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Need advice on restaurants for baby shower!

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Hello,

We are having a baby shower the first weekend in March and are looking for a restaurant in Boston/Somerville/Cambridge and surrounding areas. We are looking for a place that will accomodate about 20-25 people for an afternoon tea brunch that is also reasonably priced.

So far we have looked into Eastern Standard, Mistral, Upstairs on the Square and L'Espalier. Any opinions on these restaurants as well as others would be greatly appreciated. (A few of these looked a bit too extravagant and pricey.)

Thanks and all the best!

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  1. I'm not sure Mistral is open during the day. I think Upstairs on the Square (especially the Monday Club) would be darling for an afternoon shower. The Monday Club is pretty reasonably priced too. I am a fan of Eastern Standard but more for the experience at the bar than at sitting at a table. L'Espalier would be lovely but I would think quite pricey.

    1. Well, you've narrowed it down to some of the most pricey places in town. :)

      Maybe look into Sel de la Terre as well. They would be open in the afternoon and though they are the sister restaurant of L'Espalier, they are a LOT cheaper.

      1. I'm actually looking for a place to throw a baby shower too. All the sites I've researched bring me to the same pricey establishments. Are there any affordable place to have a baby shower these days??

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        1. re: garlicandeggs

          Want to travel out of the city? Reserve the side dining room at La Provence in Concord, MA. www.laprovence.us

        2. As long as a restaurant has a private room set aside away from the main dining room, they should be able to accomodate you for privacy. Are you thinking about having the baby shower on a Sunday? Alot of restaurants that serve brunch close at 3 & open again at 5 or 5:30 p.m. for dinner. They may be able to easily give you some private space during that 2 hour downtime. Hotels also have small banquet rooms. There are SO many nice hotels in downtown Boston for you to check out. There are event planners on-site to help with menu selections and all the specifics for your event. I went to a nice wedding shower recently at The Wayside Inn in Sudbury. I know it's in the suburbs, but there might be a another nice historic inn closer to the city,

          1. Try The Blue Room in Cambridge. They have a wonderful Sunday brunch buffet and it's only $23/per person. They have a private seating area which would be able to accommodate your group size. I had a private party there and was very pleased. Although this is an expensive restaurant at night, the brunch is very reasonable, the setting very pleasant. The restaurant was very helpful in setting up my party and gave our group a lot of attention. The food is great.

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            1. re: Melissa26

              The baby in this scenario probably in preschool by now....