Birthday Party in New Haven County or Fairfield County?
Any good recommendations on a nice restaurant that could host a (surprise) 30th birthday party for 20-35 people? I am looking for a place that has great food and good service - price anywhere from $30-$100 per person, adults only. He really likes Italian, but I'm open for pretty much anything. I would prefer a place that has a private party room or at least some place off to the side where we could have the party.
55 Wine Bar right near the train station in Fairfield has a great set up for private parties of that size. There is a downstairs (main level) bar and then you walk up to a dining room but then up another flight is a room that can be closed off with big velvet curtains.
I ate there at Christmas and it was cozy and the party up on the upper level looked fantastic.
Food is Italian and very worthy - we had some great appetizers - shrimp and grits, grilled calamari - with great martinis. I had the special that evening which was one of the best racks of lamb I have ever eaten.
The downstairs bar is a little over crowded and I didn't enjoy it but the rest is a thumbs up.
Ask about parking for your guest is you decide on it though - it is VERY tight there.
55 Wine Bar & Restaurant
55 Miller St, Fairfield, CT 06824
re: Ima Foodie
Not to throw a wrench in this, but I remember awhile ago someone asking the same question and when they looked into 55 Degrees, the minimum cost was outrageous. I could be mistaken, but you might want to search the board to find the thread...
Paci also has an open 2nd floor spot. We had a party there a few years ago for about 25 people...might be tight for 35...but good food. Pricey also...
96 Station St, Southport, CT 06890
New Haven (City) has so many good restaurants! For a group of that size, I'd recommend Kitchen Zinc. They have innovative and awesome food; I'm 99% sure they have a private room. We took my parents there and they loved it. L'Orcio is Italian and has a private room that accommodates up to 45 people (according to their website) but I've never actually been there. Caseus is a personal favorite but you'd have a hard time getting that many people in there- I don't think they have a private room available.
806 State St, New Haven, CT 06511
93 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06510