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Small 40th B-day celebration with private nooks. Any suggestions?

vfoley74 Feb 3, 2013 11:36 AM

My husband is turning 40 and I'd like to host a dinner for 6 adults/4 young kids in the Boston/Cambridge/north area (we live in Melrose). I would love a restaurant with some sort of nook where we could have some privacy but not totally separate from the restaurant? But nothing too fancy. Is this too tall a order??

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    sallyt RE: vfoley74 Feb 3, 2013 11:40 AM

    We had a similar dinner at Mamma Maria in the N. End - a private room for 5 adults and 3 young kids - it was perfect. And no charge for the room...

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      mvi RE: vfoley74 Feb 3, 2013 12:37 PM

      Would adjoining tables/ booths work for you?

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        dulce de leche RE: vfoley74 Feb 4, 2013 07:56 AM

        Tremont 647 has a nice room for this kind of thing. I think I've been there for both a brunch and dinner celebration, though years ago. Nice food, festive atmosphere, not so "fancy" that kids would be an issue.

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          Foodie_BBQ RE: dulce de leche Feb 5, 2013 07:41 AM

          Generally really like Tremont 647, but they did a terrible job serving my family when we booked that room. The staff was unnattentive and ignored us for portions of our meal. The kitchen also served our brunch in waves, which made our kids crazy watching the adults eating while they waited.

          Recommend it for 2, but not 10.

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            dulce de leche RE: Foodie_BBQ Feb 5, 2013 11:30 AM

            Oh, no! That's good to know.

            There are a few places around town that people often suggest for families that I've had a dreadful time at, for ex. Picco, Vinny's at Night.

            Not that it's impossible to have a good experience at those places, just that it's inconsistent, and it's easier to salvage an outing when it's just adults.

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          mkfisher RE: vfoley74 Feb 4, 2013 08:38 AM

          West Bridge has a room in the back that would be a perfect size. It opens to the rest the restaurant on one side (with french doors), but has walls on the other three sides.

          1. JOGRE RE: vfoley74 Feb 4, 2013 08:57 AM

            It's a bit of a drive. Tuscan Kitchen in Salem,NH. The food is well worth the drive. Everything is homemade.

            1. Berheenia RE: vfoley74 Feb 5, 2013 06:06 AM

              The Beacon Tavern in Brookline has a small lounge they rent..

              in spite of the name this is a very popular family restaurant

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                LeoLioness RE: vfoley74 Feb 5, 2013 07:46 AM

                Posto in Davis Square has a semi-private area. Not fancy (would possibly not be special enough?), kids would be fine there.

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                  Taralli RE: LeoLioness Feb 14, 2013 10:03 AM

                  Actually, they have a room at the back where you can close the door, otherwise very noisy in the rest of the resto. We were there when someone had an engagement party in it.

                2. JOGRE RE: vfoley74 Feb 5, 2013 12:33 PM

                  Horseshoe Grill in Reading is nice.
                  Spacious and very good food.

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                    vfoley74 RE: vfoley74 Feb 7, 2013 06:23 PM

                    Thanks everyone!!

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                      vfoley74 RE: vfoley74 Feb 14, 2013 09:52 AM

                      Thanks everyone!!!

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