Private dining in Boston has never been hotter. 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.
PartySlate sat down with some of Boston’s top event planners for insider tips on where to host a food-forward fête. With an eye for both room configuration and menu curation, event planners know what to look for — and the best spots to find it.
From French menus to quintessential New England cuisine, these 14 restaurants with private rooms in Boston offer a feast worth celebrating. Book your private dining event now to impress your close friends, clients, or employees.
Top Picks From Top Planners
For a Venetian-inspired repast…
Taking inspiration from Venetian baracos, SRV (Serene Republic of Venice), brings a modern interpretation to traditional Italian cuisine.
“SRV would be a top favorite from an event planner’s perspective,” Phoebe Allen of AE Events shares. “They have an amazing dining room that opens up onto a beautiful patio. We have had rehearsal dinners here and everyone loves the space. However, the patio even hosts wedding ceremonies.”
Allen continues, “SRV is homemade Italian food done right. Think of all homemade pasta, just the way you want it.”
SRV Boston Capacity: 45 (seated) – 65 (standing)
For delectable Mediterranean cuisine in a sophisticated venue…
“A long-running Back Bay classic, Mistral offers high-end French-Mediterranean cuisine with excellent service,” Ty Kuppig of TYGER | Event Design + Production explains. The in-house team works with each client to create a customized celebration with an extensive wine list and broad menu.
“The private dining space, Le Salon du Mistral, is one of our favorite spots for private events,” Kuppig shares. “Offering plentiful space for up to 50 guests for cocktails and dinner with a private bar, fireplace and tasteful, understated ambiance — it’s ready to be elevated with our signature decor, florals and lighting.”
Mistral Bistro Capacity: 60 (seated) – 100 (standing)
For a taste of Lyon in South End Boston…
Phoebe Allen of AE Events describes Bar Lyon as a “traditional French restaurant with just the perfect vibe.” Bar Lyon models itself on “the bouchon,” a classic Lyonnaise restaurant. The traditional menu features classics such as coq au vin and cervelle de canut.
With a cozy ambiance complete with candlelight, Bar Lyon is perfect for intimate celebrations. An open kitchen allows guests to watch the art of the meal in action — as they mingle and enjoy wines from the Beaujolais region and the Côtes du Rhône region just outside of Lyon.
Bar Lyon Capacity: 50
For a lush rooftop bar inspired by an old-world European resort town..
Perched atop the luxurious Newbury Boston, Contessa wows with dramatic views of Back Bay and the Boston Public Garden. This “garden in the sky” features retractable glass panels for elegant al fresco dining.
“It’s chic, colorful yet elegant, has the best views in the city, and the food is beyond delicious,” Sara Kovel of Sara Kovel Events shares.
For intimate celebrations, Phoebe Allen of AE Events recommends the private dining room. “It used to be a room for the general manager before the hotel got redone. The room fits around 25 guests, and the food is outstanding.”
Contessa Capacity: 50
For a Cuban-inspired setting where grand meets edgy…
Situated inside a former bank, Mariel brings a pre-revolutionary Havana vibe to this architecturally-grand setting with graffiti-accented walls, unique murals, and a curated rum bottle collection.
“Mariel is lavish, sexy, and lively. A nod to pre-revolutionary Havana, there isn’t another spot like this in Boston,” Sarah Kovel of Sara Kovel Events shares.
Mariel Capacity: 100
For a food-forward celebration…
Kava Neo-Taverna’s minimalist design serves a purpose. Here, the food speaks for itself. With most ingredients flown in directly from the Mediterranean, guests can enjoy everything from a rotating selection of seafood to rare Greek wines and liquors.
“My personal favorite would have to be Kava, a Greek restaurant on the corner of Union Park Street in the South End,” Phoebe Allen of AE Events confirms. “It has a prime location and truly the best Greek food you have ever had.”
Kava Neo-Taverna Capacity: 50
For stunning harbor views and farm-to-table cuisine…
“Located in the Seaport, Boston’s newest neighborhood, Woods Hill Pier 4 offers impeccable farm-to-table cuisine and seafood,” Ty Kuppig of TYGER | Event Design + Production tells us. Their sustainably-sourced ingredients come directly from The Farm at Woods Hill, ensuring the freshest dishes for guests.
“For a unique experience, we love the restaurant’s clear, dome-shaped igloos that are available to rent during colder months. Offering a private experience for small groups, the igloos are perfect for decorating to heighten the sense of celebration and pique the interest of passersby.”
Woods Hill Pier 4 Capacity: 18 (seated) – 200 (standing)
Additional Recommendations From PartySlate
For a personalized celebration with an elegant industrial vibe…
- Guests will love the reclaimed barn board walls and tables as well as hand-blown glass light fixtures; we also appreciate how a two-way fireplace adds warmth and intimacy to the spacious venue
- Catalyst Restaurant Capacity: 250 (seated) – 500 (standing)
For a globally-inspired, colorful urban garden…
- 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
- Publico Street Bistro & Garden Capacity: 150
For a classic steakhouse and elegant ambiance…
- Grill 23 & Bar is proud to be one of Boston’s first classic steakhouses; guests can look forward to enjoying Grill 23’s collection of fine cigars and a tableside humidor presentation for an after-dinner indulgence
- Grill 23 & Bar Capacity: 200 (standing)
For an intimate celebration with classic New England appeal…
- Located along a cobblestone pathway, Harvest boasts a private garden café with fireside dining and lush florals; while The Brattle Room combines dark woods, deep blues, and amber lighting for a dreamy seaside setting
- Harvest Capacity: 65 (seated) – 90 (standing)
For a coastal Mediterranean menu with New England sensibilities…
- Porto Boston’s spacious patio is perfect for a cocktail reception with 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
- Porto Boston Capacity: 80
For modern fine dining in a luxe environment…
Our Panel of Top Boston Event Planners
Phoebe Allen, Creative Lead and Event Manager at AE Events
We love how AE Events, a full-service event-planning company, makes party planning look easy. Clients appreciate their ability to manage the minute details — all while keeping an eye on the big picture.
Sara Kovel, Founder & Creative Director at Sara Kovel Events
We love how this team manages every aspect of perfecting your event. Sara Kovel Events can create unique and beautiful celebrations — all while taking the stress out of the planning process.
Ty Kuppig, Founder & Creative Director at TYGER | Event Design + Production
We love how this Boston and New York-based event company pairs seamless planning services with innovative and experiential design. Serving private, non-profit, and corporate clients, TYGER | Event Design + Production uses a turnkey approach to facilitate everything from planning and design to florals and in-house décor.
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