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I am looking for a place in East Boston for a rehersal dinner. Ecco's couldn't accomodate us because the dinner is on a Saturday night, and they suggested Spinelli's. Does anyone have experience attending events at Spinelli's? How was the food? How was the setting?

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  1. Spinelli's isn't very good. It's just mediocre. The space is pretty big but again, nothing special. Are you looking for a fancy place? What about Jeveli's? It's a local favorite. Or D'parma's in East Boston and is delicious. It's close to the water with a great view of Boston. The atmosphere is on the small side however.

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    1. re: Danielle11

      We are not looking for a fancy place, just a place for out-of-town guests to be together for a meal before the wedding. The quality of the food matters to us.

      1. re: veggielover

        Jeveli's is anything but fancy. Aside of being the oldest Italian restaurant within the Boston city limits, it's a red-sauce heaven, and in a good way. The only options to decide are whether to enjoy their hearty fare on the bar-side, in the Italianate dining room or the 50 seat "Presidential" function room :-). If your group goes with that in mind you really can have a fun experience there.

        Harp

        BTW, here's a thread for Eastie that's not too out of date; http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/448448

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        Jeveli's Restaurant
        387 Chelsea St East, Boston, MA

        1. re: veggielover

          I'd recommend Jeveli's over Spinelli's any day. I's say to go for the "Presidential Room". They actually do a very good job with functions. We have gone to Jeveli's off and on for 30 years. Harp00n's take is spot on.

          1. re: stradacouple

            Thanks for your help. We are going to go there for dinner tonight to try it out.

            1. re: veggielover

              Let me know what you think .....

              1. re: stradacouple

                We went for dinner on Saturday and found it charming in its 50s-60s decor. The food was mixed but we had some nice dishes and it will be perfect for what we are looking for in this location. We enjoyed the lemon chicken, the chicken escarole soup, the vegetarian lasagna. The eggplant parm was less successful.

                1. re: veggielover

                  Glad that it worked out. Have a great rehersal dinner!

      2. just another suggestion.....Rino's in Eastie did a dinner for me and about 20 or 30 people on a sunday. it was amazing.

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        1. re: eLizard

          Rinjo's IS great but what's your secret?
          It's tough to get in there with a whole lot less people!

          Harp

          1. re: Harp00n

            for my birthday, we did it on a sunday, and the opened the place special for us. we have no connections, we just asked.

            1. re: eLizard

              Hi eLizard,
              I wasn't aware that Rino's wasn't open on Sundays, so that's some terrific info that you've provided The Hounds! :-)

              Harp

              1. re: Harp00n

                you're welcome. and some days they serve lunch.... just a head's up. and of course, they're usually closed for a week or two in the summer.

                1. re: eLizard

                  I like both Spinelli's and Jevelli's... if I had to pick for a function I would go with Jevelli's. We often take our entire family there (11 of us) and it is pretty cheap for all of us to eat there, usually well under 200 for hte entire meal. You can also download some coupons (from their site) and get 2 appetizers for either a discounted price or free- don't remember details...

        2. We had my daughter's rehersal dinner with 55 people at Javeli's on Saturday night and it was a lot of fun in the "Presidential" function room. It was good, hearty food, not too expensive and a different experience from the formal wedding with more "gourmet" food the next day. Thanks for the suggestion!

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          1. re: veggielover

            So glad to hear that all went well and you could not have asked for a nicer weather last weekend!