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Jun 30, 2011 10:56 AM

Recos for large party in Harvard, Ayer, Acton, Clinton etc?

Reviving this same question for a pre wedding party - where the heck do you eat near Harvard, MA?!

Must be able to handle a large party. Will be 30-40 people. Prefer within 15 minute ride of Harvard. Sept/Oct timeframe. Shared plates, family style, buffet or heavy apps. Not a sit down dinner, but definitely need tables to sit. hoping the room or area can be flexible for standing/mingling and sitting/eating. Cocktails/beer. There are some diet restrictions – veg, lactose, shellfish allergy among them. The couple likes sushi/ethnic. Mid range on the $ point. IE J’s, Fireplace Room and Sprigs sound nice but probably out of the price range.

How are Woo Jung, Mango, Bamboo and Thai Time for atmosphere, food and capacity? Daniellas? Any of the others I researched here strike you?

Woo Jung Korean – Ayer
Mango Grill – Chinese – Ayer
Bamboo – Westford – Chinese/Sushi
Thai Time – Clinton
J’s Restaurant at Nashoba Winery – Bolton
Sprigs – Acton
Daniellas – Mexican
Bolton Roadhouse Grill – Bolton
Great Brook Farms BBQ – Bolton
Chole’s Bistro – Hudson
Old Timers – Irish Pub – Clinton MA
The Fireplace Room at the International – Bolton
the Outlook – Nashoba Valley Ski Area - Do you know anything about the Tiki Room (!)
Thirty One Main
Deven’s Grill
Tap Room at Bull Run – Shirley
Il Forno – Italian – Acton (BYO)
Crossroads Cafe
Still River Winery – just a winery but maybe cater/takeout?

Thanks in advance! -fiddy

Bull Run Restaurant
RR 2 Box A, Shirley, MA 01464

Mango Grill
38 Littleton Rd, Ayer, MA 01432

Woo Jung Restaurant
174 W Main St, Ayer, MA 01432

Old Timer Restaurant
155 Church St, Clinton, MA 01510

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  1. That time of year in that locale, I would rent out an apple orchard and cater it

    1. What about the Herb Lyceum in Groton, or other possible places in that area?

      1. Do not go to Daniela's. I gave it two chances when I moved to Acton. The food is not good.

        The one time I ate at Il Forno was a bit odd. We ordered eggplant parmesan which was good, a decent shrimp scampi and okay spicy fried calamari which came in a fried tortilla shell.

        Crossroads is not special.

          1. Gibbet Hill in Groton could handle a group that size if you use their function room which is very nice. May be a bit pricy though.

            Not sure Chloe's Bistro could do it unless they were willing to shut the restaurant to the public that night.

            Don't think you'd get sushi or anything asian at Old Timers in Clinton.

            If you're willing to drive to Clinton you should check out Via Alto 27.

            The Bull Run in Shirley has different size function rooms that would work for the size. Haven't eaten there in years so not sure what the menu is like these days.

            Thirty One Main in Ayer can hold that size group if they are closed to the public and the food is good.

            Bull Run Restaurant
            RR 2 Box A, Shirley, MA 01464

            Old Timer Restaurant
            155 Church St, Clinton, MA 01510