Downtown Boston Serves Up Elegant Private Dining

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Posted May 30, 2014 by Cheryl Fenton in Downtown Boston
Fleming's Steak House

Whether you’re celebrating a milestone, discussing with co-workers your next business takeover or popping the question to your love, there’s something to be said for private dining. Having the space to yourself really adds a special feeling to the experience.

Here are a few ways to break from the crowd to enjoy downtown Boston’s best in fine dining.

Petit Robert Central: For a oui bit of culinary adventure for your group, treat yourself and guests to a dazzlingly delicious French menu by award-winning Chef Jacky Robert and his team. It’s no wonder BizBash.com named this French bistro as one of the top Boston venues to host an event. The most charming of the three private dining areas is the Petit Bistro, with intimate seating for 15 to 40 and wall-to-wall window views of Downtown Crossing. There are authentic classic dishes such as escargot, coq au vin and beef bourguignon, but save room for rich mousse au chocolat, feathery macaroons and giant profiteroles with fudge sauce. You can call the fabulous interior design by HGTV’s Taniya Nayak icing on the crème brûlée.

Fleming’s Steak House: Stake claim on a serious filet at one of the most well-known steakhouses in Boston. A prime spot in the hopping Theater District, you’ll dine on the finest aged prime beef, an inventive array of fresh seafood, chops and tempting desserts. Sip from their wines-by-the-glass selection—more than 100 strong. Expect traditional steakhouse touches like dark woods and tons of flowers. Sure, the open dining room, exhibition kitchen and expansive bar are bustling, but check out the private rooms for up to 80 of your closest friends. Another aspect that literally moves you—their Mercedes Crossover Courtesy Car can provide pick-up/drop-off anywhere in city limits. Talk about private seating.

Chart House Private Dining

The Chart House Boston offers five unique room options. Photo courtesy of Chart House.

Chart House: In a city like Boston, it’s easy to mix and mingle with history. The Chart House Boston offers five unique room options within its newly renovated colorful interior, while still maintaining historical relevance as Long Wharf’s oldest surviving structure, formerly the John Hancock Counting House. Consider this seafood at its finest, with a menu legendary for reaching into the ocean and serving up its bounty. Signature fish dishes include Snapper Hemingway, Meyer Lemon Chilean Sea Bass and Lobster Stuffed Boston Scrod. Don’t worry, landlubbers, you’ll have your taste of steaks, poultry and prime rib as well.

The Palm: The Palm Boston’s move to the lobby level of One International Place in the Financial District gave its original Copley Place location a run for its money with its 8,300 sq. ft. of space. Specializing in steak and seafood, dine on prime aged beef and jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters along with nods to the owners’ Italian heritage like Chicken Parmigiana and Veal Martini. Your guests take seats in the Vineyard or Atlantic rooms or on the fabulous outdoor patio overlooking the Evelyn Moakley Bridge, Greenway and the mouth of the Seaport District. Honoring the 1926 Manhattan flagship Palm’s money-saving tactic of trading cartoonists’ meals for drawings, the restaurant’s walls are living funny papers, with hundreds of local notables’ caricatures. We wonder, has new Boston Mayor Marty Walsh made it up there yet?

Sometimes you want to mix and mingle in a place where everybody knows your name. But when it comes to special times you don’t want to share with the world, having your own space takes pressure off of fitting into the fray and puts focus where it belongs—on the food and the company.


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