HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >


90 college kids for dinner?

Looking for suggestions on where to host a group of 90 people for dinner in Boston (no burbs or Cambridge). As nice as possible but not breaking the bank. Is maggiano's our only option?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Do you have a price/person amount in mind?

    1. How about some of the bigger places in Chinatown, I have seen bus loads of people going to Hei la moon, but I would imagine any of the big places down there have room and you could make a menu that fits your price point.

      1 Reply
      1. Legal Seafoods, Summer Shack, Cheesecake Factory, Brasserie Jo, Joe's American Bar and Grill...

        1 Reply
        1. re: StriperGuy

          I wasn't aware these places could accomodate so many people - will look into it, thanks!

        2. Not even sure of what it SHOULD cost! Is $20.00 pp reasonable (without drinks)?

          4 Replies
          1. re: Cat001

            Not unless it's pizza, or a sandwich plus chips, and one soda.

            1. re: Cat001

              remember there is also tax and tip. if $20 is your ceiling, you're looking at more like $12-$15 pp for food.

              you'll have a hard time even at maggiano's for that. if you're coming at a very slow time in boston you may be able to swing a deal, but this sounds more like catering from au bon pain or bertucci's.

              whomever is organizing your group needs to give you a dollar amount or how on earth can you book dinner for 90ppl?

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                I'm wondering if Little Q hotpot could handle 90 (the one in Chinatown). I'd call and try to book it. If you can go "off hours" you might get a deal.

                1. re: teezeetoo

                  Love the place.

                  But there are much cheaper places in Chinatown

            2. I was going to say, for that price, a pizzeria is your only option!

              1. Maggiano's is never an option in my opinion.

                4 Replies
                1. re: KevinJF

                  I used to detest Maggianos but since maybe 2009 it's been better,

                  And now (we moved in nov) our office windows look upon it directly. It's 50 feet away!

                  Hence we've been twice and I do have to say that whereas it used to be a horribly inconsistent 1-5 (on a scale of 1-10), we'd rate it almost always as a 5 or 6.

                  I'm shocked to be a Maggiano's apologist, but IMO this location has improved.

                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    I hate to admit I agree, but in my experience, Maggiano's doesn't completely suck. I agree, about a 6, as in I'd eat it if I was hungry and there was not other option.

                    1. re: StriperGuy

                      Actually the one time I ate there I was impressed by their spinach artichoke dip appetizer. The best one I've tried. Everything else was meh, but I'd go back, sit at the bar, and have that dip again in a heartbeat.

                    2. re: C. Hamster

                      90 COLLEGE kids. All you can eat at Maggianos? I'm fairly certain they would love it.