Gazedibles: Party time 

Release your inner Wayne and Garth, because it is the season for holiday parties. Excellent news, right? Whether you’re getting together with colleagues or meeting all 31 members of your high school ska band for a reunion, you’ll need a venue that can handle the party’s food and drink needs. Schwing by these restaurants and event spaces for service and ambiance that will have guests saying, “We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!”

By Greg Elwell Photos Garett Fisbeck and Gazette file

The Tasting Room in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 14, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • The Tasting Room in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 14, 2015.

The Tasting Room

4322 N. Western Ave.

thetastingroomokc.com

405-604-3015

On the other side of The Lobby Cafe & Bar and Sushi Neko is The Tasting Room, the hidden gem of Western Concepts Restaurant Group. The intimate space can host seated dinner parties up to 48 people, but its uses are myriad and include wine tastings and cooking classes. Party planners can put together a three-course menu for chef Jeffrey Khowong to prepare or consult on the creation of something special to customize the event.

Have your Quail stuffed with pickled shitake and a vast view, at Vast on top of Devon Energy Tower, 9-4-15. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Have your Quail stuffed with pickled shitake and a vast view, at Vast on top of Devon Energy Tower, 9-4-15.

Vast

333 W. Sheridan Ave.

vastokc.com

405-702-7262

Its name is literal. With a wide-open view of Oklahoma City, the metro’s highest-elevation restaurant also is one of its most spacious. Vast’s private dining rooms range in size and scope from the intimate 10-person Chef’s Table, allowing a party to watch (and eat) as the chef works, to the accommodating Broadway Room, which can seat 100. Need more space? Check with V2 Events at Vast, the event space one floor up.

Red Piano Lounge offers piano music and drinks on Monday, June 5, 2016 in Oklahoma City. - EMMY VERDIN
  • Emmy Verdin
  • Red Piano Lounge offers piano music and drinks on Monday, June 5, 2016 in Oklahoma City.

Red Piano Lounge

1 Park Ave.

skirvinhilton.com

405-702-8444

Dinner, drinks and dancing? Look no farther than Red Piano Lounge inside the historic Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City. A casually elegant spot for an after-work party, this bar offers expertly made cocktails and a great menu of light bites. (More substantial fare is just a few steps away at Park Avenue Grill, also inside the hotel.) Music lovers rejoice, because Red Piano’s ivories are tickled Tuesday-Saturday.

Oysters on the halfshell at Viceroy Grille, 9-4-15. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Oysters on the halfshell at Viceroy Grille, 9-4-15.

Viceroy Grille

1200 N. Walker Ave.

viceroyokc.com

405-898-8120

Technically, a viceroy outranks an ambassador, so the luxurious Viceroy Grille must be in charge at Ambassador Hotel Midtown. One look at the menu filled with tasty steak tartare, short rib sauerbraten and Maine lobster tail, and you’ll salute, too. A few areas are easily curtained off for smaller private parties. For events hosting up to 70 guests, a rooftop terrace overlooks Midtown District.

Dining room setup at Park House, 125 Ron Norick Blvd, 9-2-2015. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Dining room setup at Park House, 125 Ron Norick Blvd, 9-2-2015.

Myriad Gardens’ Events Center

301 W. Reno Ave.

myriadgardens.org/rentals

405-200-1547

Formerly Park House restaurant and home to the OK Chefs Relief Pop-Up after the May 20 tornado in Moore, the newly christened Myriad Gardens’ Event Center brings fine dining elegance to cocktail parties, wedding receptions and corporate get-togethers. Myriad Gardens works with different caterers, including Aunt Pittypat’s Catering, Holloway Restaurant Group and Running Wild Catering, to keep guests satisfied.

Mary Eddy's Kitchen x Lounge at 21C Museum in Oklahoma City, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Mary Eddy's Kitchen x Lounge at 21C Museum in Oklahoma City, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.

Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge

900 W. Main St.

maryeddysokc.com

405-982-6960

Hotel eateries, by their nature, must be versatile. So Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge inside eye-poppingly gorgeous 21C Museum Hotel serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails daily to hotel guests and walk-ins. Chef Jason Campbell and his team leverage that experience to create unforgettable meals for parties in the restaurant and the connected museum for those hungry for a feast for the eyes and belly.

DEKORA! in Oklahoma City, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • DEKORA! in Oklahoma City, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.

Dekora!

200 S. Oklahoma Ave., Suite 130

extremeyum.com

405-702-1325

After they took over the venue, In the Raw owners Drew and Anna Mains wanted to change the name of their first restaurant but instead took time to raise the funds for a re-launch. Now Oklahoma City can enjoy their efforts at Dekora!, which fuses the sushi menu customers loved with cooked Japanese entrees, including bulgogi tuna steak and char siu pork belly steamed buns. With its bold Japanese decor and access to the restaurant’s inventive cocktail menu, its big back room is perfect for lively parties.

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