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industry worker Jul 30, 2006 10:08 PM

I'm looking for help. I need to organize a business dinner (canapes, cocktails, 3 courses, about $100-150 per head) for a group in a private room. Where would you recommend? Where have you been?

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    belle RE: industry worker Jul 31, 2006 03:17 PM

    I have a similar request. I need a private room for a group of doctors not too far from the convention center. I would like to keep it under US$100 per person. Probably 20-25 people. Thank you.

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      TorontoJo RE: belle Aug 3, 2006 06:08 PM

      Belle, check out Adega. They have a beautiful room in the wine cellar. But I'm not sure what the maximum capacity is for it. Chiado (a sister restaurant) also has a private room in the wine cellar. Adega is closer and more convenient to the convention centre -- a short cab ride away.

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        to_frankie RE: TorontoJo Aug 10, 2006 04:15 AM

        hosted events at Adega beofre in the wine cellar. great room. howver you're pushing it with 18-20 people.

        I second Rosewater or Kennedy's

    2. mtampoya RE: industry worker Jul 31, 2006 04:28 PM

      Rosewater Supper Club has a new private room. Not sure if it is open yet. Susur has a private room, but it may be over $100 with a set menu plus drinks. Also, Hy's Steakhouse has an upper level private area. www.mishsplayground.com

      1. Cereal Killer RE: industry worker Aug 2, 2006 07:26 PM

        Where, where and where? So many restos in Toronto have private rooms (and many of them are a million times better than Rosewater).

        CK

        Belle - which convention centre - Metro on Front?
        Industry Worker - Ottawa? Downtown Barrie? Oakville?

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          belle RE: industry worker Aug 2, 2006 07:57 PM

          Metro. Thanks

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            Cereal Killer RE: belle Aug 2, 2006 09:59 PM

            Yikes - Metro Convention Centre is not exactly food friendly. If your group wants to walk, the only real place to walk to is King Street West. At your budget, I'm thinking one of the banquet rooms at Crush Wine Bar might be the way to go.

            http://www.crushwinebar.com/crush_pri...

            I'll try to think of anything else in the area. I really don't think Susur will be anywhere near budget and I wouldn't rush to Hy's. Crush is above average (although not stellar).

            CK

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            belle RE: industry worker Aug 3, 2006 04:55 PM

            Thanks so much. I checked out Susur and it looks wonderful but also probably not appropriate for this group. I'm planning the dinner on behalf of a medical device manufacturer and the guests will be doctors. The budget is not firm, its a prestigious market for my client, I just dont want to go up to $200 per person. It also doesnt have to necessarily be in walking distance because the conference has numerous hotels, I just dont want to plan it in a completely remote location that will be very expensive to get to. Thanks so much.

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              hoagy294 RE: industry worker Aug 3, 2006 08:29 PM

              What about La Maquette on King at Church?

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                faijay RE: industry worker Aug 3, 2006 08:36 PM

                How about the new Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner. I know they open for special occasions, but your group might not be large enough. Whatabout a Chinese Banquet at Lai Wha Heen. I'm sure they have a private room, since it is in a Hotel.

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                  n10sity RE: industry worker Aug 9, 2006 09:24 PM

                  I've done dinner meetings like these in the past and found that it's best to go with consistency and service for these types of meetings. Rosewater Supper Club was our default for that area of town - service was always good and food was consistent though not spectacular. Keep in mind though that this was about 3 years ago, not sure how they are now.

                  We tried Biff's once but the service was horrible. Chiado was also nice but too far away, parking was ridiculous and I have found that doctors were not too pleased with driving to that area.

                  If you don't mind chains, Canyon Creek has a very private meeting room with LCD projector built into the room. Plus it's on Front, so it's really close to the Convention Centre. Ruth's Chris might also work - doctors like their steaks, but I'm not sure if they have a private room - I'm guessing they would, though.

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                    Jefferson RE: industry worker Aug 11, 2006 07:16 AM

                    I had lunch in a private room at Canoe last May. Good view, good food. It was a little tight for 20 getting around the tables, but there was room near the entranceway to chat and sip whatever it was we were sipping that day. Migh've squeezed in another 4 to 6 folks. As for price, I have no idea.

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