Ardeo + Bardeo’s communal table can accommodate 14 guests.

Agora Restaurant
Fifty-five to 80 guests can feast on Mediterranean meals made by Lebanese-born Executive Chef Ghassan Jarrouj in the Solen Room. Recently renovated with exposed brick accents, the space is the perfect place to enjoy a three-course dinner featuring items such as swordfish kebap, marinated in ginger, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. 1527 17th St. NW, 202-332-6767

Ardeo + Bardeo
Create a custom menu for guests, with options including a well-marbled deckle with crispy fingerling potatoes, served with horseradish crème fraîche. The private dining room accommodates up to 70 for a cocktail party, and smaller parties can reserve the restaurant’s cozy, 14-seat community table in the main dining room. 3311 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-244-6750

Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar
This Georgetown favorite is home to a 500-bottle Bordeaux wine cellar that can accommodate seated brunches, lunches, and dinners of up to 14 people—or rent the wine bar on the second floor to accommodate up to 15 guests. 1736 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-333-0111

Central Michel Richard
The private dining room at this lively eatery was designed with small groups in mind. From faux gras terrine—foie gras made with chicken liver instead of duck liver—to fried chicken served family style, Central’s dinner and lunch menus complement the restaurant’s unpretentious French cuisine with American flair. 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-626-0015

Charlie Palmer Steak
Hail the holidays at this swanky steakhouse, where indoor and outdoor space is available for winter gatherings. Enjoy panoramic views of the Capitol from the heated rooftop terrace that accommodates up to 500 guests for a cocktail reception, or book a private, indoor dining room that seats up to 70. 101 Constitution Ave. NW, 202-547-8100

Chef Geoff’s Downtown
Reserve the entire restaurant or one of two private dining rooms to enjoy this hot spot’s American cuisine. (Our favorites include the prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin with sweet potato gratin, green beans, and Madeira sauce.) For a seated dinner for up to 40 guests or a standing reception for up to 55, try the warmly lit, elegant Wine Room. 13th St. between E and F Streets, 202-464-4461

F. Scott’s
Named after the famed American author, this restaurant featuring stained-glass windows and vintage travel posters is beloved among Art Deco aficionados. It can accommodate private luncheons, dinners, fundraisers, and cocktail receptions—and serves specialties such as delicious, crispy sweetbreads with house-made mustard and tarragon, served on silver spoons. 1232 36th St. NW, 202-965-1789

Lightfoot Restaurant
Party in the restored People’s Bank Building situated in the center of historic Leesburg. With three different private banquet rooms, this eatery can seat parties from six to 120. Menus feature passed hors d’oeuvres, such as steamed shrimp wrapped in snow peas, and entrées like jumbo lump crab cakes. 11 N. King St., Leesburg, VA, 703-771-2233

2941 Restaurant
Nosh on small bites—we like the tuna tartare with orange zest—in one of the three private dining sanctuaries. The Waterfall Room features floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on a cascade and is best for seated parties of up to 80. Smaller parties will enjoy the Koi Room, offering a view of the outdoor fountain. 2941 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church, VA, 703-270-1500

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