Rehearsal Dinner - NE Ohio. Please help a NY Hound out.
I would be very thankful if someone could help me out with recommending a good place for a rehearsal dinner for 20 people. I need to stay in the Stow/Kent/Streetsboro/Hudson area. We had originally planned on having it at the Rosewood Grill in Hudson, but they wanted to tack on a $50 "convenience fee."
The last time I lived in that area, all the restaurants were Applebee's-esque (*shudder* I used to work at that Applebee's, actually). Fancy, not-fancy doesn't matter to us. Under $30/pp would be nice. Way under would be even nicer. We're just looking for tasty.
Look into Bistro on Main, on Rt. 59 in Kent (kinda close to the Stow border). Very good food and they have a private dining room that can seat up to 40. My husband and I were there for our anniversary a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed the pear salad, margharita pizza, and scallops. Everything there is homemade, even all of the salad dressings. We found the prices to be very good, too, probably because of their location (not in the middle of a downtown area). http://www.bistrokent.com
In Hudson, I absolutely LOVE Downtown 140, but it's on the pricier side and I have no idea if they have a party room. The dining room is very small.
Hudson's Restaurant in downtown Hudson is good casual food at a mid-range price, but I don't know if they have a separate room. http://www.3foodies.com/index.htm
At the other end of the spectrum, On Tap Grill on 59, but in Stow, has good what I'd call 'bar food' and they have a separate dining room. It's a chain, but a local one. I like their burgers, fries and milkshakes, but haven't been there in awhile. http://www.ontapgrill.com/ The only thing I don't care for is their breakfasts.
Bistro on Main a good choice. I don't think Downtown 140 has a private room and it is very small. Their original chef, Shawn Monday, is now running One Red Door across the way, which may have a larger space: http://www.onereddoorhudson.com.
You might also look at Rosewood Grill that recently opened in the former Inn at Turner's Mill. I haven't been there so I can't vouch for quality, and I don't know whether they have a private room, but it looks promising and the space was always beautiful. http://www.rosewoodgrill.com/
I second and third Bistro on Main. We had our rehearsal dinner there, and because of the small number of people, we were seated in the main dining room & everyone ordered off the menu. The room in the back is very nondescript, but would seat 40 or 50 comfortably, I think. Everything is GREAT there. I can't get enough of the salmon dish w/ orzo & flash-fried spinach (think crumble-in-you-mouth potato chips). They are so good. The bread service is one of the best in NE OH, imho, and I'm a huge bread fan.
The price point is definitely cheaper than 140 or the old Turner's Mill. I imagine you are interested in that since you didn't appreciate the $50 extra fee in Hudson.
Oh yeah, and there's a Stoddard's Ice Cream cone stand right next door. Yum.