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Private Dining Downtown with cocktail reception for 10-12

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kkimiyek Jan 4, 2011 10:23 AM

I'm in the process of planning a dinner for 10-12 that will include a reception with passed hors d oeuvers and a 3-4 course dinner.

We expect to spend $1200-$2000 in total for the evening, and are especially concerned about a warm inviting atmosphere (nothing too modern), excellent food, and excellent service. We're hoping to avoid the pretentiousness that can often accompany fine dining, yet at the same time receive the service deserved for the pricetag!

We need to stay in the downtown area/Pearl...

On my list of places that meet the space criteria and are available are:
Andina
Bluehour
Fenouil
Serratto
Fratelli in the Lara Sydney Gallery
Park Kitchen
Irving Street Kitchen

What are your experiences with the above restaurants, and private dining in particular if possible?

Thanks!!!

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Park Kitchen
422 NW 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Bluehour
250 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

Andina Restaurant
1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

Fenouil
900 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

Serratto Restaurant
2112 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97210

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    ekc Jan 11, 2011 04:29 PM

    I thought of this posting today when I had lunch at Silk in the Pearl! They have a partially enclosed room in the back of the restaurant that would comfortably fit 10-12. We always have great service, the food is good (and different) and it would definitely fit in your price range.

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      aplyley Jan 4, 2011 10:11 PM

      I have done events with this size group at several of these. The resounding favorite for our group is Andina. They are good quality, polished service, the menu is novel for many, and the ambiance is warm and lively. Also very accommodating for restricted diets. Have dined in the main room many times and once in the basement wine cellar.
      My next choice would be Park Kitchen. Great staff there, providing genial service without stuffiness. The meals I've had there have never disappointed either. Flavors will be more sophisticated and subtle than Andina. Have not dined in their private room.

      I want to like Fenouil, but their attempt at elegance feels fussy and cold, IMO. Experience with the others is limited or not recent. Hope that helps.

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      Park Kitchen
      422 NW 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

      Andina Restaurant
      1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

      Fenouil
      900 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

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        RHoward Jan 9, 2011 03:18 PM

        how about Meriwether's?? Great menus with local produce coming from their Skyline Farm.

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        Meriwether's
        2601 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210

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          MichaelG Jan 9, 2011 09:15 PM

          I was at a private event at Andina about a month ago (25 people), and was extremely impressed with both the food and the service. Honestly, on a scale of 1-10, they were both a 10. The lamb chops I had, along with the appetizers, and the selection of South American wine accompanying, made it one of the best meals I'd had all year. If your event is anything like mine, you will not be disappointed at all. Great choice.

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          Andina Restaurant
          1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

        2. JillO Jan 4, 2011 10:27 AM

          I'd offer up Metrovino, actually. They have a nice semi-private dining area and the food and service (and wine list!) are top notch.

          http://www.metrovinopdx.com/

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            kkimiyek Jan 4, 2011 10:42 AM

            Metrovino is actually too small. Their private dining seats 12, but doesn't leave room for reception space. Thanks though, I definitely had them on my original list!

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              JillO Jan 4, 2011 01:28 PM

              If you didn't need downtown/Pearl, I'd say Wildwood - their private rooms and service and food are a great nexus. Ditto, Genoa. Ditto Firehouse (where those $$ would go so far, it would make your head spin).

              Clyde Common does events next door at "The Cleaners" space.

              Not thrilled with the list, but if I had to pick, I'd go Irving St. Kitchen or Serratto or Fratelli.

              Don't know about the new chef but Davis Street Tavern might be another choice...nice upstairs space.

              Might be able to do a buy-out of a smaller place too, depending on when you want to do this...that price point might be enough for it, especially on a week night.

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              Clyde Common
              1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

              Serratto Restaurant
              2112 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97210

              Davis Street Tavern
              500 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209

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