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Need recommendation on chef's table / private room in Philly

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therivel May 7, 2012 11:13 AM

Need your help please - a group of 8-10 friends and I get together once a year in a different city each time, and this year is Philadelphia. We do a "great dinner" for one night in the weekend, and the best experiences we've had are usually in a chef's table or private room (we can be a rowdy bunch).

Any suggestions on great restaurants in Philadelphia that have a chef's table or private room option?

  1. CindyJ May 7, 2012 12:20 PM

    We had a wonderful dinner at the chef's table at Under the Oak. It's BYO, which was a plus for us. http://undertheoakcafe.com/Farm%20Tab...

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      Philly Ray May 7, 2012 12:50 PM

      Lacroix (in the Rittenhouse Hotel) has a chef's table right in the kitchen, but it looks like the limit is 7 people. However, I believe they have a private room as well. Here is the link for the chef's table...

      http://www.lacroixrestaurant.com/chef...

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        Hungryin theBurbs May 7, 2012 12:59 PM

        Yes, LaCroix has a private room and the restaurant is excellent. Another great place that would be fun is Osteria. They have a private room, though I believe it holds up to 30, and I think they also have a chef's table in the kitchen.

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        Bigley9 May 7, 2012 12:57 PM

        Osteria has a private dining space for a minimum of 8 people. www.osteriaphilly.com

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          therivel May 7, 2012 03:18 PM

          Osteria's Kitchen Table (seats 8-14) looks perfect. Thanks guys! Any must-have's or must-avoid's at Osteria?

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            Buckethead May 7, 2012 03:37 PM

            Must-haves: pizza, pasta, and the polenta budino dessert. There are no must-avoids but I almost always skip entrees so I can try more of the smaller plates, so my experience with the entrees is limited. I'm not sure what happens at the kitchen table though, there may be a set menu or tasting or something.

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              Hungryin theBurbs May 7, 2012 04:09 PM

              No real must avoids. I've never had anything I didn't like. Things I have trouble not ordering every time I go include : candele with boar ragu, chicken liver rigatoni, the lombarda pizza, the octopus appetizer, and the polenta budding dessert. My husband drools over the memory of a roast baby pig entree they frequently have as a special. I have enjoyed the rabbit entree as well. It looks like there is a lot of fun new stuff on the spring menu that I haven't tried yet.

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            Philly Ray May 7, 2012 04:14 PM

            Here's another thought...Amada has a private room and you could do the whole roasted pig.

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