Recently, I asked whether we should go for moderately priced soft shells and crabcakes at Tabard Inn or Old Ebbitt. We've grown to a party of 8, so we're going to Old Ebbitt, since the Tabard Inn (while perhaps preferable) is now too expensive for a party of that size.
Katecm recommended as follows:
For seating, make reservations for the booths in either the side bar or the back bar. Ebbitt is beautiful, but large and loud in the main room. The side room and back room are going to be quieter. Also, they have extra seating in the office building that they are adjacent to - make sure they don't stick you there, since there is no ambiance.
I've looked at the dining rooms listed on Old Ebbitt's website (http://www.ebbitt.com/main/home.cfm?S...) and am unsure which room is which. Is the Atrium the area that Katecm describes as "extra seating in the office building that they are adjacent to that has no ambience" and that we should avoid? Do I correctly assume that the Corner Bar and Grant's Bar are the side room and back room referred to by katecm? There is also something described as the Cabinet Room in the website, but that may be for private dining. Given the size of our group, we may not have a choice of rooms, but I thought I would at least try to get seating in a quieter area with ambience.
Thanks in advance for your help.