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I'm searching for a restaurant that can easily accomodate a group of fifteen. I was all set to make a reservation at Clyde Common, but they 1) don't take large group reservations on weekends and 2) serve large groups family style--not what we're looking for.

This is a group of fairly adventurous eaters, and we'll be staying at the Hilton downtown. A restaurant nearby would be nice but not essential. Most important is amazing food and great service (it's a business dinner).

Any good recommendations for a place that's similar in price and quality to Clyde Common? Thanks in advance!

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  1. You may want to consider the Barnwood Table at Carlyle; it seats about 20. A bit pricier than CC, and it's prixe fix, but the experience is unique, the food wonderful, and service is exceptional.
    www.carlylerestaurant.com

    1. Carlyle is a great idea, they can set it up to serve it anyway you'd like.

      I have had a very nice group meal at Andina, they have a private room downstairs. You can also plan the meal out ahead of time.

      ten-01 is probably large enough to accommodate a group of 15.

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      1. re: JillO

        Doesn't Wildwood have a nice private dining room?

      2. Tabla also has a separate room that I think seats ~20--it's not downtown, but I think the price is somewhat comparable to CC.

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        1. re: Nettie

          It's hard to get more than around 12 or so in that back room at tabla... I had around 13 at a party there and we just fit.

        2. Try Olea in the Pearl. They have a glassed in private room for groups of that size. I don't know if they have a minimum but you could go to their website at www.olearestaurant.com. Also Bluehour has a room for groups but I believe it might be larger.

          1. Try also Veritable Quandary. I think they've got a cellar room for private parties, and the food is quite good and popular with the downtown set.

            1. Wildwood has a private room, so does Jake's Grill, also downstairs at the Benson, the private room at the Carlyle is great.

              favorites in order

              Carlyle
              Wildwood
              Jakes Grill
              Benson

              1. I actually arranged a business dinner at Clyde Commons a few weeks ago--it was on a weeknight so we were able to get a reservation. They sat us at one end of the big communal table, and although they put other people there during our dinner, they were at the other end of the table. It actually didn't feel like a communal table because of this. Oh, and everyone in the group was blown away by the food and service.

                1. Toro Bravo (which is not near downtown) has a private room upstairs now. Great food, interesting choices, excellent service, amazing value.