Tripleseat, the leading web-based sales and event management platform for restaurants, hotels, and unique venues, has released top venues in the Boston area to host a college graduation celebration.
The Greater Boston Area is home to 35 universities, colleges and community colleges, including Harvard, MIT, Tufts, and Boston College, holding 34% of the state’s total college enrollment. During the months of May and June, the city teems with parents from across the country to take part in college graduation.
With family in town from just about everywhere, finding a place that works for all can be quite the challenge. That’s why Tripleseat has created a guide to help you prepare. Here are 10 restaurants and venues in Boston and Cambridge to hold your upcoming festivities.
- Bastille Kitchen: Located in Boston’s Innovation District, this contemporary French bistro has two event spaces with traditional yet modern dishes that have quickly become favorites with the locals. Its beverage selection of craft cocktails, a predominantly French wine list, and New England-centric beers has something for everyone.
- Davio’s Boston: Davio’s Park Square location serves as an elegant oasis from the hustle and bustle just outside its doors. Book one of their six private event spaces, and choose from a menu of Davio’s signature Northern Italian steaks, veal chops, and handmade pasta creations.
- Eastern Standard: This Kenmore Square venue sounds like a lively dinner party, looks like a French Brasserie, and feeds fans on their way to a Red Sox game, but is designed to make guests feel at home. Dine in their Ann Corio Lounge or celebrate in the outdoor patio as summer finally sneaks in!
- Grill 23 & Bar: Located in Boston’s Back Bay, Grill 23 & Bar can provide accommodation for parties as large as 140 guests. Its menu, which includes Brandt family beef, New England seafood, seasonal produce, decadent desserts, and a world-class wine list can be customized to create a perfect event for your guests.
- Post 390: Bordering the South End and Back Bay neighborhoods of Boston and providing a view of city landmarks, including Copley Place, Trinity Church, and the Hancock Tower, Post 390 lets you choose from five event spaces. Its menu is sourced from local farmers and fishermen, and features charcuterie, classic dishes, rotating seasonal plates, local craft beers, and a select wine list.
- Benedetto: Just a few blocks from the Harvard University campus is Italian restaurant Benedetto. Its menu focuses on the diverse and irresistible regions of Italy, and contains two private dining rooms that can accommodate up to 79 guests for a seated menu. The restaurant’s floor to ceiling windows give diners a view of the activity in Harvard Square.
- Glass House: A mix of restaurant, bar, and modern day “meeting house,” this restaurant is inspired by the history and present day identity of Cambridge’s Kendall Square neighborhood. Glass House is a reflection of the area’s glass-making history, the glass architecture housing this neighborhood’s community of talented individuals, and its present day focus on science, discovery, and exploration. Select one of four event spaces for your party of 25 to 100 guests.
- Harvest: Head to Harvard Square to find this tucked-away spot that celebrates the modern New England table, offering New England cuisine focused on the region’s freshest ingredients. Its four private dining spaces offer intimate gatherings, or reserve the patio, a private garden cafe with fireside dining.
- PAGU: Spanish/Japanese tapas restaurant PAGU is steps away from MIT’s campus. The menu highlights local, responsibly sourced ingredients, with a focus on seafood, celebrating the harmony of techniques and flavors of Japanese and Spanish cuisines. It also offers seven private dining spaces.
- Russell House Tavern: Located in the heart of Harvard Square, Russell House Tavern elevates the local neighborhood tavern experience with seasonally-inspired dishes from New England and beyond, as well as a distinctive bar program featuring craft beers, an all-American wine list and a carefully-curated selection of handcrafted cocktails. Choose from six event spaces ranging from a downstairs subterranean lounge to private dining rooms to an outdoor terrace.
“Many of the country’s best colleges and universities are found in Boston and Cambridge, in addition to some of the best places to eat,” says Jonathan Morse, CEO of Tripleseat. “Our team consists of restaurant and hospitality experts who are familiar with the area, so we feel we can provide recommendations not only for delicious food, but for places that provide a great ambiance for the occasion. Sending our congratulations to 2019’s graduates, as well as our restaurant go-tos.”