Group dinner for 20 in Cambridge/Boston
I'm trying to find a restaurant for a small rehearsal dinner (20 people, $40-$50 pp before drinks, taxes and tip).
Since 3/4 of the attendees are from out of town, we had initially thought someplace Boston-y like the Union Oyster House, but then we actually ate there.
I'd like to find someplace that focuses on local ingredients and thoughtful preparation (but not necessarily regional/Yankee style cuisine), in either Cambridge or downtown Boston, and that has private or semi-private space for 20 on a Friday night. I don't care how casual or fancy the place is as long as the food is good.
I keep having flashbacks to UOH's cold, rubbery scrod. Please talk me down from the ledge!
I actually recommend Henrietta's table-- I just had a 20 people gathering in their private dining room and it went very well! The special events coordinator is great, their choices are very New Englandy, and they accomodate for special diets without hesitation. The food is very good and presented like real local food, without silly sculptural gimmicks (which bothered me a little bit at EVOO). Decent wine selection too.