Rally the Troops

click to enlarge When you need to feed a horde of hangry people, these local spots have your back.
When you need to feed a horde of hangry people, these local spots have your back.

After the graduation caps have been tossed, and that intense training seminar at work has ended, nothing feels more necessary than succulent food and drinks enjoyed with good company. We know a thing or two about feeding large masses of people here in SA, and some restaurants have refined this to an art form by catering to the experience and indulgence of dining en masse.

If you like the vibrancy and pace of urban nightlife, the ever-blossoming neighborhoods of Downtown San Antonio offer various options for your large party needs. Rosario's Mexican Café y Cantina (multiple locations, rosariossa.com) is a Mexican food icon of Southtown and the North Side, with banquet options for parties from 10-70 people. If you aren't up for a fajita or queso-induced food coma, The Pearl Brewery offers both Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery (136 E. Grayson St., Suite 120, 210-455-5701) and The Granary 'Cue & Brewery (602 Avenue A, 210-228-0124), two establishments renowned for their unique and original menu items. From Southerleigh's fried snapper throats to the Granary's barbecue, a fresh and modern atmosphere is guaranteed for your festivities. Reservations for large parties can be made on each restaurant's respective website.

Just above midtown is The Barn Door (8400 N. New Braunfels Ave., 210-824-0116), a beloved steakhouse, keen on providing joyous dining experiences for all occasions. Leaving Downtown and trekking to the far West Side, one will find

Viola's Ventanas (9660 Westover Hills Blvd., 210-684-9660) the newest venture in the Los Barrios family of restaurants. To ensure you and your party have all the space you need to enjoy the signature puffy tacos, arrange your reservations by calling ahead of time. Reservations are only required for parties of 15 people or more.

If the hustle and bustle of Downtown or urban expansion isn't your scene, Paesanos 1604 (3622 Paesanos Pkwy., 210-493-1604) rests on a hill overlooking Shavano Park in Northwest San Antonio. Six different spaces are offered for a private or semi-private dining experience. Eight special banquet menus offer options ranging from penne puttanesca with shrimp to oak-grilled quail. Menu selections can be made in the banquet reservation process.

In the farthest reaches of the San Antonio city limits, nestled quietly into woods and wild is Scenic Loop Cafe (25615 Boerne Stage Road, 210-687-1818). A hill country gem, the 25-year-old establishment offers a large group package for private parties of 20 guests or more. Along with a variety of dining rooms and service options, the Scenic Loop Cafe offers such delectable dishes as flank steak with wasabi, shrimp en brochette and Butterfinger brownies.

No matter your party size or preference of location, there is something to be found throughout the wide expanse of San Antonio for you, your posse and your culinary preferences.

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