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Group Dinner for 12

We have a group of 12 staying in Philadelphia the night of November 23rd and we are looking for a place for dinner. Walking distance is preferred. Our hotel is at 12th and Market.

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  1. What kind of food are you looking for and do you want a private room? What is your price range?

    1. There are several of the usual high-end steakhouses around there (Ruth's Chris, Capital Grille). Also a Fogo de Chao and McCormick & Schmick's.

      Haven't been to 10 Arts in the Ritz since Jen Carroll left.

      Much more interesting is Sbraga (maybe a 10-15 min walk), the chef won Top Chef on TV. I've done dinners there that large, but you'd better call ASAP.

      Estia (Greek) is good for whole fish dishes.

      You could easily walk over to Washington Square West area, which would give you Talula's Garden (again, call ASAP).

      There are lots of good places on S 13th St (Barbuzzo, Lolita), but the size of the group might be a problem.

      If you want to try one of our BYOBs (although they tend to be small and a large group is a problem), you are coincidently staying right next to a state liquor store.

      1. Estia at Broad & Locust has a lovely private room downstairs which would be perfect for 12 and the food is definitely upscale, leaning toward some of the best Greek seafood in the city.

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        1. All of the recommendations below are great... with the one issue that they are probably going to cost at least 30 dollars per person if not more.

          You are also close to Chinatown. If Vietnamese or chinese food is something that your group would like there are several suggestions. Vietnam Palace and Lee How Fook both have private rooms and provide good vietnamese and chinese food respectively. Perhaps others could add other options in Chinatown which would provide you some lower cost per meal options (20-25 person) if that is the need of your group.

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          1. re: cwdonald

            +1 on Vietnam Palace - it's always been a hit with my out of town visitors. I might also consider Rangoon as somewhere a little different; it's been a few years since I've been there but I remember a fairly large dining room that could accommodate a larger party, and great unique food.

          2. Bistrot La Minette does "French family dinners" in a private room. It's a pretty place and is very good for classic French food. It's a little more than a mile from 12th/Market - maybe a 20 minute walk or a short, cheap cab ride.

            1. it's hard to answer this without a little more information, but assuming you want moderate price, and don't require a private room, i'd give Smokin' Betty's and IndeBlue a call. Percy Street might also be a good option.

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              1. re: alex1018

                Percy St does a nice family-style meal for I think $25pp and the beer prices are pretty reasonable too.

                1. re: barryg

                  Only down side is its about a 1 mile walk to Percy Street from where they are staying ...

                  1. re: cwdonald

                    A mile only sounds like a long distance. A 15 minute walk, tops, for a normal adult shouldn't be a problem.

                    1. re: caganer

                      That's a pretty presumptive statement.

                      Even as a "normal" healthy adult I don't necessarily feel like walking a mile and then a mile back for dinner - at least not unless it's a beautiful summer or spring evening. And with a group of 12 that could be problematic on a lot of fronts.

                      1. re: sockii

                        Obviously never tried to do a mile in heels ; )

              2. I would add to the previous wonderful options, Fork - particularly their side store/restaurant Market on High Street

                1. Less than two blocks away from you is McCormick and Schmicks. It's a chain seafood house, but a very good chain and this one is managed well.
                  It's in a beautiful building - formerly a bank - and the seats are comfortable and the service is good.
                  You can look at the menu online. They do have meat and chicken in addition to the fish and seafood.

                  One block farther is Capital Grille, another very good steakhouse chain. These two chains were rated the best of the chains by Consumer Reports. Capital Grille is pricey, but if you go before 6pm there is a prix-fixe dinner - not cheap, but less. Also comfortable and attractive with great service.

                  Of course, if you are looking for more gourmet dining, then check out the other suggestions that have been made.
                  My husband is not crazy about Estia but I think it's fine if your group would all go for fish.

                  Of the Asian places, I would opt for Vietnam Palace, though Vietnam is also good. Very reasonable prices.

                  1. Tai Lake in Chinatown on 10th street between Race and Cherry is really good. They are only open for dinner and is a little expensive when compared to other Chinatown restaurants.