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

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  • kr8 Jan 26, 2011 08:04 AM
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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.

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    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!

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        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.

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        Pigalle
        75 Charles Street South, Boston, MA 02116

        Troquet
        140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        Erbaluce
        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.

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            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).

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            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.

              1. Davio's could definitely do it, although it's a little pricey. My old company used to have holiday functions there and we were always very happy with the food and service. Here's their stuff. Much less expensive for lunch than dinner.

                http://www.davios.com/downloads/Davio...

                Second vote for Joyful Garden... I've never actually been in the restaurant, but get takeout delivered occasionally and the food is always excellent. (I'm not a Chinese food sophisticate as many on these boards are, but for average American palates I doubt you'd have a problem.)

                1. I had my bridal shower at then Excelsior now Bistro du Midi. We were in the upstairs-- it was amazing. we did it during the day on a Sunday so they just opened the place up for us. My sister also had her rehearsal dinner there-- they opened early so that she could have a private cocktail hour downstairs and then we were in half of the restaurant for dinner. We definitely were able to mingle.
                  I also attended a wedding at les Zygomates which was wonderful-- they rented out the whole back side of the restaurant-- and there is a "dance floor" and place for a band/dj as they usually have live music.
                  Finally, the last time I was at Mistral, there was a wedding going on in their private room-- I think it holds 60.
                  Have fun with your planning and congratulations!

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                  Bistro du Midi
                  272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

                  1. Now, to add a more positive contribution, my cousin had his wedding at Flora two-three years ago, during the day; I don't know what it cost but it was very nice.

                    1. We did our wedding in the private room at Mistral, and it was lovely. We had about 40 guests but I think it could have fit 60 fine. It might be hard to hold it to $70 though.

                      1. Does the private room at Les Zygomates hold that many? My son really enjoyed a small wedding there last year. He said the food and the setting were both perfect.

                        1. Vlora!

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                          Vlora
                          545 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116