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These Ann Arbor Restaurants Are Ideal For Big Groups

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Dining with a large group can be a great experience, but it’s often tricky finding a dining space that can handle big parties and satisfy everyone’s tastes. When it comes to reserving a seats for a gathering, Ann Arbor offers a few superb options with large tables or secluded dining spaces that make the occasion all the more special. Menus filled with pizza, tapas, and other family-style dishes also give friends and family plenty of room to find something that suits their tastes.

Whether its a birthday party, a baby shower, a work gathering, or a graduation, below find eight excellent places (arranged geographically) to go with a big group of friends.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Miss Kim

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415 N 5th Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 275-0099
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Miss Kim’s inspired dishes are an homage to Korean comfort food, served family-style. In the middle of the bright, energetic dining room is a large wood table that seats 14. The table’s prominence gives it a sense of exclusivity, while still being in the middle of all the action. 

2. Vinology

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110 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 222-9841
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Wine lovers migrate to Vinology for the extensive wine list that’s arranged to make choosing wines easier for both novices and experts. Tucked away in the lower level is a glass-enclosed wine cellar that also functions as a private dining room for up to 14. The seasonal menu features many wine-friendly foods that can be ordered as small plates for sharing. 

3. Isalita

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341 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 213-7400
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Isalita’s elevated ode to Mexican street food features over a dozen tacos and quesadillas that are best shared. With a large group, that means everyone can sample a little bit of everything. The restaurant’s basement table seats 10 and is a great spot for a large group to escape the crowd. 

4. The Pretzel Bell

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226 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 994-2773
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The sports-themed decor draws as many fans of University of Michigan athletics as does the menu full of sophisticated, seasonal comfort foods. The Victors Room features more memorabilia, a long communal table for 14, and a television to keep in touch with the sports action. 

5. Mani Osteria and Bar

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341 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 769-6700
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Mani Osteria is known for its wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and small plates. The Tavolla Nonna is tucked away behind the bar, a spot away that’s both secluded and part of the lively dining room. 

6. Slurping Turtle

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608 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 887-6868
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This sleek downtown eatery features Japanese comfort food. Large groups can enjoy the savory noodle dishes and delicious steamed bao in a lower level dining room featuring long communal tables. 

7. Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina

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3050 Washtenaw Ave Suite 112
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 971-2442
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This Southeast Michigan pizza chain from chef Luciano DelSignore delivers Neapolitan-style pizzas and other small plates to share in a casual setting. For large groups, the Loft offers a secluded atmosphere with views of the busy dining room.  

8. Salt Springs Brewery

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117 S Ann Arbor St
Saline, MI 48176
(734) 295-9191
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This downtown Saline microbrewery is housed in a former 19th century church with its stunning stained glass windows creating a special dining experience. Smaller groups can reserve a spot in the semi-private bell tower room, while larger groups can opt for the mezzanine-level former organ room which overlooks the main dining space.

1. Miss Kim

415 N 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Miss Kim’s inspired dishes are an homage to Korean comfort food, served family-style. In the middle of the bright, energetic dining room is a large wood table that seats 14. The table’s prominence gives it a sense of exclusivity, while still being in the middle of all the action. 

415 N 5th Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

2. Vinology

110 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Wine lovers migrate to Vinology for the extensive wine list that’s arranged to make choosing wines easier for both novices and experts. Tucked away in the lower level is a glass-enclosed wine cellar that also functions as a private dining room for up to 14. The seasonal menu features many wine-friendly foods that can be ordered as small plates for sharing. 

110 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

3. Isalita

341 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Isalita’s elevated ode to Mexican street food features over a dozen tacos and quesadillas that are best shared. With a large group, that means everyone can sample a little bit of everything. The restaurant’s basement table seats 10 and is a great spot for a large group to escape the crowd. 

341 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

4. The Pretzel Bell

226 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The sports-themed decor draws as many fans of University of Michigan athletics as does the menu full of sophisticated, seasonal comfort foods. The Victors Room features more memorabilia, a long communal table for 14, and a television to keep in touch with the sports action. 

226 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

5. Mani Osteria and Bar

341 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Mani Osteria is known for its wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and small plates. The Tavolla Nonna is tucked away behind the bar, a spot away that’s both secluded and part of the lively dining room. 

341 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

6. Slurping Turtle

608 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This sleek downtown eatery features Japanese comfort food. Large groups can enjoy the savory noodle dishes and delicious steamed bao in a lower level dining room featuring long communal tables. 

608 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

7. Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina

3050 Washtenaw Ave Suite 112, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This Southeast Michigan pizza chain from chef Luciano DelSignore delivers Neapolitan-style pizzas and other small plates to share in a casual setting. For large groups, the Loft offers a secluded atmosphere with views of the busy dining room.  

3050 Washtenaw Ave Suite 112
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

8. Salt Springs Brewery

117 S Ann Arbor St, Saline, MI 48176

This downtown Saline microbrewery is housed in a former 19th century church with its stunning stained glass windows creating a special dining experience. Smaller groups can reserve a spot in the semi-private bell tower room, while larger groups can opt for the mezzanine-level former organ room which overlooks the main dining space.

117 S Ann Arbor St
Saline, MI 48176

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