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Jun 12, 2011 09:16 PM

Restaurant party room for 40th birthday - Party of 40

I'm looking for a nice restaurant in Boston that can host a party of 35-40 on a weekend night in September. Ideally I'd like a place with great food and a separate party room. This will be a slightly older crowd (35- to 70-year olds), so something too "hip" (i.e. crowded, noisy) would probably not be what I'm looking for. Any suggestions?

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  1. cav- does it need to be Boston proper or can it be close by? For that large a group, you're going to need a big restnt or a small restnt w/ resource of a function room. I wonder how other CHs feel about Mistral for this. Island Creek Oyster Bar is a big CH fav. and prob has a private room. Long ago we were Davio fans but, sigh, no longer; but maybe others here like them.......

    Outside Boston proper, I would highly recommend EVOO in Kendall Sq. Cambridge. Also Il Casale in Belmont , both of which have event rooms i believe

    75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116

    223 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02116

    EVOO Restaurant
    350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02143

    il Casale
    50 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA 02478

    Island Creek Oyster Bar
    500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      Not surprisingly, the Salon Room at Mistral is not inexpensive, but I've hosted two parties of that size there -- a 50th wedding anniversary and a 75th birthday -- and both were extraordinary.

      A more casual, but very fun, option, is East Coast Grill. The Lava Lounge in back only holds twenty-somthing people, but I wonder if, for a party of this size, they would be willing to give you both the Lava Lounge and the adjacent room, which together probably could accommodate close to 40.

      1. re: Blumie

        We had our wedding and reception in the Mistral Salon Room and it was wonderful. Possible downsides: might be pricey compared to what you're looking for; vegetarian meals were treated as special requests (although very graciously) instead of being first-class citizens.

        1. re: dfan

          Could you explain what you mean by "treated as special requests ... instead of being first-class citizens." At my functions, we had some young children, and the staff was wonderful about bringing out pizzas for the kids instead of the main entree choices. (I was jealous. Mistral's pizza is wonderful!)

          Mistral does offer different options at different prices. The one I chose for both of my functions allowed us to offer our guests a choice of three entrees. If one is expecting a lot of demand for a vegetarian entree, one certainly could have a vegetarian option as one of the choices.

          1. re: Blumie

            We tried to have a vegetarian option as one of our three entree choices, and were repeatedly told that we could not do that but that they would create vegetarian dishes on the fly by request. Which they did, and were very nice about it, but we found it very odd that we couldn't simply make one of our three main choices a vegetarian dish (especially in Boston).

            This was in 2008, so perhaps things have changed since then.

      2. re: opinionatedchef

        opionatedchef-- No, it doesn't have to be Boston proper, especially since guests will be coming from Westborough, Lowell, Rhode Island, etc. Thanks for the suggestions! I will definitely check out Mistral, since many people have mentioned it. I've also seen Kingston Station mentioned in similar topics on this site.

        Kingston Station
        25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

        1. re: cavalier9915

          cav,do also take a look at EVOO! Mistral is a big beautiful dramatic memorable space, and is expensive(and parking is expensive.) EVOO has none of that drama but people and food are excellent farm-to-table, much more innovative/international than Mistral (French), and parking is easy/cheap. Wherever you consider, ask them to email you jpegs or videos of their events room- to help you decide the feeling/ food combo that is right for you!Big day; congrats in advance!

          EVOO Restaurant
          350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02143

      3. How about the Blue Room. They can seat 50 for dining in their private room. Parking nearby and great food.


        The Blue Room
        Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

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        1. re: BostonZest

          I dont know how many tables/seats they officially have, but I have called Grotto to be told that the evening we were wondering about they had a private party. They managed to bring us in as the party was dwindling, which worked for the larger party, and for my small group.
          I dont remember if it was a weekend evening, but worth a call. It's cozy, intimate, and I've enjoyed the food the few times I've been over the past handful of years :)