For your party- and event-planning consideration: Here are the top restaurant rooms that have opened in the past year, plus a few renovated rooms in older spots.

Looking for a spot for a private dinner in a hot new restaurant? Here are the top private rooms that have opened in the past year or have new or renovated rooms for your parties. For the most part, we focus on centrally located downtown restaurants, but we also go a little farther afield for a few spots that stand out for other reasons. Also, check out our directory of hundreds of other private dining rooms and event spaces.

Oyster Bah Dining Room


1962 N. Halsted St. | 773-240-3000
Private Crab Cellar seats 30, private Halsted Room seats 40
Decor: Seaside swish. Clubby downstairs room with mounted fish has its own bar; not wheelchair accessible. Upstairs, via elevator, the new, light-filled Halsted Room is woody and casual, with a mix of chairs.
Cuisine: Surf, some turf. Celebrated for its all-you-can-eat Alaskan king crab and burgers set on Lazy Susans. Family-style or plated meals are surf and turf. Sweets: Key lime pie, peppermint ice cream.
Cost: $800-$2,500 minimum.