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Graduation Dinner for 27?

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Hey there!

More dining recommendation requests! Does anyone have suggestions for a relatively nice dinner ($15-$30 pp) place for graduation dinner? There's a lot of us so we need to set reservations in now. The other kicker is that to accommodate everybody's dietary restrictions we need to stick with either American or Italian.

The ideal would be a place that's good for all eaters, adventurous and less so, and has a good atmosphere for people to talk and feel comfortable.

I know it's a lot to ask, but the only hard needs are the 27 people and the cuisine. Any help would be hugely appreciated!

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  1. Does that include alcohol? Do you want a specific neighborhood?

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    1. re: mkfisher

      does it include little kids?

      what day/night of the week?

      i know it's not exactly a chow fave, but maggiano's get frequent recs on here for these sorts of things. (never been, can't vouch for it.)

      1. re: mkfisher

        Alcohol not included in the pp cost, though having alcohol would be a plus.

        No kids (some under 21 though), Sunday night when a bunch of other schools will be graduating as well so it'll be a packed weekend.

        Somerville/Medford area preferred (Tufts kids) but Cambridge and Boston area also gladly accepted.

      2. Maggiano's isn't the greatest red sauce Italian, but it can accommodate large groups, with family style pasta and meats. I haven't been in years, but it still should fall into the right price range for food. Their spinach artichoke dip is actually quite good.

        1. The Elephant Walk on Mass Ave has two private rooms - we had my wedding rehearsal dinner there. The cost was reasonable and the space was great.

          1. Look into Il Capriccio in Waltham - they have a sectioned off area of the dining room and the food is very good.

            You might also try Gran Gusto, which depending on timing, has a separate dining area that you can reserve (although they are reluctant to use it during prime time, at least my experience in the past).

            I have to disagree with Elephant Walk - I find the food not well made in my opinion.

            1. Pescatore in Ball Sq Somerville would be a great choice food and price wise. They might close the dining room for your private party. Italian and seafood for foodies and non.

              Frank's Steak House in North Cambridge is decidedly not adventurous, but it's big enough and not expensive and it's a good time.

              Five Horses in Davis might work.

              Olivio in East Arlington.