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Top Six Most Outstanding Private Dining Rooms in America

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Enjoying an upscale dinner with family, business partners, or friends goes far beyond the food. For a truly unique and high-end experience, secure a private dining room that offers the best of both worlds—a room with excellent atmosphere and a menu to die for. Here are our top six picks for the best private dining rooms across the country.

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PROXI – Chicago, Illinois
Named one of the top 10 best restaurants in Chicago by Jetsetter, Proxi offers a private dining room that seats up to 16 for a more intimate dining experience. A contemporary and clean style is melded with bold colors and marble accents for a posh look and feel. A private powder room gives guests an area to freshen up away from the restaurant crowd, and AV capabilities allow for presentations.

Dine on coal-roasted mussels, duck dumplings, and Merguez sausage while sipping a Spanish-style gin and tonic, and splurge on avocado mousse or tres leches cake for dessert.

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OCEAN PRIME – New York City
The Times Room at Ocean Prime in Manhattan is an excellent space for hosting an event where you want to maintain the energy and excitement of a traditional restaurant experience while simultaneously enjoying your own private space. The high ceilings are accented with unique light fixtures that cast warm, comforting lighting with a modern twist. Two flat-screen televisions and Wi-Fi enable you to give presentations or show videos and slideshows, and the space can accommodate up to 50 guests, depending on table configuration.

Host a cocktail reception with delicious hors d’oeuvres like ahi tuna tartare, bruschetta crostini, mini beef Wellington, or white truffle caviar deviled eggs. A working lunch could feature lobster bisque, Chilean sea bass with Champagne truffle sauce, and sorbet. Or put together a dinner party with a four-course meal.

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BASTILLE KITCHEN – Boston, Massachusetts
The Maison private dining room at Bastille Kitchen is the perfect place to host a Parisian-inspired dinner party. Gorgeous wooden French doors open to exposed brick walls, stunning ambient lighting, and a crackling fireplace. The look and feel of the Maison room is equal parts sophistication and old-world charm in the heart of Boston, not too far from the Boston Main Channel. An hors d’oeuvres reception is perfect for upscale parties, and you and your guests can nosh on balsamic grilled peaches, beef tartare crostini, bacon-wrapped scallops, and truffle arancini. Three-course dinner options include appetizers like onion soup gratin and compressed watermelon salad, entrées such as seared salmon or filet with horseradish cream, and dessert. Finish with a traditional crème brûlée, or perk up with a chocolate espresso torte.

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TULIO – Seattle, Washington
In the heart of downtown Seattle sits Tulio, an upscale restaurant with Italian-inspired cuisine. Climb a charming winding staircase to the Solaio private dining room, which seats up to 50 guests. The elegant space is excellent for wedding receptions, business luncheons, cocktail parties, and other stylish affairs.

Choose from the menu expertly crafted by the renowned Chef Pisano, or the chef can help you develop a menu for your event. The venue can assist you with décor, including fresh floral arrangements, live music, and more. Antipasti options include delectable fare like Sicilian-style Penn Cove mussels and burrata. Enjoy pappardelle and orecchiette, and lamb sirloin or Kurobuta pork shank. Dessert, of course, includes tiramisu, and both gluten-free and vegetarian options are available.

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MELISSE – Santa Monica, California
The Augustin Room at Melisse in Santa Monica is the perfect place to enjoy fine dining with a small group. The room can seat up to 16 guests, and features a stunning wood fireplace and gorgeous original artwork. The restaurant has earned two Michelin stars, and four-, seven-, and ten-course meals are available.

Enjoy egg caviar, foie gras torchon, truffle risotto, Bocaccio rockfish, Fourme d’ambert, and lacey raspberries. Chef Josiah Citrin is both owner and chef, and Melisse has received a number of accolades including No.1 for Top Food in Los Angeles, No. 1 American-French Restaurant for Food in Los Angeles by Zagat, and Top 100 Restaurants in the World by Elite Traveler.

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ABACUS – Dallas, Texas
Abacus is a five-star restaurant in the center of Dallas and the perfect place to host a group event. The private dining room is just off the kitchen and secluded for an intimate feel. Geometric design and fresh colors help make this space feel modern and sophisticated, and the grouping of smaller round tables facilitates a traditional restaurant ambiance.

Choose from the Abacus menu or work with the restaurant staff and on-site chef to create a unique menu for your event. Enjoy a vast array of fresh sushi and sashimi, or opt for more traditional fare like beef tartare, tuna tataki, watermelon gazpacho, foie gras, wild Alaskan salmon, and truffle risotto. A five-course chef’s tasting menu is also available.

When hosting an event, you want to leave the best impression. Take your guests on a culinary adventure with fine cuisine and immerse them in an atmosphere that is far from day-to-day living. Elegant, detail-oriented affairs are always memorable, and a chic, stylish private dining room at a top restaurant is perfect for your group event, either large or small.

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