Tis the season...for planning holiday parties. But where? Most bars or restaurants will let you reserve the entire joint if you've got the budget, but here are some establishments with private spaces geared for parties of up to 30. Next week, we'll share some spots for larger events.
The CasualSerious Pie
By day, Serious Pie’s kitchen table is the place where pizza dough gets shaped, by night, it's a glass-walled space, you can catch up with your friends while watching the activity in the kitchen. The table seats up to 22 people comfortably and dinner is served family style (aka the best way to try as many pies as possible).
If you’re feeling like sausages, pretzels and some beers, this sprawling 12th Ave beer hall has several private party options. The east mezzanine, a private area overlooking the main room, seats up to 24 people. More active groups might dig the bocce den, which hosts up to 30 and gives you the run of a bocce court. Von Trapp’s doesn't charge for the event space, but rather food bought per hour. The holiday schedule is filling up quickly so make your reservations sooner than later.
Can you tell restaurateurs James Weimann and Deming Maclise are big on incorporating event spaces into their establishments? The duo's stylish Pike-Pine Mexican restaurant has a great private dining table that can hold 16 people in a room with brightly tiled walls, big windows, and a curtain for privacy. Enjoy dinner family-style with taco platters, queso fundido, and more. To book your reservation, call 206-453-4216.
Daniel’s Broiler in Bellevue has added two swanky new boardrooms, meaning three separate spaces can host private parties for up to 14 people. Each private space includes dark wood furnishings and floor-to-ceiling wine racks. One room even has a 63-inch smart board—perfect for business-type gatherings…or football games. Call 425-990-6310 or email [email protected] to book your reservation.
Host a small party in the semi-private wine cellar dining room that seats up to 20 guests. This room has its own little copper wine bar, plus rustic touches like stone walls and, naturally, lots of wine bottles. Visit the website or call 206-320-9771 for more information.
Staple and Fancy Mercantile
Beneath the floorboards of Ethan Stowell’s Ballard Ave restaurant lies an industrial-styled wine storage facility that lets the restaurant book private events in its tasting room.You can seat up to 18 people in this space, which has both a long dining table and its own small bar. Wifi and a stereo iPod dock even help the mood of the party. Reservations are limited due to a shared calendar, so call (206) 588-0030 or visit the website for details.
Madison Park Conservatory
Get cozy in this dimly lit (and cookbook-filled) library room upstairs from the main dining room. This totally private room has a great view of Lake Washington can seat up to 14 people. For the meal, guests have the option of either creating their own menu or allowing chef Cormac Mahoney to do the magic for you. Do we really need to tell you which one to pick?
Give a homey feel to your party without having to clean up your home—Maria Hines's Agrodolce has a curtained-off lounge just off of the dining room that perfectly fits parties of 6-10. From leather sofas to full curtains for privacy, this space is ideal for hors d’oeuvres and some bubbly.
The wine room at this hyper-stylish Ballard newcomer is an alcove dining room that still affords a view of the open kitchen. It seats up to 12 people and you can do everything from wine pairings to customized cocktails. Chef Jason Stoneburner’s seasonal dishes are served family style.
The Vij's sibling in South Lake Union is now using its six-person chef's table as regular reservation space, but the lounge in the back of the restaurant is a great place to have a slightly larger party. The space boasts a full bar, comfortable seating, and room for up to 30. Call 206-486-6884 or visit the website for more information.
The restaurant likes to keep things open on the weekend, but you can host a weekday party at this new modern Middle Eastern spot on Capitol Hill. Copper round tables and carpeted stools seat up to 20 people comfortably in an area separated from the main dining room by wooden screens. Call 206-906-9606 or go to the website for more information.