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Private Dining Suggestions for 30 ppl (Portland)?

I'm looking for a restaurant where I can have an intimate, private wedding reception: cocktails followed by a seated dinner for about 30 people this fall. I live in Manhattan and love the style of Blue Hour and ClarkLewis, but upon visiting the restaurants I found the private room at BlueHour to be a bit too claustrophobic and the bar room at ClarkLewis to be much too loud, considering the other half of the restaurant would be open to the public.

While I want the food to be the focus, I'm looking for an airy, chic, elegant, simple setting (I know this is asking a lot, but I am willing to compromise!). Any suggestions for restaurants that have large private spaces, or smaller restaurants that would allow a full buy-out? Please help! I'm running out of ideas and finding this very difficult to research from the East coast. THANK YOU

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  1. Pazzo has a nice room downstairs that will easily seat 30: http://www.pazzoristorante.com/privat...

    I think the upstairs room at Noble Rot (http://www.noblerotpdx.com/noblerot.html) would seat 30.

    I don't think the food is quite the same level as bluehour, but they might work for you. Good luck!

    1. Genoa has a private room though it may be a tad small for 30. Simpatica's dining hall would fit but their decor is "spartan" and probably louder than you'd like. However, since they are caterers, they'd know about other places that are available for private affairs and suitable for your party.

      1. while it may not be as cutting edge an experience as you sound like you are looking for, there are rentable rooms at Jake's Grill (offshoot of Jake's Famous Crawfish) that would fit your bill, and you can get as much or as little flexibility in yrdering as you want.

        1. For that size, I would check with Wildwood. Seating 30 is the more difficult part, probably, with some of these places which may have a private room they say is for 50, but doesn't necessarily seat that many. I would also check with the options at Olea and Carlyle. The Heathman certainly has the space, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

          1. I think "airy, chic, simple, elegant" perfectly describes Carlyle. Although thier private spaces may be too small, the restaurant itself is small enough that a buy-out may be just the ticket. They specifically suggest buy-outs as a special event option on thier web-site: www.carlylerestaurant.com

            1. My sympathies to you - planning a wedding from that far away is so hard!! I planned my wedding in Iowa City, IA (!!) from New York, and it can be so tough to be overwhelmed with options in New York and feel so restricted at home. Best of luck!!

              What night is your wedding? If you do a Thursday or Sunday you'll have much better luck closing down a small restaurant!

              You should check out the back room at Paragon - it has very small, subtle bar with room for a single server at the back of a large (but not too large) space for about 60 people. The ceilings are high and airy - if you worked with a florist or decorator you could do a lot with the space.

              More ideas: Tabla on 28th (modern and airy); Fife on Fremont (vintage modern and airy); Graze on Lovejoy (very modern - surrounded by glass walls, though - would be so striking in your pictures!); Fenouil on NW 11th (stunning, modern, elegant, but not harsh like Bluehour - they have a private space on the 2nd floor - so gorgeous); Veritable Quandry (rustic vintage modern - for a shabby chic look); Mint or 820 (might be too lounge-y).

              I also second the person who suggested Sympatica - their wedding catering is truly second to none. Mind-blowing. They will do a buffet that will blow any plated, seated meal out of the water from the sheer quality of ingredients, attention to detail and the huge, professional cooking and serving staff they bring to your event. You could either use their dining hall or a space such as Studio Ten-Fifty (1050events.com).

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              1. re: jennlynch

                Thanks so much for everyone's input -- many of these places I had not heard of. I'll look into all of these suggestions. I really appreciate the help!

                1. Just in case you are still looking ... you might consider Portland City Grill. They have beautiful private dining rooms 30 floors above the city. Simply stunning! I too am getting married this summer. Cheers! I wish you all the best.

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                  1. re: elaina

                    It is a great view, but the food leaves something to be desired.

                  2. Olea, Bay 13, Fratelli, bluehour, wildwood,
                    are all great and have private rooms for 30 persons.

                    1. If you're still looking for a place, Fenouil has an absolutely beautiful private dinning space! It's probably the perfect size for 30ppl and their new chef is fantastic!

                      1. Hotel Deluxe is in the downtown area of Portland...it is elegant and chic and their restaurant would be perfect for what you are looking for.