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Any ideas for large groups in/around Hartford?

GatorMan Feb 20, 2011 08:40 AM

Trying to help out a friend who's bringing a bus trip to a show at the Bushnell and is looking for a restaurant nearby that could handle a large group (between 40 and 50) if given sufficient notice. I'm not familiar with the downtown dining scene, so I can't help. Anyone have any ideas??

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    aldente1 RE: GatorMan Feb 20, 2011 05:12 PM

    It's a large cavernous place with a huge parking lot. It's right niext to A Dong, a huge Asian grocery store. It's specialty is Pho--a Vietnamese soup. But there are a lot of other Vietnamese items on the menu. It's not too far from the Bushnell.

    Pho Boston Restaurant
    144 Shield St, West Hartford, CT 06110

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      Uncledave RE: aldente1 Feb 21, 2011 10:40 AM

      This place has good pho, if your group were into that, but it's nowhere near downtown Hartford.

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      2000fair RE: GatorMan Feb 21, 2011 05:02 AM

      try city steam on main street. they have several rooms and is about one mile from the Bushnell.

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        brookerme RE: GatorMan Feb 21, 2011 05:54 AM

        In West Hartford, 2 min. off I-84 http://www.angelosonmain.com/banq_pag...

        On the Htfd/W. Htfd line in Elizabeth Park w/ beautiful rose garden http://www.pondhousecafe.com/

        5 min. walk to Bushnell http://www.hottomatos.net/

        East Hartford http://www.marcopoloct.com/

        2 min. drive to Bushnell, great food http://www.fireboxrestaurant.com/

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          joaniebaby RE: GatorMan Feb 21, 2011 10:48 AM

          Here are a few more possibiliites

          Costa Del Sol is minutes away on Franklin Ave. and has a room that would accomodate a group your size. Pepe is a great guy and although we have not done a large party there, we have been to one and it was great.

          O'Porto also has something similar and is also close by on Park St. We did both a large and small event at O'Porto and were very pleased with the food, service, and price.

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            aldente1 RE: joaniebaby Feb 21, 2011 05:32 PM

            Those are two great suggestions.

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              Earle RE: aldente1 Feb 24, 2011 07:09 AM

              There is a place in Hartford called the Chowder Pot , which is just off of Rt. 15 and 91 Which with a little notice I'm sure could handle your crowd.

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            jkuhlen RE: GatorMan Feb 24, 2011 10:38 AM

            Vito's by the Park is just across Bushnell Park from the theater (maybe a few hundred yards). They will cater to groups. I haven't been in a while, but last I was there the food was really good. Check out http://www.vitosct.com/park/park.htm
            Good luck!

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