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Oct 30, 2010 02:36 AM

North Shore rehersal dinner ideas?

We're getting married on a Saturday next April in Topsfield. Looking for a place for Friday night dinner for our out-of-towners in the North Shore. Guests are staying in Peabody, all will have cars. Looking for great food that won't break the bank, possibly as many as 50 guests. We're foodies in our late 30's, as are most of our guests. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. We had our rehearsal dinner at Woodmans in Essex. We had the whole upstairs, and it was quite a delicious feast of shrimp cocktail, clam chowder, mussels, clams, lobster, chicken, corn, corn bread and strawberry shortcake. We had about 30 guests, but the space could easily hold 60. They are also flexible about bar options. The food was really good and people enjoyed the atmosphere. Our guests were also staying in Peabody.

    1. I had my rehearsal dinner at Capt.'s Waterfront Grill in Salem. Everybody had a great time from young to old and land lovers too.(filet mignon) Nice view of Salem Harbor, ask for access to the 2nd floor deck area.

      1. For that size crowd, maybe The Hardcover, not great but good.

        1. A couple of places in Salem came to mind. Finz - they have an upstairs room for functions. The Hawthorne Hotel's Sophia Room can handle a crowd that large. Last, I would also recommend the Lyceum Restaurant - they have an upstairs room for functions. I've been at functions at both the Hawthorne and Lyceum and the food/setup were great at both.

          A smaller venue would be Red Rock Bistro in Swampscott. Beautiful view and great food. But, I wonder if your guests would want to drive all the way from Topsfield to Swampscott then to Peabody at the end of the evening.

          Regarding Capt's, I've been at functions there and they do a nice job of setup, but it was just appetizers (which were ok) - so I can't speak on how a good a full meal would be. Nice view though.

          I can't think of anything closer to Topsfield for an event. Woodman's would certainly be a fun place to have a rehearsal dinner - and great for seafood lovers!

          910 Washington St., Dedham, MA 02026

          Hawthorne Hotel
          18 Washington Sq Ste 1, Salem, MA 01970

          Red Rock Bistro and Bar
          141 Humphrey St, Swampscott, MA 01907

          1. Hmmm...

            Most of our favorite North Shore places aren't really big enough to accommodate a crowd. I agree that Salem has some viable options for larger spaces. Both the Hawthorne Hotel and the Lyceum can do a nice job. I had my Dad's 60th years ago at the upstairs function room at the Lyceum and they were helpful and easy to deal with. I haven't been in the upstairs at Finz, You might give Green Land Cafe in Salem a call, I think they have a private dining room available. I haven't eaten dinner there but the lunch and cocktail I did have were great.

            Brutole in Danvers is in a weird location and can be expensive, but they definitely have space for large parties and the food is good. Woodman's would be fun for a casual eat-in-the rough sort of thing, and both Chianti and Wild Horse Cafe in Beverly have private dining space.


            910 Washington St., Dedham, MA 02026

            Brutole Restaurant
            65 Newbury St, Danvers, MA 01923

            Hawthorne Hotel
            18 Washington Sq Ste 1, Salem, MA 01970

            Wild Horse Cafe
            392 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915