Experience Private Dining in Boston at 3 Beautiful Restaurants

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Posted April 5, 2013 by Rachel Leah Blumenthal in Eat & Drink
Private Dining at Miel in Boston

After rubbing shoulders with commuters on the T, private dining in Boston can be a welcome refuge. Whether it’s for a romantic proposal, a business meeting, or a birthday party, many fine restaurants around town provide a special space for your group to gather. Here are three of the best private dining experiences you can find in downtown Boston.

Private Dining at Mooo in Boston

Mooo….’s private wine cellar features an Italian mosaic from 500 CE. Photo Courtesy of Mooo

Mooo…. (15 Beacon St.): This whimsically named upscale steakhouse resides in the XV Beacon Hotel, built on the foundation of an 18th-century mansion. There are several private dining options that appeal in their own way. First, there’s the cave-like Wine Cellar, where a long dining table passes under double-vaulted ceilings and countless wine bottles line the walls. Art and history buffs will be entranced by the renovated Italian mosaic on display, which dates back to 500 CE. Smaller groups may prefer dining in one of the hotel’s Parlor Suites, which feature comfortable lounge seating and a fireplace.

Private Drinking at RumBa in Boston

RumBa’s intimate champagne lounge has a Moulin Rouge-inspired design. Photo Credit InterContinental Boston.

Best of all, the roof deck becomes available in the summer, providing a private area with stunning skyline views for events like cocktail parties. Add-ons include custom floral arrangements and custom menu printing, and each of the three options includes audiovisual capabilities so that you can make presentations to your clients while dining on such exceptional items as Wagyu dumplings and bone-in Delmonicos.

Miel and RumBa (510 Atlantic Ave.): It’s not every day that you eat at a table made from a 1,000-year-old olive tree and gaze at row upon row of olive oil bottles—not to mention basking under a chandelier made from 486 olive oil cruets. But if you step into the private dining room at Miel in Boston’s InterContinental Hotel, you can do just that. The stunning circular room seats 14 guests, which is perfect for birthday parties or bridal showers. Named after the French word for “honey,” Miel focuses on light Provençal cuisine (think bouillabaisse) and ingredients such as olive oil, lavender, and honey made by bees on the hotel roof.

After dinner, retire next door to RumBa, a rum-themed cocktail lounge with a private Moulin Rouge-inspired champagne bar hidden behind a set of mahogany doors and decorated with rows of vintage rum bottles.

Petit Robert Central (101 Arch St.): You don’t need an airplane to get a classic taste of France. You can experience it right in Downtown Crossing at Petit Robert Central, a neighborhood bistro that offers traditional dishes such as escargot bourguignon and D’Artagnan duck leg confit alongside such American-influenced comfort food as burgers and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese. The private dining options are extensive: Seven different areas of the restaurant are available, and groups between 20 and 1,000 can be accommodated. The Petit Bistro, for example, is a private room with huge windows looking out to Downtown Crossing. It can hold 30 guests for a seated dinner or 45 for a reception.

The 20-seat conference room with wireless Internet and a presentation screen is perfect for business meetings and comes with a variety of dining options. For larger groups, the main dining room can fit 130 people seated or 250 people for a reception. A backdrop of mirrors and rounded booths designed by HGTV’s Taniya Nayak give the space a comfortable elegant feel. The entire venue can be rented for groups of 300 to 1,000. Fun add-on packages are available, from scotch and cigars to a performance by “The Master of Misdirection and Vision.”

With a variety of ambiances to choose from, private dining in Boston is a great approach to many events. Whether you want to hold a rehearsal dinner in a cozy wine cellar or a bachelorette party in a champagne lounge, there’s something for everyone.

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