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nine2siix Jul 7, 2011 12:49 PM

Hello All!

This is my first post! :)

I'm getting married at the St. Ignatius Chapel at Seattle University on 10-01-11 and I'm trying to find a place around the Capitol Hill and First Hill area to hold our rehearsal dinner. We have a lot of out of town guests attending and so we want to keep it close around the area to keep traveling to a minimum.

We originally want to rent a small room or hall so that we can bring in catered food but haven't had any luck finding a venue. We are open to suggestions!

Our budget is anywhere from $500-$1000 and guest count will be about 50-60 people.

Any suggestions?

Thanks for your help!

- kev!

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    tsquare Jul 7, 2011 04:35 PM

    I was going to suggest Lark, but not on that budget. Close by, Lemongrass on 12th - they might let you take over the entire restaurant? They catered a buffet for an outdoor open house I attended a couple of years ago and I think they could hit your budget. Or the new noodle place Ba Bar - haven't seen the place or menu yet. Good luck!

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      PaqpIn Jul 7, 2011 05:41 PM

      Most of the places in the area are probably not quite big enough. A couple of ideas- you are pushing the limits of Barrio, but that is very close and they would do a great job. Information on group dining there can be found here: http://barriorestaurant.com/group-dining.html

      If you are willing to go a little farther you could head down James and go to O'Asian. They are really good at doing groups of that size and it is a nice setting: http://oasiankitchen.com/PrivateDining.htm

      For something a bit more fun that is close you could go to the Garage: http://www.garagebilliards.com/mambo/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=39&Itemid=59 It is right on Broadway and they will do private events.

      For something more traditional there is the Hotel Sorrento: http://www.hotelsorrento.com/meetings...

      Hope this helps a little and have a great event.

      1. babette feasts Jul 7, 2011 06:53 PM

        Sole Repair, around the corner from Quinn's Pub on 10th & Pike could work for you. It's a private dining space and the food is all provided by Quinn's. Could be more than your budget, but worth checking into options for buffet or family style, or just lots of hors d'oeuvres - and only a few blocks up 10th from the chapel.

        Full disclosure: I do work for the owners of Quinn's. But I love their food, the space is cool, and I'd recommend them anyway.

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        Quinn's Pub
        1001 E Pike St, Seattle, WA

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          k_hack Jul 9, 2011 03:20 PM

          I've been to lots of parties at Sole Repair-- it would work really well for an small bites + cocktails type event. Never seen it set up for a sit-down dinner, but totally worth looking into.

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          Leper Jul 8, 2011 10:01 AM

          I second the Quinn's suggestion if you can work a deal. Another consideration is the Kingfish Cafe.

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            pusherman Jul 8, 2011 01:56 PM

            What about Mestizo on B'way? No idea if they cater, but it's pretty close to the school and the price is in range. Also, what about Oddfellows? I don't think they cater, but it's a big place and they have good food, and the location would work. Finally, it's not fancy, but Piecora's at Madison & 14th has a room they rent out (or anyway, can rope off), their price is in your range.

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              ethereal Jul 8, 2011 11:23 PM

              Don't want to be negative, but your budget is likely too tight for the places mentioned. You've got $10-20/person. Figure 30% for tax and mandatory service charge. That leaves you with $7-15 per person and I assume that is inclusive of beverages. I'd consider going the appetizers and a cocktail party format. Or ethnic (Chinese style banquet or even rent out a pho resaurant) or go casual with pizza. Or reduce your guest count.

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                Erika L Jul 11, 2011 12:10 PM

                Cafe Presse has a back room that's usually part of their dining area--I wonder if they rent it out for parties? It's definitely walkable and they could probably do something within your budget, although it might be appetizers rather than a sit-down meal.

                BTW, the chapel is glorious and the campus landscaping should be beautiful at that time of year. Congratulations!

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                Cafe Presse
                1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

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