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Where to have our corporate holiday party?

Last year my company had their holiday party at Mistral. I was not working at the company then, and I have never been to that restaurant but I understand it is very nice. I am responsible this year for the holiday party, and since I have nothing to compare to previous ones except for the name of the place, what do you suggest? I want to keep it up to par with Mistral. Or if you can suggest something in the $35-$60 a plate per person that would be great. There are about 200-250 employees.

We do our party after the holidays, in late January, because we are too busy during the holiday season. So I am not worried about scheduling conflicts with restaurants. It needs to be in the Boston area.

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  1. A nice option might be Davio's which I would think could accomodate that #.

    200-250 employees is quite a few though, other CH folks might have better suggestions

    1. 200-250 would probably require renting out the whole restaurant. I dont know of any rooms that big.

      I am having a hard time believing that you partied at Mistral for $35-60 pp. We are throwing a lunch at Grill 23 next month and it's not fancy but $75pp.

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      1. re: C. Hamster

        Sorry, I meant it to be something up to par with Mistral and also something in the $35-$60pp range.. as in two different suggestions. Sorry for the misunderstanding. But yes I do think we would need a whole restaurant.

        1. re: C. Hamster

          I assume the OP's event will involve alcohol, or is it a cash bar (or a separate alcohol budget)..

          If you are creative, don't discount venues like the Aquarium, the Gardner, or the Museum of Science.. although those aren't cheap by any means either.

          1. re: grant.cook

            OMG the Aquarium! Such a good idea! I will look into that for sure. Thanks

            1. re: lala014

              We've had holiday parties at both the Aquarium and Museum of Science. Both were fun but the Aquarium was great. I was not the planner; so can't help with the logistics but it was really a great time

              1. re: 9lives

                Our company holiday party was at the Aquarium last year (also 200-odd people plus guests). It was a fun spot, although the layout is not ideal (the people-accessible areas are mostly hallways rather than large spaces, which made both socializing and eating a little awkward).

            2. re: grant.cook

              the ica is also a cool spot for large groups.

          2. Don't know the cost, but BF's company is around that size and has successfully had holiday parties at the House of Blues.

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            1. re: viperlush

              +1
              Diff. style (of course) from Mistral, but coworker attended event there when she worked in Malden and said "thumbs up"

            2. You might consider Les Zygomates. They could probably match your $/person. Plus they have several party rooms and could likely accomodate your group size.

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              1. re: Science Chick

                we did a gathering at Les Zyg. it was fine but food and wine were $100/person. (3 courses but not a lot of heavy drinkers). I've done teh aquarium thing and enjoyed it. only apps and wine/beer but it worked well especially the view. The spiral walk helped people mingle.

                1. re: gourmaniac

                  Hmm.....still not clear if OP was budgeting just for food or was including beverages.

                  1. re: Science Chick

                    Sorry.. most likely Cash bar. Of course will take recomendations from you guys/girls about dinners with drinks included and I will look into that as well. Someone suggested to me the Seaport Hotel? Never been, what are your thoughts on that?

                    1. re: lala014

                      I'm wondering whether you could rent the waterfront Daily Catch for such an event in your price point: good Sicilian food and a great location.

                      1. re: teezeetoo

                        Whoops - the Daily Catch can only do 100 inside (250 in good weather when they can use the deck and patio)

                      2. re: lala014

                        seaport hotel food is totally meh. not at all in the same ballpark as mistral or even les zyg.

                  2. re: Science Chick

                    i don't think capacity at les zyg is 250. 150 mebbe.

                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                      I've been to parties at the big Museum of Fine Arts Restaurant, quite wonderful, and I was recently informed about a Brazilian all you can eat buffet at the Westin near Copley place. If I remember correctly the Westin is between $30 and $60/plate.
                      http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com...

                      What about the Colonial Inn in Concord?

                      1. re: ShadowSpirit

                        I have a very soft spot in my heart for the Colonial Inn, having spent both my wedding eve and my wedding night there, but they do NOT have worthwhile food.

                      2. re: hotoynoodle

                        Yeah thats what the hard part about this is, the amount of people. I can think of many nice places I would like to have this party at, but none of them can accommodate 200-250people

                        1. re: lala014

                          I've been to lovely events at the Sonesta in Cambridge, both at Dantes and catered by Dantes. You might give them a call to see how many they can accommodate. It's a pretty location too.

                          1. re: teezeetoo

                            My uncle actually owns Dante's (Uncle Dante) so I didn't really want to bring my co-workers and bosses there and make it seem like ''oh hey this is my uncles restaurant' But you are right about the location being great.

                            1. re: lala014

                              We all have our comfort zone re: family engagement. I think Dante's and the Sonesta is a good enough venue that I'd just tell my boss about the family ties, see if he or she is comfortable, take them to a "tryout" dinner, and give my uncle the business! Good luck in your search.