Eat Right: Best Restaurant Spaces to Hold An Event
Summer is the season of graduation parties, wedding showers, baby showers, rehearsal dinners, you name it. If you’re seeking a venue for your next special event, consider a local restaurant! Many Columbus restaurants have special event spaces ideal for any size gathering.
Barcelona Restaurant and Bar
263 E. Whittier Street — German Village
Barcelona’s semi-private event space, a curtained area in the back of the main dining room, accommodates anywhere from 25 to 65 guests for sit-down dining, but the entire restaurant can be reserved for parties for parties of up to 200 people. Dining options include family-style menus for sit-down dinners or tapas bars perfect for informal cocktail parties. Bonus: Barcelona’s chefs can customize menus designed around your needs! Call the restaurant at 614-444-0539 to get started.
570 N. High Street — Short North
This steakhouse and seafood restaurant on The Cap has private rooms with capacity to seat up to 50 people. A mix-and-match banquet menu with swanky sushi and shellfish platters can be priced out per piece or per person, and set dinner and lunch menus are also available. Perks include valet service, state-of-the-art A/V equipment and wi-fi technology. Call 614-487-0539 to start planning.
525 Short Street — Brewery District
The Brewery District favorite utilizes its festive all-season patio (which can be heated and enclosed depending on weather) as a private event space. The patio can hold 40 guests for a seated dinner or up to 60 for mingling with appetizers and drinks. Bonus: Plenty of complimentary parking spaces are available to accommodate any size party! Seasonal and prime-time fees may apply, contact the restaurant for more information at 614-464-2739.
520 S. High Street — Brewery District
The McGowan Loft offers a chic event space on the top floor for private dining, banquets and events. The loft space can seat up to 250 people and accommodate up to 280 guests reception-style. Downstairs, Copious restaurant also offers a private dining space, the Blenkner Room, for up to 20 guests. Bonus: With bamboo hardwood floors, exposed ductwork and a wall of windows overlooking High Street, this modern event space is one of the city’s most stylish options. Contact the director of private events at 614-947-1520.
65 E. Gay Street — Downtown
Due Amici’s sleek and secluded private space, Privato, can accommodate up to 60 guests for a seated event and up to 75 for a reception-style party. The restaurant offers plated packages for seated events as well as a variety of appetizer, pizza and dessert platters for receptions. Due Amici does not charge a room rental fee, but does have food and beverage minimums. Bonus: custom menu cards, place setting cards, table charts, bar signs and food description cards are available as a complimentary offering. Call 614-638-6884 or email [email protected] to start planning.
La Scala Italian Bistro
4199 W. Dublin-Granville Road — Dublin
Looking for a place that can accommodate large groups? This Dublin special events specialist has four private event rooms, with capacities ranging from 20 to 400 guests (two of which boast fully stocked private bars!). Additionally, they offer three different semi-private rooms. Bonus: La Scala employs special event coordinators to handle every detail of your event! Contact LaScala at 614-889-9431 or email [email protected] to book an appointment with an event coordinator.
15 E. Olentangy Street — Powell
This Powell farm-to-table restaurant offers a banquet room (complete with its own entrance!) for private dining events. The banquet room can accommodate up to 35 guests for a family-style sit-down meal or buffet, or up to 80 for an open house-style event. Contact Local Roots’ event coordinator at 614-822-9990 or email [email protected].
4784 N. High Street — Clintonville
Mozart’s is housed in a renovated 1930s-era building, with ballroom areas boasting beautifully restored terrazzo floors and original decorative archways. The elegant Amadeus Ballroom can accommodate groups of up to 150, while the intimate Beechwold Tavern dining room can seat up to 60 guests. Enjoy Mozart’s authentic European-inspired food featured on banquet menus ranging from a light luncheon to a full dinner. Bonus: Mozart’s hosts live classical music daily from house pianist Mark Werling! Call 614-268-3687 or email [email protected] to reserve.
The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro
1092 Bethel Road — Northwest Columbus
The Refectory has two private dining rooms able to accommodate groups ranging in size from six to 60 for banquets, private luncheons, hors d’oeuvre receptions and personalized wine tastings. The rustic Wine Room, a 24-by-14-foot space located in the wine cellar, offers one long table that can seat up to 24 people. At 42-by-24 feet, the larger Choir Room seats up to 60 guests for a sit-down dinner or stand-up reception. For more information, call 614-451-9774 or email [email protected].
The Worthington Inn
649 High Street, Worthington
The historic landmark inn boasts five private dining spaces for groups of 10 to 100, each with original fireplaces, wooden beams, doors and windows. Room rental fees and food and beverage minimums vary by room, contact one of the Inn’s on-site event planners in the Private Event Sales Office at 614-885-2600, ext. 214, or at email [email protected].
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