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Rehearsal Dinner Suggestions?

heWho Apr 9, 2007 02:53 PM

I'm getting married in September and I've been charged with picking out a restaurant for the rehearsal dinner. We're looking at 25 - 35 people, near Downtown Crossing (North End would be fine as well). I'd like a private room if possible to accomodate the group. I've got a pretty good lay of the land reastuarant-wise in Boston but I'm not sure which places have small private rooms for this size group. Any suggestions? Price isn't much of an issue, but I'm not looking for anything too outrageous (i.e. L'Espalier and the like).

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    Blumie RE: heWho Apr 10, 2007 08:12 AM

    I have used the private room at Mistral for two functions recently, and both were fabulous. And the room is a perfect size for your group. I highly, highly recommend it.

    Another option is Mamma Maria, in the North End.

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      kittychow RE: Blumie Apr 11, 2007 07:52 AM

      Mamma Maria is an excellent choice. They do a fabulous job. Terrific for this occasion. Congrats!

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      North Ender RE: heWho Apr 10, 2007 08:16 AM

      It may be too close to "outrageous" territory, but Locke-Ober does a fabulous job with events like this. I'll second the suggestion of Mamma Maria, too, and add Sel de la Terre, which has a lovely private room and is a short walk from Downtown Crossing.

      Also, congratulations!

      1. Joanie RE: heWho Apr 10, 2007 11:02 AM

        I think Davio's has a room that size, possibly Via Matta. Radius has the downstairs room, getting outrageous tho. Also Vinalia could accommodate but I haven't been there in a long time. Maybe talk to them and check it out.

        1. SEH RE: heWho Apr 10, 2007 11:32 AM

          Vinalia right at the Downtown Crossing has a few private rooms. I've only had some apps at the bar there and it was a while ago so I don't really know how the food is.

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            hotoynoodle RE: SEH Apr 10, 2007 01:06 PM

            vinalia has had recent ownership turmoil and staff anarchy. i'd be leery of putting down a deposit there for something 5 months away.

            i think sel de la terre would be a great option. plus it's right on the water for strolling after dinner.

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              RoyRon RE: hotoynoodle Apr 10, 2007 03:12 PM

              I have been to a couple of very nice functions at Fiore's on Hanover in the North End. They have an upstairs room that overlooks Hanover that will easily handle a group like yours. There is also valet parking available too. The last time I was there the host arranged for a fixed menu but gave everyone a choice of several entrees and appetisers. The food was very good and really well done for a group function.

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                tomaneng RE: RoyRon Apr 10, 2007 03:58 PM

                I went to Fiore's a few years ago and was very underwhelmed by the food. Has it gotten better? Is it worth another shot?

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                  trotliner RE: tomaneng Apr 11, 2007 06:34 AM

                  I think the food is fairly thoughtful, I ate there about four months ago, and while I wasn't blown away it was certainly a solid showing and a decent price point.

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            backbaychow RE: heWho Apr 11, 2007 08:50 AM

            I realize this isn't quite Downtown Crossing but Maggianos (Park Square which is next to the Park Plaza Hotel) has several private rooms downstairs which could accomodate your group. I had my sister's bridal shower there and the food was excellent & prices were reasonable.

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              icculus RE: heWho Apr 11, 2007 08:58 AM

              Les Zygomates would be worth looking into. They have private sections and a nice environment for a rehearsal dinner (live jazz, good sized bar to gather in)

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