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need recomendations for a restaurant to host out of towners for a wedding

I am in need of recomendations for restaurants to host out of towners for a wedding this summer. Nothing cheap, but not too expensive either. A nice casual place with great food and reasonable prices. Everyone will be staying at the Hilton @ Logan airport so I will probably be getting a bus or large van.

Any suggestions?

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  1. i don't know how casual is casual, but you can't beat the "boston" experience at the barking crab in the summer, and they do really well with groups.

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      1. re: Blumie

        nope....unless she's asking for a place to *host the wedding* and not just take out of town guests for a meal while they're visiting, bc clearly a wedding at barking crab is absurd. i might have misread...bb0924, are you looking for a place to take guests to while they're in town, or for a place to actually have a wedding event at?

        1. re: dianalim

          Very funny. I thought you were proposing a wedding at the barking crab!

          I'm not a fan of the place, but agree that it's an option for out of town visitors, assuming we're not talking about having a wedding there!

          1. re: Blumie

            Boy, that WOULD be barking up the wrong crab!

            Harp

          2. re: dianalim

            There are much better places to go. You don't want to give them a bad impression of this town by going to "The Crab." Ick! Sorry...I have HATE for that place. I've NEVER had a good meal there. It's basically a place to drink. I'd sooner go to the Summer Shack, which isn't that good either, but it's sure beats Barking Crab.

      2. Not sure how many people you're talking but maybe something like a mid level Italian place in the North End (Pagliuca's, Trat Il Panino, Ricardo's), Pops, Rocca or Gaslight in the south end, maybe Ecco in E. Boston if you want to make it easy for staying at the airport.

        1. help us help you:

          how many people?
          what's "not too expensive"? like how much per person?
          what night of the week?
          are they adventurous or more conservative eaters?

          1. We will need more information before making reasonable recommendations, but for a shot in the dark- 75 Chestnut on Beacon Hill is pretty nice overall. It's not "cheap" but it's not that expensive either and I think the food is simple, but well done.

            1. You can take a ferry across the Harbor to Rowes Wharf and from there have walking access to the North End and the Financial District and Chinatown. Assuming everyone walking. You do not want to try to park a bus or van in any of those places close to a restaurant. Abandon all hope ye who enter there....

              1. We just had a dinner for 55 out-of-towners at Javeli's in East Boston on Saturday night. It was a fun event before the wedding at the Hilton at Logan airport the next day. I highly recommend the restaurant. .

                1. this is not for the wedding, it is for the night before for out of town family and good friends, including us, the family of the groom. as far as prices, we are thinking mid $20's per head, without drinks. Good food, preferably a private room, good atmosphere, and a good slice of Boston. Thanks everyone.

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                  1. re: bb0924

                    Hmm... this is a tall order. $20/head, private room, presumably a weekend night since it's the night before a wedding, and a "slice of Boston". I admit I'm stumped. Maybe someone with good knowledge of East Boston eateries will be able to help, or perhaps there's something in the north end? My first thought was Antico Forno, but I don't think they have a private room. Whatever you do, do NOT go the Barking Crab. I get skeeved out just thinking about how dirty that place is.

                    1. re: bb0924

                      Maybe Union Bar and Grill? I don't know if they have private rooms but entrees are at your price point and I've always liked the atmosphere.

                        1. re: BackBayGirl

                          except for the burger, entrees at union are all more than $20. that's without an appetizer or dessert.

                      1. re: bb0924

                        I think that Javeli's would fit the bill. Our dinner was also for the night before the wedding for out of town family and good friends. I think you would be hard pressed to go above mid $20/person.