Best of Boston

2007 Best Group Dining

Eastern Standard

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 dining area—will accommodate parties of up to 18 with ease. The waiter assigned solely to your group means you won’t ever feel neglected; the fully enclosed space means you won’t have to struggle to hear what your pals are discussing at the other end of the table.

Hotel Commonwealth, 528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-532-9100,