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Surprise birthday party in Providence area

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jacob316 Jan 18, 2008 12:59 PM

We are planning a surprise birthday party in the Providence area. We plan on hosting approximately fifty people for lunch with drinks. Does any have any thoughts on a place and a ballpark per head price?

Thanks!

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    JaneRI Jan 18, 2008 02:28 PM

    Maybe Waterman Grille? Very pretty setting and they have a few different rooms that can accommodate a group. I'd specifically ask about the riverfront room downstairs. Not sure about price.....maybe $20/pp at lunch w/no booze? Hard to estimate alcohol prices as it's all over the map.....full on open bar? Choice of red or white wine, or beer?

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      LMWW Jan 19, 2008 04:50 AM

      We just inquired about a luncheon at the Waterman Grille in one of their private rooms. The lunch was about $25-30/pp without booze, depending on the menu that they put together. But the room rental was $250. Because our party size is in the 10-15 person range, the room rental practically doubled our costs. But for a party of 50, it may be worth it!

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        jacob316 Jan 19, 2008 07:52 AM

        That's about the price we were quoted as well. Off hand, would you know of any other places, ones even venturing into the South Attleboro/Attleboro area?

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          LMWW Jan 19, 2008 12:48 PM

          Never been, but maybe the Colonel Blackinton Inn in Attleboro?

          You may want to try CAV or Downcity Food, as well. But I don't know what they could do with a party of that size...

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      barfly Jan 20, 2008 03:53 AM

      3 Steeple Street has a nice space upstairs - completely private from the downstairs dining room. I hosted a dinner party for 30 there last summer, it was about $35pp.

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        JaneRI Jan 21, 2008 04:42 AM

        I think 3 Steeple St is a great idea!

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          frobb Jan 21, 2008 07:27 AM

          Bravo is another option you might want to consider. They have a private party room upstairs.

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            JaneRI Jan 21, 2008 08:17 AM

            Bravo and the private room....where do i begin. I wanted to hold a work function there, called them on Friday January 4th, and following the instructions hit option #7 for private parties. Got a machine and left the details of my event (50 people, January 21, etc). Nothing. Called back Monday January 7 and did the same. NOTHING. Called Tues or Wed, hit 10 for the maitre d' stand and explained my dilemma. Guy apologized profusely and said he'd have the manager call me. STILL NOTHING. I called Gracie's and they couldn't have been more accommodating (dinner is this evening, I'll let you know how it goes). I stopped in a work Saturday and actually had a msg on my machine from the mgr - he said "I've tried to contact you a couple of times". Really? And chose not to leave a msg? Come in to work today, and he had the audacity to call me again, and say "just wanted to confirm for tonight". I said are you kidding? He was somewhat abrupt, not apologetic for what had happened (said he had a death in the family so if true of course I feel bad but 2 wks? And a coworker said she has been through that w/them too and has stopped bothering).

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              frobb Jan 21, 2008 08:34 AM

              Wow, that's totally unacceptable. I would think restaurants would be hungry for private parties in January! I've been to Bravo for lunch/dinner (which was fine) but never for a private function, so I have no first-hand experience with the folks who do the booking. How high is the per-person charge at Gracie's?

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                JaneRI Jan 21, 2008 10:08 AM

                For the menu we picked, $67 w/out booze. We have a choice of 3 apps (salad, gnocchi or cheese plate) .....4 entrees....a filet, king salmon, statler chicken or a veggie lasagna w/butternut squash & goat cheese. For dessert, a "chef's choice trio".

                It can go from a low of $55/pp up to more like $75 if you do passed apps.

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