Whether you're in need of a big dining room rental for holiday office parties, or if you're looking for a space large enough to hold your own Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa parties, Portland's got it. Here's a glance at what some of the local restaurants offer.
This Bruce Carey joint boasts the Tree-Top Mezzanine, which seats up to 50 of you and your friends—and as many as 60 of you, if you're looking for a light-snacking-cocktail-kinda thing. There's no fee to reserve the space, so your best bet is to go with the $65 per person executive menu, which buys you three courses and a cocktail hour.
23Hoyt: 529 NW 23rd Ave., 503.445.7400
For private dining, Andina offers choices—lots of ‘em. Do you go with the Tupai experience (65 guests/100 standing), the George V (35 guests), the Tourmaline (20 guests), or do you go with the Pearl Wine Shop show (15 guests)? The price for each package varies depending on what day and what time of day it is, ranging from as little as $450 to as much as $2,500.
Andina: 1314 NW Glisan St., 503.228.9535
On Alberta, Sarah Pliner's peerless French-fusion spot has a private dining room that seats up to 18, where you and your besties can choose between a trio of meals that run $45 to $65 a pop.
Aviary: 1733 NE Alberta St. 503.287.2400
Want to celebrate the end of the year with passed canapés, a buffet, a family-style dinner, a ssam meal, or a coursed-out meal? Then Johanna Ware's Barwares, located inside Smallwares, is the spot. It seats up to 42 and has room for 60 standers, and it can meet tailor the food to meet your tastes.
Barwares: 4605 NE Fremont St. 971.229.0995
When you dine at Bastas, chances are you're seated at the bar or in the restaurant's main dining room. but it has a private dining room on its north side that seats up to 28 where you can dine in, Sunday through Thursday, and enjoy a three- or four-course meal for $35 or $40 per person. If you don't have 28, you can still reserve it as long as you have a party of 12, in which case the room, including food and gratuity will run $420 a pop.
Bastas Trattoria: 410 NW 21st Ave., 503-274-1572
If you're looking to put a little bit of sexy L.A.-style zing into your holiday party, you can rent out Bluehour's L'Heure Bleue room, where you and 64 other people can enjoy a specialty meal prepared by chef Chris Carricker for $65 per person.
Bluehour: 250 NW 13th Ave., 503.226.3394
The Calico Room
If you've got a big family-style fried chicken dinner in your sights, you're probably going to want to RSVP to Adam and Jackie Sappington's Calico Room, which is right next door to their County Cat in Montavilla. It seats up to 40, and as many as 60 if you'd rather walk around and mingle. Plus, that fried chicken.
The Calico Room: 7937 SE Stark St., 503.408.1414
Gregory Gourdet's Peking duck is back, and just in time for your holiday gatherings. Departure can seat your party in a variety of ways, too, from private to semi-private in the restaurant's State Room, East Deck, West Deck, and its The Sea of Love space. Just make sure you don't sleep on reservations so you don't have to compete with the walk-ins who have the same dining ideas as you do.
Departure: 525 SW Morrison St., 503.802.5370
Want a more communal dining experience? Then Jason French's Elder Hall, located right behind his Ned Ludd, is where you want you and your loved ones/co-workers to be. It seats up to 54 people who'll be seated at three long communal tables, where you can all enjoy his cooking from as little as $40 a head to as much as $150 if you want all the stops pulled out.
Elder Hall: 3929 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503.477.4725
Willamette Week's Restaurant of year doesn't just offer great drinks, great eats, and one killer happy hour, it also offers a trio of private dining options inside Hotel Lucia: the Pettygrove (seats 72/stands 125), the Lovejoy (seats 20/stands 48) and the Quimby (seats 20/stands 30). And don't forget Imperial's sister property, Portland Penny Diner, which can also accommodate private events.
Imperial: 400 SW Broadway, 503.228.7222
The clock's ticking on scoring a private dinner party at Scott Snyder's Levant: On New Year's Eve, it'll serve its last dinner. So if you want to treat you and yours to an intimate private event (up to eight people) featuring French-Arabesque delights, act fast.
Levant: 2448 E Burnside St., 503.954.2322
Plaza Del Toro
Looking to do your large holiday party Gorham-style? Arrange for a party at John and Renee Gorham's Plaza Del Toro. It can seat between 20 and 100 of you, but you can cram in as many as 125 people, if a standing cocktail party is more your thing. Just make your reservation soon: The Gorhams says their December calendar is filling up fast.
Plaza Del Toro: 105 SE Taylor St., 503.764-9678
RingSide Steak House
If you wanna go old-school, then this 70-plus year steakhouse is the obvious choice. Private dining here comes a couple of ways: small (RingSide's Wine Room seats up to 18) or large (the Barrel Room can seat 36, and that amount doubles if you're prefer a stand-around-and-mingle sort of vibe).
RingSide Steak House: 2165 W Burnside St., 503.223.1513
When you're looking to get your drink on, Saucebox may just be the best spot to hold your holiday gathering. The mezzanine seats 30, and it is large enough to fit 50 standing. The cocktail list here is biblically long, so just remember to make sure to keep your favorite cab company's contact info handy.
Saucebox: 214 SW Broadway, 503.241.3393
For two decades, Serratto has been dishing up Italian-meets-all-around-Mediterranean cuisine. But its best kept secret is its private dining option. The already large restaurant boasts a private room that can seat up to 70, and rental prices are comparably inexpensive, ranging from food-and-drink minimums of $500 to $750, depending on the day of the week.
Serratto: 2112 NW Kearney St., 503.221.1195
This steakhouse inside the Nines hotel has plenty of private dining options for parties small and large—six in all, including The Library, where you and your fellow end-of-the-year revelers can hustle one another over a game of pool.
Urban Farmer: 525 SW Morrison St., 503.222.4900
This classy Mexican restaurant has one of Portland's best backyard patios, but it also has a private dining room that can seat 60 for a full dinner, or as many as 115 if you're looking to hold a cocktail party. Rental rates for the room vary depending on what day, what time of day, and what time of year you're looking to book. During the high season (November through January), room rates can go as high as $1,800 on Friday and Saturday nights. Weekdays are substantially cheaper ($1,200), with lunch rates ($250) cheapest of all. Food and beverages are included for each rate.
Xico: 3715 SE Division St., 503.548.6343