Private rooms for a large party in Calgary?
I'm trying to find a place for 16-20 people to celebrate a birthday.
We want good food and reasonably quiet so we can talk to each other, and a place where we can stay awhile. It doesn't have to be a private room, but don't like places with a lot of echoing (like Teatro's in their dining room).
I'm leaning heavily toward getting the private room at Centini's, but I wanted to explore other avenues as well. Has anyone tried it out?
I haven't gone out with a large group for a while, so I thought I would see if anyone else could relate any experiences they've had with group functions. For example, has anyone been to River Cafe or Muse for group functions?
Our group of 16 close friends ended up at the Opera Room at Teatro this past Saturday evening. Its a fantastic room and completely private, with its own separate entrance and washrooms. And its huge, so there was lots of room for 16 of us to mingle around. For big drinkers, its gots it own bar with a neat lighting system. There is also a flat panel TV hidden behind a retractable mural. And really, really big globe lights...
The service was excellent, and very unobtrusive.
For our menu we had:
Soup: Green Asparagus Soup, morel and boar bacon fricassee
Salad: Mixed Greens with blood orange vinaigrette
Entree: Choice of either
Halibut alla plancha, fiddlehead hazelnut insalata and ginger beurre noisette
Beef Tenderloin, foie gras ravioli and porcini sherry jus
Dessert: Varieta of Dolce
The soup and salad were very good starters, especially the asparagus soup.
My wife had the Halibut which was truly excellent. The fiddlehead insalata was really interesting as well. I had the Beef, which was good, although I had to say the foie gras ravioli and the truffled whipped potatoes were better than the beef. I tip my hat to the Halibut.
The Varieta of Dolce (variety of desserts) was very, very good. It was a bunch of little desserts, including coconut sorbet, chocolate mousse, chocolate creme brulee in a Chinese spoon, a flourless chocolate cake, and a panna cotta in a tall fluted glass (accessible only by a thin fork). The Chocolate creme brulee and coconut sorbet were the best...
Throw in some wine and we ended closing the place down.
I highly recommend the experience if anyone is looking for a private room, although next time I'll remember to ask just for tap water, not bottled sparkling water when organizing this. Doh! The charge for sparkling water is highway robbery...
It was expensive, but pretty competitive for what's out there, and you simply don't get a completely private room like this.
Its off the beaten path, but the Bears Den on the city limits in Bearspaw has an interesting private room. Hand carved wildlife murals and wine storage, very impressive decor. Their prices aren't over the top either. Good food, decent prices, pleasant service and great surroundings
an off the beaten path suggestion - Willow Park Wines and Spirits main store on Macleod Trail has a mezzanine area that you can book for private functions. they have a roster of chefs that they can contract to cater your event and you're assured of great wine pairings. The space is flexible - you can do a sit down meal, a cooking party - wonderful open kitchen, or a multi-station wine tasting event. Just organized a dinner party for 30 recently and was very pleased with the turn out.
Thanks for all the replies. I think I'm going to go with the new "Opera" private room at Teatro's. It used to be the old Auburn, but I guess they took it over. A really nice room, very spacious. Also no minimum charge! Plus the function menu looks pretty good. Will keep everyone posted.
I've had a group function of about 20 people at Tony Roma's in Crowfoot. The room is a loft located at the back of the restaurant. Ask to speak to the Manager and he will arrange it so that you will have your own waiter and the door can be shut so you can have privacy. Also the music from the rest of the restaurant can be turned off in the room so that everyone could hear each other. We had a very successful gathering at that restaurant. Also, the food is pretty good. Lunch time is easier to book the room than at dinner time. Hope this helps.
ETA: There is also a private room for about 20 people in the basement of Luciano's at Stadium Shopping Centre. I've held functions there. There are some mismatched furniture in there. If you are not picky, it's OK.