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PhillyBestBYOB Jun 25, 2013 09:25 AM

Looking for suggestions for a business dinner for 8 people on a weeknight near the Philly Four Seasons hotel (say within a 10-15 min cab ride at most, or walking is fine too).

The Fountain is out for $$$$ reasons, but I want something nice (doesn't have to be super formal, as long as the food is great). It shouldn't be a BYOB. I'm open to either a private room, or not as long as the place isn't too super loud.

Ideas? I'm blanking since I mostly go to BYOBs. I'd prefer to BYOB, but then I'd have to provide the wine from my cellar which I'm not going to do for an expense account dinner!

Cuisine is completely open.

Hit me with some ideas, please!

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    JanR Jun 25, 2013 09:38 AM

    I liked Fitler Dining Room a lot. Like you, I usually frequent byob's but I'm glad we made this exception. Dinner for two before tip and with 4 glasses of wine and a port was $164.

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    1. re: JanR
      fava_bean Jun 27, 2013 10:12 AM

      I love FDR but for 8 people? Hard to imagine pulling that off in their tiny space.

      A little farther away is Meritage. I've had many successful business dinners there. Great food with a chef who can accommodate any food restrictions, reasonably priced wine list, and a nice mix of local farm-to-table ingredients with a little Asian twist.

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      sylviag Jun 25, 2013 07:26 PM

      Fond has a small private room in the back of the restaurant - maximum 10 people - which should be perfect.
      We think the food is outstanding. Excellent bar.
      Look at the menu and see if the choices - and prices - would be suitable. Ten minute cab ride.

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        Philly Ray Jun 25, 2013 07:58 PM

        How about Sbraga? Not sure how loud it gets in there when full, but you know you'll be paying $49pp (unless someone orders drink pairings or a supplemental course).


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          cwdonald Jun 25, 2013 08:08 PM

          Tinto has a very nice private room upstairs.. great small dishes that will keep people talking about the meal.

          On a casual side, Dandelion Pub has great side rooms. Food would be a bit more casual but it is a relaxed atmosphere.

          Barclay Prime for classic steakhouse flavor, in an upscale setting.

          R2L for a great atmosphere, decent food and private rooms.

          1. PhillyBestBYOB Jun 27, 2013 06:28 PM

            Thanks for the great suggestions. We're going to try out Sbraga (it's will be a Monday, so hopefully it won't be too loud).

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            1. re: PhillyBestBYOB
              Philly Ray Jul 26, 2013 06:48 PM

              Curious to know if your event has happened yet. Turns out that we will be at Sbraga this coming Monday (7/29). If this is your night, look for us at the Chef's Counter. We're doing the BBQ tasting menu for my wife's birthday dinner.

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                cwdonald Jul 26, 2013 08:56 PM

                Ray I love hearing your reports.. I hope you will share with all of the Philadelphia board your experience, positive and negative. And hear is hoping you have a wonderful celebration.

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                  PhillyBestBYOB Jul 27, 2013 07:31 AM

                  Yes, we were there on Monday July 15th, for what ended up being a fantastic dinner for 12. Kevin had just returned from his fish-related junket (if you follow Twitter) and was in the kitchen despite jet lag, and our favorite server Megan was on the job (she recommended a great wine from the Canary Islands--didn't even know they make wine there!). As always, the food was awesome, and our guests from Belgium were blown away!

                  BTW, normally it's quite a loud restaurant, but we found it much better on Monday.

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                    Philly Ray Jul 27, 2013 08:43 AM

                    Awesome! Whenever I make a recommendation, I always hold my breath until (if?) I get the report. I'm glad everyone enjoyed it.

                    cwdonald, I will be sure to report back. We were at Sbraga for the first time a few months ago and since we really enjoyed that visit, we thought the chef's counter would be good for a special celebration dinner. Thanks for your good wishes too.

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                arepo Jun 27, 2013 07:47 PM

                Have you considered Estia which offers a lovely private room downstairs?

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                  Bacchus101 Jul 27, 2013 04:48 AM

                  Estia is a great venue with a really good feel. The last two visit there the fish of the day was quite good. The pre-theater choice could barely be called a small plate. However it was tasty and moderately price as a pre-theater item.

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                    PhillyBestBYOB Jul 27, 2013 07:25 AM

                    I've been to Estia too, and the whole fish are excellent. Very convenient to the Kimmel Center too.

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                  ItalianGirl Jul 27, 2013 09:28 AM

                  PhillyBestBYOB - not on this subject, but in an earlier post this year, you mentioned a dining group that was mostly guys. How can I join that group? Most meet up dining groups are mostly women

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                    PhillyBestBYOB Jul 28, 2013 07:52 AM

                    Message me on Twitter or Yelp... (same name)

                    I think it is because it is a wine group not a food group (although personally, the wine is the excuse to eat the food for me). Collecting fine wine seems to be more of a guy thing in my experience for some reason.

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                      ItalianGirl Jul 28, 2013 08:53 AM

                      I'm Janet H. on Yelp of Wilmington, DE if you can find me on Yelp.

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                    ItalianGirl Jul 28, 2013 08:52 AM

                    Okay, I created a Yelp account. Loved all your reviews. But I can't figure out how to be friends with you on that. It says I'm not closely related to you and when I clicked on friends, it wants me to invite outsiders to be my friends.

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                    1. re: ItalianGirl
                      PhillyBestBYOB Jul 28, 2013 09:53 AM

                      Send a complement to one of my reviews.

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