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20 Boston Restaurants with Private Rooms

20 Boston Restaurants with Private Rooms
Richard Cadan
By Emily Millian · 09/01/2022

These days, it’s as important to celebrate the small wins as it is the big ones. Holiday parties are back. Feting weddings, graduations, birthdays, and new apartments, here we go. Many venues in Greater Boston provide private (and semi-private) gathering spaces to revel with your people. Enjoy the privacy of your own culinary oasis without having to do any of your own cleanup at restaurants, breweries, and even a local distillery. Whether you want to customize a dinner menu, offer your guests appetizers, or even curate your own cocktail list, check out these Boston restaurants with private dining spaces next time it’s your turn to host.

20 Boston Restaurants with Private Rooms

Atlantico

Sister restaurant to the tiny Select Oyster Bar, Atlantico takes a spin on seafood-forward tapas from acclaimed chef Michael Serpa. The menu focuses on a sea of  small plates from Spain and Portugal, and the beverage program also reflects the Iberian Peninsula . Under the airy, vaulted ceilings of this South End restaurant, Atlantico has both private and semi-private spaces available for up to 100 guests. Large-format cocktails such as the house Sangria, and a big pan of Paella Atlantico would round out the ideal group menu. Take me there.

Bar Mezzana

The attention to detail makes the event-planning process seamless at this South End jewel. Choose family-style or prix-fixe menus of coastal Italian cuisine at Bar Mezzana, impressing guests with deceptively simple-looking crudos, homemade pastas, and all the refreshing aperitifs. The team goes the extra mile organizing table florals and printed custom menus. Tucked away at the end of the bar with windows out to the patio, the private dining room is a balance of ambiance and seclusion, fitting up to 12 guests seated or up to 16 guests for a standing reception. Looking for a larger space? Other areas inside and out are available on a semi-private basis. Take me there.

Boston Restaurants with Private Rooms

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Branch Line

Situated in the Arsenal on the Charles complex in the suburb of Watertown, Branch Line offers multiple private and semi-private dining spaces. Imagine corporate parties around the bocce court, daytime brunches on the year-round heated patio, and cozy dinners in the dining room overlooking  the impressive rotisserie setup. Whatever your big day might bring, Branch Line can rise to the occasion. Take me there.

Tasting Room at Bully Boy Distillers

Boston’s first distillery makes spirits fit for every occasion—and the same is true for private events at Bully Boy Distillers. For up to 30 guests, the Barrel Room is available in a three-hour block, great for holiday parties and corporate events. Combine it with a private cocktail class or a distillery tour. The entire tasting room is also available for full buyouts for larger events. Pricing includes a fully customized cocktail menu curated by you (with expert help), plus mingling space throughout the Barrel Room and production floor, complete with indoor lawn games. Food is not provided, but the distillery can assist with catering contacts. Of course, all guests must be 21 years or older to attend parties at this unique Roxbury venue. Take me there.

Boston Restaurants with Private Rooms

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Catalyst Restaurant

You name the occasion, Catalyst will find just the right space for you. This Cambridge restaurant has a half-dozen rooms which can accommodate six guests all the way up to 500 for customized events. Located in the heart of Technology Square and just a couple blocks from MIT, there are private meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology, as well as a patio for an al fresco experience under bistro lights. Take me there.

Field & Vine plates

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Field & Vine

Somerville restaurant Field & Vine makes just as much of a commitment to local farms as it does to hospitality. An intimate, semi-private space just on the edge of the main dining room can be reserved for special dinners for more than six guests. Pop bottles of natural wine and local beer to kick off the evening, followed by a farm-to-table garden of delights and wood-fueled grilled treats. Take me there.

Lamplighter Brewing Company

Lamplighter Brewing Co. is nestled in a residential Cambridge neighborhood. Cozy by nature, the brewery is a great setting for team bonding over a beer of two. The original taproom has a back room that can be rented, and Lamplighter teams up with local food trucks and restaurants to round out the experience. Pepita Coffee, the in-house cafe, is also open daily offering a different type of brew. There are private-event options at Lamplighter’s newer Cambridge Crossing location, too. Take me there.

Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

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Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

Don’t short-change Lincoln Tavern as just another Southie bar. This huge place was created to be a comfortable gathering spot, and it’s wildly approachable for the masses. Lincoln offers both private and semi-private dining options for all occasions and group sizes. The Back Dining Room is covered in exposed brick with rich wood accents, a front-row seat to the wood-fire pizza oven, and its own private bar. Natural light floods the Cafe, a smaller semi-private space at the front of the restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows. Take me there.

Menton Restaurant Boston

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Menton

The only Relais & Chateau property in Boston, Menton is a choice for the most special of occasions. The Fort Point restaurant is acclaimed chef Barbara Lynch’s interpretation of modern fine dining with beautifully executed tasting menus and warm hospitality. In addition to the main dining room, the restaurant has two different private spaces: an elegant room seating up to 45 guests and a chef’s table for 12 with panoramic views of the kitchen. Named for a French seaside town near the Italian border, Menton is a blend of French discipline and Italian passion, and it’s an unmatched dining experience in Boston. Take me there.

Mooo…

Located at an award-winning hotel on Beacon Hill, the original Mooo… provides three different private dining rooms: The Parlor Suites are perfect for small, intimate dinner parties. The Wine Cellar, true to its name, is adorned with bottles and a vintage Italian mosaic. The weather-dependent Roof Deck is a lovely setting for wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours as a hidden gem overlooking the Boston skyline. Full service at its finest, the team at this local steakhouse plans details all the way down to floral arrangements and customized menus. Take me there.

No. 9 Park

Just steps from the State House, chef Barbara Lynch’s flagship restaurant No. 9 Park is known for refined, blended cuisine (regionally inspired by Italy and France), paired with excellent cocktails and a James Beard award-winning wine list. A full restaurant buyout of the petite bistro is possible, but there are three distinct spaces for private dining. The Front Dining Room can accommodate 24 seated (40 for cocktail receptions) and offers picturesque views of Boston Common. The Back Dining Room is a much more intimate setting with its antique chandeliers and dark wood floors. Lynch’s favorite spot, the Owner’s Table, is a semi-private alcove in the Bar Room for six seated. Take me there.

Pagu Boston Restaurants with Private Rooms

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Pagu

When it comes to private dining in Cambridge, Pagu has a multitude of options, from a 20-person mezzanine to a full restaurant buyout. But it’s not just seating that shows variety at this Central Square spot. Build your custom menu with Japanese-inspired pintxos, a multi-course prix-fixe, or seafood paella and whole suckling pigs feeding anywhere from 10 to 150 guests. Take me there.

Puritan & Company

Puritan & Co. is full of New England flavor, honing in on local ingredients with a rustic yet polished ambiance. The flagship for Cambridge chef Will Gilson, this Inman Square restaurant has a private dining room set with a homey, but grandiose wood table for a true farm-to-table experience. The PDR seats up to 30 guests or 40 guests for cocktail receptions. The team will help to curate family-style, prix-fixe, and tasting menu options. Soon to join the space will be Puritan Oyster Bar, making the private dining options that much more dynamic. Take me there.

Row 34 dining

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Row 34

Row 34 approaches private dining the same way it approaches anything else: Serve killer oysters and have the best time ever. Small or large format, doesn’t matter. In the historic Fort Point neighborhood (close to downtown and the Seaport), this seafood restaurant and beer bar serves up private events in the vibey “Cooler Room.” Private dining options are also available at locations in Burlington and Portsmouth, NH, for those outside of Boston. Take me there.

Shōjō

In the heart of Chinatown lives Shōjō, where modern Asian cuisine and spirits reign. The menu is designed primarily with shareable plates, tapas-style, so guests are encouraged to try many dishes. Shōjō has an enormous upstairs private dining room that can fit up to 350 people, flexing to the size of the group—so bring on allllllll the Shōjō Pig Baos, Duck Fat Fries, and Thick Chick’ Bites with Hong Kong-style egg waffles. Take me there.

Exterior of SRV

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SRV

SRV is modeled on a Venetian-style bacaro (bar) specializing in cicchetti (small bites)—aka an intimate yet social dining experience. The private dining room on-site at this South End restaurant can seat up to 45 guests. For those with a few more people, private events can expand across the exposed-brick main dining room for a buyout with seating for 100. And then there’s the patio: Surrounded by gorgeous exposed brick and greenery, this backyard oasis is a remarkable space for a wedding ceremony or cocktail reception. Take me there.

Trillium Brewing Company

Born and raised in Fort Point, Trillium Brewing Co. now fills a three-floor brewery in the neighborhood with a restaurant, taproom, and roof deck. In this huge space, multiple private and semi-private rooms can host groups of 10 to 200 people. The full kitchen dishes modern New England farmhouse-inspired food, so hophead and foodie guests alike will have fun here. Put together your menu while sipping on a Double Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale (our favorite from this world-class brewery). Trillium has meeting rooms for special events at its Canton location, too. Take me there.

UNI restaurant Boston

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UNI

Just when we thought Uni could not get any more special, the restaurant at the Eliot Hotel offers a plethora of private dining options. Bring a group of 12 to the semi-private, high-top Chef’s Table overlooking the bar, or make your way down to Lower Uni—the original sashimi counter. A separate private dining room can host up to 35 guests seated or 70 people standing, and exclusive restaurant rentals are also available. Order a la carte or allow chef David Bazirgan and team to craft a personal prix-fixe menu. (Can you even imagine?!) Uni, take the wheel and surprise us. We’re ready! Take me there.

Woods Hill Pier 4

With waterfront views of Boston Harbor, Woods Hill Pier 4 matches elegant dining with a commitment to sustainability and high-quality sourcing. A private dining room can accommodate intimate dinners for up to 18 guests. For larger celebrations, the beautiful Seaport restaurant has flexible space for up to 200 people. With many ingredients sourced from the owner’s New Hampshire farm throughout the menu’s farm-to-table dishes and seasonal cocktails, every detail is thoughtful. Take me there.

Yvonne’s in Boston

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Yvonne’s

Still known for its opulence, the private dining experiences at Yvonne’s are right on brand for downtown Boston’s one-time fanciest restaurant (the former Locke-Ober). The Lounge area, with its exposed brick walls, tin ceilings, and ornate furnishings, is for celebratory cocktail parties and casual business gatherings. The Library is the most dynamic area, styled with antique books, vintage-looking tables, herringbone wood floors, an original mahogany bar, and a gilded fireplace. The Supper Club is adorned with crystal chandeliers and tufted sofas, a place for a seated birthday celebration or business dinner. Each space is a beautiful setting for seasonally curated menus, large-format dishes, and memorable drinks. Take me there.

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