Our cobble-stone garden patio is surrounded with flowering herbs, years-old native grape vines, and fruit trees. We do large family-style dinners, receptions, wedding ceremonies, birthday celebrations, and other special events. Our gardens are fully functioning kitchen gardens and demonstration gardens, and we use fresh ingredients from local farms and vendors (especially from our very own Bloomingdale Farmers' Market). More descriptions of the space are listed below.
Large Dinners and Receptions
65 STANDING | 55 SEATED
We have a large indoor space with an adjacent private patio used for family-style dinners, cocktail receptions, birthday dinners, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bachelorette parties, and private dinners. This room is the location of our main bar, and is best for larger drinking events, or indoor dining events. We have a beautiful indoor space with an old bar, candle-light, and reclaimed wood tables.
Outdoor Garden Patio
100 STANDING | 65 SEATED
The outdoor garden patio is an old cobblestone patio surrounded by flowering herbs, native grape vines, and a functioning kitchen garden. It is lit with candles, old soft-yellow patio bulb lighting, and two flame-heating towers. It is an intimate outdoor space developed with years of love and attention. We can have large seated dinners of up to 65 guests (the smallest group being 10 guests). We can also have larger cocktail receptions with a more spacious open layout for groups up to 100.
70 STANDING | 35 SEATED
Ideal for cocktail parties with passed appetizers, holiday parties, birthday dinners, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bachelorette parties, and private dinners.
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Leeor · Married on 07/07/2017
I can't say enough wonderful things about Big Bear and the staff. Thank you so much to Eliza for making our wedding planning experience so enjoyable. She was efficient and communicated everything we wanted perfectly. The night of our wedding I could not believe that everything was even better than we could have imagined. We were so blown away. The staff working that night was so cool and friendly. Big Bear is a magical place, it's stunning, it's easy and simple to work with them, and their food is AMAZING! Everyone raved about it. We had a 75 person wedding and rented the whole space, it was the perfect amount of room. I wish we can do it all over again, we wouldn't have changed a thing. Thank you so much we'll be forever grateful!Sent on 07/13/2017
Clare · Married on 08/15/2015
Big Bear Cafe is a beloved coffee shop and restaurant in the charming DC neighborhood of Bloomingdale. They've been hosting more private events lately, so it's possible to rent out the restaurant and get your venue and catering from one vender, very convenient. We were lucky to have our wedding here in August and it was the perfect spot. We had a quick, casual ceremony under the lush grapevines on the patio, then our 50ish person party sat down for a delicious meal prepared by the talented kitchen team. Leading up the event, I worked with Big Bear's owner and an event planner on staff to develop our contract and plan the event (an added service we really appreciated). The Big Bear team delivered amazing value--the planning help, gorgeous venue, amazing service and food--for a shockingly reasonable price. We loved working with them and are so grateful they made our wedding and reception so amazing!Sent on 11/05/2015