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Best Spots for Group Dining

Best Spots for Group Dining

Nov 25, 2017

You finally got the whole crew to agree on the same day and time, now you just have to find the perfect place to get together. Looking for a boisterous place that’s perfect for a wild night? We’ve got that. Hoping to find somewhere that’s fun and intimate? Got ya covered. Whatever it is you’re looking for, you’ll find it with us. We’ve rounded up some of our prime locations that are good for group dining.

A spread of pizzas on a table at Stella Barra

CHICAGOLAND

Antico Posto – Oak Brook, IL
CONTACT:630-586-9200
Enjoy an Italian feast at Antico Posto in Oakbrook when you’re headed out with a big group! Whether it’s an office party, special occasion, or a simple night out with friends, spend it with family-style pasta and pizzas, and specialty entrees like Chicken Saltimbocca and Eggplant Parmesan. For those looking for a more private setting, guests can dine in Antico Posto’s private dining room and enjoy a full family-style menu which can be found here.
Make a reservation here.

Beatrix
CONTACT: River North, 312-284-1377; Streeterville, 312-642-0001; Fulton Market, 312-733-0370
No matter what the occasion, Beatrix is the perfect meeting place for a big group! Enjoy the energetic vibe and comfort food with a healthful twist for your next celebration, team meeting, or night out. Dine on a variety of dishes available in family-style including the Chili & Chocolate Glazed SalmonAhi Tuna CrudoTurkey, Sweet Potato & Greens Neatloaf, and more! To learn more and inquire about group dining, visit beatrixrestaurants.com or email beatrixparties@leye.com.
Make a reservation: Fulton MarketRiver NorthStreeterville.

 

Big Bowl – Chicago, Lincolnshire, Schaumburg, IL
CONTACT: Chicago, 312-589-7001; Lincolnshire, 312-589-7001; Schaumburg, 312-589-7001
Big Bowl’s lively and exciting atmosphere is the ideal space for group reservations. Available for parties of 6 or more, we offer our Group Share Menu, served family-style.  It’s the ideal way to sample a variety of Big Bowl favorites, while enjoying the traditional way of Chinese dining, providing our guests the option of trying a variety of delicious flavors.
Make a reservation: Chicago, Lincolnshire, Schaumburg

 

Bub City – River North and Rosemont, IL
CONTACT: River North, 312-620-4200 Rosemont, 847-261-0399
Southern BBQ, whiskey and live country music — this is Bub City. Whether you’re a party of 2 or 20, Bub City is the perfect place to hang out with your group and dive into decadent (and shareable!) dishes like Giddy Up Fries, BBQ Nachos, Smokie’s Sampler Platters and more, plus cold pitchers of draft beer. Insider tip: Make it a Boilermaker by adding Old Forester 86 Bourbon (1 pint; approximately 10 shots) to any pitcher.
Make a reservation: Chicago and Rosemont.

 

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! – Chicago, IL
CONTACT: 773-935-5000
Nothing says group outing like tapas! Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is the perfect place to bring your crew for a lively night out. Everything on the menu is designed to share, including our signature paella and pitchers of sangria. The weekend brunch selections are also served tapas-style, so your group can partake in sweet and savory brunch bites as well as breakfast paella with a scrambled egg crust and Spanish sausages. Normal reservations accepted up to 20 guests at select times.
Make a reservation here.

 

Di Pescara – Northbrook, IL
CONTACT:
847-498-4321
Devoted regulars frequent this gem in the North Shore with their friends and family. Groups can gather to watch a game and enjoy sushi and craft beers in the bar area, and families often unite to mark birthdays, anniversaries and engagements in a modern setting in private or semi private rooms. Meticulously selected fresh seafood is the star, with prime steaks and lobster as the supporting cast. Chef Partner Mychael Bonner’s menu  is vibrant and global, with rotating seasonal specials.
Make a reservation here.

 

Foodlife – Chicago, IL
CONTACT: 312-335-3663
Finding something for everyone isn’t an easy feat, but when you have 14 different kitchens featuring a variety cuisines including Barbecue and Stir-Fry to a Chicago Grill and Salad Station, Foodlife makes it easy! Located in Water Tower Place on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue, Foodlife is Chicago’s original food hall that serves up something for everyone. The full space can accommodate groups up to 800, with flexible dining packages that make it a one-stop shop for big groups.

 

Il Porcellino – Chicago, IL
CONTACT: 312-595-0800
Enjoy Family-Style Dinner every night of the week at River North’s favorite Italian-American comfort food spot, Il Porcellino. Available for groups of four or more, this Italian supper includes il Porcellino’s famous Tuscan cheese bread plus a choice of one salad, two antipasti, two pastas and two secondifor the entire table. What’s not to love about homey dishes like Fried Calamari and Prime Beef Meatballs, Gnocchi Bolognese and Spicy Scampi Spaghetti, Brick Chicken Vesuvio and Eggplant Parmesan?
Make a reservation here.


L. Woods – Lincolnwood, IL
CONTACT: 847-677-3350
Find big flavor for your big group at L.Woods Tap & Pine Lodge! Step into the relaxing and comfortable atmosphere of this classic supper club, and enjoy dishes like Barbecue ChickenSkirt SteakBaked Macaroni & CheeseL.Woods Chopped Salad, and more! Looking for private dining space? Join us in Lynn’s Back Room, which can accommodate up to 36 guests. Visit the website to learn more about private dining options or call us at 847-677-3350.
Make a reservation here.

 

Nacional 27 – Chicago, IL
CONTACT: 312-664-2727
In Latin America, food means time spent with family and friends and Nacional 27’s Brazilian Churrascaria menu is the perfect meal to share. Start with tapas like Roasted Corn Fundido and BBQ Lamb Taquitos, followed by family-style specialties such as; Slow-braised Cubano Pork shoulder, Grilled Salmon with salsa verde and Argentinian Skirt Steak or Shrimp and Scallop Gauchos. Parties should have a little entertainment too – enjoy Salsa lessons on Wednesdays or hit the dance floor with a live DJ on Friday and Saturday. View the Brazilian Churrascaria menu here.
Make a reservation here.

 

Osteria Via Stato – Chicago, IL
CONTACT: 312-642-8450
Food for Italians is something to be savored with family and friends – and our Italian Dinner Party follows this tradition. The family-style menu features a bounty of chef selected antipasti and seasonal pastas, followed by a choice of entree, individually plated. Guests can choose from dishes like; Slow Braised Short Rib with whipped potatoes, Chicken Mario with broccolini or Seafood Stew with scallops, shrimp and market fish. Relax, enjoy and let us bring the party to you! View the Italian Dinner Party menu here.
Make a reservation here.

 

Petterino’s – Chicago, IL
CONTACT:
312-422-0150
Since 2001, Petterino’s has been making the art of entertaining look easy. With an elegant, red-boothed interior, and a grand staircase to inviting private rooms, the menu from Chef Partner
Mychael Bonner is elevated and approachable. For groups as small as 10 to epic productions up to 350, greats will enjoy the professional service, libations and food in an urban setting.
Make a reservation here.

 

Saranello’s – Wheeling, IL
CONTACT:
847-777-6878
Saranello’s has become a prime destination in Wheeling for groups with a private room for 8 all the way up to 200. Flexible arrangements are equally suited for social and corporate gatherings, and the menu from Chef Partner Mychael Bonner is full of full-flavored crowd-pleasers, from housemade pasta and pizza to prime steaks and fresh seafood.
Make a reservation here.

 

Stella Barra Pizzeria – Chicago, IL
CONTACT: 773-634-4101
Round up friends and family to enjoy signature pizzas, salads and small plates from the open kitchen at Stella Barra. Try house specialties like Butternut Squash Pizza with candied bacon or Avocado & Arugula Pesto Pizza with goat cheese – the option for half-and-half pizzas will make the whole crew happy. From cozy booth seating to the coveted “Chef’s Table” to the all-seasons patio, Stella Barra has plenty of group seating available. Don’t miss the weekend brunch buffet! From egg enchiladas to caramelized French toast, there’s something for everyone – plus $5 Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Bellinis.
Make a reservation here.

 

Three Dots and a Dash – Chicago, IL
CONTACT: 312-610-4220
Chicago’s premier tropical tiki bar and craft cocktail destination, Three Dots and a Dash, is the perfect place for a group, small or large. The menu boasts several sharable food and drink options, like the Rock Out With Your Conch Out! large-format cocktail, featuring a top-secret blend of rums, lime, grapefruit and pineapple, pomegranate, falernum and absinthe (serves 5-6 people). Or go for la piece de resistance, The Treasure Chest, which has a blend of rare rums, pineapple, guava, passion fruit, fresh lemon and a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne (serves 6-8). Wash down the libations with Captain Dino’s Pu Pu Platter — an assortment of yuca frites, spring rolls, king crab rangoons, coconut shrimp, Thai fried chicken and macadamia nut beef meatballs (serves 3-4). To view the menus visit threedotschicago.com or call 312-610-4220.
Make a reservation here.

 

Wildfire – Chicago, Oak Brook, Glenview, Lincolnshire, Schaumburg, IL
CONTACT: Chicago, 312-787-9000; Oak Brook, 630-586-9000; Glenview, 847-657-6363; Lincolnshire, 847-279-7900; Schaumburg, 847-995-0100
When looking for reservations in the Chicago area to host your next group gathering, look no further than Wildfire. Ideal for large parties of 6 or more, our Club Menus are designed to please a variety of tastes for lunch or dinner. The menus are served family style on large platters to be passed around the table for sharing. You can bet no one will leave here hungry!
Make a reservation: Chicago, Oak Brook, Glenview, Lincolnshire, Schaumburg

 

WASHINGTON D.C. METRO AREA

Big Bowl – Reston, VA
CONTACT: Heather 703-787-8852
Big Bowl’s lively and exciting atmosphere is the ideal space for group reservations. Available for parties of 6 or more, we offer our Group Share Menu, served family-style. It’s the ideal way to sample a variety of Big Bowl favorites, while enjoying the traditional way of Chinese dining, providing our guests the option of trying a variety of delicious flavors.
Make a reservation here.

 

Stella Barra Pizzeria – North Bethesda, MD
CONTACT: 301-770-8609
From cozy booths to the large party Chef’s Table, Stella Barra has plenty of options for your group to enjoy pizzas, small plates and salads paired with craft cocktails, local beers and Italian wines. Try house specialties like Butternut Squash Pizza with candied bacon or Avocado & Arugula Pesto Pizza with goat cheese – the option for half-and-half pizzas will make the whole crew happy. Don’t miss the weekend brunch buffet! From egg enchiladas to caramelized French toast, there’s something for everyone – plus $3 Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Bellinis. Normal reservations accepted up to 15 guests at select times.
Make a reservation here.

 

Wildfire – Mclean, VA
CONTACT: Amanda or Shanita 703-442-9110
When looking for reservations in the Tysons Corner area to host your next group gathering, look no further than Wildfire. Ideal for large parties of 6 or more, our Club Menus are designed to please a variety of tastes for lunch or dinner. The menus are served family style on large platters to be passed around the table for sharing. You can bet no one will leave here hungry!
Make a reservation here.

 

LAS VEGAS

Mon Ami Gabi – Las Vegas, NV
CONTACT: 702-944-4224
From special occasions to ‘just because,’ Mon Ami Gabi boasts the perfect setting for a group dinner. Take in views of the Strip and Bellagio Fountains and enjoy delicious French fare for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. Reservations recommended; patio seating is first come, first served.
Make a reservation here.

 

El Segundo Sol – Las Vegas, NV
CONTACT: 702-258-1211
Whether you’re having a casual dinner or hitting the town, El Segundo Sol is the perfect spot to enjoy authentic Mexican eats with your crew. Share fresh-made guacamole, taco platters, enchiladas and more, and don’t forget the made-to-order margaritas and pitchers of sangria. The tree-lined patio compete with piñatas and string lights make for a festive meal, no matter the occasion.
Make a reservation here.

 

Stripburger – Las Vegas, NV
CONTACT: 702-737-8747
Who doesn’t love burgers and shakes? Located at Fashion Show Mall with a great view of the Strip, bring the crew down to our all-outdoor restaurant and bar to sip on boozy milkshakes, gourmet burgers, atomic cheese fries and more. Got a vegetarian in the group? Our Veggie Burger is one of the best around. Stripburger provides heaters in winter and misters in the summer so that you can enjoy the patio year round.
Make a reservation here.

 

CALIFORNIA

Stella Barra Pizzeria – Hollywood, CA
CONTACT: 323-301-4001
The vibe at Stella Barra is perfect for group dinners – complete with a large booth seating up to 14 guests, low-top and high-top tables in the bar area. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or ‘just because,’ enjoy signature pizzas, small plates and salads along with craft cocktails, local beers and Italian wines. Try house specialties like Spicy Salumi & Burrata Pizza or Avocado & Arugula Pesto Pizza with goat cheese – the option for half-and-half pizzas will make the whole crew happy.
Make a reservation here.

 

Stella Barra Pizzeria – Santa Monica, CA
CONTACT: 310-396-9250
With a number of large-party high-top tables in the bar area, Stella Barra is the perfect place to gather friends for Happy Hour, lunch or dinner. Enjoy house specialties like Spicy Salumi & Burrata Pizza or Avocado & Arugula Pesto Pizza with goat cheese – the option for half-and-half pizzas will make everyone happy. Don’t miss the weekend brunch buffet! From egg enchiladas to caramelized French toast, there’s something for everyone – plus $5 Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Bellinis. Seating is first come, first served. Want to book a table or semi-private space? Contact Marni at mfishbain@leye.com.

 

MINNESOTA

Big Bowl – Edina, Rosedale, Ridgedale, MN
CONTACT: Edina, 952-928-7888; Rosedale, 651-636-7173; Ridgedale, 952-797-9888
Big Bowl’s lively and exciting atmosphere is the ideal space for group reservations. Available for parties of 6 or more, we offer our Group Share Menu, served family-style. It’s the ideal way to sample a variety of Big Bowl favorites, while enjoying the traditional way of Chinese dining, providing our guests the option of trying a variety of delicious flavors.
Make a reservation: Edina, Rosedale, Ridgedale

 

Wildfire – Eden Prairie, MN
CONTACT: Debbie 952-914-9100
When looking for reservations in the Eden Prairie area to host your next group gathering, look no further than Wildfire. Ideal for large parties of 6 or more, our Club Menus are designed to please a variety of tastes for lunch or dinner. The menus are served family style on large platters to be passed around the table for sharing. You can bet no one will leave here hungry!
Make a reservation here.


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