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Feb 28, 2013 03:00 AM

Private dining at an upscale restaurant.

Any suggestions for a private dining room for 10 people to celebrate a birthday. It should be something not too noisy, so you can have a conversation, nice ambience, great food and service.

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  1. I haven't been but a friend of mine has said that Toscano's on Charles Street has a nice private room. I am not sure how many people it holds or if there is an extra charge.

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    1. re: snowcone

      great call on Toscano's. that should hit all requirements listed.

      1. re: snowcone

        Toscano's has been there 25 plus years. I haven't been in a few years, so I'd be interested in hearing a report if you go. When I used to go it was great and the owners, John and vinney were very helpful.

        1. re: libertywharf

          Worth noting that the look and menu changed quite a bit when Toscano changed hands a few years ago. Pricier, slicker, less traditional. Seems to be working: they're opening another location in Harvard Square.


          1. re: MC Slim JB

            After the changeover things went downhill, IMO. The slickness factor won out over food,

            The last time my office ate there was about 2 years ago and the food was terrible and the service discombobulated and inconsistent. It's came off our rotation.

            Brasserie Jo might be another idea.

            1. re: C. Hamster

              Agreed. I didn't love the original Toscano, like V2.0 less.


      2. Puccini room at: Also, semi-private, large table at front of Prezza(2nd photo down on left):

        1. Two great spots are the Chefs Table at Menton
          and similarly at Via Matta

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          1. re: Bostonphotobill

            The food at Via Matta is sadly pretty bad these days

            1. re: mkfisher

              both might be a bit noisy but offers a really cool/memorable setting

            2. re: Bostonphotobill

              I used to work as a Server at Via Matta. I absolutely loved it when I got to work downstairs in the kitchen at the Chef's Table.
    's not quiet at all. One shoji screen in place to try & section the table off from the kitchen doesn't work to block out all of the noise.

            3. Depends on the crowd, but I've gotten a private room at Davio's Back Bay for this sized crowd with good success. It's modern Italian plus wood-grilled steaks and chops, a crowd-pleaser.


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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                We've really liked that smaller private room.

              2. How about the PDRs at Eastern Standard or West Bridge?