Big Bear Cafe

1700 First St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 Map · Phone number
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About Big Bear Cafe

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.

Outdoor Patio

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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  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0
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    Leeor · Married on 07/07/2017

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    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
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    Clare · Married on 08/15/2015

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    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

Big Bear Cafe FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 5,500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 3,500.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 5,500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 3,500.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Chairs, Clean Up, Event Planning, Glassware, Lighting/Sound, Linens, Set Up, Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Dessert, Server(s), Wedding Cake
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 24.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Bartender(s), House Wine
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue? 100
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue? 15
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 3
  • Describe your venue: Restaurant
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party
  • What event services do you offer? Cake, Clean Up, Event Planner, Set Up
  • What food and beverage items are available? Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking

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  • 1700 First St. NW Washington, 20001 See on map
    (202) 643-9222 (Phone number)
    Monday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Tuesday 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM Wednesday 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM Thursday 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM Friday 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM Saturday 7:30 AM – 10:00 PM Sunday 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

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