Have you booked your holiday party yet? If you haven’t you may want to get moving on it. Many restaurants in town are already booked on the weekends through the season, though there are plenty of options on weeknights.
Menus vary from place to place, of course, but one element all have in common is a desire to work with the budget you have. From El Mirador to Auden’s Kitchen, from Ilsong Garden to the County Line, the list of options covers all areas of the city.
At Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, owner Joe Buonincontri has already booked all of his Saturday nights through the holiday season. Most of the Fridays are gone, too.
His private room can seat up to 40 people depending on the demand. If the party givers want a buffet, then 30 is the maximum that the room will hold. He also has a patio with a fireplace for an outdoor get-together.
Buonincontri will gladly work with people to accommodate their budget needs. He recently hosted a four-course dinner that offered appetizer, entrée and dessert choices, along with a salad, for $33 a person.
He can also set up various drink policies, from an open bar to tickets, depending on how the client wants to plan.
Luce’s take on Italian food “brings back memories” for many of Buonincontri’s customers, he says. “It’s a certain taste profile they don’t get anywhere else in San Antonio.”
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The Dashiell House, located in La Villita, offers the best of Fig Tree Restaurant and Little Rhein Steak House in a private River Walk setting. All of the food is prepared to order, not in advance, says Marlys Camilleri, event coordinator. So, combine the quality of the food with a gorgeous view of the Christmas lights along the river and a house built circa 1850, and you can understand why bookings are placed far in advance.
Downtown San Antonio is also bracing for two large conventions in December, including the annual breast cancer symposium, and they have led to bookings throughout most of two weeks.
Many of the Dashiell House’s customers are repeat bookings, Camilleri says. That says a great deal about how satisfied its customers have been.
Yet there are still some openings for the space, which seats up to 64. Almost double will fit for a stand-up cocktail party. Camilleri will work with people and their budgets. For a sample menu and more information, click here.
Brasserie Pavil and Watermark Grill
Weekends are booked at Brasserie Pavil, 1818 N. Loop 1604 W., but there are plenty of weeknights available, says manager Jan Bonugli. And that’s all for the best, because the restaurant’s rental fee is waived Monday-Thursday.
The restaurant’s signature onion soup, its cheese tray and charcuterie, duck confit, seafood platters and carrot cake are available for parties, and Bonugli, who is also sales manager at Pavil, will work with any budget to ensure a pleasant evening.
Various sizes of rooms are available, too, so both large and small parties will fit into the space.
At Watermark Grill, 18740 Stone Oak Parkway, parties are generally limited to the rotunda, which can seat up to 20 people comfortably, she says. But the bakery can also be used for a private function and can seat up to 40. Party menus featuring sustainable seafood start at about $40 a person.
Laughing Bird Shrimp, sea scallops, ahi tuna and lobster are all options, she says.
Looking for a little some place different for your party? Think the Cove, 606 W. Cypress.
Owner Lisa Asvestas has started booking parties for the first time this holiday season. Her compound, with its laundry and car wash, is certainly an eclectic setting. But it’s also cozy in the bar area, where live music can be included.
But it’s the menu that places the Cove apart from the many, if not most, other places in town. Asvestas promises SOL food — that’s sustainable, organic and local. The suggested party plan includes a mini version of the restaurant’s lauded fish tacos, organic salads, wraps and a variety of snacks. And you can add beer or wine tastings, if you’d like.
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