Food & Drink

Boston's best spots for a party dinner

Published On 12/06/2013 Published On 12/06/2013

You're going out on the town, and at some point, you'll need to eat dinner, so we've rounded up Boston's best spots for a party-filled meal that won't put a dent in your momentum.

The Living Room

The Living Room
Waterfront/North End
The aptly named Living Room feels like having a party in your own domicile (that is, if you had much better taste). Sink into a comfy sofa in the 30-seat lounge and nosh some passed small-plate apps on silver trays (their specialty, 56+ options!!!), or loosen your belt in the private dining room and get ready to house some Moroccan lamb meatballs and lobster mac 'n cheese.

The Beehive

The Beehive
South End
For the quintessential dinner AND a show experience, bring your crew and your jazz hands (actually, ditch the jazz hands) to the Beehive and enjoy the musical ambiance if you can keep from being overly distracted by the braised pork osso bucco and duck au poivre with kimchi fried rice.

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Cuchi Cuchi
Central Square
For more than a decade now, proper cocktails and international small plates (don’t call them “tapas”!) have walked the red carpet at the 1920s Hollywood glamour time-bubble Cuchi Cuchi, sporting a buzzy atmosphere, costumed staff, and before/after dinner "Bottom’s Up" shots served in vintage glasses. Nominee for Best Dining Room Feature Oscar: the Chico Chica Boom interactive LED table. (Cue orchestra)

Da Vinci Ristorante

Da Vinci Ristorante
South End
Mercifully eschewing any terrible Tom Hanks haircuts, Da Vinci's where Chef Peppino serves up standout seasonal antipasti and daily housemade pastas that span from the traditional (rigatoni bolognese) to more inventive (Indian Fusion Masala Ravioli). Whichever way you go, they'll keep the wine flowing, and if you're rolling with a big crew there's semi-private dining for up to 40.

Legal Sea Food

Legal Sea Food -- Park Square
Back Bay/Theatre District
Boston’s beloved, freshy-fresh seafood institution remains a powerhouse for a reason (hint: it's the seafood). Enjoy the Presidential Inauguration Dinner fave clam chowder in the main dining space (the two-story cascading fountain will make you feel extra classy) or in one of the cushy private Wine Cellar rooms (with views of their 10,000 bottle collection).

The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille
Back Bay
If the occasion calls for a 24oz dry-aged porterhouse, then spend your capital here (rim-shot). With a mind-boggling wine cellar (5000 bottles) and spot-on execution of everything a steakhouse should be, you can luxuriate with a few friends in the main dining area, or swank it up in one of five semi-private/private hideaways, each with a fancy-shmancy name, like The Dalton Room. Have your Road House quotes at the ready.

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1. Da Vinci 162 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

Italian food done right, with an open kitchen, warm ambiance, and a personable chef who likes to check on the dining room to make sure everyone is happy.

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2. The Living Room 101 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110 (North End)

Unless your living room has an 150-gallon aquarium overlooking a martini bar and serves buffalo chicken dumplings, chicken satay, and wood-grilled steak tips, you should leave it and come to this one.

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3. Beehive 541 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 (South End)

Located at the Boston Center for the Arts, Beehive's a "Bohemian eatery" with food, cocktails, and live music. Not only is their craft cocktail list is the perfect remedy for Bean Town's dreary weather, the small plates will warm you up with complex and hearty flavors. Stop in for an elegant dinner (there'll probably be some live music going on as well), or a fancy brunch complete with mimosas or bloodies.

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4. Cuchi Cuchi 795 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Kendall Square)

Opened in July 2001, CC serves up small plates (don't call them tapas here) and have a full liquor bar available with experienced bartenders making delicious specialty drinks.

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5. Legal Sea Foods 26 Park Plz, Boston, MA 02116 (Theatre Dist)

There are a number of Legal Sea Foods locations for a reason: they're just damn good, serving up fresh seafood and a gigantic wine selection.

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6. The Capital Grille 900 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199 (Back Bay)

Serving dinner favorites like seared tenderloin w/ poached butter lobster, and a porcini-rubbed Delmonico steak (with 12yr-aged balsamic), CG's swank 315-seat Convention Center digs is outfitted with rich red leather booths, five private dining rooms, and mounted moose/ram/deer heads -- big bucks rivaled only by those you'll drop on so many delicious seared tenderloins.

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