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sarod25 Jul 15, 2008 08:37 PM

Hi, I am looking for some suggestions for where to go for a bachelorette party dinner. There will be about 15 women in their thirties. We are looking for a fun, not too expensive place, maybe even a BYOB. We would need to be able to make reservations. Thanks in advance for your suggestions, I haven't been able to come up with too many ideas.

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    Mr Siegal RE: sarod25 Jul 16, 2008 04:18 AM

    where are you located?

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/523063

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/178918

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      jessicheese RE: sarod25 Jul 16, 2008 06:22 AM

      I looked into having a friends bachelorette party, also, and had a very hard time finding a place that would offer a reservation for 15 without us picking from a pre-set menu. I was surprised! After trying a few Starr places, Swanky Bubbles (our original preference), Lolita, we ended up at Positano Coast (who required $100 deposit, but refunded it to my card when we arrived). I guess they don't want to risk setting aside a table that large on a Friday night... I'm not sure.

      It's not exactly Le Bec Fin, but my bachelorette party was at Chickie's & Petes and it was awesome. They easily accommodated a large group of us, we got A TON of attention, and they have great bar food to start off a night of fun. Plus, it's not too pricey.

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        sarod25 RE: sarod25 Jul 16, 2008 07:47 PM

        We are now thinking of doing BYOB in Center City. We are deciding between
        La Fontana Della Citta, Brazino, or caffe casta diva. Any opinions on which is better? We are sticking to Italian or Mexixan since that's what most everyone likes. Any info would be great. Thanks!

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          Bride of the Juggler RE: sarod25 Jul 17, 2008 10:00 AM

          I foudn the food mediocre at La Fontana Della Citta, but they do have a nice room that would be the right size for you guys.

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            cosmo125 RE: Bride of the Juggler Jul 17, 2008 10:51 AM

            I agree, the food at La Fontana Della Citta was mediocre at best and it was extremely loud the Saturday night I was there. I was there with a party of about 12 or so and we were not particularly loud, but the several other large parties in the room were so loud I could barely hear anyone talking who was seated across the table from here. I would not recommend going here. I have heard very good things about both Branzino and Caffe Casta Diva, although I have not been to either one.

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              philly123 RE: cosmo125 Jul 17, 2008 11:57 AM

              I prefer La Viola over the choices you have listed. They do large parties and the food is very good. The newer one La Viola "ouest" is much larger.

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                PhillyA RE: philly123 Jul 20, 2008 07:37 AM

                I'll second La Viola. The food and the staff are fantastic, and it's a cute little BYO.

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                  saturninus RE: philly123 Jul 22, 2008 02:29 PM

                  That's funny. I much prefer Branzino and Caffe Casta Diva over La Viola. I find both restaurants' dishes more inventive and delicious!

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            Mr Siegal RE: sarod25 Jul 17, 2008 02:49 AM

            you want fun, go to El Vez. They take reservations.

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              Bigley9 RE: Mr Siegal Jul 17, 2008 07:29 AM

              or across the street to lolita which is a byob(T) - they have all the margarita fixins to go with your tequila

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                invinotheresverde RE: Bigley9 Jul 17, 2008 09:46 AM

                Lolita doesn't take reservations on Friday or Saturday. They also don't take parties larger than six on those nights.

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              LaurCar RE: sarod25 Jul 17, 2008 01:01 PM

              We had my bachelorette dinner at the Standard Tap, the went around to a few bars in the neighborhood (N. 3rd and a few others) before walking over to the Cave (which is right down the street)

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                marianne215 RE: LaurCar Aug 23, 2008 03:25 PM

                The cave is closed now. Thank goodness. That place was horrendous.

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                SyntaxPC RE: sarod25 Aug 24, 2008 11:38 AM

                A couple months ago the wife and I had a Stag+Doe dinner at Ansill (followed by the boys and girls heading their separate ways for their respective partying). We had ~18 people. They gave us a long table in the back area by the kitchen, although it wasn't completely private (you'd probably need a party of 25 or 30 to completely fill that room). What was nice is that they didn't require a deposit and we got to keep the table for as long as we wanted. They offered a number of different menus ranging from $35 to $60 a person. Each menu was about four courses with two or three choices per course. They were also willing to modify the menus and they also allowed us to order additional items off of the a la carte menu.

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