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Rehearsal Dinner in the South End?

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Howdy Hounds,
A friend needs to find a good rehearsal dinner space in the South End.
Price not a factor, but American people-pleasing food would help (ie, nothing "exotic" given older/timid diners in the party). Italian would also be fine.

She was originally considering Rustic Kitchen, which I cautioned against.
Help?

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  1. How many people? Private room required?

    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Not sure how many people, though I would guess 20 or so. Private room not required, but preferred. Thanks!

    2. Italian: Stella, Giacamo's

      American / New American: Hamersley's, Union, The Gallows, Stephi's on Tremont, J.J. Foley's Cafe, Tremont 647, 28 Degrees, Darryl's, Noche, The Beehive

      French (but plenty for unadventurous diners): Gaslight

      I don't think any of them has a private room big enough for that group. Stephi's and T647 have small private dining rooms (13-14 capacity). Many have semi-private areas, e.g., 28D, Stella.

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

      1. Hamersley Bistro actually has a private room off to the side as you first walk in. I've hosted dinners there with timid eaters and they left quite happy (and full!)

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        Hamersley's Bistro
        553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

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        1. re: beforesunrise

          Not technically South End but Erbaluce in Bay Village has a private room upstairs and the food is incredible

          1. re: iloveporkbelly

            Stella is a good choice. Not technically SE but Mistral's private room is very nice for this type of event.

        2. I'd second Gaslight & Hammersley's.