Where to book a private dining room in Philadelphia

Whether you’re planning a sit-down meal for a small group or an office party for 50 people, try these Philadelphia restaurants with private rooms.

Vacation time means a private dinner in Philadelphia. And places like Vetri Cucina are ready to welcome. / Photography by Steve Legato

You might feel like it’s the holiday season. And, unfortunately, you are wrong. It’s private dining season, the time of year when groups of people who aren’t dining together decide to give it a try. We’re talking about an office holiday party happening for the first time in years. We’re talking about your book club, or maybe a 30-person engagement party that you kind of had the honor (read: torture) of planning.

If you’re savvy, you’ll suggest hosting the party at a restaurant with private space available. This way no one in the group needs to figure out how to feed everyone and maybe the company credit card can get some exercise. Happy private dining season to all who celebrate.

Private rooms for 8-20

Martha, Kensington
This Kensington wine and hoagie venue regularly hosts private parties on their Garden Terrace, which is as close to Eden as you can get in Philadelphia. And while an event there would certainly make for a dream backyard wedding (with a standing capacity of 70 and a seating capacity of 55), Martha also offers smaller party options indoors. The semi-private mezzanine can accommodate 12 people, for example, with menus starting at $40 per person. 2113 York Street East.

Vetri Kitchen, Downtown
The second floor of the Vetri’s Spruce Street townhouse has its own dedicated kitchen and team to serve your group a unique take on the restaurant’s legendary tasting menu, either in a private room that seats 18 or at the counter. a chef of eight people. Private events here are typically $235 per person, and there are plenty of Italian wine options to explore as well. If you’re willing to pay, Marc Vetri is even available to cook for your team. 1312 Spruce St.

Middle Kids Club, Fishtown
The Thousand Island Lounge at the Middle Child Clubhouse may not be appropriate for your company’s C-suite. (Although, to be fair, we don’t want to make any assumptions about how fun and accessible your C-suite might be.) Let’s just say that this private room would be particularly appropriate for a birthday party or any gathering of people hoping these full-size espresso martinis will flow like Philadelphia tap water. The Lounge is available for groups of eight to 18 people, with a basic menu starting at $30 per person that includes burgers, fried tofu sandwiches, Caesar salads and fries. It’s a good thing. Plus, you can always add food (and drinks) to the menu once you’re there. Keep that in mind for a last minute option, as space is available through Resy. 1232 Front Street North.

Ambra’s collective dining room. / Photography by Neal Santos

Amber, Queen’s Village
Ambra’s dining room (located next to Southwark) was built exclusively for groups of eight to 10 people. For a fixed fee of $2,500, your group will settle in for a family-friendly multi-course feast of inventive and delicious Italian dishes that no one will soon forget. This price includes food, drinks and tip. seven05 4th Street South.

Via Locusta, Rittenhouse
Via Locusta’s private dining space – called “the pasta room” – can accommodate up to 11 people for a seated meal. One of the benefits of the space is that it overlooks the usual dining room, which keeps dinner from feeling too quiet. Another advantage? Even the cheapest set menu option (starting at $65 per person) includes three different pastas, plus seasonal vegetables, fluffy focaccia, a main dish, and dessert. 1723 Locust Street.

Kensington Neighborhoods, Fishtown
There are two spaces at KQ available for rent: the outdoor patio and the upstairs bar for 20 people. The outdoor space can accommodate larger groups, but events are weather dependent. No matter where you’re partying, the local seafood menu works well for a corporate-approved event without feeling too stuffy or formal. 1310 Frankford Ave.

How can your extended family bicker in such a stylish room? Well, actually, they’ll probably find a way. / Photograph courtesy of The Love

love, Rittenhouse
The Love’s private loft space can accommodate up to 20 people who will hopefully get hungry for Aimee Olexy’s seasonal American cuisine. Menus start at $95 per person (which includes 10+ courses) and it’s possible to add a private bar and lounge to your experience. Room minimums depend on the night of the week, but for the restaurant’s ambiance and central location, prices are fair. Learn more here. 130 18th Street South.

Private rooms for 20-50

vietnamese coffee, West Philly
As long as you supply at least 30 people, this excellent Vietnamese restaurant in West Philly will provide you with seven family dishes of your choice for a fixed price of $28 per person. Plus, Vietnam Cafe has a private bar available with two bartenders (we’re big believers in the lemongrass martini here). 816 47th Street South.

Bloomsday Cafe, Queen’s Village
If your group is interested in drinking chilled wine, Bloomsday is the place to book. Their private dining room seats up to 26 people, with room for up to 35 people for a standing cocktail. 414 2nd Street South.

dim sum chinatown

Photo courtesy of Sang Kee Peking Duck House

Sang Kee Peking Duck House, Chinese district
Sang Kee certainly isn’t the only Cantonese restaurant in Philadelphia offering banquet dining, but this Chinatown staple has the added bonus of an upstairs dining room that seats up to 60 people (spread over six tables, each with eight to ten guests). The Sang Kee team works with you to customize the party menu, so you eat exactly the menu of barbecue, crispy green beans and wonton soup you crave. As for drinks, there’s a full bar available, but you can bring your own bottles as long as you’re cool with a $15 corkage fee). 238 9th Street North.

Royal Butcher, Old City
Royal Boucherie has two private dining rooms. The first is their lounge, which has a full bar, mirror-lined walls, and seating for 40 people. Or, for a more relaxed outdoor event, you can rent their garden terrace for 25 to 35 people. 52 2nd Street South.

American bass with sardines, Breeze Point
American Sardine Bar is a great place to catch up with a friend and grab a fried chicken sandwich on a random weeknight. But why not collect everything of your friends for fried chicken sandwiches? ASB’s upstairs space is available to rent for groups of up to 50 people. It would be perfect for something on the casual end of the private dining spectrum, especially since they have a separate bar up there. 1800 Federal Street.

Booking space at Le Caveau means shuffleboard, French hot dogs and wine galore. Why wouldn’t you want such things? / Photography courtesy of Le Caveau

The vault, Bella Vista
If you’re looking to host a party where a group of humans are lounging around, drinking interesting wine and munching on tiny buttery snacks (as opposed to a formal sit-down meal), Le Caveau – located upstairs from The Good King Tavern – is probably your best option for a private event. Imagine it now: cheese, charcuterie, selected wine, Negronis, shuffleboard, mood lighting that makes everyone 30% more attractive, hot dogs stuffed into baguettes. That’s what you and up to 55 guests will get at Le Caveau. 614 7th Street South.

Barclay Premier, Rittenhouse
So you want to host a steakhouse party for some classy friends? You have come to the right place. Barclay Prime has a private room that can accommodate up to 40 people for a seated dinner or 65 for a standing event. If you are on board for a semi-private setting, the restaurant can also accommodate 30 guests for a reception. Past bites start at $30 per person and dinner packages start at $100 per person. Find all the details here. 237 18th Street South.

Rex at the Royal, Graduate Hospital
This giant South Street restaurant has an adjoining space that can accommodate up to 40 people for a sit-down dinner. Brunch or dinner packages are both available, featuring Southern classics like fried green tomatoes and crab soup. Rex at the Royal requires a minimum of 10 guests for private events, with food starting at $40 per person and drinks starting at $35 per person. 1524 South Street.

Private rooms for groups of more than 50 people

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Downtown
The Del Frisco team are pros at private dining – they have half a dozen options for groups as large as 150 or as intimate as 16, all with wi-fi, tech setups for presentations and steakhouse classics that will appease even the grumpiest of attendees. 1428-1432 Rue des Châtaigniers.

Yakitori boy, Chinese district
This is another private dining setting that might seem too rowdy for an office party. But we don’t know your professional life, so you know yourself. As long as you’re comfortable singing “How Will I Know?” by Whitney Houston. in front of your colleagues, you’ll have a good time at this Japanese izakaya and karaoke lounge in Chinatown, where you can reserve a private space for up to 100 people. Open bar packages start at $45 per guest, and there’s a good variety of custom dining options to choose from. 211 11th Street North.

A wedding in Barbuzzo / Photo courtesy of Barbuzzo

Barbuzzo, Downtown Village
The second floor of this Mediterranean restaurant can accommodate 55 people for a seated dinner, or up to 85 people standing. And each event includes a private bar area and separate kitchen. If your private dining requirements include “suitable for the workplace” and “crowd-friendly,” Barbuzzo ticks both boxes. 110 13th Street South.

The Han dynasty, Old City and University town
Han Dynasty’s food is already served family style, which means they are experts at serving food to large groups: twice-cooked pork, cumin lamb and other Sichuan specialties make it a great private dining experience in either of their two available spaces. . Alternatively, you can register to attend one of Han Dynasty’s tasting events for $50 per person, where groups larger than 10 people have their own private table. 123 Chestnut Street; 3711 Market Street.

Angela C. Hale