I'm planning a dinner for my father's 70th birthday, and would prefer a private room at a restaurant. There will be between 15 and 24 people attending. I'm having a hard time finding a place that fits my (admittedly difficult) requirements:
- Ideally in Silver Spring, Bethesda, southern Rockville. Upper NW (Cleveland Park, Friendship Heights, etc) is a second choice.
- Not too expensive (i.e., no $2,500 minimum)
- Preferably someplace where some of the seating is on soft benches (or very soft chairs). As I said, my requirements are difficult.
- Not Dino.
- This will be on a Sunday night in a few weeks.
It doesn't have to be a private room, if we could have a sectioned off part of a restaurant, that would be fine. I just don't want to be sitting at a bunch of tables in the middle of the dining room.
The only place I've found that somewhat meets these requirements is Praline Bakery & Bistro, but that location is a bit too far. Someone said McCormick & Schmick's in Bethesda had a good room, but they are closed - is there another restaurant in that space that has retained the layout? has anyone done a private dinner at Mannequin Pis? Ray's the Classics?