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Restaurant or pub with function room in West Roxbury / Jamaica Plain / Brookline / Newton area?

Looking for a restaurant or pub with a private area for a weekday lunch or early-afternoon gathering of perhaps 30-40 people for eats and drinks in the West Roxbury / Jamaica Plain / Brookline / Newton area. Casual better than fancy, a full license preferred, but all ideas welcome.


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  1. West on Centre in West Rox has a nice function room -

    1. in the past I've had private parties at Matt Murphy's of about that size. I'm not sure if they still do that, though.

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      1. re: Area Man

        My friends held my baby shower at James' Gate (South Street, JP) about a decade ago (gulp). They set us up on the "restaurant" side and we had the full menu/bar access. We loved it.

        1. re: powella

          Perhaps the Fireplace would let you have the entire backroom which might work for that number. Good bar and very nice lunch menu. We have done that with Dok Bua and it worked well (we had 30). I like Masona Grill in West Roxbury but don't know whether that's something they can handle. Fiorella's might also work.

          1. re: teezeetoo

            Beacon Street Tavern in Brookline has a function room.

            1. re: jpcat

              jpcat that's good to know. I like the Tavern though I tend to stick with the original at Washington Square which is too small for most functions.

      2. Doyle's could maybe work.

        Bella Luna/Milky Way might also be an option on a weekday, although not sure if they ever do table service in their side room?

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        1. re: Dave MP

          Back room of Doyle's was my first thought as well.

        2. Union Street in Newton Centre has an upstairs room that they use for private parties - it has a bar abd pool table - the place is very casual and services pub food (think wings, fried pickles) but is big enough for your group - I did a high school grad party there and it worked out well, the people were nice to work with

          1. Did you see the review of the Porter Cafe in the Globe? Maybe they would do a private party for you.
            It fits the bill.


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            1. re: Berheenia

              Regina's in Allston has a meeting room off the main dining room plus a glassed in porch where your guests can be thrilled silly as the train roars by. And the food/drinks are reasonable.

            2. dear god!
              if you do not know of a place, MC Slim, what chance do we mere mortals stand?

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              1. re: hyde

                The sentiment is very kind, hyde, but I my knowledge of function room type spaces is pretty tightly circumscribed to within a few miles of the State House. I know some restaurants further west and south, but have never had to pay attention to whether a place might host an event.


              2. My family has used Doyle's a couple of times for this. They give you the back room.

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                1. re: AndOne

                  Another vote for the back room at Doyle's. I've used them for a large and raucous gathering in mid-May for over 15 years, and they have been unfailingly great to work with even though we slam them with a 100-strong crowd just after the Mother's Day brunch mob scene and don't even do a set menu or buffet. The food isn't the world's most chowish, but burgers, other sandwiches, and the fish & chips are reliably good, and the beer selection is pretty nice.

                2. we are doing a family party at the West Roxbury Pub... it isn't until next Sunday but they have been great to work with thus far. Also, I have been to various functions at the Irish Ale House (Dedham line) and they have decent casual function space.