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BEST Group Dining

2007 BEST Group Dining

Eastern Standard

Boston

Step one (sufficiently difficult): Coordinate 15 schedules to pick a date for your birthday/ anniversary/coming-out party. Step two (near impossible): Find a place that will seat everyone. The private dining room at Eastern Standard—a plush, chandeliered alcove off the main… read more »

2006 BEST Group Dining
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Eastern Standard

Boston

At this spacious, boisterous Kenmore Square brasserie, groups can reserve a round table, slide into a cushy leather booth, or pull together a few tall tables at the bar to enjoy a casual feast. Brisk service, a well-stocked raw bar,… read more »

2005 BEST Group Dining

Rialto

Cambridge

For 11 years Rialto has delivered Mediterranean food as awe-inspiring as the Venetian bridge for which it’s named. But chef Jody Adams’s dazzling cuisine isn’t the only thing that draws groups here for special occasions: The room, with windows overlooking… read more »

2005 BEST Group Dining, Affordable

Jasper White’s Summer Shack

Cambridge

Fasten your plastic bib, roll up your sleeves, and park your party at one of the long picnic tables inside Jasper White’s Cambridge clam shack, where the meal itself is the evening’s entertainment. Dunking steamed clams into warm butter, cracking… read more »

2004 BEST Group Dining

Olives

Charlestown

It wasn’t long ago that even parties of two were forced to wait in the long line that formed nightly outside Olives. These days, with a new reservations policy, getting in is a snap; even large groups can be accommodated—at… read more »

2004 BEST Group Dining, Affordable

Peking Tom’s Longtang Lounge

Boston

It may sound tacky on paper, but in person, Peking Tom’s is deliciously campy and cool. With colorfully ironic splashes of Asian pop culture, delightful retro tinges, and plenty of room for lounging, this hidden Downtown Crossing destination with its… read more »

2003 BEST Group Dining, Affordable

Pho Republique

Boston

It’s not often you can slink up to a hostess with 15 of your closest friends and expect that you’ll be quickly seated—let alone get a drink and some nibblies without a side of attitude. Pho Republique may in fact… read more »

2003 BEST Group Dining, Upscale

Mistral

Boston

Mistral is the kind of restaurant where it doesn’t even matter if the occasion is special—you feel special just being there. Which is why when dining with a group for an important client dinner, anniversary celebration, or just a Saturday… read more »

2002 BEST Group Dining

Pho Republique

Boston

Even in the dead of winter, this South End French-Vietnamese restaurant is as steamy as a night in Saigon. With its red-tinted walls, decorations imported straight from Southeast Asia, and sexy cocktails cheekily served in bamboo-etched tumblers under paper umbrellas,… read more »

2001 BEST Group Dining

Mamma Maria

Boston

Valet parking and reservations? In the North End? Absolutely, at this house of refined and authentic Italian cooking tucked away in North Square. Better still, it’s perfect for large parties, thanks to well-timed service and tables spaced just far enough… read more »