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RI restaurant for 50th B-Day???

smd1962 Oct 24, 2011 04:30 PM

Can anyone recommend a restaurant in RI (greater Providence) for 50th birthday -- approx 22 people. Nothing too stuffy or pricey. BYOB would be nice, fun atmosphere and casual.

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    sarahbeth Oct 28, 2011 08:38 AM

    What about Wild Fire in North Providence? It's one of our favorites for casual upscale dining. They have a side area great for a large dinner party. We have also had luck at the Old Grist Mill in Seekonk, 1149 in Seekonk, MA and Bravo in downtown Providence (they have a second floor for private parties)

    Grist Mill
    44 Mill Ln, Farmington, CT 06032

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      smd1962 Oct 25, 2011 10:05 AM

      We've eaten at Itri several times but had not thought about your suggestion to use the front room. Good idea.

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        invinotheresverde Oct 25, 2011 10:12 AM

        It's definitely not the fanciest place, but you could stay well under budget, especially if you chose reasonable wine for the table in advance. The housemade roasted peppers are my favorite.

      2. invinotheresverde Oct 25, 2011 06:36 AM

        Off the top of my head, I can't think of any BYO place large enough to accomodate 22 people other than Apsara, which doesn't seem birthdayish to me.

        What kind of food? More specific budget per person would help, please.

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          smd1962 Oct 25, 2011 08:51 AM

          Thanks for responding and I think you are right about BYO for a large party. As for food -- eclectic/bistro-type menu or italian. I would like to spend around $50-60 per person (including liquor). I'm thinking Meritage, 1149, d. carlo, Bistro 9, Spain, etc. but I think I'll break the budget. Trying to think out of the box, but not coming up with that 'a-ha' moment (or restaurant)...Any recommendations are appreciated!

          Meritage Restaurant
          5454 Post Rd, East Greenwich, RI 02818

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            invinotheresverde Oct 25, 2011 10:00 AM

            For $50-60 you could have a really nice meal at Caffe Itri in Cranston. If you haven't been there, it's medium-casual (dressy fine, but so are jeans). They have a huge, well-priced wine list. You could probably have the whole front room.

            Caffe Itri
            1686 Cranston St, Cranston, RI 02920

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