Fairfield and New Haven counties have thriving businesses and a hotspot for corporate events. Whether you’re planning a corporate meeting, holiday party, or a corporate event for your company, these counties offer many outstanding event spaces. From picturesque waterfront venues to modern conference centers, they have it all.
In this guide, we’ll explore some of the top places to host corporate events and private parties in this charming part of Connecticut.
Nestled in the heart of Stamford, Connecticut, The Holiday Stroll at Mill River Park invites you to embark on a picturesque journey through a winter wonderland. Adorned with dazzling holiday light displays, this beautiful stroll is the epitome of festive cheer. If you’re looking for a unique twist on your holiday party, consider renting the Mill River Park ice-skating rink. For larger gatherings of up to 500 people, the indoor Whittingham Discovery Center is at your service. Make your holiday party an unforgettable experience amidst the magic of Mill River Park.
Unveil the magic of the season at The Holiday Wish within Stamford Town Center. With a generous capacity for up to 500 guests, their 20,000-square-foot venue is the ultimate destination for grand holiday parties and corporate gatherings. Immerse yourself in the enchantment of six uniquely themed holiday decor rooms, making it one of the most festively decorated spaces in all of Fairfield County. This is your opportunity to create cherished memories in an extraordinary setting that will leave your guests spellbound.
Riley’s is Available for Entire Buyout of the Restaurant on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Nights. Miracle is a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar that serves holiday cocktails in a festive setting. With kitschy holiday decor, professionally- developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to. Miracle is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit.
Cava restaurant combines atmosphere, comfort and elegance to create the perfect setting for your next corporate, wedding or social event. From 20 to 70 guests, Cava’s courteous and professional staff can provide an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. The private dining rooms offer the perfect setting for every type of event, but for something truly spectacular, the entire Restaurant can be reserved exclusively for your private event of up to 170 people. Cava restaurant offers several banquet packages or they can customize a menu that suits your event.
Please email for catering events, reservations for a larger party (10+) or to rent out the private dining room. This restaurant is a 2023 Nominee for CT Restaurant CRAzies Award for Restaurant Newcomer.
Noir, an extraordinary event space transforming a unique industrial setting into a versatile backdrop for various occasions. With six distinct rooms to choose from, Noir expertly blends raw, unrefined structures with modern design & amenities. From intimate gatherings to grand celebrations, their diversity provides the perfect backdrop for every occasion.
500 Broad St | CAPACITY 5705
This iconic 12 story, 60K square foot venue with a 25K square foot back of house featuring eight (8) loading docks adjacent to stage for easy load in/load out, eight (8) tour bus power stations, Star Suite: Kitchen (with chef) living room, dining room, fireplace, massage room, bedroom & custom bathrooms. Six additional dressing rooms with adjacent marble bathrooms, outdoor eating area featuring fireplace, BBQ & Adirondack chairs, two green rooms, and a video arcade.
BRIDGEPORT (BLACK ROCK)
Widely known for specialty pizzas served from the 1985 International Fire Engine that was stationed on Fairfield Avenue, Fire Engine Pizza Co. was reinvented to bring together classic combinations with a modern twist. The menu offers gluten free options, a homemade mozzarella wedge that’s unlike any others around – oozing with fresh mozzarella cheese, roasted red peppers, basil, garlic, and spinach as well as entrees that have quickly become the talk of the town including Carmine’s Eggplant, Rigatoni Tuscana, and Sunday at Carmela’s just to name a few. This location boasts a sectioned off dining room area that can be reserved for up to 45 depending on whether guests are sitting or standing.
Harborview can offer the perfect balance between a western-style venue with a traditional Chinese banquet (East Meets West). The sprawling patio is the perfect place to say “I do” on a fair-weathered afternoon on the patio, with the Bay Bridge and iconic Ferry Building as your backdrop. The space can then be transformed into a lively scene for a sunset cocktail hour or perhaps even a lion dance performance, followed by a banquet dinner in the Main Dining Room. Harborview offers an urban setting with a touch of sophistication that will make your event unforgettable.
Hub and Spoke offers a fancy setting for private parties that are perfect for intimate weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, fundraisers, and more. Their American tapas-style menu is the perfect selection for everyone’s taste buds! The private room seats 60 people with 100 standing. A minimum of 30 people is required to book a private event.
Modern yet classic. Industrial yet inviting. Arresting yet approachable. Professional yet playful. Park City manages to be all of these things at once, providing an environment that is sure to be the canvas for an unforgettable event. Park City’s state of the art sound, lighting, and A/V, our out-of-the-ordinary attention to detail, organization and communication, our highly modular layout, and our extraordinary food & beverage program make us the best place in Fairfield County to host your event! Park City Music Hall is owned by the Torres family and is the sister venue to their famed Harborview Market, home of Harborview Catering. Harb Catering has been doing high end events for the past 15 years and is excited now to have their own venue to host events!
The Castle Black Rock has seating in the dining room, the bar and the outdoor enclosed patio. They can also provide off site catering as needed.
Artisan offers American cuisine and an emphasis on a farm-to-table approach. The décor conveys the charm and coziness of a countryside living room paired with a bar/lounge designed to capture the energy of a tavern resulting in an exciting and effervescent ambiance. They offer many private dining options. Call and ask for Kelly Bolcer to book your next event.
111 Black Rock Tpke | CAPACITY 1000
Elicit is a brewery, beer hall, cocktail bar, lounge, arcade, restaurant, and so much more. On top of all the fun, they offer a wide variety of private events! They have a tap room that can accommodate 150 people, a Speakeasy that will have 75 seats, a beer garden with 120 covered & 80 uncovered, and a game room with pool tables and shuffleboard! They will also have 6 small private rooms that can seat 8 with a TV in each one. The concept is called “Irish dining”. They will have a full menu and a separate one for the speakeasy. They will also have two separate cocktail lists; one for the main brewery and the other for the speakeasy.
Esh is a contemporary culinary experience that draws inspiration from the rich and diverse Middle Eastern culture. With their remarkable fusion of foods, they also offer private dining and events. They can accommodate private parties of up to 15 people in their private room. This restaurant is a 2023 Nominee for CT Restaurant CRAzies Award for Restaurant Newcomer.
At Gabagool, Antonio Ninivaggi has created a unique space for Fairfielders to unwind from your hectic day. Stop by and watch a game, sip some wine and experience true Italian American “Boardwalk Fare.” They feature staples on their menu like their signature “Panzerottini , grilled mortadella and Orecchiette Bolognese. Gabagool Wine Bar provides guests with a casual atmosphere and fun/unpretentious vibe! This venue has indoor and “outdoor” enclosed heated patio seating.
In house dinners offered at Italian Kitchen either indoors or in the alley when the weather is nice. They have hosted many special events from birthdays, showers, to pasta/team dinners for the schools, to banquets and grad dinners! Lots of different packages are offered too for both adults and children’s parties. You can do either a 5 course in house dinner, or the mozzarella or pizza making class!
Little Pub offers great food, generous drinks, and a lively pub atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. They offer indoor and outdoor options for any sized gathering! Email them to book your event in their private room.
Old Post Tavern is the perfect place to host your next event with its rustic and homey charm. They offer a private upstairs dining room, which is great for any occasion; large cocktail parties, private luncheons, corporate meetings, formal dinners, bridal/baby showers, or any other special celebration! The room occupancy maximums are 40 people for a buffet event, 48 people for a seated event, and 75 people for a cocktail event. Email Megan Ryan to book your event.
96 Station St | (203) 259-9600 | CAPACITY 40
Paci features a multilevel dining experience with table service and bar. The private upper mezzanine level can accommodate 40 people. The entire restaurant is available for large parties, luncheons, business functions, or special events. The mezzanine provides the perfect ambiance to host private parties, meetings, holiday parties, or family gatherings. Complement your event with a perfectly selected Italian wine from their award-winning wine cellar! Call them at 203-259-9600 to book your event.
323 Fairfield Beach Rd | (203) 256-3195 | CAPACITY 125
Located in Fairfield, Connecticut, Jacky Durrell Pavilion has panoramic views of the Long Island Sound and offers a spectacular location for your celebration on the beach and each has its own distinct personality. All food & alcohol must be provided by outside caterers of your choice.
Offers full service catering with a perfect on-the-water venue for any occasion.
The Inn at Longshore is a classic, elegant event venue nestled between an 18 hole golf course and spectacular water views. Located one hour outside of New York City, The Inn is your destination location at your doorstep! Gorgeous interiors complemented with vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling windows provide the perfect backdrop for your classic, New England wedding. The Inn specializes in exceptional service, exceptional culinary offerings, and exceptional location! The Inn specializes in weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate summer outings, corporate dinners, holiday parties, and galas.
La Plage is a beautiful waterfront restaurant that offers many private spaces for your next event. Private dining options include The Porch and The Veranda. Chef Frederic Kieffer and his culinary team will work with you to create a custom menu for your event. Overlooking the Saugatuck river, the Veranda is an intimate and adaptable space for any group gathering. Accommodating 50 guests, the space is ideal for Holiday Parties, Birthdays and Business Dinners. Email them to book your event. The Porch is an all season event space, with a capacity of 25 people, the porch can be reserved for a variety of events.
Specialize in hosting gatherings for all occasions. Their dining spaces comfortably accommodate groups from 15 to 175 guests, and offer both indoor and outdoor environments. Their group menus feature the freshest cuisine, or you may work with their private dining manager to create a customized menu that expresses your own style.
Book your next event with the winners of the best barbecue in Connecticut! At Walrus, they can host parties from 2 to 60 people. They have created a family-style menu of their greatest hits that can be served on-table or buffet-style, depending on your party’s size. The private room can hold 6-20 guests, the bar can hold 6-18 guests, or the full restaurant (up to 70 guests indoors, over 100 outdoors). Call them to book your event.
The Roadhouse has several unique spaces: traditional fine dining room, an iconic pub, a sports bar, a new billiards lounge and a seasonal patio.
Perched high on a hilltop with sweeping views of rolling vineyards, and a spectacular sunset, Aquila’s Nest Vineyards is the ideal venue to host your next celebration or corporate event. The brushed-steel barn-like winery makes a stark, simple silhouette against the region’s famously bucolic landscape. Their 4,000- square foot facility, shares production space with a 75-seat wine bar and tasting room which opens to an outdoor terrace overlooking the vineyards with the magnificent panorama of colors in the distance. The modern barn integrates refurbished materials with a warm, authentic and artistic industrial design. Its contemporary architecture of steel, a bevy of glass windows and doors allow a wash of natural light to stream across the stained concrete floor; the room is dressed with soft vintage lighting that accentuates the height of the barrel-vaulted ceiling. A baby grand piano takes center stage and welcomes guests for memorable celebration experiences. Private family or corporate events of up to 150 guests are booked around regular vineyard hours and yearly scheduled events. The One Thousand and One Nights Pergola with Fire Pits can be rented out for 2 or 4 hour events for up to 25 guests starting at $300/hr. plus tax with a minimum purchase and 22% gratuity applied.
The Warner Loft at The Foundry Kitchen and Tavern, is located at 1 Glen Road in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Within our 1000 sq ft of rustic industrial space, there is an artful and efficient event room for up to 75 people. Their warm and inviting Dining Room, located on the first floor, can accommodate smaller gatherings of 20-25 people.
NORWALK (SOUTH NORWALK)
Party at Evarito’s! From rooftop events, to corporate events, to birthday celebrations, they have it all! They offer semi-private dining areas to accommodate small and large groups. Whatever the size, they will tailor the experience and atmosphere to your event with a specialized food and beverage menu. Evarito’s private event services are complementary and meant to take the stress out of party planning. Once they understand your vision, one of their experienced event planners will guide you through availability capacity, menu, pricing, and will present a comprehensive package for your review. On the day of the event, they will take care of the details so you can relax and enjoy your guests. Their open kitchen dining area can fit 12-42 people.
Greer Southern Table exudes a rustic and homey vibe that would be perfect for your next event. They have private and semi-private options available for you to choose from. The Parlor Room holds up to 14 guests seated, and The Savannah Room holds up to 40 guests seated and 75 reception style. Call and ask for Kendall DeVos to book your event!
One of the standout features at the South Norwalk location is its availability of a semi-private dining space. This addition offers the perfect balance of privacy while still allowing you to be part of the Jacob’s Pickles atmosphere. Launched in 2011, Jacob’s Pickles has quickly become a New York staple for those in search of a good meal.
100 N Water St | (475) 470-0600 | CAPACITY 200-300
Nestled in the SoNo Collection, Pinstripes offers a modern and spacious venue that can accommodate groups of 20 – 1,200. Host your next event in one of their customizable ballrooms, bowling lanes or bocce courts.
Looking for a unique corporate event space in South Norwalk, CT? Look no further than SoNo 1420 Distillers! Their 950 sq. ft. industrial loft-like space, designed by award-winning architect Bruce Beinfield, can be tailored to your specific business needs. They can host it all – team building events, corporate networking, sales meetings, product launches, and more. Not only can you enjoy our unique space, but you can also add a tour and tasting to your event, as well as have their bottles of whiskey customed engraved as a keepsake. Spirits are served at their venue, allowing you to customize your menu with their bartender. They can also serve beer from South Norwalk’s own Spacecat Brewery. They do not provide wine, but you are welcome to bring your own for a nominal corkage fee. They offer charcuterie, for a simple food solution. For more elaborate gatherings, you are welcome to work with a caterer of your choice or let them recommend some for you.
For a more sophisticated and expansive venue, Gray Barns in Norwalk has it all. They offer private events hosted in their tavern, which is nestled above the main dining room. The private dining room is an intimate and adaptable space for any group gathering. It can accommodate 25 guests and is ideal for holiday parties, birthdays, and business dinners.
Walnut tables, industrial fixtures, and an open kitchen featuring a wood burning oven and stove provide a modern yet warm dining experience. Private spaces are available for groups of 20 -120 for a seated + served lunch or dinner, or up to 200 guests for a standing cocktail event.
From birthday parties to showers to anniversaries to corporate meetings and much more, brothers Maurizio and Graziano Ricci have created silver, gold and platinum menu packages with traditional recipes from Rome, Italy. They specialize in homemade pasta, fish, veal, and chicken plates, in addition to imported Italian wines and unique Italian desserts and are happy to tailor the menu selections to make your event perfect. The Osteria Romana restaurants have proudly become some of the best restaurants that Fairfield County has to offer. Maurizio, Graziano and their amazing staff will make sure you and your guests enjoy your event to the fullest extent. Nothing satisfies them more than creating a memorable experience for your special event. Please call for the discussion of events needs.
The New Canaan Society for the Arts is authorized to rent the Carriage Barn’s expansive 1,600 square foot gallery to organizations or persons for private functions, when the Carriage Barn is not in use by the NCSA, in order to financially support the community mission of NCSA. Conveniently located in Waveny Park, the Carriage Barn offers an artistic, sophisticated, and unpretentious atmosphere.
In the heart of New Canaan, CT, enjoy great meals with the best ingredients, friends, family, and the best wine selection. Elm serves up seasonal American dishes inspired by farmers and fishmongers. Their chef’s table room overlooks the kitchen and provides an intimate space that features the amenities of the dining room behind the comfort of sliding panels for a cozy setting that’s perfect for celebrations, business dinners, small cocktail parties, and more. For larger events, the main dining room or the entire restaurant is available for celebratory luncheons, cocktail receptions, and seated dinners. Their Chef’s table semi-private dining room is an intimate space perfect for a variety of events, from seated lunches, brunch, and dinners to standing cocktail receptions. This room can accommodate up to 16 seated with 24 standing. Inquire now using this form.
STAMFORD (HARBOR POINT)
Sign of the Whale boasts several unique and versatile event spaces to suit all your private dining needs. Whether it’s the rooftop café with views of the Long Island Sound, or a semi-private space in the bustling dining room, this is a perfect event for work or fun. Parties can range from 12-700+, with onsite and offsite options. Customized menus are tailored to your desires and dietary choices. There are choices from stationed platters, pre-fixe/three-course, family-style, sit-down dinners, and cocktail events. Both indoor and outdoor events are offered!
The Wheel’s industrial-chic, waterfront setting, locally-inspired cocktails and cuisine, and renowned hospitality are raising the bar for private events in Stamford, CT. For the semi-private space, they can host up to 40 guests. Pricing is $75.00 per guest on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, or $85 on Friday and Saturday nights. For both Saturday and Sunday Brunch, pricing is $75 per guest. In the private dining room, they can host up to 16 guests, priced at $1,000 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sundays or $1,500 on Friday and Saturday nights. There is a semi-private space with views of the cocktail bar and open kitchen and the private dining room is ideal for intimate meetings and gatherings.
The Loading Dock is a chic and versatile event space, ideal for corporate gatherings and private parties. With a flexible layout, it can accommodate up to 600 guests. Unique features include 15,000+ sq ft of flexible white space, a private suite/greenroom, a retro game arcade, exposed ductwork, and hardwood floors.
Offers custom menus and bar packages. Ample private parking available – valet recommended.
Villa Italia is a restaurant and event venue located in Stamford, CT. This family-owned and operated business has been serving delicious Italian food since 1983. Chef Neil Vitiello takes great joy in working with clients as they celebrate their joyous events. Villa Italia offers a bright and elegantly decorated event space for couples to host their rehearsal dinner, wedding shower, and other parties. With warm mood lighting and a contemporary color scheme, the property is an unforgettable setting for a celebration. The venue’s team of dedicated professionals will work with you to ensure that every element of your event is carefully considered and expertly executed. The culinary team at Villa Italia is ready to serve you and your guests. They will create a delicious spread of authentic Italian cuisine, including hearty pasta and specialty pizza. Menu offerings can include dishes such as Burrata, Arancini, Mussels Bianco, and more.
L’escale at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor sets a fine table for weddings and similar social gatherings. Refined and elegant with tall french doors that open onto a waterfront terrace and run the length of the hotel. Herb and citrus trees outside recreate the air of southern France, and 500 feet of private dock come together as a stunning backdrop for photographs, ceremonies and arrivals and departures by boat. The Delamar Greenwich Harbor is a luxury hotel offering spacious guest rooms & suites, a relaxing spa, and venues for meetings & weddings. The hotel offers discounted rates on blocks of 10 or more overnight rooms.
NEW HAVEN COUNTY
Book your next event at Elm City Social! Their private dining areas can accommodate just about any size group! Chef John Brennan has a menu packed full of delicious food and craft beverages to make a memorable experience for your guests. To get started planning your next party at Elm City Social please email. The 2nd level dining room is a private indoor dining space for up to 30 guests. The rooftop rental is a tiki themed rooftop bar for up to 60 guests.
Gioia highlights homemade pastas, wood-burning rotisserie, and grill offerings as well as the fun flavors of their house-made gelatos. They can accommodate up to 32 seated guests for an intimate and private setting beautifully nestled in the abundance, warmth, and color of their Italian market. Together the restaurant and the private dining room can accommodate 142 seated guests.
Plan a festive and delicious gathering at Olea, where guests will enjoy Chef Manuel Romero’s innovative interpretation of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, praised as “creative, beautifully prepared” by The New York Times and given an Extraordinary rating from Connecticut Magazine. A special menu will be designed for each gathering, or guests may build an event by selecting items from our regular menus. Olea can accommodate up to 40 guests for private events in part of the restaurant enclosed by a shimmering curtain, and larger parties can include up to 80 guests throughout Olea. Call or email to begin the process of creating a unique event.
Whether planning a simple luncheon, an elaborate dinner, or an important business meeting, Union League Cafe looks forward to taking personal care of every detail for your personal or business event!
ZINC New Haven offers private dining for all occasions! Please contact JC Vallejo or complete the inquiry form on their website to reserve a room for your reception, party, or event. Their private dining room can be reserved for the larger party that wants a bit more privacy. They can comfortably seat 30 people at multiple tables. They can seat 50 people max for their garden patio, and 60 people max standing.
Looking to have your private event with a view of the harbor? Then Dockside is the place for you! There is a 25-person minimum for private parties & purchase of a liquor package is required. All private parties are hosted in their Grassy knoll which sits one level away from the water and offers a secluded area perfect for private parties or events. Picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, and stools along the drinking rail create the ideal atmosphere for large gatherings. Guests can dine at a table or enjoy a drink overlooking the water. It can fit up to 80-40 people on each side. They also offer a private pergola on the upper deck and offer slight shade, incredible views, and privacy with large picnic-style high top tables. This is perfect for birthday parties and large friend gatherings up to 30.
204 Melba Street | CAPACITY 65-75
With reclaimed barn-wood, hickory floors, and endless artifacts donated from local Fire Departments, Fire Engine Pizza Co. exudes an early American ambiance with intricate detail from top to bottom. The rectangular bar is situated in the center of one half of the establishment, creating an inviting social environment that serves all the classics – plus seasonal cocktail specials throughout the year. The remaining half emanates a family- friendly atmosphere with a brick oven backdrop, creating a dining experience that is unmatched. This location will be opening around the new year and is now booking events for Spring 2024.
With reclaimed barn-wood, hickory floors, and endless artifacts donated from local Fire Departments, Fire Engine Pizza Co. exudes an early American ambiance with intricate detail from top to bottom. The rectangular bar is situated in the center of one half of the establishment, creating an inviting social environment that serves all the classics – plus seasonal cocktail specials throughout the year. The remaining half emanates a family- friendly atmosphere with a brick oven backdrop, creating a dining experience that is unmatched. There is a brand new private room space as of the Fall of 2023.
10 Washington Parkway | 203-612-7523 | CAPACITY
Little Pub Stratford is a restaurant located in the Lordship section of Stratford Connecticut. Convenient to Milford, Easton, Bridgeport, Trumbull, Shelton, Fairfield, and Monroe as well as local businesses like Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University, The University Of Bridgeport, WSHU, and WPKN. Little Pub offers great food, generous drinks, and a lively pub atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. They offer indoor and outdoor options for any sized gathering!
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