Hi. I'm a long-time board lurker who enjoys this site tremendously. Thanks to this board I've acquired quite the reputation among my circle of friends as someone who knows where to eat. The reason I posted was because I'm having a hard time finding a place for my wedding rehearsal dinner and hope someone has a great recommendation. I've gone through the board for ideas but haven't found exactly what I'm looking for. Ideally, the restaurant would be the following:
*have an amazing raw bar (fiancee and I love raw seafood)
*serve great seafood (as well as non-seafood items for guests who don't enjoy seafood)
*have a private or semi-private room for 60 people
*typically "Boston" (most guests will be from out-of-state)
*cost $60-70 per person including alcohol
*located around Newbury St (but Back Bay/Downtown/Financial District are fine)
The two restaurants that come to mind are Legals and Summer Shack. Both I think are over-rated and just okay for what you pay for. Plus, the Boston Summer Shack doesn't host private parties. Has anyone hosted or been to a dinner party at Legals at Park Plaza? What was your experience like?
My fiancee and I love all types of food but in this case we're a bit constrained by his side of the family, whose taste in food is not as adventurous to say the least. Some of his family have never eaten Chinese food or claim to dislike it all together. Others dislike Italian food. I don't know how you can dislike a whole genre of food but this is what we have to deal with. Also, we're purposely staying away from steakhouses because steaks are serving at the reception. Sorry for the longwinded message. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated. TIA.