With the holidays around the corner, it’s time to book space to eat, drink, and celebrate with a crowd at one of Philly’s party-ready restaurants. Whether you need a table for 10 or a cocktail party for 60, these private dining rooms are sure to impress guests.Read More
18 Gorgeous Private Dining Rooms at Philly Restaurants
The holidays are just around the corner
1. White Dog Cafe
University City mainstay White Dog Cafe offers several of its colorful themed rooms for private parties. The options include a fully enclosed downstairs wine cellar, the purple-and-blue-accented living room decorated with neon dog paintings, the window-lined oak room with a marble dining table that seats up to 12, and the solarium with its whimsical floral-print booths and hanging plants. The private event menu changes seasonally.
2. Walnut Street Cafe
University City’s chic Walnut Street Cafe offers a semi-private upstairs space for parties of 10 to 35. The restaurant can host groups for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktail parties.
3. Vernick Wine
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Greg Vernick’s new boutique wine shop next door to Vernick Food & Drink in Rittenhouse doubles as a private event space for sit-down dinners or cocktail parties. It fits up to 32 for a seated meal.
Scarpetta on Rittenhouse Square can hold 55 guests in its semi-private area, 18 at “Table 90” just off the main dining room, and 14 in its private wine room. Every group dining menu includes the signature spaghetti with tomato and basil.
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5. Lacroix at the Rittenhouse
Lacroix at the Rittenhouse hotel has two private dining rooms: Lily's can accommodate up to 32 people and La Serre works for smaller events and dinners. The hotel’s Mary Cassatt Tea Room and its courtyard are also available to buy out. The food, bar, and dessert menus are endlessly customizable.
6. The Love
Hosting an event at the Love’s private upstairs space is like throwing a dinner party in a gorgeous, welcoming home without any of the clean up or cooking. Kick things off in the cozy lounge that features its own bar and couches and then settle in around the 20-person farm table for a seasonal brunch, lunch, or dinner (when an $85 three-course prix fixe is offered).
7. Barclay Prime
Barclay Prime’s elegant private dining room — paneled in dark wood with the restaurant’s signature black-and-white checkered floor — has a separate entrance and can seat up to 50 people for dinner. Guests often share a variety of the steakhouse’s high-end cuts.
8. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Dine in a former bank vault complete with a massive vault door at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Center City. With 10 private dining areas, the restaurant can accommodate parties of 14 to 150.
9. Vetri Cucina
Feel like a VIP walking up the private staircase to the private second-floor dining room at Marc Vetri’s landmark Italian restaurant Vetri Cucina. The space fits up to 18 guests for a seated meal around the dining table or 45 for a cocktail reception.
From the looks of Barbuzzo’s narrow ground-floor dining room, you wouldn’t guess that the upstairs can comfortably fit 60 guests for a private dinner. There’s a fully functioning refurbished piano in the airy space and hosts have the option to serve mini-budinos for dessert.
North Broad’s newly refreshed Osteria has three private dining spaces. The more intimate kitchen table seats eight to 14, while the wine room, with its view of the wine cellar, can fit 35 people for a sit-down meal. Bigger parties will want to go for the stunning glass-enclosed patio, which can seat up to 60. While fully enclosed, the patio gives the feeling of eating outside in a lush garden.
Overlooking the towering gold Buddha and buzzing dining room, party guests will enjoy sipping Asian-influenced cocktails and bites like edamame dumplings on Buddakan’s mezzanine, which feels both private and part of the scene. It holds 55 for a seated meal and 65 for a reception.
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Modern American favorite Fork offers a fully private room that can accommodate 40 guests or be divided up for parties of 13 and 20. Menus are tailored to fit a variety of budgets and the room has A/V capability.
14. The Twisted Tail
Just off South Street, Southern restaurant Twisted Tail offers a few private dining options accommodating parties of 20 all the way up to 120. The upstairs Juke Joint bar is well situated for a private dinner with two long tables.
Almost every Jose Garces restaurant has a private dining room that can accommodate 10 to 50 guests, but it’s hard to go wrong with holding an event at Amada, where the private room seats 24. Along with a variety of tapas, Amada offers the cochinillo asado: a whole suckling pig brined and slow-roasted for a day and a half.
16. Royal Boucherie
The second-floor parlor room at Nick Elmi’s Royal Boucherie in Old City is outfitted with vintage furniture, candelabras, mirrors, and its own eight-seat mahogany bar. Up to 40 people can fit for a seated meal, and up to 60 for a cocktail party.
17. Han Dynasty
With its soaring ceilings, curved bar, and long red banquette, Old City’s Han Dynasty is a looker. The Sichuan restaurant has space for private soirees in its upstairs room, which seats 30 and overlooks the main dining room, or in its downstairs space that fits 50.
18. Kensington Quarters
Head upstairs at Kensington Quarters in Fishtown to find a private space that holds 20 for a sit-down dinner or more for an event like a cooking class. There’s a full bar up there too.