Low-key rehearsal dinner
Know y'all just fielded a rehearsal dinner question a few weeks ago...mine is a bit different hence a separate post. Looking for a rehearsal dinner location for this October, max 20 people (pre-teen to 70s), one person who does not eat any fish/seafood, several who do not enjoy (read: will not eat) ethnic food. We are mindful of budget; hoping for someplace that is particularly good at whatever it does whether fancy or not, bonus if it feels unique/special to out-of-towners. Arlington/Lexington area down to Waltham would work well. Open to places that feel "local", no slickness needed, just great service and an atmosphere in which everyone can feel comfortable and celebratory and enjoy the evening. It is important to us to have a separate room or area with some definition between our party and patrons-at-large. Thank you!
I wonder if you could rent out Something Savory in Arlington for such an event. I know that the regular restaurant menu is a little "ethnic" but their catering menu is much more mainstream. The restaurant itself is very pretty and would feel "special" to me. I think it's definitely worth a call.
Is Cambridge too far afield? I am keeping my eye out for potential reherasal dinner spots and was wondering about Garden at the cellar. It definitely feels very local, and although there might be a few Ethnic touches, it's a pretty straightforward menu.
The "separation thing" is the problem there- they have the restaurant and the bar below. I wonder if you had it early enough if you could rent out the whole bar below..
Tryst in Arlington is decent and has a large dining room with two sides. Not the nicest DR in the world, but could accommodate your party. American food.
In Brookline, the Beacon St. Bistro has a back room w/ a little bar that's a great space for a party. Basic food like steak, chicken, etc.
I am a caterer and have done events of this size on The Charles Riverboat Company's boats. It is still nice out in October and is a lot of fun for out of towner's and locals. You board at The Cambridgeside Galleria, so parking is easy for all. And well, you cannot get much more private than your own floating vessel.
Good luck with all of your planning!