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Having lived in Portland for many years, I moved to San Francisco a few years ago so have lost touch with the dining scene. I'm returning in August to celebrate my birthday with a group of about 10 people and wonder if anyone could recommend a restaurant in Northeast or Southeast. Doesn't necessarily have to be someplace new as some of my old favorites might still be great. Basic criteria would be big enough to seat 10 people, great food, good wine list and relatively casual. Thanks!

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  1. Tabla, ask for their private room (which they do not charge for): http://www.tabla-restaurant.com/

    1. Great thanks. I loved Tabla when I lived in Portland. Iorio was recommended to me as a newer place to try. Any thoughts? Thx!

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      1. re: mtnelson

        We had two special occasions at Tabla and the back room area which fits a max of 15.
        It is lovely.
        Iorio, however is hit and miss. We had a desert bread pudding that was paper thin slices and unrecognizable.

      2. I love Nostrana, and they take reservations for parties of 6 or more.

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        Nostrana
        1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

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        1. re: missmliss

          This was the most disappointing dining experience I've ever had in Portland. It is a highly touted place but we know so many that will not return.
          They have a very limited menu. Ran out of the special of the day at 6:30 PM, wouldn't add some fresh garlic to a simple traditional Pizza and flat out refused to cook my steak medium well. Now, that has only happened to me once before and that was in a European Capital. Has it ever happened to anybody out there where the cook/chef refused to cook your meat the way you wanted? They would only serve it rare.
          I passed.

          1. re: Sir EatsAlot

            just chiming in to report negative Nostrana experience. horrible, horrible service. some above-average wood-fired pizza (for Portland; in NYC this would be just average), a truly blah salad, some tough meat (pork? i can't recall now). anyway, we were surprised that the local media had gotten so fooled by this one.

            some chefs won't cook meat too rare in the US due to potential health risks. some won't cook meat too done because they consider it an insult to their talent and to the steer who gave his life for your steak experience. but i dine with a friend who prefers things well done, and i can understand that she gets frustrated when this preference will not be met.

        2. Noble Rot has a private room upstairs too.

          1. Fife on NE Fremont is nice, and spacious enough to accommodate ten without feeling claustrophobic.

            1. We had 10 people at Mother's Bistro a few weeks back and really enjoyed it.
              http://www.mothersbistro.com/
              212 SW Stark