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Party-Perfect Private Dining in Boston — 10 Spots We’re Obsessing Over Right Now

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By Jessica Terson, Writer

Food lovers around the world are taking notice of this city upon a hill. Beyond the red-brick Freedom Trail and various other landmarks steeped in history, you’ll find a thriving and innovative dining scene in Boston. From robata grilling to quintessential New England cuisine, these great restaurants in Boston offer a feast worth celebrating. Book your private dining event in Boston now to impress your best friends, clients, or employees.

Hojoko

Hojoko
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Hojoko specializes in everything from robata grilling to craft sake. Private event hosts can choose from seated family-style dinners, sushi stations, or passed hor d’oeuvres. Of course, Hojoko can accommodate a celebration that goes far beyond dining. Consider hosting a rock show or karaoke night at this versatile venue. Hosts can choose from several unique private event spaces. We love The Den’s colorful graffiti walls and The Groove’s underground Japanese vinyl-bar vibe. Guests dining at the Front Porch will enjoy a private entrance and personal disco ball. For al fresco dining, we especially love the poolside patio with its colorful umbrellas and awning option. With four dining spaces and a full-buyout option, it’s easy to customize your celebration.

The Den Capacity: 30 (seated) – 40 (standing)

The Groove Capacity: 30 (seated) – 40 (standing)

Poolside Patio Capacity: 38 (seated) – 49 (standing)

Full Buyout Capacity: 100 (seated) – 237 (standing)

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Menton

Menton
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Menton’s chef Barbara Lynch brings a modern interpretation of fine dining. As the only female in the United States to hold the title of Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux, she’s earned numerous accolades throughout the years. At Menton, guests can enjoy the rare vintages and small-grower Champagnes from the curated wine list. Three distinct spaces are available for private celebrations. We especially love The Private Dining Room with its luxurious silk wall coverings and graphite drawings by artist Dean Brown.

The Chef’s Table Capacity: 12 (seated)

The Private Dining Room Capacity: 45 (seated) – 65 (standing)

The Main Dining Room Capacity: 70 (seated) – 100 (standing)

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Catalyst Restaurant

Catalyst Restaurant
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After working in numerous award-winning restaurants, Chef and Owner William Kovel brought his culinary expertise to Catalyst restaurant. His focus on French technique, combined with the freshest local ingredients, creates an unforgettable dining experience. Guests will love the reclaimed barn board walls and tables and hand-blown glass light fixtures. A two-way fireplace adds warmth and intimacy to the spacious venue. The Watson room is especially elegant with floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Crick, Franklin & Watson Rooms Capacity: 120 (seated) – 200 (standing)

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Publico Street Bistro & Garden

Publico Street Bistro & Garden
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Publico Street Bistro & Garden takes its inspiration from local public markets. With globally-inspired fare sourced from local farms and small production wines, guests will savor their dining experience. A combination of mid-century and rustic décor creates a vibrant and colorful backdrop for a private celebration. An award-winning urban garden boasts a full marble bar, sectional seating, and working fire pits. 

Publico Street Bistro & Grill Capacity: 150 (seated) – 150 (standing)

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Grill 23 & Bar

Grill 23 & Bar
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Grill 23 & Bar is proud to be one of Boston’s first classic steakhouses. They serve premium Brandt Beef, the only US beef producer to earn Master Chef’s Institute Seal of Excellence. Guests can look forward to enjoying Grill 23’s collection of fine cigars and a tableside humidor presentation for an after-dinner indulgence. Several flexible restaurant spaces are available for private dining celebrations. We especially love the Wine Room where guests can dine surrounded by Grill 23’s acclaimed wine collection. With five spaces and the option to use the full space, Grill 23 can accommodate parties with 18 to 150 guests.

Wine Room Capacity: 20 (seated) – 20 (standing)

Clarendon Room Capacity: 40 (seated) – 46 (standing)

The Full Suite Capacity: 140 (seated) – 150 (standing)

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Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar

Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar
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The art of pairing is on full display at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar. Chef Daniel Bruce draws inspiration for his menu from his previous work as Chef and Founder of the Boston Wine Festival. His ties to vintners around the world results in a unique vineyard-to-table dining concept. Both private dining rooms, aptly named Napa and Sonoma, easily accommodate intimate gatherings. A full restaurant buyout is also available for larger affairs.

Napa Capacity: 18 (seated) – 25 (standing)

Sonoma Capacity: 45 (seated) – 50 (standing)

Full Restaurant Capacity: 100 (seated) – 150 (standing)

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Post 390

Post 390
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This contemporary tavern evokes laid-back sophistication with its black-glazed brick columns and wood-slatted walls. Brides and grooms — or anyone else looking to make a dramatic entrance — will love the massive wrought-iron staircase leading to the private dining rooms. For a well-lit space, we recommend the Clarendon Section. This semi-private dining room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with dramatic views of Copley Square. There are five spaces to choose from for groups as intimate as 16 and as large as 100.

The Goddard Room Capacity: 16 (seated) – 20 (standing)

Clarendon Section Capacity: 50 (seated) – 60 (standing)

Second Floor Lounge Capacity: 75 (seated) – 100 (standing)

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Harvest

Harvest
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We love Harvest for its classic New England cuisine made from the freshest ingredients. Located along a cobblestone pathway, Harvest boasts a private garden café with fireside dining and lush florals. The Brattle Room, an indoor dining space, combines dark woods, deep blues, and amber lighting for a dreamy seaside setting. The working fireplace offers a stunning backdrop for photo ops or an intimate exchange of vows. 

Semi-Private Alcove Capacity: 24 (seated) – 25 (standing)

Fireplace Room Capacity: 35 (seated) – 38 (standing)

The Brattle Room Capacity: 65 (seated) – 90 (standing)

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Porto Boston

Porto Boston
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Chef Jody Adams, winner of the James Beard Award, creates a coastal Mediterranean menu with New England sensibilities. Porto Boston’s spacious patio is perfect for a cocktail reception. Guests will love the open-sky views and abundant greenery. The private dining room is visually stunning with its glittering light installation and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto the patio. For more intimate gatherings, hosts can reserve the Bar + Lounge.

Bar + Lounge Capacity: 35 (standing)

Private Dining Room Capacity: 64 (seated) – 70 (standing)

Patio Capacity: up to 80

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The Hawthorne

The Hawthorne
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Located in the elegant Hotel Commonwealth, The Hawthorne is a cozy craft cocktail lounge that features unique cocktail concoctions such as the Sherry Cobbler and Sunshine Superman. Guests will love the venue’s living room vibe — think armchairs, antiques, and various tchotchkes. The Hawthorne offers several event spaces for a private celebration. We especially love The Mezzanine with its chic parlor seating and funky lighting.

The Mezzanine Capacity: up to 20

The Den Capacity: 15 (seated) – (standing)

Full Buyout Capacity: 150 (seated) – 150 (standing)

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