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Looking for a Prenup type dinner location for about 30 folks for about $30/head in/near Waltham

L2k Jan 28, 2013 06:34 AM

for late summer.

Private room, or a small place we can take over for the evening. Not the most risktaking of guests, however


  1. Bob Dobalina Jan 29, 2013 04:07 AM

    I had my rehearsal dinner at Il Capriccio - They have a semi-private room on the left - it was a little tight with 30, but we made it work. The price IIRC was pretty reasonable and the food / wine was very pleasing to my Italian mother (and everyone else). We had the option of doing a set menu or just ordering ala carte - we did the latter and it worked out great. Folks at the restaurant also could not have been nicer and more accommodating. Highly recommend and definitely worth a looksee.

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      ts44 Jan 28, 2013 06:56 PM

      Try Biagios in their upstairs lounge, or Marcelino's (behind the Embassy theater) has a nice upstairs room.

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      1. re: ts44
        Bluebell Jan 28, 2013 07:13 PM

        I also know someone who used Biaggio for a rehearsal dinner & thought it worked well.

      2. Science Chick Jan 28, 2013 10:17 AM

        Do you want that $30 to include alcohol?

        Solea does private parties and it might be a different way to go, with tapas instead of traditional sitdown. The sample menu looks pretty straightforward (no real "out there" foods), and I'm sure you could streamline it to fit your guests' tastes.

        The 2 best spots in Waltham are Capriccio and Campania, but I'm not sure if they could meet your price point. Might be worth inquiries, since alot of places will give you a deal with a fixed menu (or limited choices) for a big party:

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          L2k Jan 28, 2013 10:51 AM

          Good question on the alcohol, my guess is the goal is to include beer/wine. Will look into these options.


          1. re: L2k
            5thAndNowhere Jan 28, 2013 11:23 AM

            solea has a nice vibe. very warm. $30 with alcohol might be tough. maybe with one basic beer selection and pitchers of sangria?

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              mkfisher Jan 28, 2013 12:22 PM

              It's been quite some time since I was at Campania, but $30 might be tough there even without alcohol.

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                chompie Jan 28, 2013 04:46 PM

                If a place thats kind of chain-ish (although i think there is only one left now). I needed a place for a group and we ended up at Naked Fish which has a back room that you can have to yourself . The service was really good and the food is done well although not real chowish. Actually relatives liked it so much we did it again for another occasion. The location is as central as you can get..

          2. k
            Kat Jan 28, 2013 09:35 AM

            Ah, a rehearsal dinner. Look at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury. They have small dining rooms that you can reserve for such an event (had mine there). The food is simple (fish, beef, chicken) for the unadventurous diners, and the atmosphere is nice (old, historic inn). Cozy bar too.

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              L2k Jan 28, 2013 10:50 AM

              No one is going to want a 20 minute drive, although I appreciate the plug for Wayside, been too long since we've been there.

            2. g
              gourmanda Jan 28, 2013 06:42 AM

              What is a "Prenup type dinner"? I've never heard the term.

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              1. re: gourmanda
                enhF94 Jan 28, 2013 07:44 AM

                It's a dinner in which, before ordering, a legal agreement is signed holding both restaurant and diner faultless for any tasteless, spicy or overdone food (restaurant) or behavior (customer) :D

                1. re: enhF94
                  gourmanda Jan 28, 2013 10:15 AM

                  :) That's exactly what I was thinking!

                2. re: gourmanda
                  L2k Jan 28, 2013 07:58 AM

                  what enh said.

                  Or, alternatively, dinner for the out of town guests the evening before the big event.

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