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Private Room for 20, Great Food, Brookline

JNice Jan 9, 2013 09:48 AM

Looking for restaurant in or around Brookline with a private room for 20 people.

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    CookieLee RE: JNice Jan 9, 2013 09:57 AM

    Hops n Scotch has an upstairs. Perhaps you can reserve that space.

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      teezeetoo RE: JNice Jan 9, 2013 12:40 PM

      try reserving the upstairs at La Morra

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        Bugsey34 RE: teezeetoo Jan 9, 2013 02:16 PM

        I was going to suggest La Morra as well. Can't think of anywhere else that has that kind of extra space...

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          JNice RE: Bugsey34 Jan 9, 2013 07:40 PM

          Thank you! It looks like it might work out with La Morra. I just spoke with them...waiting to hear back from the event coordinator.

          Does anyone have any back up suggestions just in case? It can border Brookline and be in Boston or Chestnut Hill.

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            Bugsey34 RE: JNice Jan 10, 2013 06:24 AM

            There's also a private room at The Cottage in Chestnut Hill I believe, the part of the restaurant that is facing Rte. 9.

            The Met Bar in Chestnut Hill across Rte. 9 might have a space they can block off, too.

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              JNice RE: Bugsey34 Jan 10, 2013 07:35 AM

              These are both great options! I am waiting to hear back from the Met and Cottage event planners.

              Are there any suggestions for the border of Brookline and Boston?

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                Klunco RE: JNice Jan 10, 2013 08:42 AM

                Eastern Standard is all I can think of, which is on the border of Brookline/Boston. I think their private room seats 16, but you could call and ask.

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                  hungrybruno RE: Klunco Jan 10, 2013 09:19 AM

                  Are you thinking of the room in the back near the stairs? They have a second one, too - bigger and more gallery style, upstairs across from the bathroom. My sister threw me the world's most awesome bachelorette party there; we had 25-30 people.

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                    Klunco RE: hungrybruno Jan 10, 2013 02:05 PM

                    Yeah, was thinking of the room in the back. Wow, had no idea they had a second larger room. Good to know!

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            JNice RE: Bugsey34 Jan 11, 2013 06:13 AM

            La Morra didn't work b/c they require a $3500 minimum and I am having around 20 guests.

        2. L2k RE: JNice Jan 10, 2013 07:51 AM

          51 Lincoln (in Newton Highlands) isn't so far away, and they have their basement room -- should fit about 20

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            JNice RE: L2k Jan 10, 2013 08:22 AM

            Thank you, but Newton Highlands is little too far west...trying to stay closer to Coolidge, Chestnut Hill Mall is about as far West as we can go.

            Is there anything in Kenmore Square. I am waiting to hear back from Island Creek.

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              teezeetoo RE: JNice Jan 10, 2013 11:25 AM

              See hungrybruno above: she had a great experience at Eastern Standard, which is one of my favorites, though I didn't know it had a room for up to 25.

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            nightsky RE: JNice Jan 10, 2013 01:51 PM

            Beacon St Tavern has a private room in back that can be reserved.

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              JNice RE: nightsky Jan 10, 2013 08:53 PM

              Again, a Tavern isn't quite high end enough but thanks for the idea. I'm leaning more towards Chestnut Hill either Met or Cottage.

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                CookieLee RE: JNice Jan 11, 2013 05:34 AM

                I have not heard good things about The Cottage. I've been to the Met once, I thought it wasn't particularly good.

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                  JNice RE: CookieLee Jan 11, 2013 06:12 AM

                  So please help me out...I need a location very close to Brookline that is more on the upscale side and has a private room (preferably closed doors).

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                    CookieLee RE: JNice Jan 11, 2013 07:47 AM

                    Well, I did suggest Hops N Scotch. Their upstairs space may not have doors. It does have a staircase. If you're using the entire space, I should think they could close off other people from going up there. Hard to find a place in CC that is big enough to have a separate room. Another suggestion would be FuGaKyu, but that would limit you to Japanese cuisine.

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                      teezeetoo RE: CookieLee Jan 11, 2013 01:50 PM

                      my experience is limited to one stop at Hops n Scotch but I wouldn't repeat it. I thought the food bordered on "bad." Check Beacon Street Tavern - the food is not as good as ESK but, in my experience, is reasonably good and the place is pleasant. Someone has said that Open Table lists places with private room options. Sorry about La Morra: I do like the food but that pricepoint is way too high.

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                    C. Hamster RE: CookieLee Jan 11, 2013 08:13 AM

                    The Cottage is hit or miss. Ive had some great food and some meh food. Met has been just so-so.

                    Capitol Grill probably has a private room.

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                      Bugsey34 RE: C. Hamster Jan 11, 2013 02:01 PM

                      The cottage is pretty solid, it's just not going to blow your mind. My mom had a bad service experience there not too long ago but I have never had a problem so I can't really say anything bad. Considering your requirements, I think it's the best you're going to get. The Capitale Grille will probably have a minimum similar or worse than La Morra, it's an overpriced steakhouse.

                      I ate at the Met for the first time (though I've lived near there for ages) and was shocked at how good it was actually. We thought the food was really delicious. I still remember the meatloaf stuffed with porcini. I think my husband had a steak. Is it normal that I can remember exactly what we ate at meals months ago but can barely remember what happened at work yesterday?!

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                        JNice RE: Bugsey34 Jan 11, 2013 06:57 PM

                        This sounds great! I am deciding between Met and Cottage. Having lunch at Cottage on Monday so hopefully that will help make the decision. I really need a restaurant that is close to Brookline and is a crowd pleaser and I am hoping the Met or Cottage will meet that need. It has yet to be decided....

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