Hi there -
We're coming to Arlington to celebrate our wedding with friends and family who couldn't make it to ceremony. Need a place we can have lunch on a Saturday afternoon for 20-25 people, relatively near Arlington. Looking for either a place that normally isn't open for lunch, but will do a private party, or a place that has a suitably small but private room.
Here's the choices I've come up with so far:
Flora - heard very good things, but it seems the most expensive, the food is also probably a bit "fancy" for my New England in-laws.
La Buona Vita - seen some good things, but can't tell what the restaurant is like b/c they don't have any pictures online, can't tell if it's all booths, if a large party would work there, etc, also concerned about parking for everyone since its right in the center
Scutra - mixed opinions, same concerns about parking and layout of the room, menu seems a bit like Flora's but less expensive
Verona - Watertown, would be the most casual, but the owner seems great, no room rental fee, could bring our own cake with no cake cutting charge etc
Max Stein's - looks like the most traditional food, they mentioned their garden room (used to be the patio when it was Hartwell House), don't see much posted on it yet since it's still relatively new
Cafe Escadrille - not sure if they've got a space that would work for such a small group, they certainly have experience with weddings, but that might mean more $$
Any opinion on which would work best for this sort of thing? Or other suggestions on that general side of town? We don't want anything too formal, but would still like it to be nice. Ages from 80+ down to 3 so we're quite a mixed group. We're probably going to repeat our vows, etc, so needs to be somewhere where that's ok (but who isn't going to charge us for a whole "wedding package" b/c that's not what it is).
Appreciate any other suggestions or advice. Thanks!
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