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Am looking for a restaurant with a private room to host a bridal shower brunch or luncheon in or around Boston, on a Sunday for about 25 people. Would welcome any suggestions. Thanks!

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  1. Are thinking a sit down meal? buffet? What is your budget either in total or per person? Are you looking for casual or fancy?

    "In or around Boston" is a pretty big area. How far are you and/or the guests willing to travel in either direction? ie: does Newton/Brookline or Cambridge/Somerville work? What about Quincy?

    Give us more details and I am sure we can offer suggestions.

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    1. re: foodieX2

      You got me thinking. Really not exactly sure what we want. Was planning on having it at my house but that idea got vetoed. So Casual. Total budget of about $1500-$2,000. Cambridge, Somerville, Lexington, Concord, Arlington would all work. People will be coming from various places. Want people to be able to mingle so a venue that would allow for that would be preferable. This will be at the end of August so maybe something outdoors would be nice.
      Thanks.

      1. re: Kaialove

        Ok, let me do some thinking. Are you thinking a bar/alcohol in that budget? That can add up.

        Also is this a Jack and Jill or girls only? I get the mingling part but do you want to do the whole open the gifts too? If thats the case you got think about seating arrangements. People usually want to be able to see the bride-to-be. Please tell me no shower games, OK? LOL!

        1. re: foodieX2

          Couple of thoughts off the top of my head though I am drawing a blank on private with outdoor seating that also affordable. Not sure if all these places do lunch/brunch

          Elephant walk in Cambridge

          The Gaslight in Boston

          Harvest in Cambridge (might be too $$)

          Mistral in Boston (might be too $$)

          The Cottage in Chestnut Hill

          1. re: foodieX2

            Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check them out. This is a girls' event only and yes, alcohol will be part of it. and yes, opening the gifts there. No games, not our thing.
            Let me know if you think of any other places. I might go up in price some if need be. (Actually already have since thinking about having this at my house - LOL!)

            You have been very helpful. I appreciate it.

        2. re: Kaialove

          I once saw Za closed to the public on a Sunday afternoon for what appeared to be some kind of shower/engagement party. If the weather's nice, they can open all the windows, and I like the idea of sharing their pizzas and salad for a casual shower. Thinking your party might be a shade too small for the space though. In the same vein, you could ask nearby Flora if they would be willing to partition off one of their spaces for you. The room on the left where you walk in (I think it's the old bank space) would be especially nice.

          Za has beer/wine, while Flora has a full bar.

          1. re: chevrelove

            Za is pretty dead on Sundays anyway. I'm sure they'd be more than willing to section off a part of the room/patio for you.

            1. re: mkfisher

              Good point. I was specifically referring to the Arlington and original location, but I assume you're referring to Kendall Square - which does tend to be very quiet on Sundays.

      2. Dante in Cambridge at the Sonesta on the Charles has private rooms plus the outside patio. Good food also and they are adept at working with you on your function.

        1. Probably too expensive for your budget,but the garden at Oleana is lovely.

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          1. re: Madrid

            That's what my suggestion would have been for more $$. But I think it's $1500 for just the space. I wonder if Westbridge could do it? Again probably too expensive though.

            1. re: viperlush

              I knocked those off right away as there no way you can get the space, a full meal with alcohol (even just wine) for the budget.

              OP- It doesn't hurt to do some preliminary phone calls. While the economy is gettting better I am sure there are places willing to work with you since they know its a guarantee, especially if you have some flexibility. All they can say is no, right?

          2. Thanks for all the suggestions. I have calls in to several places now. We'll see what they have to say.

            1. Scutra in Arlington will close down the restaurant for you and are very accommodating for this type of event.