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Rehearsal dinner in Bethesda or Chevy Chase

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Rehearsal dinner in Bethesda or Chevy Chase

I need suggestions for a site for a rehearsal dinner preferably in Chevy Chase or Bethesda. Most out of town guests will be staying in the Friendship Heights area, some without transportation. We would like to avoid big national chains such as Maggiano's.

Thanks

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Washington DC...
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1. Re: Rehearsal dinner in Bethesda or Chevy Chase

How many people are you looking to host? Bethesda and Chevy Chase have numerous restaurants, but not all can handle huge crowds. One place you might want to check out is Range in the Chevy Chase Pavillion (same building as the Embassy Suites). It is a new restaurant by celebrity chef Brian Voltaggio (Top Chef fame) and is supposed to be a big space.

dctravel

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2. Re: Rehearsal dinner in Bethesda or Chevy Chase

Cesco, in their new space off Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda, should be plenty large and has excellent metro and parking proximity. Ditto for Grapevine or Redwood.

With a large enough group and the right timing, you might be able to persuade

http://levieuxlogisrestaurant.com/ or

http://www.persimmonrestaurant.com/ (assuming it reopens soon) or http://www.bucksfishingandcamping.com/ to close for you; any of those would be an interesting offbeat option, though a bit more complicated for transit.

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3. Re: Rehearsal dinner in Bethesda or Chevy Chase

Depending on the size of your party, Maggiano's may in fact be your only option in Friendship Heights. Your guests being without transportation to go elsewhere is really no big deal with the Metro right there. If they're going to have to hop on a train--in addition to Bethesda one Metro stop to the north, there are plenty of options within three stops south. Dino at the Cleveland Park station comes to mind for good Italian.

In addition to size of the party, what's your budget per head?

New Jersey
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4. Re: Rehearsal dinner in Bethesda or Chevy Chase

Thank you all for the suggestions. We thought it might be best to stay in either Friendship Heights or Bethesda since people will be staying in either area and that would simplify the transportation issue. We have eaten at Dino's and enjoyed it so we'll consider that also.

We will be looking at all of these suggestions.

Thanks

Gaithersburg...
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5. Re: Rehearsal dinner in Bethesda or Chevy Chase

If it's not too late to throw in a couple of suggestions in Bethesda.

http://www.lapanetteria.com/party_menu.html

http://www.epositano.com/home.html

a good Italian restaurant in Bethesda, does smaller parties, and receptions...

Rockville, Maryland
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6. Re: Rehearsal dinner in Bethesda or Chevy Chase

Again, not sure on your timing, but Lia's restaurant has excellent italian food and a nice space. There is also the Capital Grille, which while it is a chain, is more upscale and has a nice menu as well. These are both in the Friendship Heights area and very easy to walk to.

If you want something a little different, there is also a Rosa Mexicano in that area. While it is also a chain there aren't so many of them that people would feel like they see them all the time.

Hope those help!

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7. Re: Rehearsal dinner in Bethesda or Chevy Chase

Thank you. As a matter of fact, we are scheduled for Lia's! So I agree, that was a good suggestion.

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8. Re: Rehearsal dinner in Bethesda or Chevy Chase

The rehearsal dinner at Lia's was perfect! Everyone loved the food and the service was amazing. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.

Washington DC...
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9. Re: Rehearsal dinner in Bethesda or Chevy Chase

Thanks for the follow up and glad your experience at Lia's was so positive.

dctravel

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