Q: I need to make a reservation for a dinner downtown for a group of 18, and I have no idea which places might be good and willing to accommodate that. I figured you might have some suggestions?
A: There are a few downtown restaurants where I could nearly guarantee you’d chance upon 18 open seats, but you’re right that “good” places need plenty of advance notice to accommodate a party of that size. But so long as you have lead time on your side, you shouldn’t have any trouble securing a private room.
You didn’t mention how much you’re looking to spend, but I’m assuming if you envisioned something ritzy, you would have already gotten in touch with Halls Chophouse or McCrady’s; your budget might also rule out the newish private dining facilities at The Macintosh and Leon’s Oyster House.
Instead, I’m going to recommend Fish, Cru Cafe, 39 Rue de Jean, Poogan’s Porch, Prohibition and The Westendorff.
Of course, if you’re willing to forgo event space of your own in favor of tables pushed together, there are restaurants that take reservations for as many as 20 people. If shared seafood and Spanish wine appeals, Barsa could be a fun choice.
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