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Planning ahead- Back Bay, Large Party

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In March our team will be in Boston for a national meeting. We have one evening where all 20-ish of us go out to dinner, and we're staying at the Sheraton.
Recommendations for a moderately priced (entrees $20-30 average) place in that area that can handle a large group? I'm hesitant to put a cuisine type simply because with a group this large we probably need to be fairly ecumenical.

I appreciate any guidance you can give.

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  1. Brasserie Jo might fit the bill - it's walkable from the Sheraton (I'm assuming you mean the Sheraton in Back Bay?), is convivial, within your price range, and is solid French bistro food. They do have a private room as well.

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    1. re: teezeetoo

      +1 on brasserie jo.

      1. re: hotoynoodle

        +2 on Brasserie Jo. It totally fits the bill.

    2. I haven't been lately, and yes it is a chain, but Maggioanos has always done a decent job of being celebratory with pretty good event menu food. It works for a mix of people and they have a few private rooms, just a short cab ride, t, or longer stroll from Pru.

      http://www.maggianos.com/EN/LocationS...

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      1. re: Bellachefa

        the sheraton is not at the pru anyway.

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          it's been there for many years.

          where did it go?

          1. re: Bellachefa

            it's in that hood, but it's on dalton street, within its own structure.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              are you being serious? it may not be in the pru building, but it is certainly part of the pru center compound/complex with it's own entrance.....

              and why you chose to go off subject is beyond me. My recomendation may be questionable, but what was your intent?

              1. re: Bellachefa

                we're giving directions to out-of-towners.

                it's like saying maggiano's is in the four seasons hotel.

                1. re: Bellachefa

                  hotoynoodle didn't say that your suggestion was questionable! Since the OP appears to be from out of town, I'm guessing that they were simply trying to clarify geography for someone who may not know the area.

                  1. re: Allstonian

                    thank you, yes. perhaps i'm being pedantic, but it certainly was nothing personal.

                2. re: hotoynoodle

                  Exhibit A

                  Skywalk is .1 miles from lobby - basically next door. According to the Pru, the Sheraton is included in the map of their complex.

                  http://www.prudentialcenter.com/map/

                  1. re: Bellachefa

                    The Sheraton is definitely part if the Prudential Center. I think there is an entrance to the hotel right from the mall by the chapel.

                    The Hilton on Dalton street by summer shack is its own structure.

                    I have always been a Maggiano hater but the past two meals have been better than just ok.

            2. re: Bellachefa

              Ok, I won't question your geography (I don't think it's inaccurate to describe the Sheraton as being in the Pru, and do not think it's analogous to describing Maggiano's as being in the Four Seasons), but I will question your recommendation. Maggiano's?!?!

              1. re: Blumie

                Thanks blumie. exhibit A

                http://www.prudentialcenter.com/map/

                Like I said, I haven't had Magg's food lately, but always found it serviceable for that large of a group. I'm sure they will be pleased with BrJo's - love those carrots!!!

            3. Back Bay Social Club has a downstairs space that could work for you. Also I agree on Maggiano's - nearby and good food too.

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              1. re: addiez

                Sorry to disagree but Maggiano's food is close to terrible.

                1. re: teezeetoo

                  and yet it gets trotted out in these sorts of queries all the time.

                  awhile back my b/f had co-workers all coming to town for a conference and they needed lunch in this same hood. none of them are all that foodish and most were agitating to go to cheesecake factory.

                  i convinced him to get them to brasserie jo. everybody was delighted and insisted on going back there the next day too, lol.

              2. Agree with Brasserie Jo. They also have a private room that you might want to look into.

                1. Thanks for the great responses- Brasserie Jo sounds like the best choice. I really like the idea of something local.