I am looking for suggestions for a good location for late dinner (9pm-ish) with a group of 12-14 people. The occasion is a birthday dinner. It would be nice to have a private room, but not required. The trickiest part is that we would like to be able to order off the menu, not be locked into a 3 option private dining menu which seems to be the situation with several places I contacted. My friends are all foodies, and we enjoy sharing plates and bites so when the menu is restricted that takes quite a bit of the fun out of dining out.
For price point, I would love to finde someplace under $40-$50 per person before wine/drinks, because some members of the group are more budget conscious, while others will definitely splurge.
I have a slight preference to stay in Boston, but am open to Cambridge locations as well.
I know this is a tall order, but I look forward to hearing suggestions!