Dinner Groups

April 7

Not sure what to do with your free evening? Sign up for a dinner group and explore Arlington’s culinary scene with other attendees from the conference. This is a great networking opportunity! Dinner groups will meet at the ERM Registration Desk 30 minutes before the time of the dinner reservation and walk together to the restaurant.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT

Participants are responsible for their own expenses.
Please note that the Dinner Groups are purely for informal networking and not third-party business.

EPIC Smokehouse – Menu
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Steakhouse
Approximately 7 minute walk from the Marriott Crystal Gateway
Walking Directions
Price: $30 and under
Reservation Time: 7:30 pm (Meet at the ERM Registration Desk by 7:00 pm)
Epic Smokehouse is a modern upscale urban smokehouse, featuring smoke meats and fish with a large specialty cocktail and wine list.

Portofino Restaurant – Menu
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
Approximately 8 minute walk from the Marriott Crystal Gateway
Walking Directions
Price: $31 to $50
Reservation Time: 7:30 pm (Meet at the ERM Registration Desk by 7:00 pm)
This family-run Italian eatery on Crystal City’s busy restaurant row, a.k.a. 23rd Street, has been dishing up plates of pasta for three generations. Adelmo Micheli and his son, Sergio, opened the place in 1970, later Sergio and his wife Pilar ran it, and recently their son Richard, a Culinary Institute of America grad, has taken the torch. The old world feel — think dark wood, gilded mirrors, and brocade boudoir chairs — strikes a nostalgic chord with older couples and extended families with children who frequent the place and become regulars. They come for classic Italian fare — many of the plates are from longtime family recipes. Pastas include lasagna bolognese, and linguine with Ligurian pesto. More substantial plates range from dishes like veal marsala, with wine and mushrooms, or chicken piccata with lemon and capers, to rosemary-crusted lamb chops with black olive sauce. There’s also an extensive list of daily specials.

Jaleo – Menu
Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
Approximately 11 minute walk from the Marriott Crystal Gateway
Walking Directions
Price: $30 and under
Reservation Time: 7:30 pm (Meet at the ERM Registration Desk by 7:00 pm)
Jaleo brings alive the spirit and flavors of Spain with a menu reflecting the rich regional diversity of classical and contemporary Spanish cuisine, under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés. Jaleo offers an impressive assortment of tapas, the traditional small dishes of Spain, as well as savory paellas, superb sangrias and a fine selection of Spanish wines and Sherries in a festive, casual atmosphere.