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Harvest in Harvard Square is a longtime favorite for events of all types and sizes.
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Greater Boston’s Best Restaurants for Weddings and Other Private Events

Office holiday parties, weddings of all sizes, baby showers, and more — these are some of the Boston area’s best private dining rooms, complete with outstanding food

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Harvest in Harvard Square is a longtime favorite for events of all types and sizes.
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Looking to book a wedding, office holiday party, family reunion, graduation dinner, bridal shower, or other event? Many Boston-area restaurants are eager to play host to events of all sizes and types, offering everything from standing cocktail receptions with passed hors d’oeuvres to sit-down, multi-course feasts.

Here’s a sampling of some of the best places in and around Boston to book a semi-private space or private dining room, or to do a full restaurant buyout, whatever the occasion.

This map was originally published in October 2021; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Tambo 22

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Peruvian restaurant Tambo 22, which initially debuted just before pandemic shutdowns overtook Boston’s restaurants, is ready to take on summer 2022 with indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate groups of various sizes. The artsy patio is an especially attractive spot for a ceviche-filled gathering — and try to work chef and owner Jose Duarte’s specialty, the Amazonian fish paiche, onto the event menu. Fill out the form here to get more information.

Harvest

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Around since 1975, this farm-to-table Harvard Square icon has hosted a multitude of special events over the decades. The restaurant offers several different private dining rooms and full restaurant buyouts, along with a customized menu; find out more here.

There are unbeatable water views at this Charlestown restaurant, which offers various private dining opportunities — there’s a private dining room with a long communal table for groups up to 12 (or a standing reception up to 25), and the dining room and bar can accommodate groups of 40 to 125, with special menus and other customizations available upon request. (Seasonally, the waterfront patio can host events up to 200.) Find more information here.

Russell House Tavern

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Dark and cozy, this Harvard Square tavern serves new American cuisine and features several different private dining options among its multiple levels, including the more casual ground-level bar or some intimate spaces downstairs. Brunch, lunch, and dinner events are all available, with personalized menus. Find out more information and contact the team here.

Puritan & Company

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With a private dining room and full restaurant buyouts available, Puritan & Co. is the place to go for a holiday party or wedding full of New England flavors, local ingredients, and a rustic-but-polished ambiance. Fill out the event form here to get started. (Want to get out of the city? Puritan & Co.’s beautiful sibling out in Groton, the Herb Lyceum, is also an ideal event location.)

A restaurant interior is photographed during the day, toward the large front windows, lit up by sun. The walls are light blue; the space is rustic but polished.
The Puritan & Co. dining room.
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Cunard Tavern

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This casual, spacious East Boston restaurant from the team behind Ducali and more in the North End plays host to events of all kinds, offering a customizable menu and other options. There’s a roof deck available, too, for events in the warmer seasons. Call (617) 567-7609 or email the restaurant to discuss.

A casual restaurant interior features large windows, a polished cement floor, light wooden tables, and red chairs.
Cunard Tavern in East Boston.
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Tucked away in its own quiet corner of Boston’s West End, with great views of the Zakim Bridge, Alcove has the flexibility to host events of all types and sizes, from 15 to 270, with lots of customization options available for the menu and space. Get in touch here.

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The bar area at Alcove.
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This intimate North End staple from chef and owner Jen Royle features a communal, family-style Italian meal. The one-room restaurant can host events up to 32 people; those who want a private event must do a full buyout of the 32 seats at $98/person, plus tax and tip, with a $1,500 bar minimum. Here’s a look at the current menu for an idea of what to expect. Fill out Table’s contact form on its website for more information or to book an event.

Mamma Maria

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A North End favorite of in-the-know locals, Italian restaurant Mamma Maria offers five private dining rooms (including one that only seats five, for the most intimate of events). One of the rooms can accommodate up to 50. Find out more here.

Commonwealth

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Kendall Square’s Commonwealth is pretty much built for events, with semi-private and private spaces for groups of all sizes — there’s a private dining room that can seat up to 30, for example, or groups of up to 200 can do a full restaurant buyout. Enjoy a seasonal, local menu with your crew; the vibe is rustic New England. Find out more about the available spaces and capacities and contact the restaurant here to set up an event.

Catalyst

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This Cambridge restaurant — known for dishes like beef tournedos and grilled lamb chops — can accommodate events from six to 500 attendees in a variety of private dining spaces (or a full restaurant buyout). Find out more here or contact the team here.

Branch Line

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Branch Line may be known for its excellent rotisserie chicken and creative beer list, but while that sounds ultra-casual at first, the hospitable Watertown restaurant manages to feel like a special night out and is equally adept at feeding picky folks and those who are more adventurous. There are a variety of private and semi-private spaces available for events, including a year-round heated patio and full buyouts of the airy, high-ceilinged restaurant. Fill out the restaurant’s contact form here.

Interior view of a somewhat casual restaurant, long and narrow, with a glossy wooden floor.
Branch Line’s main dining room has very high ceilings.
Branch Line

Located near MIT, Pagu offers an extremely flexible space for events, with various configurations available, including full buyouts, which top out at 150 seated or 174 for a standing reception. There are tasting menus, whole suckling pig roasts, paella parties, and other options. Find out more here.

While any of the restaurants under the Columbus Hospitality Group umbrella (Mistral, Ostra, Sorellina, and more) would make for a fantastic private dining experience, try Beacon Hill steakhouse Mooo to dine in a wine cellar among hundreds of bottles, vaulted ceilings, and a historic Italian mosaic. It can fit 32 seated diners (or up to 50 with rented ballroom chairs) or 65 for a standing reception. Mooo also has a roof deck with skyline views available for receptions and ceremonies with up to 48 people. Opportunities are available for custom floral arrangements and menu printing. Inquire about private events through the restaurant’s contact form here.

No. 9 Park

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Most of Barbara Lynch’s restaurants can readily accommodate private events; try Beacon Hill classic No. 9 Park first, as it features perhaps the most flexible range of options among the restaurant group, from business lunches to evening cocktail receptions. The upscale restaurant, which has been serving French- and Italian-inspired cuisine for over two decades, has three different areas available for events, as well as full buyouts, accommodating anywhere from six seated to 100 standing. More details are here, or contact the restaurant by email.

Yvonne's

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With a convenient downtown location and intricately elegant decor, Yvonne’s — located in the historic Locke-Ober space — is a solid choice for the office holiday party or various other events. The restaurant hosts semi-private and private events — seated meals as well as standing receptions — in three different spaces, the Supper Club, the Lounge, and the Library. More information can be found here.

Woods Hill Pier 4

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Looking for farm-to-table fare and waterfront views? Try Woods Hill Pier 4, which can accommodate groups up to 18 for a seated meal in a private dining room or larger events of up to 180 for a standing reception in a full restaurant buyout. Brunch, lunch, and dinner event menus are available. Find more information here, and fill out the restaurant’s event form or contact events manager Hilary Neville by phone ((617) 981-4577) or email to book an event.

Stillwater

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Stillwater, a comfort food haven on the border of Chinatown and the Leather District that prides itself on serving “warm and fuzzies,” has a small private dining room available for events; inquire here or call (617) 936-3079 to discuss room rentals or seating for any groups larger than 10 within the expansive main dining room.

A long wooden table with about 18 chairs stretches through a private dining room at a restaurant. The walls are light blue, except for one portion, which is covered with a black-and-white-striped wallpaper.
Stillwater’s private dining room.
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Easily accessible in the heart of Back Bay, Mediterranean restaurant Porto can host semi-private and private events in several spaces, with a capacity of 60 seated or 65 standing. (Seasonally, the patio can hold 70 for a reception.) Find out more here.

Atlántico

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With a focus on seafood-forward small plates from Spain and Portugal, Atlántico (sibling to Select Oyster Bar and Grand Tour) can accommodate groups up to 100 in various ways. The big, airy restaurant has semi-private and private spaces available. Fill out the contact form for more information.

A high-ceilinged restaurant interior features a wooden floor, wooden tables and chairs, off-white banquettes and accents, navy blue accents, and rose slats over the windows.
Atlántico.
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Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen

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Known for its Southern comfort food and busy live music schedule, Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen can accommodate groups from 15 to 110 in a variety of formats, including full restaurant buyouts or room rentals. There are seated meal options as well as small-bite receptions. Find out more information here, and fill out the form here to get started.

Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

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This large, casual South Boston restaurant offers a variety of semi-private and private spaces for events, including full restaurant buyouts that can fit 250 seated or 360 for a standing reception. Food options include buffets, prix fixe dinners, raw bar displays, and more. Brunch buffets are available on some days, too. Find more details here and get started booking an event here.

Blossom Bar

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Acclaimed cocktail bar Blossom Bar — which features a Sichuan food menu with some Chinese American classics, too — can accommodate groups up to 12 with no minimum spend or 13 to 19 with a $100 minimum per person. Larger parties can inquire about full buyouts. Find more information here.

Merengue

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Dominican restaurant and event space Merengue offers a variety of options for private parties, including buffet functions with live tapas and rice stations. Find more event information here, and get started with your booking here.

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One of several event spaces available at Merengue.
Merengue

The Bowery Bar

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While the Bowery Bar really shines in the summer with several different outdoor areas available for events, all’s not lost in colder seasons — the restaurant can host a variety of group sizes indoors as well. Find more information here, but note that the restaurant is not currently booking private events Friday through Sunday.

Tambo 22

Peruvian restaurant Tambo 22, which initially debuted just before pandemic shutdowns overtook Boston’s restaurants, is ready to take on summer 2022 with indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate groups of various sizes. The artsy patio is an especially attractive spot for a ceviche-filled gathering — and try to work chef and owner Jose Duarte’s specialty, the Amazonian fish paiche, onto the event menu. Fill out the form here to get more information.

Harvest

Around since 1975, this farm-to-table Harvard Square icon has hosted a multitude of special events over the decades. The restaurant offers several different private dining rooms and full restaurant buyouts, along with a customized menu; find out more here.

Pier 6

There are unbeatable water views at this Charlestown restaurant, which offers various private dining opportunities — there’s a private dining room with a long communal table for groups up to 12 (or a standing reception up to 25), and the dining room and bar can accommodate groups of 40 to 125, with special menus and other customizations available upon request. (Seasonally, the waterfront patio can host events up to 200.) Find more information here.

Russell House Tavern

Dark and cozy, this Harvard Square tavern serves new American cuisine and features several different private dining options among its multiple levels, including the more casual ground-level bar or some intimate spaces downstairs. Brunch, lunch, and dinner events are all available, with personalized menus. Find out more information and contact the team here.

Puritan & Company

A restaurant interior is photographed during the day, toward the large front windows, lit up by sun. The walls are light blue; the space is rustic but polished.
The Puritan & Co. dining room.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

With a private dining room and full restaurant buyouts available, Puritan & Co. is the place to go for a holiday party or wedding full of New England flavors, local ingredients, and a rustic-but-polished ambiance. Fill out the event form here to get started. (Want to get out of the city? Puritan & Co.’s beautiful sibling out in Groton, the Herb Lyceum, is also an ideal event location.)

A restaurant interior is photographed during the day, toward the large front windows, lit up by sun. The walls are light blue; the space is rustic but polished.
The Puritan & Co. dining room.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Cunard Tavern

A casual restaurant interior features large windows, a polished cement floor, light wooden tables, and red chairs.
Cunard Tavern in East Boston.
Sarah Storrer/Eater

This casual, spacious East Boston restaurant from the team behind Ducali and more in the North End plays host to events of all kinds, offering a customizable menu and other options. There’s a roof deck available, too, for events in the warmer seasons. Call (617) 567-7609 or email the restaurant to discuss.

A casual restaurant interior features large windows, a polished cement floor, light wooden tables, and red chairs.
Cunard Tavern in East Boston.
Sarah Storrer/Eater

Alcove

A wide shot of bar seating and tiered liquor bottles at a somewhat casual but polished restaurant
The bar area at Alcove.
Emily Kan

Tucked away in its own quiet corner of Boston’s West End, with great views of the Zakim Bridge, Alcove has the flexibility to host events of all types and sizes, from 15 to 270, with lots of customization options available for the menu and space. Get in touch here.

A wide shot of bar seating and tiered liquor bottles at a somewhat casual but polished restaurant
The bar area at Alcove.
Emily Kan

Table

This intimate North End staple from chef and owner Jen Royle features a communal, family-style Italian meal. The one-room restaurant can host events up to 32 people; those who want a private event must do a full buyout of the 32 seats at $98/person, plus tax and tip, with a $1,500 bar minimum. Here’s a look at the current menu for an idea of what to expect. Fill out Table’s contact form on its website for more information or to book an event.

Mamma Maria

A North End favorite of in-the-know locals, Italian restaurant Mamma Maria offers five private dining rooms (including one that only seats five, for the most intimate of events). One of the rooms can accommodate up to 50. Find out more here.

Commonwealth

Kendall Square’s Commonwealth is pretty much built for events, with semi-private and private spaces for groups of all sizes — there’s a private dining room that can seat up to 30, for example, or groups of up to 200 can do a full restaurant buyout. Enjoy a seasonal, local menu with your crew; the vibe is rustic New England. Find out more about the available spaces and capacities and contact the restaurant here to set up an event.

Catalyst

This Cambridge restaurant — known for dishes like beef tournedos and grilled lamb chops — can accommodate events from six to 500 attendees in a variety of private dining spaces (or a full restaurant buyout). Find out more here or contact the team here.

Branch Line

Interior view of a somewhat casual restaurant, long and narrow, with a glossy wooden floor.
Branch Line’s main dining room has very high ceilings.
Branch Line

Branch Line may be known for its excellent rotisserie chicken and creative beer list, but while that sounds ultra-casual at first, the hospitable Watertown restaurant manages to feel like a special night out and is equally adept at feeding picky folks and those who are more adventurous. There are a variety of private and semi-private spaces available for events, including a year-round heated patio and full buyouts of the airy, high-ceilinged restaurant. Fill out the restaurant’s contact form here.

Interior view of a somewhat casual restaurant, long and narrow, with a glossy wooden floor.
Branch Line’s main dining room has very high ceilings.
Branch Line

Pagu

Located near MIT, Pagu offers an extremely flexible space for events, with various configurations available, including full buyouts, which top out at 150 seated or 174 for a standing reception. There are tasting menus, whole suckling pig roasts, paella parties, and other options. Find out more here.

Mooo

While any of the restaurants under the Columbus Hospitality Group umbrella (Mistral, Ostra, Sorellina, and more) would make for a fantastic private dining experience, try Beacon Hill steakhouse Mooo to dine in a wine cellar among hundreds of bottles, vaulted ceilings, and a historic Italian mosaic. It can fit 32 seated diners (or up to 50 with rented ballroom chairs) or 65 for a standing reception. Mooo also has a roof deck with skyline views available for receptions and ceremonies with up to 48 people. Opportunities are available for custom floral arrangements and menu printing. Inquire about private events through the restaurant’s contact form here.

No. 9 Park

Most of Barbara Lynch’s restaurants can readily accommodate private events; try Beacon Hill classic No. 9 Park first, as it features perhaps the most flexible range of options among the restaurant group, from business lunches to evening cocktail receptions. The upscale restaurant, which has been serving French- and Italian-inspired cuisine for over two decades, has three different areas available for events, as well as full buyouts, accommodating anywhere from six seated to 100 standing. More details are here, or contact the restaurant by email.

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Yvonne's

With a convenient downtown location and intricately elegant decor, Yvonne’s — located in the historic Locke-Ober space — is a solid choice for the office holiday party or various other events. The restaurant hosts semi-private and private events — seated meals as well as standing receptions — in three different spaces, the Supper Club, the Lounge, and the Library. More information can be found here.

Woods Hill Pier 4

Looking for farm-to-table fare and waterfront views? Try Woods Hill Pier 4, which can accommodate groups up to 18 for a seated meal in a private dining room or larger events of up to 180 for a standing reception in a full restaurant buyout. Brunch, lunch, and dinner event menus are available. Find more information here, and fill out the restaurant’s event form or contact events manager Hilary Neville by phone ((617) 981-4577) or email to book an event.

Stillwater

A long wooden table with about 18 chairs stretches through a private dining room at a restaurant. The walls are light blue, except for one portion, which is covered with a black-and-white-striped wallpaper.
Stillwater’s private dining room.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Stillwater, a comfort food haven on the border of Chinatown and the Leather District that prides itself on serving “warm and fuzzies,” has a small private dining room available for events; inquire here or call (617) 936-3079 to discuss room rentals or seating for any groups larger than 10 within the expansive main dining room.

A long wooden table with about 18 chairs stretches through a private dining room at a restaurant. The walls are light blue, except for one portion, which is covered with a black-and-white-striped wallpaper.
Stillwater’s private dining room.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Porto

Easily accessible in the heart of Back Bay, Mediterranean restaurant Porto can host semi-private and private events in several spaces, with a capacity of 60 seated or 65 standing. (Seasonally, the patio can hold 70 for a reception.) Find out more here.

Atlántico

A high-ceilinged restaurant interior features a wooden floor, wooden tables and chairs, off-white banquettes and accents, navy blue accents, and rose slats over the windows.
Atlántico.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

With a focus on seafood-forward small plates from Spain and Portugal, Atlántico (sibling to Select Oyster Bar and Grand Tour) can accommodate groups up to 100 in various ways. The big, airy restaurant has semi-private and private spaces available. Fill out the contact form for more information.