The holiday season is fast approaching, and office holiday parties are on the horizon — with many owners and managers planning gatherings for their staff. Whether you are looking for a cocktail party or a sit-down dinner in the North Jersey area, there are restaurants in Montclair, Bloomfield, Caldwell, and beyond that have spaces and packages to suit any type of office party or holiday party needs. Read on to learn about the best places to have an office holiday party in Essex County.
Disclaimer: These prices are always subject to change, and are based on editorial research by our team and asking directly. Please contact each venue for confirmed pricing and availability.
Bella Napoli | 1640 Broad Street #3110, Bloomfield
This family-run Italian eatery has a variety of party spaces that can accommodate celebrations of all sizes. Packages include a $40 per person buffet menu for a minimum of 40 guests. You can select from various options, such as orecchiette with sauteed broccoli rabe and sausage, and eggplant rollatini. Italian pastries are served for dessert.
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Bloomfield Steak + Seafood House | 409 Franklin Street, Bloomfield
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This popular restaurant has several rooms available for your office party. There’s a dinner buffet option or a plated party, which offers a choice of three entrees. Plated dinners have a minimum of 20 guests and a maximum of 25 and start at $35 per person. Meal choices include prime rib.
Cloverleaf Tavern | 395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
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This is the ideal location if you are looking for a fun, casual environment for your staff celebration. Parties of 25 or fewer can select a fixed menu package for $21.99 per person with options such as turkey burgers or fish and chips. Larger parties can choose a standard buffet for $37.99 per guest.
Cowan’s Public | 229 Centre Street, Nutley
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This restaurant has a Speakeasy feel and several rooms that can accommodate parties with up to 100 guests. Packages include a 2-hour cocktail party for $35 per person and a family-style dinner — with main course options including banger and mash — for $45 per person.
Don Pepe | 844 McCarter Highway, Newark
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This highly-rated Portuguese restaurant has a banquet hall that can accommodate 40-400 guests. For a 2-hour event, there are lunch and dinner party packages that begin at $33 per person. Choices include its popular paella marinara.
Halcyon Brasserie | 114 Walnut Street, Montclair
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The upstairs lounge at this seafood restaurant is available to rent for small to midsize gatherings. The space has its own bar and is a perfect setting for a casual cocktail party. We love the hors-d’oeuvres — as it is Halcyon’s seafood specialty — shrimp, crab, and lobster.
Just Jake’s | 30 Park Street, Montclair
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This family-run restaurant and bar has a private backroom that can be used for cocktail parties and sit-down dinners. Cocktail parties start at $30 per person and include a choice of appetizers such as mini crab cakes and stuffed mushrooms.
Libretti’s Restaurant | 554 Nassau Street, Orange
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Since 1950, this restaurant has served classic Italian dishes. Private party spaces are available for a minimum of 40 guests. A 4-hour buffet package starts at $33.95 per person, and there are options to choose from dishes such as sausage and peppers.
Shillelagh Pub @ Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh | 648 Prospect Avenue, West Orange
This club has been a neighborhood staple for more than 50 years. If you have a decent-sized group, rent the upstairs hall for an office party, which can accommodate up to 100 people and has its own bar.
Toro Loco | 23 Valley Street, South Orange
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This lively Mexican restaurant has a private downstairs room that can accommodate between 20 and 50 guests. A 3-hour room rental costs $200, and you have a choice of a dinner buffet menu that starts at $22.95 per person or an appetizer party that starts at $18.95 per person. Menu items such as empanadas and a taco bar.