50 CT Restaurants and Venues for Holiday Parties 2017

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

At exactly 12pm on Thursday November 23, Santa Claus concluded the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and officially ushered in the holiday season!  For those looking to throw the ultimate holiday bash, popular Connecticut restaurants and venues can provide fantastic backdrops for the festivities.  These places have party spaces and packages that are perfect for your soirees!

  1. Schoolhouse at Cannondale, Wilton: The Schoolhouse in Wilton can help you throw a holiday cocktail party starting at $45 per person. Offerings include Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, Mini Baked Brie, Beef Tenderloin Canape, and more.
  2. Brasitas, Norwalk: Brasitas in Norwalk and Stamford both have private rooms.
  3. Two Roads, Stratford: Two Roads Brewery in Stratford has a private events room that holds 75 seated or 160 standing. You can also schedule private tours for groups larger than 10 and smaller than 20.
  4. Heirloom, New Haven: At Heirloom in New Haven, use their private dining room or The Study at Yale, their penthouse space.
  5. Roger Sherman Inn, New Canaan: The Roger Sherman in has a number of rooms of all different sizes for your private holiday party: The Blue Room (14), the Terrace Room (80), the Hunt Room (30), the Ivy Room (30), the Garden Room (70), the WineRoom (36), and the Porch (70). Reception style can accommodate between 20-200 guests.less
  6. Aspen Restaurant & Bar, Old Saybrook: Aspen Restaurant & Bar's Amber Lounge is the perfect place for a holiday party. The private room seats 50, has its own bar and bathrooms, and is decorated with trees and a double-sided fireplace.
  7. Frank Pepe's "The Spot," New Haven: At Frank Pepe's "The Spot" in New Haven, events are always given the whole restaurant. For added fun, guests can watch the pizzas being made.
  8. Le Madri, Bethel: At Le Madri in Bethel, events can be held in the private dining room, main dining space, or bar/ lounge. The private room comfortably seats 30 while the main dining room can seat as many as 130.
  9. O'Neill's, Norwalk: O'Neill's in Norwalk has both a private dining room and a buy-out option. Seated, they can hold up to 120, while for a reception they can hold up to 150.
  10. El Segundo, Norwalk
  11. The Spread, Norwalk: If you choose to buy out The Spread in Norwalk, you can invite 100 people for a seated shindig or 150 for a reception.
  12. Peaches, Norwalk: At Peaches in Norwalk, their Juke Joint on the second floor offers privacy, a full bar, private restrooms, a fireplace, and a rooftop deck with heaters.
  13. Beach House, Norwalk: The Beach House in SoNo, which now occupies the space that was once Mama's Boy, has two private dining rooms that hold approximately 50 people each.
  14. Washington Prime, Norwalk: Washington Prime has a private dining room, lounge, and the main dining room. All rooms feature Ultra-HD 3D TVs that are WiFi, AppleTV and SmartTV ready. The main dining space also features a 125-inch drop-down movie screen.
  15. Killer B, Norwalk: Though Killer B's in Norwalk doesn't have a private dining space, you can buy out the whole restaurant... and the adjoining Johnny Utah's space next door! Catering packages come at two different price tiers so you can choose the one that's best for your group.
  16. Johnny Utah's, Norwalk: If you want your holiday party to include a mechanical bull, Johnny Utah's in the place for you! For a bash of epic proportions, you can also takeover the adjoining Killer B space.
  17. The Lace Factory, Deep River: The Lace Factory in Deep River, CT is both historic and elegant. Their River Room holds about 50 people seated and has river views, 2 decks, a bar, and 2 bathrooms.
  18. The Griswold Inn, Essex: The Griswold Inn perfectly captures New England charm. Whether you want brunch, lunch, or dinner, buffet or plated, they have a package to fit your vision. Their beautifully decked halls make for a picturesque holiday backdrop. 
  19. Millwrights, Simsbury: Millwright's dining room can accommodate up to 80 seated guests while the loft can seat 50 guests. For larger parties, a full restaurant buy out is an option too.
  20. La Zingara, Bethel: La Zingara and its upstairs ECCO Rooftop both accommodate private parties. They have done everything from pig roasts to wine dinners.
  21. Union League Cafe, New Haven: Union League Cafe in New Haven has a number of event spaces. Whether its corporate of personal, their team is ready to assist you.
  22. Bernard's & Sarah's Wine Bar, Ridgefield: Bernard's in Ridgefield has an assortment of rooms that provide space for 10 to 140 guests. They have a variety of packages so that you can choose the cuisine and format that's best for your party.
  23. Artisan, Southport: Artisan in Southport has a small private dining room as well as other event spaces throughout the Delamar Hotel.
  24. The Capital Grille, Stamford & Hartford: At The Capital Grille, you can have access to a personal event coordinator, customized menus, wine pairing guidance, complimentary valet parking, and media technology.
  25. Riverview Bistro, Stratford: Riverview Bistro in Stratford is known for its banquets and private events. They have a number of rooms and packages so that planning is easy and you can select the best option for your group. Plus, enjoy views of the river!
  26. Match Burger Lobster, Norwalk, Westport
  27. ZINC, New Haven: Take over the dining room of Kitchen Zinc in New Haven, or have a party on the patio when the temperatures rise.
  28. L'escale, Greenwich: L'escale in Greenwich has a lounge, a spacious dining room, and private event spaces. The restaurant offers beautiful views of the harbor.
  29. Harlan Social, Stamford: Harlan Social in Stamford can accommodate up to 250 in its bar and dining room. They also have semi-private dining for up to 80 and other options for smaller groups.
  30. Walrus + Carpenter, Bridgeport: Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport offers two private dining rooms.
  31. Rive Bistro, Westport: At Rive Bistro in Westport, choose from The Banquet Room that seats 65 guests, The Wine Room that seats up to 16 guests, or the Patio.
  32. Harlan Publick, Norwalk: n addition to private dining rooms, Harlan Publick in Norwalk has private tap rooms. They hold up to 20 people and give people the chance to pour their own drinks.
  33. South End, New Canaan: South End in New Canaan has a private dining room that holds approximately 12 people.
  34. Match, Norwalk: Match in Norwalk has been a go-to for private events for 18 years. They can accommodate anywhere from 20-300 guests.
  35. The Water's Edge at Giovanni's, Darien: The Water's Edge at Giovanni's in Darien is one of the area's premier steakhouses. It has a variety of options for private dining and parties. They have a range of suites and packages, including options for a cocktail party, luncheon, dinner, and more. 
  36. Butchers & Bakers, Farmington: At Butchers & Bakers in Farmington, a private room accommodates groups up to 150. It includes a full bar, AV equipment, and a stage.
  37. Market Place Kitchen & Bar, Avon: Market Place Kitchen & Bar in Avon has a cozy private event room complete with fireplace.
  38. The Café at Middlebury Consignment, Middlebury: The Kitchen at the Café at Middlebury Consignment offers a variety of private, culinary-themed events, from intimate cooking lessons to elegant gourmet dining events for groups of up to 50.
  39. Olea, New Haven: For smaller events, Olea can accommodate up to 40 guests in part of the restaurant enclosed by a curtain. Larger parties of up to 80 can fit throughout the restaurant.
  40. The Lazy Dog, Stratford: The Lazy Dog Tavern in Stratford uses the adjoining space for private parties. "The Stratford Room" is perfect for groups and they offer a variety of menus.
  41. Geronimo Tequila Bar & Grill, Fairfield and New Haven: Geronimo Tequila Bar & Grill invites you to have your holiday party in the Cave in New Haven or the Loft in Fairfield.
  42. Anthony's Ocean View, New Haven: Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven offers a range of packages that can be customized for any occasion.
  43. The Carousel at Lighthouse Point, New Haven: Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven has a beautiful carousel that can serve as a backdrop for your special occasions.
  44. The Loading Dock, Stamford: Industrial meets chic at The Loading Dock in Stamford. With a number of spaces, it's a great place to plan your next event.
  45. WoodWinds, Branford: The Woodwinds in Branford will help you make the ultimate buffet-style holiday party, complete with DJ entertainment and a full dance floor.
  46. Flinders Lane, Stamford: Flinders Lane in Stamford can accommodate approximately 90 seated and 200 cocktail style. There is a semi-private dining room, though buying out the restaurant is also an option. The space has surround sound, lighting capabilities, and multi-course food and beverage packages are available. 
  47. Cask Republic, New Haven, Norwalk, Stamford: Cask Republic's Stamford location has a private dining room with its own private bar and fireplace lounge area that can accommodate 50-70 people. Their sister restaurant in Norwalk offers semi-private space that is ideal for large cocktail parties or lunch and dinner celebrations
  48. Knot Norms, Norwalk: Host a party at Knot Norms or have them cater so you can have your bash in your own home!
  49. Fire Engine Pizza Co, Bridgeport: For $49.95 per person, Fire Engine Pizza can provide a 4 course dinner and open bar for your holiday party.
  50. Bar Rosso, Stamford: Bar Rosso in Stamford has several private dining rooms. The layout of the restaurant makes it easy to coordinate an event in the dining area itself as well.