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scrumptious dinner for 25 people in Back Bay

I'm an out of state gal hosting a business dinner. In an ideal world, I would like to find an affordable (around $35 per person w/o alcohol) restaurant with scrumptious food. This is a young, responsible crowd so an overly stuffy place won't do. We want a comfortable restaurant where we can mingle without bothering other patrons. A semi-private or private room is preferred but not necessary. What matters is great food. Any suggestions around Back Bay / Pru area?

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    1. I would highly recommend the private room at Mistral. Great food, atmosphere--they do a fantastic job. The price range could definitely be an issue...

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      1. re: jrmd

        On my last visit to Mistral, I found the food to be too salty and could hardly get the attention of our waiter. I also think the food is overpriced. Do you have any other suggestions?

        1. re: cookingfest

          YES. WHY is the food so salty at Mistral? I experienced it and you are probably the fifth person I've heard that from!

        2. re: jrmd

          and $35 at Mistral won't get you much beyond valet parking. Also, I believe Mistral charges a room fee. How about Teatro?

        3. If you are open to ethnic fare, check out Island Hopper on Mass Ave. or Bangkok Blue on Boylston St.

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            1. Not in Back Bay, but BiNA downtown (@ The Ritz) would be a nice option. Very nice dining area and the food is incredible and currently one of the best restaurants in the city in my opinion. You could even do an appetizer, small order of Pasta and a dessert for under $40pp.

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