Private Party

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse's wine room for a smaller private gathering.

The city has no shortage of options when it comes to selecting a restaurant to enjoy a private meal, festive celebration or holiday gathering with friends and family. When your reservation request breaks into the double digits, finding a space that offers an inviting backdrop and attentive service can prove more of a challenge.

Thankfully, more restaurateurs are keeping private events and large parties in mind when designing establishments. There are intimate meeting spaces to celebrate life’s milestones and gathering your loved ones together for more secluded social get-togethers. So, send out the invites to 10 or 30 of your closest friends and family to enjoy the private side of dining out.

816 Pint & Slice: Capacity: 50 guests. For a more casual and fun environment, the second floor of this popular downtown pizza spot is available. Guests can enjoy specialty pizzas, brews and pizza rolls. 816 S. Calhoun Street, 260.423.6600, pintandslice.com DD

BakerStreet: Capacity: 60 guests. For more than 10 years, BakerStreet has been wowing guests with its prime cuts of beef and attentive service. The north-side restaurant has two rooms that can be reserved depending on the size of the party. Noah’s Room is for more intimate gatherings and the restaurant’s party room is for larger crowds. A garage-style door that divides the two areas can be opened to offer a larger event space. 4820 N. Clinton Street, 260.484.3300, bakerstreetfortwayne.com

Biaggi’s: Capacity: 100 guests. Not just Italian in cuisine, but in its decor as well, the private rooms at Biaggi’s offer groups a multitude of options. The restaurant’s special event room is perfect for anniversary parties and rehearsal dinners. The Wine Room is a more intimate setting, offering old-world charm with its pine banquet table and a view of the restaurant’s extensive wine selection. 4010 W. Jefferson Boulevard, 260.459.6700, biaggis.com

Casa Ristoranti Italiano: Capacity: 56 guests. A Fort Wayne favorite, Casa Ristoranti has a separate banquet facility next to its southwest location. It offers family-style service where guests enjoy a selected menu served on platters and placed on each dining table so guests may experience an authentic Italian family meal. It also offers limited-menu service for 30 guests or less. Special occasion cakes and desserts are welcome. 7545 W. Jefferson Boulevard, 260.436.2272, casarestaurants.com

Chop’s Steaks and Seafood: Capacity: 50 guests. This southwest favorite’s Gallery room is the perfect setting for celebrating a special occasion. Be sure to take advantage of its specialty cocktails, offering of barrel-aged bourbon, 12-ounce wine pours and its upscale menu. 6421 W. Jefferson Boulevard, 260.436.9115, chopsdine.com

Club Soda: Capacity: 300 guests. The restaurant has a variety of areas that can be reserved for private parties including its patio, a corner of the Four Seasons Place to its upstairs seating area. Its in-house Club Soda Catering will work to give the area a private party feel and create a special menu including novelty cocktails. 235 W. Superior Street, 260.426.3442, clubsodafortwayne.com DD

Conner’s Kitchen + Bar: Capacity: 40 guests. Located just off the main dining area is a secluded dining room that is ideal for private parties. 1150 Harrison Street, 260.467.1638, connersfortwayne.com

Eddie Merlot’s: Capacity: 100 guests. From a casual seating space with club chairs to a more elegant space with flexible seating, Eddie Merlot’s has several spaces for private parties. Its namesake, the Merlot room features a natural stone fireplace and glass door entryway with floor to ceiling privacy curtains. Its intimate area is ideal for smaller events and the Cabernet room has private patio access, leather club chairs and flat screen TVs. 1502 Illinois Road South, 260.459.2222, eddiemerlots.com

Joseph Decuis: Capacity: 50 guests. Joseph Decuis offers several private dining areas.The Gallery board room and its adjacent reception area are located in the cottage adjacent to the restaurant. This room is highlighted by an ancient teak table and paintings by local artist Penny French-Deal. In the restaurant’s main building and above its bar, Club Creole, is the Chairman’s Office. This comfortable space is perfect for entertaining guests who appreciate its quiet elegance. 191 N. Main Street, Roanoke, 260.672.1715, josephdecuis.com

NOLA on 13: Capacity: 300 guests. Centrally located downtown with expansive views, NOLA on 13 offers a private dining space on the 13th floor of the Indiana Michigan Power Building. The private room is perfect for special occasions. It also has an additional space for private gatherings on the building’s second floor. Guests will enjoy authentic New Orleans delights cultivated from Chef John Maxwell’s deep love of Cajun and creole cuisine. 101 E. Washington Boulevard, 504.289.5080 DD

Park Place on Main: Capacity: 60 guests. The downtown restaurant, which has views of Freimann Square from its patio, has two spaces for private events: The Bistro conference room, which is good for intimate gatherings and the larger Ventura room for parties. All guests are sure to enjoy its wide selection of steaks, seafood and pasta dishes which can be presented from buffet style to a five-course formal dinner. 200 E. Main Street, 260.420.8633, parkplaceonmain.com DD

Proximo: Capacity: 42 guests. This upscale Latin-themed restaurant offers the Club room with floor-to-ceiling windows on one-side for private parties. It offers an array of plated and buffet style menus. 898 S. Harrison Street, 260.459.6150, proximofw.com DD

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse: Capacity: 100 guests. This fine-dining steakhouse offers six private dining rooms, each with its own feel and set of amenities. The most intimate are the Ruth’s room that can seat up to eight and is an enclosed glass room located in the restaurant’s bar area and the Wine room that seats up to 12 guests and is an enclosed room surrounded by wine bottles. Its two larger rooms each offer private bars. 224 W. Wayne Street, 260.444.5898, ruthschris.com DD

UMI: Capacity: 80 guests. With its innovative sushi and contemporary Japanese dishes and full-bar serving beer, wine, sake, craft cocktails and fine Japanese whiskeys, Umi has two spaces for private dining. The Whiskey Lounge off the bar area is perfect for an intimate sit-down dinner, while the downstairs lounge with leather couches, plasma TVs and a private entrance can host a more lively party. 2912 Getz Road, 260.203.9975, umifortwayne.com


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