Philadelphia’s best private dining options. Below are restaurants with fabulous private and semi-private dining areas perfect for holiday get-togethers, birthdays, wedding rehearsals and office parties.
Ocean Prime - 124 S. 15th Street Philadelphia PA 19102, centrally located blocks from City Hall, has dining space available for parties both small and large. The three private dining rooms are aptly named after Philadelphia neighborhoods. The Fairmount Room seats up to 16, the Rittenhouse Room provides seating for 28 and the Manayunk Room is available for a party of 30. All rooms are equipped with a TV and DVD player, perfect for presentations, slide shows, music and videos. This is a great feature for professional business dinners to bachelor/bachelorette parties.
The Mezzanine serves as a semi-private dining space for up to 56 guests. All spaces can accommodate reception style parties. Private luncheons are also possible, which are available Monday through Friday in any private dining room, or rent the entire restaurant as it is closed to the public.
Red Owl Tavern - 433 Chestnut Street Philadelphia PA 19106, provides two exceptional event dining locations. The Mezzanine is a semi-private space with great views of Independence Park and the bustling streets of Old City. The space is flexible to either seated dinner for 15 people or reception style with buffet tables to accommodate 30.
For private dining, the Shanghai Boardroom seats 32 guests with a farm-style table for a plated meal dinner. Along with the space, there is a pre-function area perfect as a welcoming section or gift room. Other great features of the Red Owl Tavern include its vast selection of brown spirits, custom-designed furniture and LIFE Magazine archived photographs found throughout the restaurant.
Jet Wine Bar - 1525 South Street Philadelphia PA, Known for its extensive wine list and themed tasting events, Jet Wine Bar offers the perfect backdrop to small events. Great for birthdays and bachelorette parties, the retro designed private lounge seats 20 guests comfortably. Attendees can taste wines and snack on meats, cheeses and small plates throughout the event.
City Tap House Logan Square- 2 Logan Square Philadelphia 19103, right off of Logan Square, offers a variety of event quarters for various types of affairs. Semi-private areas include the main bar and dining area, which can accommodate 60 guests with full bar access. The private dining room fits 42 people for seated dining or 60 people for a more relaxed style reception.
City Tap House University City - 39th and Walnut Street 19104, is located in the heart of University City at 3925 Walnut Street. The tasting room accommodates up to 25 people who want a private seated dining affair. The outdoor patio makes a great event space, even in the cooler weather thanks to five fire pits to keep guests warm. For exclusive use of the venue it its entirety, City Tap House will customize and staff your private event.
Both City Tap House Logan and City Tap House University City have on-site event coordinators who can create customizable packages for any occasion. Whether planning a corporate function, birthday party, brunch, rehearsal dinner or full venue buyout, the catering menu offers hors d’oeuvres, craft sandwiches, brick oven pizza and hot buffet dishes perfect for any event. Large group dinners and prix fixe menus are also available.
SQUARE 1682 - 121 S. 17th St. Philadelphia PA 19103, located near iconic Rittenhouse Square, has two private dining rooms to host various types of events. For birthday parties, meetings and intimate gatherings, Square 1682 has a private room to seat 10 to 15 people. The more spacious Tyng Room has lively lounge views and can hold 45 seated guests or 75 attendees for cocktail-style events.
Large functions with guests lists reaching 250 should use Square 1682’s partner, Hotel Palomar Philadelphia. With spectacular views of the city, the ballroom space is fantastic for receptions, fundraisers, corporate retreats and other larger, memorable events.
The Twisted Tail Headhouse Square - 509 S. 2nd Street Philadelphia PA 19147, For guests looking to really personalize their events, The Twisted Tail offers customizable food and bar packages to make the gathering unique. The Southern-inspired contemporary American cuisine can adapt event menus to specific tastes and preferences. Guests can either begin with stationary appetizers for a more formal feeling or start with passed cocktail hors d’oeuvres and a dinner buffet for a more casual dining experience.
The Twisted Tail provides either a consumption tab or several open bar packages. All open bar packages include 16 draft beers and wines by the glass. The top shelf open bar provides guests the highest quality spirits for sipping and mixing, and the whiskey open bar has an extensive list for all whiskey lovers to enjoy.
There are several space options available based on food and beverage minimums and the time of the event. Guests may reserve the upstairs for a free-flowing style event or both levels of the restaurant, capacity ranges from 100 to 130 people. For smaller events, the Juke Joint Bar has table seating available for 40 guests and the Club Room has a lounge style atmosphere perfect for relaxed get-togethers.
Urban Farmer and Assembly Rooftop Lounge - 1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia PA 19103, Located less than a mile from Philadelphia landmarks like City Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Convention Center, Urban Farmer and Assembly Rooftop Lounge make exceptional event spaces. For someone looking to host a private steak dinner, Urban Farmer is a prime option to wow guests.
If attendees are all about the views, look no further than Assembly Rooftop Bar for a sexy rooftop experience. The semi-private event space overlooks the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and makes a great backdrop for gatherings.
The Palm Philadelphia - private dining room seats 45 people. No rental fees or minimums – If regular guests are not charged a food and beverage minimum, The Palm doesn’t believe in charging private dining room guests either. Custom food and drink menus – Available at approachable price points, the option to customize menus offers each event a unique experience. Audio-visual capabilities – To ensure each event is successful, The Palm’s team provides audio-visual equipment to those who request it. Layout flexibility – The private dining rooms can accommodate groups up to 300, making it perfect for every event. Event staff – The Palm provides a team of highly trained professionals to address every detail of each event, including a dedicated sales manager who will meet with meeting planners to create a completely customized experience.