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Fairfield County CT- Where to go for a 70th Birthday party?

We need to throw a party for my dad's 70th and we'll need a nice venue for about 40 people so a private room will be a must. We're flexible on food- nothing too ethnic- and we're not on a tight budget. Was thinking Westport or Fairfield area?

HELP! I moved to NY and I have no clue what's around now.

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  1. Paci in Southport has a private upstairs room. It holds just 40 so this could be a great place if you have the budget.
    http://www.pacirestaurant.com/parties...

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    Paci Restaurant
    96 Station St, Southport, CT 06890

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    1. re: foleyd7

      I love Paci, but do you really think it holds 40 up there? We had a private party for 20 and we pretty much filled the space. We had one large table in the middle though....

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      Paci Restaurant
      96 Station St, Southport, CT 06890

      1. re: sibeats

        Paci's website says 40 so I was just going off that. I have not been up to the private room myself.

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        Paci Restaurant
        96 Station St, Southport, CT 06890

    2. I haven't been in a long time, but the Cobbs Mill Inn in Weston has a lovely waterfall setting.

      http://www.cobbsmillinn.com/

      1. See if Fjord Catering still rents boats and take the 40 people on a nice cruise and food. They used to have 75' and 85' choices.

        http://www.fjordcatering.com/

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        1. re: jfood

          OK- We checked out Paci and while it's very nice, the $ was very high. For what they wanted we could throw a party at Blue Hill...we know cause we've done it! lol

          Any other ideas?

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          Paci Restaurant
          96 Station St, Southport, CT 06890

          1. re: OrganicLife

            I originally recommended Paci for 3 reasons:
            1) great food
            2) separate private area
            3) your original post noting "not on a tight budget".
            In my reply I even mentioned that "if you had the budget...."

            It's not cheap... it's a special occasion place that I only get to once a year now because of the price.... but it's very good and in a great setting.

            Not sure of other place in the area with separate private rooms. I saw Barcelona mentioned in another thread - - - based on experience they aren't on the frugal-friendly side either.

            Just curious.... I've always considered using Paci for a big celebratin (big birthday, big anniversary, etc..)... what price did they quote you and what did it include?

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            Paci Restaurant
            96 Station St, Southport, CT 06890

            1. re: foleyd7

              8-10K for 25 people, fixed menu

              We're not tight with cash by any means but that translates to over $300-400 per person.

              1. re: OrganicLife

                That is high.... unless each person also gets a $200 bottle of wine too!
                I would have guessed between $100 - $200 per person depending on the type of bar options you wanted.
                Good to know.

                1. re: OrganicLife

                  That does seem extremely high. As I mentioned before, we took over that room at Paci, had about 20 or so people and after all was said and done we spent about 4k with tips and all. And we had a lot of food, passed HD's, apps, entrees, dessert, wine. It was 3 years ago, but still...weird...

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                  Paci Restaurant
                  96 Station St, Southport, CT 06890

                  1. re: sibeats

                    Maybe becasue we needed a Sat night. We were told they had to cover the cost for leasing that floor to us.

                    1. re: OrganicLife

                      That makes perfect sense...ours was on a tuesday night!

            1. Are you able to expand your location parameters?

              Bernard's in Ridgefield is quite lovely with several private dining rooms.
              http://www.bernardsridgefield.com/wed...

              Another thought would be, if your father lives in the area and would be willing to use his own home (or if you have other relatives around), try chef Tim Labant's from The Schoolhouse's catering company.
              http://www.timlabant.com/

              ETA: The only other real option I can think of in Westport is having the party at Splash (Inn at Longshore).
              http://www.decarorestaurantgroup.com/...

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              1. re: amanda3571

                Most of our relatives are old and very reluctant to drive out of their own town (trumbull or stratford) so Westport is even pushing it.

                Anything in Fairfield? The guest list is looking to be about 30 people.

                1. re: OrganicLife

                  I have not tried this place as I'm never in the area, but it gets some good press. Maybe worth at least a phone call. It might be a little closer to Stratford & Trumbull.
                  La Zingara in Bethel.
                  http://www.lazingararistorante.com/

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                  La Zingara
                  8 P T Barnum Sq, Bethel, CT 06801

                  1. re: OrganicLife

                    The Spinning Wheel in Redding could probably accomodate you.
                    They aren't too far of a drive from Trumbull.
                    There's also Roberto's on Rte 25 in Monroe.
                    Most local golf courses also have restaurants that could probably accommodate you (I know the new course on the river in Milford does).
                    Il Palio in Shelton has a private room downstairs, as does Gusto in Milford.
                    Guess it's all a question of your food preference...

                    1. re: OrganicLife

                      How about Barcelona in Fairfield? They have a back room that would be about the right size.

                      1. re: OrganicLife

                        Have you tried Coppia in Fairfield? It's very small, so perhaps you could have the whole place for the evening.

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                        Coppia
                        937 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

                        1. re: OrganicLife

                          If you're looking in Stratford, how about Biaggios?

                          1. re: Ima Foodie

                            I was going to say Biaggio's Osteria in Stratford as well. We had a nice work party there in the glassed-in porch and was quite comfortable. It was around 26 people I think. It has a nice atmosphere in the evening in that porch. During cold weather months, it can be a bit chilly, especially for those old ladies who must bring their sweaters!