2009’s Top Three Group Dining Spots

Good food makes happy people.

I’ve found this especially to be true in the context of meetings. Delegates are away from home, mentally and sometimes physically exhausted from meetings, travel, networking, planning, you name it. Putting good food in their systems will turn that frown upside down in a heartbeat. And good service is an added bonus that, as planners, we put heavy emphasis on too.  Here are our top three group dining locations, in no particular order, that we can personally say job well done.

{The James, Philadelphia   http://www.jameson8th.com/   New American}
Run by a husband/wife combo, this intimate restaurant is perhaps unassuming for group dining, but for groups larger than 30, you can have the restaurant to yourself.  A combination of great service, elegant menus and a convenient downtown location made The James a big hit for us.

roast chicken entree, The James


{Il Gabbiano, Miami   www.ilgabbianomiami.com   Modern Italian}
If the season is right, and it usually is in Miami, Il Gabbiano’s covered patio overlooking the bay is the perfect spot for groups to relax and unwind after a long day. Again, the service was more than attentive, but the best part about Il Gabbiano was the bang for your buck. Before we even decided on what we wanted, a server placed some freshly-shaved parmesan on my bread plate, along with aged balsamic vinegar. Such a perfect pair by themselves, but out came a variety of warm breads and their famous bruschetta. These, all before our appetizers.  

covered terrace, Il Gabbiano

{Viognier, San Francisco   www.viognierrestaurant.com   New American}
A private room overlooking San Mateo served as a wonderful venue for a group of 30. Attached to both the main restaurant and a cooking store, Draiger’s Market, Viognier’s private room provided seclusion, excellent service (see a theme?) and impeccable food. My taste buds particularly liked the beef sliders for appetizers, the roasted quail entree and the sweet lemon sorbet finish for dessert.

private dining room, Viognier

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One response to “2009’s Top Three Group Dining Spots

  1. Trish Semones

    would like to recommend La Cabaña, Buenos Aires Argentina.


    Part of the Orient-Express Collection and located in the Recoleta District of Buenos Aires. An authentic Argentine Steakhouse where beef (in large portions) is definitely the star of the menu. The historic building includes four private dining rooms beautifully decorated with original artwork and traditional gaucho décor. Don’t miss the empanadas and grilled provolone cheese La Cabaña as a starter. Your group will receive impeccable service and attention!

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