Need suggestions for group dinner in Tucson
I'm planning a group dinner for about 30 lawyers and their spouses in Tucson for the last night of a three night stay. We are already eating a Mexican buffet at our hotel, the Lodge at Ventana Canyon, one night and eating a very nice dinner at Janos the second night. I'm thinking of something fun and casual, maybe patio/outdoor dining for our last night in Tucson which will be a Saturday night.
I'm leaning towards Old Pueblo Grille or Lil' Abners. Given the type of people I'm planning for (we're not the stuffiest lawyers in the world since we're from a small town, but some of us can be a little high maintenance at times), would any of you recommend these places or recommend somewhere else for a fun and casual evening that isn't Mexican or high end cuisine but that also could accomodate a group of this size?
Thanks in advance.
Old Pueblo Grille is OK, but not fun. Li'l Abners is fun, but it's a long drive from the Lodge at Ventana--45 minutes each way--and the menu is limited. Non-beef eaters will really not do well. Also, I don't know how well suited it is for 60 people.
You might try Terra Cotta, which has a lovely patio and, I think, weekend music. Another option is Hacienda del Sol. The Grill is high end, excellent and really not casual; however, they have some beautiful gardens and two nice banquet rooms. They are terrific people to work with and can surely set up a nice evening for you. I'm thinking some sort of pre-planned menu. And the wine choices are phenomenal.
BTW, what are 30 lawyers doing in Tucson? And who forgot to invite me?
Thanks to all for the suggestions. I'm leaning towards Terra Cotta since it has a patio and is near our hotel. We had originally wanted to do Hacienda del Sol but they were booked with weddings when we called a couple months ago. Now I'm scrambling to put something together for our last night.
We're in town for our annual firm shareholder's retreat for a little business and mostly fun. Staying and golfing at the Lodge at Ventana Canyon. We eat there one night and at Janos another night. Sorry we didn't invite you, rmaztuc. ;)
A few suggestions:
Cuvee should be able to accomodate 30 folks ( http://www.cuveebistro.com/main.htm ) and is a nice mid-end restaurant, with a fun wine bar.
KingFisher ( http://www.kingfisherbarandgrill.com ) has a nice private room that will (I think) seat 30 comfortably, they have really good seafood, and an outstanding bar.
Pastiche ( http://www.pasticheme.com/ ) has lots of dining space, and both a good bar and wine bar, as well as a menu which may help manage the high maintenance among you, with many dishes available in "bistro sized" smaller portions, and an excellent selection.
You might also contact Jonathon's Cork ( http://www.jonathanscork.com/ ) and see if they can seat your group. If you're looking for a grill, they're possibly the best in town.
Hope you have a good visit, and some outstanding meals!
Primo might be too high end per your specs, but they have a lovely patio with a spectacular view at sunset. The food is terrific (wood oven), and the StarrPass Marriott Resort is lovely, but be aware of the parking (expensive valet, or catch a free shuttle from the StarrPass golf shop) unless the new parking garage is open.