Food & Drink

Boston's best spots for a party dinner

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
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
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.

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
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 -- 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
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.