Looking to entertain away from the home this season? These Philly hot spots offer elegant dining spaces for private gatherings, perfect for a holiday get-together or a group toast at midnight on New Year's Eve.
One of Positano's four private dining rooms, the Sopra Lounge can fit up to 65 jolly guests thanks to its low couches and tables for comfortable dining. Equipped for a buffet-style dinner with private bartending services, the lounge is decked out in bright blue tiles and cascading ceiling drapery that feels very much like an authentic Italian getaway. 212 Walnut St., 215-238-0499
A fresh addition to Rittenhouse Square, the vibrant bi-level Italian eatery is tucked away inside The Rittenhouse Hotel. The restaurant itself can accommodate a variety of events—from cocktail receptions to an intimate holiday dinner—as guests can enjoy signature dishes, impressive selections of wine and craft cocktails, and glamorous views of the park. 210 W. Rittenhouse Sq., 215-790-2533
The hospitable chef and team at this Center City escape is sure to provide an unforgettable dining experience for you and your guests. With specialty menu items, custom holiday decorations, and winter accents, the restaurant will make all your holiday wishes come true. Choose between a completely private dining area for parties up to 30 people, or choose to dine in the mezzanine, Ocean Prime's semi-private dining room. 124 S. 15th St., 215-563-0163
Lily's Café is the larger of Lacroix’s two private dining spaces, boasting unbeatable views of Rittenhouse Square Park. The sophisticated space is decorated with moss-green chaises for up to 32 guests. Additionally, the Mary Cassatt Tea Room can also be converted for private events. Having a holiday party in the New Year? Stay tuned as renovations are underway for a brand new ballroom. 210 W. Rittenhouse Sq., 215-790-2533
Both of City Tap House’s locations are ideal for hosting large groups thanks to their spacious and casual dining areas. Invite guests to the University City location for a cozy and intimate affair on the outdoor patio that stays warm in the colder months with the help of five fire pits. For a rowdier crowd, their Logan Square space offers a 15-foot television screen that lets guests watch their games of your choice, or ideal for putting on a Christmas classic in the background during mealtime. 3925 Walnut St., 215-662-0105; 2 Logan Sq., 215-587-9040
This intimate Basque tapas bar and resto is known for serving up small plates typical of northeastern Spain’s pintxo bars, which are best paired with the region’s ciders, sangrias, and, of course, a great deal of wine. Tinto also offers an exclusive second-floor private dining room boasting a separate bathroom that allows for truly private events of up to 20 guests. The first-floor dining room is also a popular choice for its generous capacity—it can accommodate up to 44 guests—and its central location right off the iconic Rittenhouse Square. 114 S. 20th St., 215-665-9150