Private Party Sunday Buffet for 40 in Medford, Somerville or Close???
Need private space in Medford, Somerville, Malden, Lex, Arlington, Woburn or Winchester on a Sunday @ 3pm who can accomodate about 40 for a buffet. Not too spendy. Not Bertucci's. This is for a Christening and there will be children and adults. TIA for any ideas.
Have you tried Cafe Lantana on Salem Street? The room is divided into two and could accomodate a private party in the "back" room. Food is good and generally the specials are great. Although I'm not sure you'd get a buffet.
Try Bambinos or Tiki Island. Friends just had a christening at Tiki this weekend. I prefer Bambinos and they have that seperate room for functions.
I like Bambino's too for something like this.
If you are interested in Brazilian food Oasis Restaurant now has a function room which can hold at least 35 and can definately do a buffet. I would ask them to get some "party salgados" for the kids. The one downside is that is probably their busiest time of the week and sometimes I have seen their quality slip when its busy.
I think Guiseppe's Kitchen in West Medford would close for a party that size, but dunno about what they would offer for a buffet (similar food to the paddock and they have more than just pizza).
Something Savory in Arlington does a lot of catering, but I think the party might be too large for the space (especially if you want sit down). Downside, I find their catering prices "spendy." Tu y Yo seems a bit more reasonable and that might be good timing for them (brunch ends at 2), but not certain how many they can seat.
In East Cambridge -- Sunset Cafe does parties this size regularly, but does not have a private room (they partition off part of the dining room). Portugalia can offer a private room (although for something like this I would prefer the food from Sunset or catering from JJ's).
Bocelli's in Medford has a nice downstairs, but don't know about buffet offerings or if they would close it.
If you could get a room at the church, get catering from either Bob's in Medford, Vinny's in Somerville, or Izzy's puerto rican.
I haven't been to the new Kelly's in Medford, but have heard its somewhat spiffy. Perhaps they have a private room.