25 CT Restaurants & Venues for Holiday Parties

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Halloween has come and gone and November is officially here!  As you admire your bounties of candy, indulge in all things pumpkin, and embrace fall’s chilly temperatures, don’t forget to consider your holiday parties!  Connecticut has a number of restaurants and venues that are sure to make your special occasions memorable.  From private dining rooms to ballrooms to event planning teams, these 25 places will help you get your party on!

  1. South End, New Canaan: South End in New Canaan has a private dining room that can seat up to 20 guests.
  2. La Zingara, Bethel: La Zingara and its upstairs ECCO Rooftop both accommodate private parties. They have done everything from pig roasts to wine dinners.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Heirloom, New Haven: At Heirloom in New Haven, use their private dining room or The Study at Yale, their penthouse space.
  7. Bernard’s & Sarah’s Wine Bar, Ridgefield: Bernard's and Sarah's Wine Bar in Ridgefield has a beautiful interior as well as special events packages.
  8. Artisan, Southport: Artisan in Southport has a small private dining room as well as other event spaces throughout the Delamar Hotel.
  9. The Capital Grille, Stamford: The Capital Grille in Stamford is a sought after location for special events. They provide a personal event coordinator, wine guidance, valet parking, and more.
  10. Riverview Bistro, Stratford: Riverview Bistro in Stratford is known for its banquets and private events. They have a number of packages so that planning is easy and you can select the best option for your group.
  11. 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.
  12. L’escale, Greenwich: L'escale in Greenwich has a lounge, spacious dining room, and private event space. The restaurant offers beautiful views of the harbor.
  13. 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.
  14. Walrus + Carpenter, Bridgeport: Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport offers two private dining rooms.
  15. 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.
  16. Harlan Publick, Norwalk: In addition to private dining rooms, Harlan Publick in Norwalk has private tap rooms. They hold up to 20 people and gives people the chance to pour their own drinks.
  17. Amore Cucina, Stamford: Serve your guests pizza and tasty Italian at Amore in Stamford!
  18. Match, Norwalk:Match in Norwalk has been a go-to for private events for 17 years. They can accommodate anything from 20-300 guests.
  19. Napa and Co, Stamford: Napa & Co in Stamford can accommodate 60-100 in its main dining room, 30-40 in "The Pantry", and 10 in "The Wine Closet."
  20. Vespa, Westport: Vespa in Westport has a meetings and events team ready to help you plan your event. The space also has beautiful views of the Saugatuck River.
  21. Brasitas, Norwalk: Brasitas in Norwalk and Stamford both have private rooms.
  22. The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s, Darien: The Water's Edge at Giovanni's in Darien has been one of the area's premier steakhouses. It also has a variety of options for private dining and parties.
  23. The Lace Factory, Deep River: The Lace Factory in Deep River is predominantly a wedding venue, as the main hall can hold hundreds of guests. They also have a riverview room, which holds up to 60 people, for other special occasions. Their exclusive caterer, Cloud Nine, has particularly tasty options.
  24. Anthony’s Ocean View, New Haven:
  25. Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven offers a range of packages that can be customized for any occasion.
  26. 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.
  27. Cask Republic, Stamford: In addition to a private dining room with its own private bar and fireplace lounge area that can accommodate 50-70 people, the main dining room has another fireplace that's perfect for semi-private fireside dining, an additional lounge and communal high tops in the bar area for a large cocktail party. Their sister restaurant in Norwalk offers semi-private space that is ideal for large cocktail parties or lunch and dinner celebrations.
  28. BAR BQ, Stamford, CTNew Executive Chef Richard Longo has taken BAR BQ to the next level, and he is crankin’ out some serious smoked meats - from traditional pork and brisket to kielbasa and giant beef ribs and turkey wings. There’s also a scrumptious lineup of savory side dishes and hearty entrees, in addition to 30+ craft beers and southern inspired cocktails. The space features a separate dining room upstairs for private parties. www.barbqstamford.com
  29. MIRO Kitchen, Fairfield, CT:As a Fairfield newcomer this year, MIRO Kitchen has made a splash with their Pacific Rim cuisine, embracing rich, pungent and aromatic spices, herbs, curries, and exotic ingredients. Favorites include innovative tacos, small plates such as hanger sushi and General Tso's cauliflower, Singapore street noodles, and huli-huli chicken. Foodies will appreciate this bold and creative restaurant concept. Craft cocktails are equally as impressive in flavor and originality. 
  30. Tawa Indian Cuisine, Stamford, CTPresented by Chef Kausik Roy, Tawa Indian Cuisine is an extension of the home style Indian cuisine the chef grew up with, along with more modern interpretations he has developed throughout the years, satisfying the purists, as well as the adventurous. Tasty vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are featured, in addition to Chef Roy’s signature “Indo-Chinese” specialties. A variety of holiday entertaining packages are available, including Tawa’s signature Maharaja Grand Buffet.