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scrumptious dinner for 25 people in Back Bay

cookingfest May 20, 2009 02:18 PM

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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    jrmd RE: cookingfest May 20, 2009 02:32 PM

    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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      cookingfest RE: jrmd May 20, 2009 03:55 PM

      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?

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        SaraASR RE: cookingfest May 20, 2009 05:15 PM

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

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        almansa RE: jrmd May 20, 2009 04:57 PM

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

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        nasilemak RE: cookingfest May 20, 2009 07:14 PM

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

        1. Matt H RE: cookingfest May 20, 2009 08:04 PM

          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.

          Bina Osteria
          581 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

          1. hotoynoodle RE: cookingfest May 21, 2009 04:23 AM

            sibling rivalry has a private room that could easily fit your group, and would tailor a menu to your budget. i believe brasserie jo would also work.

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              C. Hamster RE: hotoynoodle May 21, 2009 06:48 AM

              I second Brasserie Jo. The food is scrumptious, basically in your pruce range and they do have a private room.

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                pemma RE: C. Hamster May 21, 2009 07:34 AM

                I agree that Brasserie Jo is a good choice. There is a private area. It is an upbeat place and the food is good. Prices are reasonable for that area.

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                cookingfest RE: hotoynoodle May 21, 2009 09:14 AM

                aha, i forgot about brasserie jo. i went there some time ago and liked it. i'll check it out. my only concern with brasserie jo is that it's a bit out there if we want to walk back to newbury for drinks. sibling rivalry seems to have mixed reviews. any other suggestions?

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                  C. Hamster RE: cookingfest May 21, 2009 09:40 AM

                  It's only a few blocks from Newbury Street, actually. Cut through the Pru. Much closer than SR.

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                bostondiner RE: hotoynoodle May 21, 2009 11:36 AM

                Try Vlora on Boylston- they have a semi private back room and the food is very good.

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