Eat, Drink, and Be Married

The best spots for your pre- and post-wedding fetes, from the engagement party to the rehearsal dinner to the morning-after brunch.

The Wedding Brunch

Though every bride deserves a gold star just for appearing chipper and fresh-faced at her brunch, a gracious hostess should give her guests a proper sendoff.



Therefore, it’s critical to choose the right venue for one last wedding celebration.
Tucked away in the Boston Harbor Hotel, MERITAGE makes for an ideal final photo op. The food, like chardonnay- and tarragon-steamed lobster, is served buffet-style. And the hotel has plenty of private dining rooms for larger crowds.


Harvest’s patio

Across the river, Cambridge favorite HARVEST boasts a 60-person private dining room off a hidden courtyard. Chef Mary Dumont gets inspiration from New England farms; her menu is studded with local eggs, Vermont beef, and an outstanding homemade bread basket.


(From left) Scampo, Photograph by Heath Robbins; Harvest’s dining room

Those who appreciate a more-exotic menu should consider SCAMPO, a rustic Italian–Middle Eastern eatery. Star dishes include naan with house-cured salmon and crisp waffles with lemony ricotta. The bright, private dining room can fit nearly 50 guests; in warm weather, the outdoor patio accommodates more than 60.

Meritage, from $40 per person, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, 617-439-3995,; Harvest, from $35 per person, 44 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-868-2255,; Scampo, from $60 per person, Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St., Boston, 617-536-2100,