If you watched Four Weddings, or similar TV shows, you know how big and elaborate weddings can be. You may have even been to one yourself! Maybe you’ve also attended a large corporate gathering, or a huge high school reunion. And there’s certainly a time and place for celebration on a large scale. At the same time, there’s also a time—and literally a place—for small, intimate gatherings. Whether it’s a shower, wedding, or business event, we’ve gathered the best 10 intimate venues in Boston so you can plan your perfect small event.
Before you start to worry—we didn’t make a list of of the smallest venues in Boston. Instead, we curated the top venues with a maximum capacity under 100. But there’s more! That capacity has nothing to with the size of the venue. On the contrary, some of these venues have plenty of space. They just keep the head count low so you can enjoy an intimate experience. Keep reading to see for yourself!
The Melting Pot
Max Capacity: 50
Discover the art of fondue at The Melting Pot—a unique and upscale spot to enjoy award-winning cheese fondues, and other melted treats like chocolate and marshmallow. In addition, their delicious four-course meals make them one of the best venues in Boston for parties or corporate dinners. Impress important clients with the experience of fondue, or celebrate an engagement with romantic treats like chocolate-dipped strawberries and other desserts.
- Cozy fireplace
- Four-course dining
- Audio/visual equipment
Taylor House Bed & Breakfast
Location: Jamaica Plain
Max Capacity: 45
Less than a block from Jamaica Pond, this Italianate Victorian home welcomes guests to enjoy both the antique interior, as well as the beautiful exterior gardens. One of the coziest venues in Boston, the Taylor House Bed & Breakfast is perfect for business retreats and small weddings. And you can rest assured in their spacious rooms—they put just as much care into their breakfasts as they do their home and grounds.
- Cable, WiFi, and private baths
- Rooms for business meetings
- Local transportation nearby
Feng Shui Sushi Hibachi Lounge
Max Capacity: 80
Dine in style in one of the top 100 Japanese Restaurants of the Year, the Feng Shui Sushi and Hibachi Lounge in Chelmsford. Their fusion dishes create a memorable journey for your palette to take, while the fresh food is made right in front of you. You won’t regret hosting your rehearsal dinner or graduation party here.
- Blend of five Feng Shui elements
- Private dining area for parties
- Buffet and Hibachi style meals
Max Capacity: 65
Do you love the Colonial Era? Then Pequitside Farm is where you should host your next intimate gathering! The home is a registered National Historic site, surrounding by walking trails and plenty of space—so you feel tucked away from the buzz of the city. This spot is perfect for corporate events, fundraisers, and outdoor parties like cookouts.
- Protected Wetland Area
- 33-acre facility
Park Grill & Spirits
Max Capacity: 75
Personalize your event at the Park Grill & Spirits. The chef-driven restaurant has two rooms to choose from for your private event—with no room charge! That’s certainly a deal for venues in Boston. On top of that, their menu boasts fresh, prepared-to-order food, so you know your guests will leave happy and full. It’s the ideal space for showers or birthday parties.
- Creative menu & full bar
- Family owned
- International cuisine
Hilton Garden Inn at Patriot Place
Max Capacity: 70
Make sure your event goes off without a hitch at Hilton Garden Inn. Located in Foxboro at Patriot Place, they are prepared for you. State-of-the-art audio and visual equipment and on-site catering mean you can relax and enjoy the festivities. Ideal for business meetings or birthday parties—especially milestones like 60 or 70.
- Conference rooms available
- Outdoor dining
- Sleek and modern interior
Hampton Inn & Suites Worcester
Max Capacity: 50
Planning a day-long or multi-day business meeting? Or maybe you’re hosting a wedding and need somewhere for guests to stay? The Hampton Inn is prepared for you. Their convenient downtown location makes travel easy, and they’ve got everything you need for your special event.
- Complimentary shuttle service within two miles
- Five minutes from many local hotspots like DCU Center, Hanover Theater, and Worcester Art Museum
- Free hot breakfast daily
Harvard General Store
Max Capacity: 48
Don’t be fooled by the name—the Harvard General Store is so much more than a store (although it’s that, too!) This lovely spot is a grocery and gift store, a cafe, and bike shop—with a second floor perfect for your next birthday or office party! Complete, of course, with wine and beer that, yes, they also sell.
- View of the Harvard town Commons
- Loft-style floor plan, for large receptions of private areas
- Historic feel with mahogany and exposed oak
Courtyard Boston Stoughton
Max Capacity: 40
Host your next event at the newly renovated Courtyard in Boston-Stoughton. With new bedding packages, close proximity to South Shore Plaza, and Braintree—your guests will love spending the weekend here. And of course, complimentary WiFi and lobby bistro make for all the comforts of home. Perfect for wedding parties and reunions.
- Easy access to Randolph and Boston
- Spacious suites with ergonomic workstations
- 24-hour market and fitness center
The 228 in Sterling
Max Capacity: 95
No matter what you need for your next event, The 228 in Sterling is one of the most versatile venues in Boston. They offer formal indoor seating and covered outdoor seating. But this venue also boasts a designated barbecue area for your family reunion, and an on-site gazebo for beautiful wedding photos. What more could you ask for!
- Located on 10-acre property
- Plenty of parking space for guests
- Easily accessible from I-90, Route 2, and Route 12 for out-of-town guests