Hosting an important dinner meeting in Toledo
I will be hosting an important dinner meeting for 14 people in Toledo in May and need to have recommendations as to where to schedule it. I want to make a good impression and be able to rely on outstanding food and service. Cost is secondary. Nothing ethic or exotic.
Mancy's Steakhouse will cost you an arm and leg, btw :)
Other options include Cousino's Navy Bistro (at least it's overlooking the Maumee River), La Scola on Airport Hwy, and Mancy's Bluewater Grille on Dussel. I've heard Rouge Bistro is equally impressive -- by Toledo's standards, that is.
Agree with nsxtasy . Mancy's - the original on Phillips Ave. - would be fine. You could also try Giorgio's downtown which may have a private room. Not the masculine steakhouse vibe, but very good. More of a continental approach but far from exotic. They do fish really well. I don't think La Scola is as good. Rouge Bistro has closed. Navy Bistro and Real Seafood are nice and right on the river, but I don't think the food is as good as the top 2.
re: sam o
You can also get a private room at Mancy's; their website notes that their "Overlook Room" works for groups of 15-30.
I agree with sam o on all other counts as well.
I posted a report on my dinner at Georgio's in the discussion at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/397505 The "continental approach" is a good way to describe it. It struck me as a somewhat old-fashioned place with an old-fashioned menu, which may work okay for what you're looking for. The seafood was very fresh and properly prepared; the preparation techniques of the dishes are extremely conventional, though. To get a better idea what I mean, you can view Georgio's menu on their website at www.georgiostoledo.com and contrast it with the more modern preparations on the menu at Mancy's Bluewater Grille ( www.mancys.com ) or at Real Seafood ( www.realseafoodcorestaurant.com ). The service at Georgio's was excellent - efficient, friendly, and unobtrusive. The atmosphere works for a business meeting but if you are relying on the food to make an impression, I recommend Mancy's over Georgio's. Not that the food is bad at Georgio's; it's good, but it's not strikingly good, and your group probably won't leave raving about the food. Whereas at Mancy's, the service is equally excellent, AND the food will leave the steak lovers raving about the steaks, and the seafood lovers raving about the seafood (based on my visit there).
I ate at Real Seafood twice, and posted reports in that same topic. I was disappointed in the food both times, and I do not recommend it.