Three Boston-Area Restaurants That Make Great Wedding Venues

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Three Boston-Area Restaurants That Make Great Wedding Venues

Weddings

For foodies, there’s no better place to celebrate than where the atmosphere is as spectacular as the food.

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Wine time

Nathalie
Boston, Massachusetts

For wine-loving couples and their guests, NathalieThe small but fine room is perfect for small celebrations. Say the word and the staff will transform the 1,100-foot Fenway wine bar into exactly what you need. A ceremony in the dining area decorated with flowers and metal? Completed. Cocktails on the terrace followed by a formal dinner or a reception at the marble-topped tables and walnut bar? Yes and yes. Dancing in front of the blue leather benches in the lounge area or a cocktail hour on the terrace? Naturally. The Fenway wine bar can be designed to your heart’s content – including when it comes to eating and drinking. Opt for something like the Spanish-style tapas on Nathálie’s menu, or ask the in-house team to prepare dishes from New Orleans or traditional Indian cuisine (they’ve done both!). And don’t forget the wine; Nathálie’s features a curated wine list consisting largely of small bottles from female wine producers. However, if you’re looking for something specific, owner Haley Fortier can get you a champagne from the winery you’re engaged to, a fruity rosé that suits your tastes, or crowd-pleasers that will satisfy even the most critical guests. Bottom up!

Located in the heart of the bustling Fenway district, Nathálie is an artfully designed retreat from the busy city. The small but fine room is the ideal place for convivial celebrations – and the endless selection of wines ensures a great evening for oenophiles and wine amateurs alike. Our advice? Complement the shared joy of the evening with a porrón and make it even more fun.

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Go classic

Boston Chops Downtown
Boston, Massachusetts

If your vision is a wedding reception that exudes sophisticated elegance – and an atmosphere that is cool, not stuffy – paired with a world-class steak dinner, then your search stops here Boston Chops Downtown. Located in the heart of Boston in the former Old Colony Trust Bank, Boston Chops caters to both small groups of a few dozen and lively parties of a few hundred. Try the Wine Vault for an intimate dinner with your closest family and friends surrounded by the finest wines or the marble-clad dining room for larger gatherings. The food itself is as tempting as the ambience. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate the big day with a carving station, a raw bar, and hand-out apps like mac and cheese spoons? But that’s just at cocktail hour. For dinner there are crab cakes and filet mignon. As for after-dinner activities, we recommend heading downstairs to the endlessly customizable Barrel Vault, which can house a string quartet, a massive photo booth, or be transformed into almost anything, including a disco equipped with dance floors, a replica casino, or a speakeasy lounge. The best part is that after the big day, you have easy choices for upcoming anniversary dinners.

The chic downtown Boston spot Chops is just for partying. The entertaining music and impeccable service that characterize the restaurant on a normal evening carry over to celebrations, and the marble-clad dining room cries out to serve as a backdrop for pre-dinner speeches. Once you and your guests have had your fill, head downstairs to dance the night away in the speakeasy-like space.

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World class fare

Hope
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Hope is known for its world-class Turkish and Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine (the Cambridge restaurant and its sister restaurant Sarma in Somerville have been on Boston magazine’s top restaurants list a few times, including this year), but also couples Those who love food will find exactly that. The restaurant also has the right atmosphere. In the warmer months, the outdoor terrace is the ideal location for a sun-drenched ceremony and dinner. Decorated with tea lights and surrounded by seasonal flowers and climbing ivy (as well as fig, pear and cherry trees), the retreat feels like a secret garden. During the colder seasons or for larger parties, the indoor dining room is warm and inviting. It is decorated with Turkish Nazar evil eyes that chef Ana Sortun collected on her travels and features a fireplace for added coziness. Then of course there’s the food: crowd favorites include hearty mezzes like flat potatoes, spinach falafel with beetroot tzatziki and the braised short rib Sultan’s Delight. For dessert, Oleana’s pastry chef Nik Mastalerz pulls out all the stops with chocolate cake slices topped with halva buttercream, olive oil fudge, and caramelized feuilletine (plus mini versions of the restaurant’s famous baked Alaska). When your guests love food as much as you do, it will not only be the best night of your life, but of theirs too.

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Oleana’s outdoor patio is a hidden garden retreat perfect for warmer weather ceremonies. Equally beautiful is the interior of the restaurant – although both can also serve dinner, complete with mezze to share for vegetable and meat eaters, alongside delicious wines from around the world and delicious desserts. We recommend mini versions of Oleana’s iconic baked Alaska with coconut ice cream and passionfruit caramel.

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