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large group (30+ people) restaurant in Pittsburgh

julierose Dec 5, 2013 02:17 PM

I'm trying to plan a holiday gathering with family for the first time in quite some time. We're looking for a place than can accommodate a large group but will also be casual enough so we can mingle with each other. A private space would be great, but I know this isn't always possible. We would like to be centrally located in Pittsburgh (although not a necessity), BYOB or a bar is fine, and obviously good food would be nice. We're pretty flexible so any suggestions would be welcome. I'm really at a loss. Thank you!!

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    cwdonald RE: julierose Dec 6, 2013 01:56 PM

    What about the Hofbrauhaus. You could either go before 3pm when they take private parties, or just be a big group in that space. Beer obviously available. Very casual atmosphere.


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      Bacchus101 RE: cwdonald Dec 6, 2013 02:51 PM

      Had traveled to the Steel City frequently and never heard of the Hofbrauhaus. It looks like a PA styled trip to Munchen. With a potential trek to the Burgh after the holidays I will make a note to attempt to find Pittsburgh's Bavaria and this beer garden.

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        julierose RE: cwdonald Dec 7, 2013 03:20 PM

        thanks for the suggestion, but we have some people in the group who are a little older and some young children as well. I'm not sure this would work for us.

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          Chowrin RE: julierose Dec 8, 2013 06:49 AM

          Try Max's Allegheny Tavern?

      2. yayadave RE: julierose Dec 7, 2013 07:04 AM

        Penn Brewery has a German style restaurant and a nice private room downstairs.

        Also, Lidia's has a loft that's, of course, apart from the main dining rom.

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          sal_acid RE: yayadave Dec 7, 2013 11:12 AM

          I've had several bad experiences at Lidia's.

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            rotini RE: sal_acid Dec 7, 2013 04:20 PM

            We had my daughters rehearsal dinner at Lidia's and it was fabulous. Have eaten there many times and never had a bad experience

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              sal_acid RE: rotini Dec 7, 2013 05:04 PM

              I've eaten there three times. Service terrible, meats wildly oversalted, pasta cold. At best you can say its variable. Look at tripadvisor; some good reviews, some terrible. All I have is my own experience to go by.

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            julierose RE: yayadave Dec 7, 2013 03:22 PM

            i will contact Penn Brewery. This could be a good option if they allow us to reserve a space in the main dining room. I love the downstairs space, but they do require a minimum amount to reserve the space and I don't think we would spend as much as they require.

          3. yayadave RE: julierose Dec 7, 2013 07:28 PM

            This may be a little low ball for you, but some of the King's and Eat n Park restaurants have back rooms. I realize that that probably eliminates any alcohol. But, you did say " any suggestions would be welcome."

            Lidia's is, admittedly, at the other end of the spectrum. But a good choice.

            1. yayadave RE: julierose Dec 7, 2013 07:36 PM

              Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille at 2106 Penn Ave. has a loft. I don't know if they use that space for private parties. Good seafood. It can get noisy, depending on when you're there.

              1. yayadave RE: julierose Dec 7, 2013 11:13 PM

                Here are a few surprise entries. PNC Park, Heinz Field, and the Casino. All do private affairs. Also, maybe the Mozart room at Heinz Hall does these. I don't know. I noticed that the Casino bar was closed on a week day when we went to lunch, but as we left we could look down into there and there were serving tables set up and people gathered.

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                  julierose RE: yayadave Dec 8, 2013 06:05 AM

                  thank you for all of your suggestions. Which restaurant in the Casino should I consider?

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                    yayadave RE: julierose Dec 8, 2013 06:49 AM

                    Boy, I really don't know. The place I saw was the Drum Bar. It opens at 4 pm every day but Sunday, when it opens at 12 pm. So last Friday in the afternoon they were able to have a closed party in the afternoon. But they might have some private, multi-purpose rooms available. I would have never thought of it until I saw the gathering on Friday. Sorry I can't be more help.

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                      julierose RE: yayadave Dec 8, 2013 10:09 AM

                      You've been a huge help! Thank you!

                2. yayadave RE: julierose Dec 8, 2013 09:32 PM

                  Downtown today I just bumpt into another possibility.
                  Six Penn Kitchen
                  They get around to telling you what spaces they have at the bottom of all the menu options.

                  1. hassenpfeffer RE: julierose Dec 9, 2013 10:32 AM

                    E2 in Highland Park has a nicely remodeled downstairs room for special events, and the food there is markedly better than anywhere else that's been mentioned. Plus, it's BYOB.

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                      Rick RE: julierose Dec 29, 2013 02:55 PM

                      Hate to say it since it's not chow worthy, but Bravo on McKnight road in the North Hills did an excellent job for a recent family party with nearly 40 people. The food was good for what it was but the service is what really set it apart. They have a room that they close off and is private. The servers and the managers were really on top of their game. We recently attended a party for 150 at much more expensive restaurant and whole affair could've taken lessons from the Bravo party.

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                        julierose RE: julierose Jan 7, 2014 08:09 AM

                        Thanks to everyone for all of your suggestions. We ended up with a group of over 50 people so we had to rent a hall and have a pot luck. But now I have plenty of suggestions for the future! Thanks again. Julie

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