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Oct 22, 2009 03:44 PM

Calgary Off the Menu Group Dinner

We have a past work team that typically goes out for a group dinner once or twice a year. There's a pretty wide range of tastes, so a place that lets everyone order off the menu usually works best.

We've been to Brava Bistro, Cilantros, and Parker House with groups of 12 -16 in recent history, but this year it looks like we might be 18 or 19. We'd like to keep trying new places, but many now seem to require formal catering/event planning with set menus and prices per head.

I know the kitchens prefer to be able to prepare in advance, but since we only get together a couple times a year we'd be just as fine having another drink and catching up if we had to wait for staggered service.

Central to the downtown area would be best, but other areas could work. Venues with space for one large table, and prices comparable to the restaurants above would also be preferred. Any suggestions?

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  1. A Chinese restaurant will accommodate a la carte for even larger groups, though you'll want to reserve tables in advance. And they won't have one large table to accommodate you all. In Chinatown, I like Gee Gong for dinner (I think they have two large round tables in the back).

    This one is tough--some restaurants might do a limited menu for you instead of a set menu, so that there is still choice in dishes and prices.

    1. We have a big group dinner (50 people) every year at Ric's grill and even with that many people they let us order off the menu.

      1. I'm pretty sure that we had a Christmas lunch last year at Met Grille where we ordered off the menu. It would be worth the call. They also have a private room for that size group.

        1. Thank you for the suggestions. Sounds like Ric's should definitely be able to accommodate 20. BTW, which Met location had the private room?

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          1. re: truthserum

            Looks like the Metropolitan Grille on 8th had a private room that holds 25. There is contact info on their website for private functions. I looked up my calendar entry from the function I went to & it was definitely at that location.

          2. The Chicago Chophouse has a private room downstairs. I've been there for a work function with about 40 people (2 tables though). Appetizers were pre-ordered and were ready for us within a short amount of time following our arrival. We then ordered off of the menu for mains.