Affordable restuarant/venue for rehearsal dinner
I'm in grave need of expert advice!
I am looking for a restaurant or venue in Toronto that can accommodate approx 45 people in a private dining area for a rehearsal dinner on a Friday. Obviously timing and size of the party couldn't be less in my favour, as Friday is one of the busiest days for restaurants and bars - most of which have a minimum spend for that night. I've been told $6,000 is the minimum spend for a couple of restaurants so far and that is just WAAAAAAAAYYY out of my price range. I'd be happy with something that is under $50 per person, including drinks.
Might be a tall order because the size of the party.
Anyone have any ideas, I'm completely at a loss on what to do. Locations preferably downtown, and it really doesn't matter if it's fine dining or a pub.
Help would be muchly appricated!!!
45 people is a big group for a private dinning area. I think you're looking more at a buy out option. Do you have any fav resto's that you enjoy? I'm thinking small neighborhood places where at you could get food for $20 and then use the rest of the budget for beverages, tax, and service charges.
Does it have to be a dinner or can it be nibbles? Finger food can be much more cost effective and easier to do in a small local type resto if they can't seat and serve 45 at one time. For instance, Grace on College has an upstairs space where they can do a cocktail reception for up to 50 but they can only do a seated dinner for 20.
The other option is to put your money into the food, venue and service charge and then have people pay for their own beverages.
I've just started looking for a venue for a party with similar specifications as yours. The new Against the Grain Urban Tavern at Harbourfront looks like a good option. I haven't contacted them yet, but they have several group menu options, including a BBQ on the rooftop for $22/person. If you do contact them, please report back if there are any minimum expenditures, extra fees, etc.
Perhaps you can check out quince on yonge st south of eglinton.
They have a private space on the lower level.
Maybe they can work out a reasonably priced menu for you