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Dallas party of 6-8 seeks round table, quiet place

Next month, I want to celebrate my 63rd birthday by gathering my friends together at a restaurant in Dallas that has a nice, big round table. Must haves include: relatively quiet so we can hear each other. Decent food, but not terribly expensive. Good service. Pluses would be atmosphere, nice music, valet parking. Free b-day dessert is always good!

This is a tradition I started many years ago. My friends always loved it! It's been a long time since I celebrated my birthday, but I realize now how precious life is and want to share my joy at being alive for another year.

The only food I don't like is Sushi. I am a very young 63, if that makes a difference.(More like 43) My friends are in their 40s, 50s and 60s ... and largely single like me. There will be 5-8 of us.

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  1. Do you have a particular area in mind? N/E/S/W or Central?

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    1. re: CocoaNut

      Probably Central or somewhere near major highways. One friend is coming from Ft. Worth, another lives in Lancaster. Some are in North Dallas & Frisco... so it's a spread out group.

      West End, Greenville Avenue, anywhere along 75 or near the Tollway is good. Heck, downtown is not out of the question either. I guess the areas I'd avoid are far North Dallas and West Dallas. But we'd probably be willing to go anywhere if the place fit the bill.

      Thanks for asking!!

    2. chic from barcelona would be good option, in north dallas, nw corner preston and forest, good menu, round tables, check out their website.....

        1. re: saritaforten

          Thanks for the suggestion. It does look like a neat restaurant & it certainly has round tables. Only thing, though, is I would like something more intimate and less bright. I used to hold these parties at Houston's because they had a nice big table that fit 10 and it was off by itself in a semi secluded space.

          The Walnut Hill location is closed, but I just did a search and there is one at Preston & NW Hwy. Didn't know that! That will go on my short list, but still would like other suggestions.

          I might add that the party will be on either Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Hopefully, Sunday. While I'm a night owl, my friends aren't. It's hell getting old. LOL

          1. re: Kati.Pea

            I live close the the Houston's at Preston and NWH. It's always packed. Be prepared to wait at least an hour in a small, cramped bar area. If the weather is nice, you might be able to sit on the patio. I just had dinner at The Mercury. It had been while since I had been there, but had a great meal. They can accomodate your party at one table and it is somewhat intimate. Not sure about the free dessert!

        2. One to consider is Avanti.
          http://www.avantirestaurants.com/
          http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?...

          They have 3 different locations - I think different menus and pricing. Can't swear to a "round" table. I went to the McKinney location for lunch and was very pleased with the attentive service and app of Stuffed Mushrooms Florentine and entree of lobster and crab ravioli. Even though it was a couple of years ago, I remember the lobster and crab being wonderfully sweet. I don't recall what my friend had, but remember it being very good.

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          1. re: CocoaNut

            Sadly, Avanti is closed Sunday afternoon. I think the time will be 2 p.m. That's the consensus so far.

          2. I would throw out Cafe Pacific. I know they have 2 round tables that fit the bill. The food is very consistent and really good value IMO. I like the atmosphere and it's would seem to fit the bill for what you are looking for.

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