines. The old-school, homey Italian vibe, plus the moveable tables and chairs for accommodating parties of different sizes, make this the perfect spot to get together with family or friends.

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