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Mar 5, 2008 09:53 AM

Closing Dinner in Philadelphia

Im planning to have a closing dinner in Philadelphia to celebrate a recent finance related deal. I was wondering your thoughts on where to have the dinner. We will likely want a private room that seats approximately 15 people. Price is not an issue. I think it should be somewhere appropriate for some fairly conservative types, but not overly stuffy. For example, Id rather do something more interesting and exciting than Fountain, LaCroix etc. One suggestion that has been thrown out is Morimoto or Buddakan. I have been to both and while they are good (particularly Morimoto) I would be interested in hearing other options.


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  1. I think that at Buddakan you can rent the upstairs while Morimoto has the Omikaze room that can be rented out (and I seem to remember one other room downstairs?). Another idea that may appeal to people is Estia.

    1. Estia has a very nice private room.

      1. Morimoto has private dining rooms. I love Buddakan, but it is very noisy it too noisy for a business dinner? You might also consider Barclay Prime which has a private dining room that will probably work for you. If it is a conservative group you really can't miss with steak.

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        1. re: DaisyM

          Agree about Buddakan; it's still very noisy upstairs, and you can barely hear the person next to you without shouting. Barclay Prime is a good suggestion. Estia would be a good choice, though I don't know if they have any non-fish items (this is a great fish restaurant).

          1. re: mschow

            I've had parties in the upstairs room at Buddakan twice and I didn't find the noise a problem. It's certainly much quieter than downstairs. However, my parties had about 40 people. I doubt that they'll give you the entire room with only 15 people.

        2. I know that James has a private room, but I'm unsure how many it seats. You may consider Osteria as well.

          1. Susanna Foo also has a private room

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            1. re: Bigley9

              Thanks everyone, very helpful. I had been thinking about Barclay Prime. Looked at the website and wasnt sure how much I liked the decor, looked a little tacky. Has anyone had positive experiences with it? particularly the private room?

              I think my ideal would be striped bass (which is out because its all fish) or Vetri, which is out because its too cozy and small for this scenario.

              1. re: benito417

                Even if you do want fish, Striped Bass is not good.

                1. re: Buckethead

                  Point taken, I bring it up more as an example of good atmosphere. If Susanna Foo's is a little more refined and if the food is better than Buddakan, that may be the right call.

                  1. re: benito417

                    I've been to a private party at Barclay Prime. The service is very good and the decor is in good taste...not tacky!

                2. re: benito417

                  I'm with you on the decor, benito, but the food at Barclay is top-notch. I think it would work well, since the menu is good for boring people (this is a closing dinner, right?) -- ie, steak -- as well as people who want more excitement -- ie, Kobe beef sliders and cute dessert concepts. I've never done the private room thing there, though.

                  I'd agree with everyone that Buddakan is too loud for a closing dinner. Morimoto or Osteria might be interesting, though.