Planning a successful event requires attention to detail in all aspects of presentation and execution, but, most particularly, with the menu.
As with any special occasion, the food should reflect the taste and preferences of the hosts. Our catering staff is happy to create new and unique menus for special occasions and welcomes the suggestions and requests of our clients.
Executive chef Patrick Crump hails from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and has worked in such nationally renowned establishments as The Homestead, Jimmy Sneed’s The Frog and the Redneck, Patrick O’Connell’s The Inn at Little Washington, and The Ashby Inn. Before heading the kitchen at the Ballroom, Chef Crump had most recently been running his own catering company, Salt and Pepper Catering, Inc.
Chef Crump and his skilled staff bring restaurant quality standards to large scale event dining.
The staff at the Clarendon Ballroom knows that each occasion is different, each client is unique, and every situation has its nuances. We work closely with clients to understand their needs and use our experience and creativity to realize their wishes and exceed their expectations - no matter what the occasion.
Located in Clarendon, Arlington's hippest neighborhood, this 1930's Art Deco style Ballroom offers incomparable service and a stress-free planning process with experienced and creative event coordinators.
The historic Main Ballroom provides a classic setting for elegant receptions. Combined with the Front Lounge and Main Bar, the entire floor becomes a dramatic backdrop for free-flowing cocktail events.
As a very large and flexible space, the Clarendon Ballroom accommodates up to 300 plus people for a ceremony in the Main Ballroom. Otherwise, our front lounge offers the intimacy necessary for a smaller group. If the weather proves seasonable, our open air Rooftop Pavilion is the ideal setting for a sunset bathed ceremony followed by twilight cocktails. Available from roughly April to October, the Rooftop Pavilion easily holds 200 plus guests for cocktails and seats up to 150 for a ceremony.
In today's financial climate, every dollar spent must contribute directly to an organization's goals, whether they are to impress potential clients, reward hard work, celebrate significant milestones, or build stronger teams. We understand the goals of our clients and utilize our resources to execute successful events and produce great outcomes. In addition, our one-stop-shop approach offers exceptional convenience to the planning process and a worry-free event.
Main Ballroom and Downstairs Lounge
Seated: 220 (Main Ballroom only)
While known after sundown as one of Arlington’s hottest spots, Clarendon Ballroom during the day is one of the area's most unique meeting venues.
Clarendon Ballroom is not the typical DC-area conference room, boasting 6000+ sq. ft of event space with a spectacular 1930s style that can be tailored to any client's requirements.
Accommodating up to 350 guests theatre style with room for a stage, the Clarendon Ballroom can also house smaller groups in a variety of seating styles. And, after a long day of business, guests can be welcomed into the Front Lounge or on the Rooftop Pavilion for post-meeting socializing.
Minutes from downtown DC, one block away from the Clarendon metro, close to Route 66, the GW Parkway, and Route 50.
Main Ballroom -
Theatre style: 375
Round tables: 200
School Room: 90
If it is an occasion with celebrating, then Clarendon Ballroom has hosted it: from Sweet 16s to Bar/Bat Mitzvahs to welcome young people into adulthood to inventive fundraisers that rally the local community for a worthy cause, Clarendon Ballroom has been privileged to host a variety of important happenings. The Art Deco style is able to accommodate a wide range of design formats while maintaining its unique character. With the rooftop and two interior levels, Clarendon Ballroom has many usable event spaces to suit larger, more complex events.
Due to Clarendon Ballroom's reputation as one of the area's hottest nighttime spots, events are supercharged with energy and excitement - truly perfect for any event planner (amateur or professional).
If your group does not require rental of the entire Clarendon Ballroom, we suggest having a smaller event on the nights of the week that we are open to the public. There are both private and semi-private spaces available on the Main Level, in the Downstairs Lounge, and on the Rooftop Pavilion. Please contact one of our Event Coordinators to discuss date availability, revenue minimums, and the various space options.
Telephone - 703.469.2244 (x11 - Catering / Sandra Hoehne, Director of Catering - x33)
Business Hours- Our Business Office is open Tuesday - Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.
Our Catering Sales office is open Tuesday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, 12 pm – 4 pm.
Alternate appointment times may be available. Please contact your Event Coordinator directly to make an appointment outside of our normal business hours.
Note: Since the Clarendon Ballroom may occasionally be rented for a private function during the stated business hours, we kindly ask that all guests call ahead of their visit to schedule an appointment time with your Event Coordinator.