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Rehearsal Dinner in or near Brookline?

dreambml May 8, 2007 07:04 AM

We are trying to find a nice restaurant to host our rehearsal dinner for our wedding in Brookline for 25 - 30 people. No italian, more like grill or steakhouse type of food...we would like to spend $30 - $40 per person. Private Room would be ideal, but not necessary. We do not know Boston restaurants well at all, so any advice will be useful! thanks!

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  1. MC Slim JB RE: dreambml May 8, 2007 07:37 AM

    Brookline pickings are pretty slim with those requirements. Lineage might work for you, though it's pushing your price limit http://www.lineagerestaurant.com/menu... and I don't think it has a private room. You might take over the whole of Ten Tables, a tiny, pretty place with superb French-influenced American food that's also a great value.

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      xperteater RE: dreambml May 8, 2007 07:51 AM

      Village Smokehouse has a room downstairs that would fit that party

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        michela RE: xperteater May 8, 2007 08:00 AM

        I second Lineage!

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          Joanie RE: michela May 8, 2007 08:04 AM

          $30 or so would just get you an entree at Lineage and not much else. Beacon St. Tavern might be able to do something in the back room.

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          Chris VR RE: xperteater May 9, 2007 06:43 AM

          Yeah but IMO the food there is awful.

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          JCPope RE: dreambml May 8, 2007 09:50 AM

          I would like to "third" Lineage. I have noticed a number of larger groups there (seemed to be showers) and it is a nice space, even though they do not have a private room. the food is great, too!

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            lergnom RE: JCPope May 8, 2007 10:10 AM

            You could also look at Elephant Walk, which is on Beacon Street at the Brookline / Boston line. French & Cambodian food. Nice atmosphere. They do a catering / party menu.

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              Chris VR RE: lergnom May 9, 2007 06:44 AM

              I think Elephant Walk would be a great choice. Another might be Skipjack's, for the seafood component that so many out-of-towners crave.

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                xperteater RE: Chris VR May 9, 2007 07:29 AM

                i think the Skipjacks in Brookline is gone

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                  edgewater RE: xperteater May 9, 2007 08:09 AM

                  Try Longwood Events venue @ Veronique in Longwood Towers on Chapel Street in Brookline. Longwood Events also owns/manages the former Bay Tower Room now known as The State Room. Their website is longwoodevents.com. The social sales manager's number is 617-854-5068.

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                    Joanie RE: xperteater May 9, 2007 10:24 AM

                    I can't believe that space has been empty so long.

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                      MC Slim JB RE: Joanie May 9, 2007 10:27 AM

                      Do you mean Longwood? I have a suspicion it's because they have a persistent mold or mildew problem, not very appetizing. If you mean Skipjack's, I'd guess it's a high rent question.

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                        lergnom RE: MC Slim JB May 9, 2007 12:44 PM

                        The Veronique space has never been empty. The Aptekers still run it, only as a catering / party facility. She's terrific. The Longwood Towers development was recently sold for big $$ and is being renovated for condo conversion.

                        BTW, if you sign up for doing an event at Longwood - restaurant or ballroom - they invite you to these great sampler evenings. They turn out small plates of a wide variety of menu offerings and have a large dessert spread and wine.

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                      Chris VR RE: xperteater May 9, 2007 03:53 PM

                      Whoops, sorry about that!

                      Also just noticed that the OP wanted a grill or steakhouse. Capital Grille and also The Metropolitan Club wouldn't be too far (Chestnut Hill is right next to Brookline), but the $30-$40pp price point might be tough.

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                GrillNextDoor RE: dreambml May 9, 2007 07:25 PM

                What about Washington Square Tavern? Haven't been awhile, so I can't remember the prices, but you may be able to do a party for $30-$45.

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                  dreambml RE: GrillNextDoor May 11, 2007 01:10 PM

                  thanks to all....I am going to look into them. Our reception will actually be at Longwood's Veronique and we did inquire about our rehearsal there, but way out of the price range....I would like to know what MC Slim meant about a mold issue....we didnt notice anything when visiting. Does anyone know anything about the Stockyard Restaurant?

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                    cmd RE: dreambml May 11, 2007 01:14 PM

                    You know, I thought about suggesting the Stockyard, but it's in Brighton and not knowing how "fancy" an atmosphere you wanted, I didn't. It's an old-school sort of place--I always went there (and to Jimmy's in Arlington) with my grandparents. They do have a private room, but I'm not sure how many it holds. I think the food is fine if you stick to the basics--steak, baked potato, maybe baked stuffed shrimp, etc. My mother hates it, though (she usually orders fish).

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                      dreambml RE: cmd May 11, 2007 01:19 PM

                      good to know - I would probably go with fish too. Is it more of a casual place? The problem is I want something relatively nice, however my fiance's parents are paying and think paying a lot of money ($40) for food "is completely ridiculous." If I could tell them that I will pay for it, I would and go where I want to. What about The Fireplace or (I know its not in Brookline) Th Union Oyster House? Someone else also recommended Les Zygomates or something?

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                        ginnyhw RE: dreambml May 11, 2007 01:36 PM

                        I went to a very disappointing private party at the Stockyard a few years back - tiny room, poor service, awful food. The bar food is mediocre but better than what we ate.
                        The Fireplace is in Brookline in Washington Square.
                        The Village Smokehouse has a private room. I'm not crazy about the place or the food but they are very popular with the local pols for private parties.

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                          cmd RE: dreambml May 11, 2007 02:37 PM

                          I've really only been for Sunday dinners, when there are a lot of seniors in their post-chuch clothes, but I believe at other times it's pretty casual.

                          If you're willing to go into Boston, I recommend Laurel. There is a thread on it a few posts down--it has a nicer atmosphere, a private room, and fits your budget.

                          If Les Zyg fits your price range, that's a nice option too. You might also consider Sorisso, which is next door, owned by the same people, and a bit less expensive. I can't remember if they have a private room, but it's a fairly large space.

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                        MC Slim JB RE: dreambml May 11, 2007 02:16 PM

                        It's been several years since I last was at Veronique, probably around 2000-2001, but I remember them hosting a dinner for a meeting of the foodline.com crew, and the place both looked and smelled old and moldy. I have not been back.

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                          lergnom RE: MC Slim JB May 11, 2007 04:02 PM

                          Well, that is not true now, nor has it been for years. Thanks for sharing info that's 6 or 7 years old.

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                            MC Slim JB RE: lergnom May 12, 2007 03:55 PM

                            Yeah, sorry I couldn't give you a more recent report, but once I go to a place that reminds me of a not-very-well-run nursing home, I have a tendency to cross it off my list. I'd welcome your more up-to-date perspectives on it, however.

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                              lergnom RE: MC Slim JB May 12, 2007 07:10 PM

                              Not to be argumentative, but your comment was almost slanderous. You originally spoke of a "persistent mold or mildew problem." When the original poster notes that their reception is actually at the venue, you then say you were there once a number of years ago and thought it smelled bad, meaning you know nothing about a "persistent" problem. I assume you didn't mean to say that every other person who's recommended Veronique - there is at least one other active thread which includes it - has no sense of smell or was only there 10 years ago. The point, to be clear, is that the report you made was a) extremely misleading, b) very worrying in a completely different way than having a bad waiter one night is, and c) completely outdated. You might try to be more careful.

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                                MC Slim JB RE: lergnom May 12, 2007 07:54 PM

                                Actually, at the time of my "mold" comment, the OP hadn't mentioned they were holding an event at Longwood, or I might have been less harsh. Let me say that I have an enduring impression of the place that it is old, fusty, and tired-looking, confirmed since my last actual visit in conversations with several people who have been there since. I will grant you it is unfair of me to impute a "persistent" mold problem, not having been there recently.

                                Since you have strong positive opinions of the place, and seem to know it well, perhaps you could comment on how the atmosphere has been refreshed recently.

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                                  dreambml RE: MC Slim JB May 16, 2007 01:38 PM

                                  Thanks for clarifying - while I have not eaten there yet, events there have been voted as up there with the best of Boston. As for the look of the room, obviously this is what we are going for - it was built in the 1920's and they have tried to make it look that way. They are currently remodeling for the condos in the towers. I have been in other areas of the building, and yes they are pretty shabby, but those are the areas they are updating also. The event rooms are beautiful and I have been there a few times since and have not noticed any smells or any mold anywhere in the building.

                    2. LauraBear RE: dreambml May 11, 2007 02:54 PM

                      why has the Fireplace idea not taken off?

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                        MC Slim JB RE: LauraBear May 11, 2007 03:21 PM

                        I'm personally not a fan of The Fireplace. Cramped space, lots of service miscues, food that did not wow me.

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                          edgewater RE: MC Slim JB May 11, 2007 04:34 PM

                          I love The Fireplace and am going there Wednesday with 6 people. I don't know if they have space for 20/25 people. Also, it's on the expensive side. I have had good food and service and didn't feel it was at all cramped but "different strokes for different folks".

                          As for the Stockyard, years ago I used to go there once a week and it was great but most recent two visits were most disappointing. The food was mediocre at best and prices had gone up, although it would probably still be in the price range you are looking for.

                          Check with Copia in Charlestown. I don't know if they have a room but the dining room is lovely, the food and service very good and prices not too over the top.

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                        tomaneng RE: dreambml May 11, 2007 04:46 PM

                        I am surprised that Village Smokehouse is even being mentioned since the OP said she wants nice and presumably good food. I've never thought that it had either.

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                          teezeetoo RE: dreambml May 12, 2007 05:01 PM

                          In Brookline, you could try Fireplace Grill, La Morra (really the best restaurant in B.rookline and might arrange to give you the upstairs for a private party), Fugakyu (while not a grill they do lots of things other than sushi), Elephant Walk (French and Cambodian with menus in both cuisines). I find Lineage overpriced and I don't think its a place that would welcome a party of 20 but the food is good. If you have a meat and potatos group and want something not formal but maybe fun, you could try one of the Brazilian meat places, like Green Fields (I think that's what its called) just outside of Brookline on Brighton Avenue. There are several of these and I understand the mojitos are good and meateaters love them.

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                            simonr RE: teezeetoo May 18, 2007 11:35 AM

                            La Morra is good and definitely worth considering; they have a prix fixe menu for $35 (without service or wine, though) which is in your ballpark

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                            tamerlanenj RE: dreambml May 16, 2007 03:48 PM

                            What about hte Metropolitan Club?

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