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Large group dinner in Cambridge?

kb109 Jan 19, 2012 04:08 PM

Hello! I am looking for a group dinner for probably 18 on a Thursday night (in May...around all the graduation times).

Would love:
$15-20/25 entrees
Local flavor
Good for a sit-down meal

Some people in the party can't eat really spicy food.

My biggest concern is capacity for that many. I'm hoping to seat everyone together, but 2 tables would be okay.


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  1. viperlush RE: kb109 Jan 19, 2012 07:18 PM

    Rendezvous in Central Square might be able to fit your needs.


    Another idea is Cambridge Brewing Company in Kendall


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    1. re: viperlush
      mkfisher RE: viperlush Jan 20, 2012 05:45 AM

      Cambridge Brewing is a great choice. They've got a ton of experience hosting groups and the owner is incredibly easy to work with.

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      hckybg RE: kb109 Jan 19, 2012 08:06 PM

      Changsho definitely does dinners that size. Not the best restaurant we have to offer, but not bad for classic Chinese American and who can say no to a big plate piled high with fried spring rolls?

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        Parsnipity RE: hckybg Jan 20, 2012 06:57 AM

        My office had our Christmas party for about 30 at Changsho this year and I have to say, the food was dreadful. Well below "not the best." They served family style with platters on the lazy susans in the middle of 10 person tables. It was over an hour from when we got there to when they brought out some apps. The mains were the epitome of what people complain about as Americanized Chinese- gloppy sweet sauces, overbreaded meats and shrimps. Additionally, the managers were rude to members of our party when they tried to use chairs from a nearby table which was not in use. I don't know what the price was like, but I'd like to think you can do better. The only plus is the easy parking, which is honestly how I think they survive at all.

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          hckybg RE: Parsnipity Jan 20, 2012 08:35 AM

          Good to know--I went with a large group perhaps four years ago.

          Another option for a Thursday night *might be* Russell House Tavern if the OP reserves far in advance. They have lots of space in the lower level and perhaps would be willing to create a bigger table. Henrietta's Table is also a good suggestion, it even has a private room off to the side. Both are consistent and generally good.

      2. SmokeDawg RE: kb109 Jan 20, 2012 07:00 AM

        I agree with Rendezvous, or Henrietta's Table in the Charles Hotel - New England fare, accessible, large enough to accommodate you party and moderately priced.

        1. Matt H RE: kb109 Jan 20, 2012 10:22 AM

          Some good recommendations so far. Area Four in Kendall will open up the Cafe area for a large group during dinner and their food is very good.

          1. lipoff RE: kb109 Jan 21, 2012 02:40 AM

            I've done groups of 12-14 people at Mulan, Zoe's Chinese, and Ole Mexican Grill before. I've seen similarly sized groups at Russel House Tavern. I bet they all could accomodate 18 people on a Thursday, with ample notice, of course.

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              teezeetoo RE: kb109 Jan 21, 2012 05:53 AM

              You have many good suggestions here (Rendezvous is one of my favorites) but I'd add Gran Gusto and Mary Chung. Both are "local", Gran Gusto is very good food, and, if you read the board for suggestions on what's particularly good at Mary Chungs, you can eat well there.

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