How to Find a Restaurant For Large Groups and Events

Birthdays, anniversaries, retirement parties and even wedding receptions can be difficult events to plan. We want to make sure that the person of honor has a great time and that the party is an occasion to remember. Well, one doesn’t always need to rent out a lavish hall to have a grand celebration. Local restaurants can act as a venue that offers a fun, cozy or sophisticated atmosphere for your private affair.

All well and good you say, but how do you go about finding a suitable restaurant venue?

Online search

Believe it or not, the Internet can be your friend when it comes to locating a restaurant that could also serve as a party venue. The beauty of the internet is that there are literally thousands of businesses, many in your area, that will cater to the needs of you and your guests. The Internet also offers a plethora of advice via a restaurant guide or two that will make shopping for a happening place to hold your event even easier.

After you have made a top five or ten list of places that may be suitable, call and ask if the establishment hosts private functions. If they do, inquire about the costs. If the place is local (which it probably should be unless you plan to fly guest to the destination) you can visit the restaurant in question. Make sure the person responsible for party planning will be there during your visit, so you can discuss what you’d like for your affair.

Word of mouth

Word of mouth has always been, and perhaps always will be, the best form of advertisement around. This invaluable tool can act as a restaurant guide that will help you locate a prime location for your special occasion.

If someone you know has recently thrown a party, enquire about the venue that was used. Most any business will tell you they are the best of the best, but friends and family and acquaintances won’t steer you wrong in this regard.

Booking the right restaurant

Ritzy, high class or five star restaurants will require a pretty sizable deposit for the day in question. You may also need to discuss some aspect of your budget with the organizer or planner, so you can realistically see what you can or cannot do. Many restaurants will be willing to work with you to ensure you get precisely what you want. In return, you have to be honest and forthcoming about what you can reasonably afford.

Getting Outside entertainment

If the restaurant doesn’t have regular entertainment, you may consider getting some of your own. If this is one of your goals, make sure the eatery knows as they will have to accommodate you. For example, a bistro may not have a stage area or dance floor in the establishment and would need to move chairs, tables and furniture around for a band. If you desire to have a band or some sort of live entertainment, then your best bet is to find a restaurant that is already set up for something like of that nature.

Of course, there may be a café or tavern that the person or persons of honor really likes that would be the perfect spot to host their function. Yet and still, you would have to call the establishment to see what the protocols are for securing the place for a private event.

Even though it may seem like a lot of work, finding an online Toronto Restaurant Guide or relying on word of mouth is one way to locate a venue that will add a festive air to the proceedings and make you the quintessential host or hostess to beat when the next big event comes around.