Grow the Guest List, There’s Room

For social people who are anything but humbug, here’s good news: Local places have space for your holiday get-togethers and bashes. Whether you’re looking for a room that is refined and private for an elegant sit-down dinner or for a large venue to throw a party for the ages, plenty of restaurants have private dining rooms and reception spaces. Here are few such hot spots in Norwalk and South Norwalk, with a few additional options nearby, for every food-loving host and hostess. Great food, no dish-washing starts here.


NORWALK/SOUTH NORWALK

Beach House Sono. Photograph by Sandra DeCarvalho

Beach House Sono, 19 N. Water St., Norwalk
SoNo Harbor gets a dose of the Mediterranean with a vibrant menu consisting of market fresh fish, refreshing cocktails, and a global wine list. The nautical atmosphere puts one in the mood for oysters, lobster risotto, and spicy fish tacos.
Capacity: Seated: Dining Space 1: 45. Dining Space 2: 55
Reception: 125
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes
Cuisine: Seafood
Catering Menu: Inquire
Event Highlights: Private bar, A/V capabilities, and separate music capabilities
Booking Contact: beachhousesono@gmail.com, 203-956-7171
Web Site: www.bhsono.com

Bobby Q’s

Bobby Q’s, 11 Merwin St., Norwalk
Born out of love for great authentic BBQ, Bobby Q’s is a casual, gathering place for families and friends located in the heart of downtown Norwalk at The Waypointe District.
Capacity: Seated: 125; Reception: 200
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: Seated: 20; Reception: 50
Cuisine: BBQ
Event Highlights: Large dining room, fun atmosphere, various seating options and configurations, premium sound system
Event Packages: Yes, bar and food
Catering Info: www.bobbyqsrestaurant.com/catering
Booking Contact: Bob LeRose, 917-446-2921 or 203-831-0354
Website: www.bobbyqsrestaurant.com

Bourbon Raw

Bourbon Raw, 80 Washington St. #2, South Norwalk
At Bourbon Raw, hospitality comes from the heart.  They feature a Southern style menu of tasty, boldly flavored comfort foods with seafood influence.
Capacity: Seated: 120; Reception: 150
Buyout Option: Yes, can include adjoining Contiki space
Private Dining Room: No
Cuisine: American Cuisine and Raw Bar
Event Highlights: TVs; surround sound; music choice and volume control
Catering Menu: Two Price Tiers; inquire for seasonal menu
Booking Contact: Anthony Pescara, anthony@bourbonrawsono.com, 203-939-1570
Website: www.bourbonrawsono.com

Cantiki Taco Deck

Cantiki Taco Deck, 80 Washington St. #1, South Norwalk
A tropical oasis in South Norwalk, Cantiki Taco Deck is your respite from the outside world; a place to let go of your inhibitions and relieve the stress of your day to day. Their tacos and tropical-inspired bites are flavorful, funky, fresh, and pay tribute to island cuisine.
Capacity: Seated: 150; Reception: 230
Buyout Option: Yes, can include adjoining Bourbon Raw space
Private Dining Room: No
Cuisine: Tacos
Event Highlights: TVs; DJ; surround sound; music choice / volume control
Catering Menu: Two Price Tiers; Inquire for seasonal menu
Booking Contact: Anthony Pescara, anthony@cantikisono.com, 203-939-1569
Website: www.cantikisono.com

El Segundo

El Segundo, 3 N. Water St., South Norwalk
Global street fare, craft cocktails, and high energy are at the forefront of this graffiti laden eatery and social scene. An open kitchen and adjacent outdoor bar add to the pulse of the restaurant.
Capacity: Seated: 60-80; Reception: 150
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: No
Cuisine: Global Street Food
Event Highlights: Juke box, separate music control, multiple TVs, A/V capabilities
Event Packages: Tailored to individual events
Catering Menu: www.thespreadsono.com/catering
Booking Contact: spreadoutcatering@gmail.com, (203) 939-9765
Website: www.elsegundosono.com

Evaritos

Evaritos, 16 North Main St., South Norwalk
Mexican kitchen and bar offering fresh elevated food and a curated tequila menu.
Capacity: Seated: 80; Reception: 150
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: Semi-Private, up to 50 seated guests
Cuisine: Mexican Kitchen and Bar
Event Highlights: Two dining rooms, large bar with lounge tables, trendy atmosphere, open kitchen
Event Packages: Yes, create your own menu, per-person or family style
Catering: www.evaritos.com/private-events-1
Booking Contact: Marissa Mayo, mmayo@skalresturants.com
Website: www.evaritos.com

Harlan Publick

Harlan Publick, 127 Washington St., South Norwalk (Sono Ironworks)
Harlan Publick provides the freshest local ingredients available, creative menus, high quality food, beverages and service, while delivering an indoor-outdoor experience in this vibrant and eclectic Norwalk neighborhood.
Capacity: Seated: 72; Reception: 150
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes, 20 seated
Cuisine: Fresh High-Quality American
Event Highlights: Private Tap Room, Communal Tables, Outdoor Fireplace, Pour your own taps
Catering Menu: harlanpublick.com/catering
Booking Contact: info@harlanpublick.com, events@harlanrestaurants.com, 203-831-0727
Website: harlanpublick.com

O’Neills Pub & Restaurant

O’Neills Pub & Restaurant, 93 N. Main St., South Norwalk
Known as the “soul of Ireland in the heart of SoNo”, this spirited Irish pub pours the perfect Guinness and offers hearty, from scratch Irish fare in a setting straight from the hills of Killarney.
Capacity: Seated: 120; Reception: 150
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes
Cuisine: Irish
Catering Menu: www.oneillsono.com/banquets
Event Highlights: Large bar, multiple levels, Irish specialties, and pub favorites
Booking Contact: Oliver O’Neill – irishpub@optonline.net, (203) 838-0222
Website: www.oneillsono.com

Our House

Our House, 112 Washington St., South Norwalk
Our House is a new dive bar in the heart of SoNo that says goodbye to the pretentious by reintroducing the fun environment of bars past. Engineered by veteran bartender Isaac “Pat” Camoro, Our House delivers a no-nonsense environment that is welcoming to all. Food is served by 2 Bills Grill through a faux food truck in-house!
Capacity: 170 guests, 110 main level, 60 downstairs
Buyout Option: Yes, minimums apply
Private Dining Room: Yes
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Event Highlights: Bi-level space, stage, TVs, A/V capabilities, lighting capabilities, private bar, dance floor
Catering Menu: thebestdivebarinsono.com/menu
Booking Contact: Patrick Camoro, ourhousesono@gmail.com, 203-939-1347
Website: thebestdivebarinsono.com

Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint

Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint, 7 Wall St., Norwalk
Low-country cuisine bathed in whiskey and hospitality compliment this bi-level restaurant and live music juke joint which features a mix of local talent and rock legends. Southern fried, pickled, or smoked, Peaches is a true Wall Street standout.
Capacity: Seated: 45; Reception: 110
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes; Juke Joint on the second floor offers privacy, full bar, private restrooms, fireplace, and rooftop deck with heaters.
Cuisine: Southern Inspired
Event Highlights: Four 55-inch TVs capable of running any program or DVD simultaneously; DJ booth; surround sound; music choice and volume control.
Catering Menu: Designed per event
Booking Contact: Greer Fredericks, greerfredericks@gmail.com, 203-831-0399
Website: www.peachesnorwalk.com

Public Wine Bar

Public Wine Bar, 88 Washington St., South Norwalk
Public features a sophisticated dining experience ranging from exquisite lunch options and an elegant dinner menu to a wide variety of wine options from the California sun to the Tuscan countryside.
Capacity: Seated: 65; Reception: 85
Buyout Option: yes
Private Dining Room:  Semi-private, 40 seated
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Event Highlights: Packages available
Catering Menu: Inquire
Booking Contact: Henry Lopez, 203-939-9995, publicwinebarsono@gmail.com
Website: publicwinebar.com

Tablao Wine Bar & Restaurant

Tablao Wine Bar & Restaurant, 86 Washingtin St., South Norwalk
Tablao Wine Bar & Restaurant is a Spanish-Mediterranean inspired dining and social destination in South Norwalk’s thriving dining district. Spearheaded by seasoned restaurateurs, they’ve created an intimate locale evoking the style and sensibility of a modern wine and tapas bar one would find along the café dotted streets of Seville, Spain.
Capacity: Seated: 75; Reception: 100
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes, 18 seated
Cuisine: Spanish Tapas
Event Highlights: Band, DJ & Dancing Space, smart TVs in bar area
Catering Menu: 1l.ink/6DH6W5D
Booking Contact: Galo Aleman, Info@tablaosono.com, 203-939-9602
Website: www.tablaosono.com

Saltwater Restaurant & Bar

Saltwater Restaurant & Bar, 128 Washington St., South Norwalk
Serving New England style seafood with an edge, Saltwater’s mission is simple: the very best in all that we do.
Capacity: Seated: 150; Reception: 250
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: Semi-private
Cuisine: Seafood
Event Highlights: Band, DJ & Dancing Space, 6 smart TVs in bar area, 150-inch size screen projector, Packages available
Catering Menu: bit.ly/2qH6CqQ
Booking Contact: Carlos Lopez, Info@saltwatersono.com, 203-939-9502
Website: www.saltwatersono.com

The Spread

The Spread, 70 N. Main St., South Norwalk
With an ever-changing menu of innovative New American fare, with cocktail cred to match, The Spread offers dining, lounging, and a convivial bar for hardcore foodies and revelers.
Capacity: Seated: 100; Reception: 150
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: No
Cuisine: New American with global influences
Event Packages: Tailored to individual events
Catering Menu: www.thespreadsono.com/catering
Event highlights: Open dining room concept, large bar, TVs
Contact for booking: spreadoutcatering@gmail.com, (203) 939-1111
Website: www.thespreadsono.com

Washington Prime
Photograph by Tom McGovern

Washington Prime, 141 Washington St., South Norwalk
A SoNo anchor restaurant and gathering place with a panoramic view of the city, Washington Prime embraces its namesake offering prime wet-aged steaks, icy raw bar favorites, creative small plates, fresh seafood, and a curated wine list.
Capacity: Private Dining Room Seated: 25; Reception: 35; Main Dining Seated: 65; Reception: 80; Lounge Seated: 26; Reception: 40
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes
Cuisine: Contemporary Steakhouse, small plates, seafood
Event Highlights: Events can be held in the private dining room, main dining space or high-top lounge. All rooms feature Ultra-HD 3D TVs that are WiFi, AppleTV and SmartTV ready for presentations, photo-collages and videos and wired for private sound to sync with guests’ multimedia or to play music. The main dining space also features a 125-inch drop-down movie screen with an Ultra- HD, 3D projector and is equipped with a Club Lighting System that can enhance nighttime enjoyment.
Event Packages: Tailored to individual events
Catering: washingtonprimect.com/corporate-events
Booking Contact: 203-857-1314
Website:  www.washingtonprimect.com


ACROSS THE BORDER

Bailey’s Backyard
Photograph by Sandro Decarvalho

Bailey’s Backyard, 23 Bailey Ave., Ridgefield
Bailey’s Backyard offers true farm-to-table New American cuisine in a polished, casual atmosphere. They use the freshest and finest local food sources in their menus, all of which are locally sourced.
Capacity: Seated: 52; Reception: 75
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes, 28 seated
Cuisine: Seasonal American Farm-to-Table
Event Highlights: Multi-course, plated or family style
Catering Menu: Seasonal, packages available
Booking contact: Sal, 203-431-0796
Website: www.baileysbackyard.com

Bar Zepoli. Photo by Sanda DeCarvalho

Bar Zepoli, 75 Broad St., Stamford
Bar Zepoli is an Italian-American restaurant and gathering place deeply rooted in Italian tradition, history, and contemporary American influences. Offering a multi-sensory experience from its multiple dining rooms, social bar scene, eclectic artwork, private wine room, wooden rafters, exposed brick walls, and a seasonally inspired menu.
Capacity: Seated: 150; Reception: 200
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: Back Dining Room Seated: 40; Reception: 50; Wine Room Seated: 20
Cuisine: Italian- American
Event Highlights: Custom menus, pre fixe, three dining spaces with an intimate wine room, private dining space, and main dining room.
Event Packages: Yes – custom
Catering: www.barzepoli.com/private-events
Booking Contact: Darren Hill, darrenhill@barzepoli.com, 203-353-3319
Website: www.barzepoli.com

Beach House Café

Beach House Café, 220 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich
The nautical atmosphere puts one in the mood for oysters, lobster risotto, and spicy fish tacos.
Capacity: Seated: 90; Reception: 130
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes
Cuisine: Seafood
Catering Menu: Inquire
Event Highlights: Custom menu design
Booking Contact: Kane Xu, beachhousesono@gmail.com, (203)-637-0367
Web Site: www.beachhousecafe.com

Brick Walk Tavern
Photograph by Noah Fecks

Brick Walk Tavern, 1275 Post Rd., Fairfield
A sophisticated yet approachable community tavern embodying traditional levels of hospitality through food, beverage, and warm, inviting service.
Capacity: Seated: 110; Reception: 175
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: Main Dining Room Seated: 51; Reception: 75; Bar Dining Room Seated: 32; Chefs Room Seated: 8
Cuisine:  Elevated Tavern
Event Highlights: Custom chef tasting menus, three main dining spaces, one intimate and private chefs room and one private dining room
Event Packages: Yes, custom
Catering Info: Inquire
Booking Contact: David Snyder, david@brickwalktavern.com, 203-292-5907; Ted Vincent, ted@brickwalktavern.com, 203-292-5907
Website: brickwalktavern.com

Harlan Social

Harlan Social, 121 Towne St., Stamford
An innovative American gastropub that pairs a refined culinary experience with the warmth and comfort of a relaxed neighborhood meeting place. The dining experience is built around culinary versatility from Chef Lewandowski’s travels as he used these experiences to create the restaurant’s unique and seasonal menus.
Capacity: Seated: 180; Reception: 225
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: Semi-private, 65 seated
Cuisine: High-Quality Pub Fare
Event Highlights: communal table, event packages, bar lounge
Catering Menu: harlansocial.com/catering
Booking Contact: events@harlanrestaurants.com, 203-883-8000
Website: harlansocial.com

Harlan Haus

Harlan Haus, 155 State St., Bridgeport
A German inspired bier and würst hall located in the historic People’s bank building.
Capacity: Seated: 124; Reception: 200
Buyout Option: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes
Cuisine: High-Quality Pub Fare
Event Highlights: communal table, event packages, game room, multiple sections
Catering Menu: www.harlanhaus.com/pdf/harlan_haus-catering.pdf
Booking Contact: events@harlanrestaurants.com, 203-690-1670
Website: www.harlanhaus.com

Kashi

Kashi, 131 Summer St., Stamford
Located in a 2-story townhouse, Kashi’s modern industrial design element combined with its innovative and artistic approach to sushi and Japanese food preparations quickly landed this exciting new restaurant on the radar of local food enthusiasts.
Capacity: Seated: 120; Reception: 150
Buyout Option: No
Private Dining Room: Seated: 48; Reception: 18-80
Cuisine: Sushi and Japanese
Event Highlights: Mezzanine level features two dining rooms overlook overlooking the restaurant below and one large room a with separate bar. Now through the holidays book an event for 20 or more and receive a $50 gift card.
Event Packages: Three set menus to choose from options of cocktail menus.
Catering: kashijapanese.com/kashistamford/cateringstamford.pdf
Booking Contact: Daniel, 203-890-9995
Website: kashijapanese.com

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