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Nov 22, 2011 08:42 AM

Need recs for a large group (12-20), preferably close to downtown Hilton

Hello Emerald City-ites! I had a lovely trip to Portland earlier this year and will be returning again in early January. Both were/are work trips, but this time, I would like to ask for your input on a good place for a larger group on a Wednesday night.

As far as I know, this group will have a mix of people, so a place that at least caters to vegetarians will be appreciated. There probably won't be more than 20 people in total, and ideally (this is the tricky part), the restaurant will be within walking distance to the downtown Hilton at 921 SW 6th (I consider walking distance for this group to be under a mile). So far, the only restaurant that seems to meet my requirements is Ping....I went to and enjoyed Clyde Common on my last trip, but a slightly fussy coworker had a hard time finding something to eat there, so I am a tiny bit hesitant about going back with a group (though my cocktail-loving self will definitely go back).

The restaurant does not need to be fancy at all, but good food and a clean environment are definites.

Thank you for your help! I cannot wait to come back. :)

Also - I snooped around the site and IDed a couple of other restaurants that are not quite within walking distance. Are any of these good for groups in case we have to take a taxi/s?

- Nostrana
- Genoa
- Tabla

With love from Philly xox

1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Clyde Common
1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

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  1. Nostrana would be a great choice. No private room there, but they do a great job setting a large table.

    Genoa might be able to fit you in their private room. This is a lot fancier and richer meal than Nostrana.

    I love Tabla, but a group of 20 is too big for their private room, and I don't know that the rest of the space would lend itself very well for a dinner for 20.

    Another choice for a large group, also not walking distance, is Wildwood.

    If they thought Clyde Common was too "foodie" I think they might have trouble finding food at Ping, too.

    The restaurants in hotels can also do large groups easily. My top two picks in that list would be: Urban Farmer (@ the Nines) and Nel Centro (@ Hotel Modera).

    1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

    Clyde Common
    1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

    Urban Farmer
    525 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97204

    Nel Centro
    1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201