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Brunch (jazz?) for 12+ Boston/Metrowest

So we are finally getting around to celebrating my mother in law's 70th Birthday. She wants to have a brunch and asked her friends and came up with Terry's Diner in Framingham, East Coast Grill & the Living Room. (I think she just asked her friends-the choices seem odd.) I don't think East Coast is a great fit, and if we are going into Cambridge we could do the Blue Room, but I think it is hard to set up a large table there and still talk to people. She's a jazz singer, so it would be nice to have a jazz brunch, so I guess Ryles is a possibility, but I've never had their brunch. We located in Stow, sort of north/west, so places out here would be possible. J's at Nashoba winery has a great brunch and right next door. We can get a private room, although a little pricey. So here is my want/ need list. I'm really out of touch with the brunch scene (having 2 preschoolers and all...)

-Can seat 12+ easily and still hold a conversation (reservations our must, no standing in line)
-Jazz music would be nice, but hat might give problems to the conversation thing
-Not too pricey, we can't afford to pay for everyone & would like it to be less than$20 (yes, know the blue room is more.)
-Metrowest would be good, or parking if in town for the suburbanites
-Need to at least be able to get a Mimosa
-Would be nice to bring the grandkids (1 1/2 and 5)
-Oh yeah, decent food!

I'm really coming up empty here, hope you all can help!

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  1. This could fir the bill for you and most requirements.
    http://www.bullfinchs.com

    1. Tryst in arlington popped up in my head when i first saw your post and I think it fits the bill. Pretty large space, could easily accomodate 12 people and kids. Full Bar. Jazz band playing. Decent (not spectacular) brunch. Parking fairly easy and not to crowded on my last visit. Should be around your price range too.

      1. Haven't been, but Shanahan's Jazzwine Bar&Grill has a brunch. They are on Daniel Webster Hwy at the Nashua/Tyngsboro line.

        1. Skip Jack's in Copley Square has a jazz brunch. Bo Winnekar jazz band is a classic. Food is average to above average brunch fare and they take rezzies and there is paid parking on site.

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          1. re: ginnyhw

            I think Beehive does brunch now, have not been. don't know.
            Lucky's does a Sinatra Brunch, very reasonable, quiet on sundays(not crowded) good food. and in the lounge you can have it private. the stairs and location may be an issue.

            Noise may be the biggest issue

          2. Acton Jazz Cafe does a Sunday Jazz Brunch currently, I believe. Route 2A in Acton.

            1. HeHe! Stairs! I'm going to have to tell my MIL that. She looks 50 at most and is always walking around in these 3 inch platform heels. Needless to say, she's not taking turning 70 well.

              She didn't mention Bullfinches, and she's been there, but she did just mention the Acton Jazz Cafe yesterday. There were closed then reopened, so they could use the business. I will look into Lucky's and the others. I talked to someone about J's and they were cranky it was going to be around $25 for tax and tip. I hate trying to make everyone happy.....

              1. I realized, while posting somewhere else, I never reported back and thanked people.

                We wound up doing Bullfinches and cannot express how happy I was with them. Wound up with 30 people and had the whole back room, which is lovely. They let me pick a menu of 5 items and printed it out special. They combined one drink on me with an cash bar after that. It was complicated, but they did great! I cannot recommend them enough for an event. The back room would be lovely for a shower or something. They have benches with throw pillows, I very nice vibe and we didn't feel like we were disturbing the other patrons.

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                1. re: stupiddog

                  Thanks for reporting back. I had no idea they had a private room...good to know. I've only been there twice years ago, once for brunch and once for dinner outside, and liked the food and atmosphere both times. I remember the french toast and some vegetarian pasta dish (dumplings or ravioli) being delicious.

                  1. re: stupiddog

                    You are a very smartdog indeed for taking trufflehound's suggestion. Bullfinch's doesn't get nearly the love it deserves on the Boston & N.E. boards. It's not world class but it's more than a decent option in the Metro-West. One further comment I would make, for future reference, is checking out Trumpetguy's suggestion of the Acton Jazz Cafe. Since you're in Stow it's certainly not much of a schlep and they do offer top-notch jazz musicians who can use all the support they can get these days. Here's the link. http://www.actonjazzcafe.com/

                    Harp