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Jan 26, 2011 08:04 AM

Where can I have a dinner for 50-60 people?

After a month of looking at venues and all that wedding stuff I have come up with an alternative. Cut my guest list in half and have a great dinner, can be seated or more mingle style. I am looking for a restaurant in or around Boston that can hold that many people, I would love to do a Saturday and would like to spend about $70 a person, maybe a little more, less would be lovely, not including tax and gratuities, and will prob add on to that for the bar tab. I would like a place with either a private room or maybe some sort of sectioning off, I dont know. Just looking for ideas at this point. Does anyone have suggestions? Has anyone done anything similar? I know the moment you mention wedding you can add money onto what you thought it would cost.

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  1. Blue Ginger in Wellesley has some private rooms that hold large groups but not sure how large. Call and find out or maybe it is on their website.

    Blue Ginger
    583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

    1. friends of mine had a private function on the right side of Eastern Standard. not sure how many it holds. i think they have private rooms too (likely the hotel). just say its an anniversary or birthday - none of their business really!

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      1. re: 5thAndNowhere

        too funny. Thats what my dad keeps telling me to tell them "It's none of your business". I have been asking places about having a "party" or "dinner party" then they always ask what its for and when i tell them wedding the prices jump. It is so frustrating. It's the same food. I will look into Eastern Standard and Blue Ginger. Thank you!

        Eastern Standard
        528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

        Blue Ginger
        583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

      2. Check in too a buyout of a smaller restaurant ie; Erbaluce, Pigalle, Troquet or Salts? Depending on the month of the year it may work out.

        75 Charles Street South, Boston, MA 02116

        140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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        1. re: csammy

          i would take a look at Venezia, on the waterfront in Dorchester. Parking, lots of space, used to doing banquets, and a very pretty space with water views.

          1. re: teezeetoo

            With all due respect, I had a very mediocre meal at Venezia.

            Do you have to tell them it's a wedding party? I don't know why you should have to, and what's up with the increase in price. Is Chinese food too casual? I think the Joyful Garden in the Days Hotel on Soldiers Field Rd (Backside is Western Ave. It's next to the Boston Skating Club.) can close off 1/2 the dining area for a large party. I've seen many parties there. The food is very good.

            Joyful Garden
            1234 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, MA 02135

            1. re: CookieLee

              My karate dojo has rented out the back room a number of times and the food for those events is always mediocre Americanized chop suey. You know, greasy scallion pancakes, sticky-sweet beef with broccoli, soy-sauce-soaked greasy noodles with slivered carrot... did I mention the grease? Tasty in that late-night-drinking way but that's about all. However, we pay far less than $70 pp, so maybe there are nicer big-group options. I don't remember the single time I ate in the restaurant for real but a look at the clientele (and reports here) make me assume the ordinary menu has much better food.

          2. re: csammy

            Most people don't realize it, but at erbaluce, we have two private function rooms upstairs, one that seats up to 65 people, which would work well for this party.

          3. Have you given Grill 23 a call? I recently had my 'welcome dinner' here for my wedding back in the fall, and it was great. I can't speak to the cost (lucky me), but we had about 120 people in an upstairs room separated from the regular dining room. Along with the below menu, Grill 23 provided us with a projector for a slide show during the meal.

            The food was exceptional, and I must imagine they can work with you on the menu given your cost constraints. If I remember correctly it was a three course meal: salad/soup, entree (chicken, red meat, or fish), and a shared family-style side dish for each table. We even brought in a dessert from another restaurant that I have missed since I moved away from home (originally from Florida).

            Grill 23 & Bar
            161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

            1. Definitely don't say "wedding." My parents rented a tent to host my youngest brother's reception in their backyard, and at first, they were calling various caterers and equipment rental places and getting astronomical quotes. Finally, they just started saying "family reunion" (technically, not a lie), wound up with a yellow tent instead of a white one, and spent about 40% less.