Restaurant for a crowd near Westin Copley
I hope some of you can help me with ideas for a group dinner with co-workers. It should be within walking distance of the Westin Copley and be able to handle a crowd of 20 - 30. We're not adverse to renting out a place for the evening. Good food is a must, but not everyone is adventurous in their eating. Some vegetarians included. To give you an idea, the last two meals we had in Boston as a group were at Orinoco (a hit!) and at Montien (not as much of a hit). The atmosphere should be more fun than stuffy, too.
Some ideas I've had floating around my head:
Yea or nea? Other ideas?
Some budget guidance would be helpful. I like Hamersley's, had another fine meal there recently, but it's rather sedate, practically stuffy by South End standards.
Vejigantes might be an interesting option: Puerto Rican food, cute setting, very new in the South End, a relative bargain. https://www.facebook.com/VejigantesRestaurant
I thought of Brasserie JO, as well. I *love* Brasserie JO, but I'm not sure how happy vegetarians would be there - the dinner menu lists only two vegetarian entrees (farro rissoles or mac & cheese); there are also two veggie versions of the tarte flambee. None of the appetizers except for some salads are vegetarian. That doesn't seem like enough options to me.
I like Brasserie Jo, but group dinners there feel an awful lot like what they are: group dinners in a hotel function room (yes, the restaurant itself has rooms that accommodate groups, but it still has that hotel feel to it).
I have hosted several fabulous group dinners at Mistral (and am doing a group brunch in a couple of weeks). The Salon Room is beautiful and the food and service are outstanding.
I like your ideas, but think you can probably cross Picco off the list (unless they rent out the restaurant entirely?). It'd be a real stretch to get a seating for 20-30 people on a typical evening there. (I love Picco... and so, apparently, does everyone else.)
One suggestion that may be a bit beyond your geographical range: What about Estragon in the South End? Great food (including vegetarian options), solid cocktails, and I think they have a semi-private dining area for groups?