If you’ve ever had your boss ask you to book a private dining room for a very important client or board member lunch meeting, then you probably know the anxious feelings that follow. What if the restaurant loses your reservation? What if your guests don’t like the ambiance? What if the food is terrible? Although booking a great private dining room at a restaurant seems like a simple enough task, the pressure of selecting the “right” place can be quite daunting. To make your planning life easier and less stressful, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite private rooms located in restaurants around Vancouver. These are sure to wow your superiors, VIPs and any other business associates and colleagues you need to host.

The Latest and Greatest…

Glowbal

Last month the new flagship location for the Glowbal Restaurant Group opened in Telus Gardens with much fanfare. The building, a preeminent architectural landmark on Georgia Street, is the ideal location for this 17,000 square foot street side restaurant. The ambiance is indeed as impressive as you’ve heard. Designed by local company BOX Interior Design, the award-winning firm behind MARKET by Jean-George, the new Glowbal Grill is a vibrant open concept design with a stylish, modern, and elegant atmosphere. An amazing 150-seat patio welcomes guests with fireplaces, oversized bird cage tables and minimalist Edison-style light globe fixtures. Chef Pedro Gonzalez has mastered the art of “stripped down North American cuisine” and everyone can breath a huge sigh of relief that Glowbal’s  infamous truffle spaghetti with signature kobe meatballs is still a menu staple. Selecting this location for your next corporate lunch is guaranteed to get you some serious brownie points for being in-the-know, but make sure your guests can appreciate a lively and unapologetically chaotic environment.

Neighbourhood: Vancouver, Downtown

# of Private Dining Rooms: 3

1) The Gold Room – 60 people seated, mixed seating arrangements available

Private Rooms: The Gold Room

2) The Marilyn Room – 12 people seated, features lounge seating, boardroom table and 2 flatscreen TVs for presentations

Private Rooms: The Marilyn Room

3) The War Room – 14 people seated

Private Rooms: The War Room

Source: glowbalgroup.com/glowbal/index.html

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Best kept secret…

L’Abattoir

Most people don’t believe us when we tell them that L’Abattoir is only open for lunch to groups booked in their private dining room. We’re not lying we swear! Separate from the main dining room, the L’Abattoir private room has the same brick and beam style as the rest of the restaurant but incorporates sleek industrial glass, steel accents, and modern lighting fixtures for a more refined look. Conveniently, the room comes with built in A/V, coat check, and natural light from windows that actually open to let in fresh air (a rarity in the Vancouver private dining world). Chef Lee Cooper is behind the cuisine which is defined as French influenced WestCoast fare. Located in Gastown, a neighbourhood known for being raw, edgy and constantly in transition, L’Abattoir is the perfect fit for corporate guests who relish in the opportunity to step outside the mainstream.

Neighbourhood: Vancouver, Gastown

# of Private Dining Rooms: 1

1) Private Room – 50 people seated (can be divided into 2 smaller rooms of 24 seated each).

private dining rooms: l'abbatoir

Source: labattoir.ca

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With a view…

Miku Waterfront

If you’re looking for a sophisticated room with stunning views of the water, harbour and North Shore mountains then this is your place. The private room features wall murals by Hideki Kimura, a renowned Japanese painter, as well as oversized tables, comfortable white leather chairs and of course over-sized windows so Vancouver’s natural beauty can spill into the room. With built in A/V, a flatscreen TV and Wi-Fi included in the room, it’s a great location for lunch meetings that require presentations (don’t worry the windows have roll-up blinds to darken the room for optimal presentation viewing). In a city of sushi restaurants on almost every block, Miku was the first to offer a fresh take with Aburi style sushi incorporating a flame-searing technique and signature sauces to enhance the natural flavours of nigiri sushi. A great option for corporate groups looking for healthy menu options.

Neighbourhood: Vancouver, Downtown

# of Private Dining Rooms: 1

1) Blue Sky Room – 24 people seated

Private Rooms: Blue Sky Room

Source: mikurestaurant.com/events/

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An oldie but a goodie…

Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge

A staple on the Vancouver scene for many years, the award-winning Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge is the perfect example of how a consist approach is the key to long-term success. Consistently great food, attentive service, and a sophisticated atmosphere seem to be their recipe for continued success. The luxury you feel when you step in this space is undeniable. Dark wood, gold accents, richly upholstered furniture, and light fixtures imported from Venice create a space with charm and elegance. The lunch menu is surprisingly simple featuring casual favourites with a traditional European approach. Located in the Wedgewood Hotel, a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux brand,  Bacchus is a perfect option for your more refined corporate group.

Neighbourhood: Vancouver, Downtown

# of PrivateDining Rooms: 2

1) Library Room – 20 people seated

private rooms: library room

2) Liaisons Room – 66 people seated

private rooms: liaisons room

Source: wedgewoodhotel.com/restaurant-lounge/private-dining/

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And the grand finale…

Black + Blue

We would be remiss if we didn’t include a steakhouse in this list. Every corporate group we’ve ever been involved with has, at some point, hosted a lunch or dinner event at a steakhouse. Typically selected for their warm atmosphere, cozy leather banquette seating, larger than life portions and top-notch service, Black + Blue is definitely no exception. While it does have the magical carnivore drool factor, Black + Blue has taken a less classic approach by incorporating a contemporary twist, something the Glowbal Restaurant Group is known for. If you’re selecting this location for your next corporate lunch event, make sure your guests can appreciate a great surf and/or turf experience.

Neighbourhood: Vancouver, Downtown

# of Private Dining Rooms: 2 + 1 semi-private room

1) PDR 801 – 18 people seated

private rooms: pdr 801

2) PDR 901 – 24 people seated

private rooms: pdr 901

3) Tobacco Room (semi-private) – 16 people seated

private rooms: tobacco room

Source: glowbalgroup.com/blackblue/

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Sage Advice

While we completely stand behind these selections, we always recommend taking the time to scout out a private dining room before booking. Taking 30 minutes out of your day to do a site inspection is a small trade off for knowing with 100% certainty that your group will be well taken care of in an atmosphere you’re happy to put your name behind.

Interested in planning an event at any of these restaurants? Forget using Google to find the contact details for an events coordinator at each restaurant. Use eventsage.com to save time gathering availability information and comparing room options. We have all the contacts you need built into our FREE event planning platform and our helpful presentation tool creates a photo summary for you to easily share with your boss or team for feedback before booking. Need help? Contact us at team@eventsage.com.

 

Tara Boddington

Tara Boddington

With a decade of experience planning corporate and promotional events for top brands as well as sponsorship activations at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and 2010 FIFA World Cup, I have a passion for transformative environments and experiences. I want to live in a world where emails are short, obsessive attention to detail is seen as an asset not an annoyance, and libraries are cool places to hang out (yes I like to read actual hard copy books). I am also the Director of Sales and Marketing at Eventsage.

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