Organized by neighborhood, this season's comprehensive guide of spaces to reserve and rent may come in handy when the going gets tough party planning and there's a to-do list as long as Santa's. Filled with a variety of locations, sizes, and cuisines, one of these options featured may host the best holiday party attendees will see this season.
The Double-D Lounge at this casual barbecue location boasts its own entrance, tables from reclaimed wood, and a large screen creates an adaptable space for holiday gatherings for work or family. The space can host up to 40 people serving meaty catering-style platters like the Seattle brisket experience or the white bread taco line. To reserve call 206-467-4038 or visit the website.
The private dining room seats 14 guests for an intimate gathering but with windows looking out to the restaurant and all its convivial energy. Offerings include specialty cocktails, artisan cheese, housemade charcuterie, and smoky meats and guests can stick around late into the evening. Call 206-448-2001 or visit here.
At T-Doug’s first restaurant, the flexible private space can seat 50 people or be partitioned for smaller groups of 12, 20, 30, or 40; it offers cuisine off the dinner menu. For inquiries call 206-682-4142 or email.
For lunch or dinner, the private room Solaio welcomes parties of up to 90 people. Chef Walter Pisano can design the menu or it can be tailored to the needs of the occasion and Tulio can assist with floral arrangements or live music. Visit online to inquire or contact 206-428-2411.
Aqua by El Gaucho
Three private dining options are available for the choosing: North Bay room with floor-to-ceiling windows for 75-100 people, the South Bay room seating a smaller crowd of 25, and the Aqua bar for a flowed reception of 150. Call 206-956-8171 or visit the website to book.
For classic French fare, the Salle du Marche, or market hall, in the back of the restaurant serves as a quiet spot for private functions tucked in Post Alley. Private lunches are available Monday through Thursday and for dinners Sunday through Thursday for up to 18 people. To reserve visit online.
Options abound, and they're highly customizable: the Dragon room, a mezzanine room, or a combination of a few rooms for added space, and the Lion room or Union Street dining room for semi-private dining. The Bellevue location has three different rooms that can be combined to accommodate larger parties, but if the RSVP list reaches 80, the upper dining room will be large enough to host. To book at either location for various private dining options visit the website.
With a name that means "to gather around a table," which is inviting enough, Ethan Stowell’s pasta-centric location can host up to 30 diners where they will repair to the semi-private mezzanine for a family-style meal of classic Italian fare. Visit the company's site here to reserve.
Behind the 12-foot steel door, the secret room can hold 36 for a seated dinner and 20 to 50 for a cocktail-style mixer. All guests must be 21 or over as the space has its own bar and partygoers are allowed to play their own holiday 2k15 playlists. To book contact 206-441-1500 or visit online for further rental details.
The Spanish lounge and tapas bar offers the Caldera room with copper walls and wood French doors and room to seat 16 comfortably. The mezzanine holds 45 people standing or seated for a semi-private space. The restaurant has preset tapas menus of $40 or $45 per person with choices of bacon-wrapped dates and grilled pork loin, or a $50 or $55 per person paella menu. For the room details and to rent call 206- 583-0382 or visit the website.
At Chophouse Row’s anchor establishment, the mezzanine sports a big communal table, vintage furniture, and a view of the kitchen from above. Rent the space for brunch, lunch, or dinner for up to 25 people and the crew will create an elegant menu for the occasion. Visit the website to book here.
The private event space named Off The Record is beneath the restaurant in a former government records storage vault. Now it's a subterranean dining space that accommodates up to 60 people. Lark even has a second space, the original restaurant on 12th Avenue that now functions as an event location. Call 206-323-5275 or visit online.
Parties of up to 20 can dine around copper tables on bar stools in a space separated by wooden screens off the dining room. The space is available only on weekdays, Call 206-906-9606 to reserve or visit online.
The wine cellar dining room can host 20 people in the semi-private space encompassed by stone walls and wine racks plus a small copper bar. An additional private dining room decorated with antique farmhouse furnishings can hold a few more people, around 30, Menu options for both include dishes off the tapas menu for family style, buffet, or tray of tapas passed around. Visit the website or call 206-320-9771.
The seasonal glass atrium faces Elliott Bay for sweeping views of the water and city. Only available October through April, the rustic space can host 24 people seven days a week with a deposit, room fee, and a minimum based on the event date. For booking visit the website.
RockCreek Spirits and Seafood
In the private dining room at the end of the loft, 14 diners can gather round the large table. The menu options include the choosing of passed appetizers, a plated meal, or family style dining. To book visit online.
Options at this French restaurant include the dining room for 16 guests, the private terrace for 60, and the back bar for up to 100 all with menu options of either market style selected by the chef or off the private events menu. All dinners will be served family style. For event inquiries visit the website.
Ballard Beer Co.
Beer is supplied, naturally, and guests can bring their own food to the bar's loft space, which holds 25 people, or the owners make it pretty easy to buy out the 100-person taproom. For the rental fees and to book visit the website.
Staple and Fancy Mercantile
Another Stowell venue makes the list this time with a private cellar room that seats 18 beneath the restaurant in the historic Kolstrand Building. A chef’s choice menu is crafted around the day’s freshest ingredients for an intimate wine dinner. For the reservation form visit the site.