Group Dinner FAQs
Q: How large a group can you accommodate?
A: We can comfortably seat up to 45 people for private functions in our third-floor dining room. As that level is divided by the oak staircase into two sections, groups of 29 people or less can enjoy semi-private seating on the large side of the room with other guests steated on the smaller side opposite the staircase. Groups of 30 or more have private use of the entire upstairs with no room charge.
Q: Can you accommodate young children in group dinners?
A: We do not have high chairs or booster seats and generally don't recommend Otto's for parties with children under the age of six.
Q: What fees are associated with group dinners?
A: No additional fees are charged for private use of the upstairs dining room for groups of 30 or more. Groups less than 30 that want private use of the room will be charged a fee of $35 per seat for each person under 30. Example: a group of 25 would have a fee of $175 added to their final bill (5 fewer than 30 @ $35 each). Final confirmation of the total number of guests is required 48 hours before the event. In cases where group attendance is significantly less than what was reserved, we also reserve the right to seat other restaurant guests in the smaller seating area opposite the staircase.
Q: Do you require a deposit?
A: Yes. For groups requesting private use of the dining room, a $150 deposit is required when the reservation form is submitted. The deposit is applied to the final bill.
Q: How much cancellation notice do you require?
A: For groups that have reserved the upper level for a private function, we require a minimum three-day advance cancellation. Deposits are forfeited for groups cancelling with less than a three-day notice.
Q: How much time will our group have?
A: Given the limited amount of space available for larger group dinners, on most evenings we offer two seatings, each allowing for a two-and-a-half hour dining period. Once a seating time is confirmed, it is important that your group arrive and be seated on time.
Q: Will we order off the menu?
A: Smaller groups are welcome to order off the regular menu, but larger groups are encouraged to work with our staff to create a customized menu. Once your selections are made, we will print a personalized menu for your group. We ask that group menu forms be submitted a week prior to your event. As prices and menu items change periodically, all selections and prices will be re-confirmed at that time.
Q: Are gratuities included?
A: Yes. A service fee of 18% is added to the final bill. Any additional gratuities to recognize outstanding service are optional.
Q: Can we make special requests?
A: Yes. With advance notice we will attempt to accommodate special requests to personalize your event and make it extra-special. Guests may bring in their own floral arrangements and cakes, if desired. A $1.50 per person cutting/serving fee is charged for cakes brought in.
Q: Are business presentations welcome?
A: Yes. Groups that have reserved private use of the room are welcome to conduct business meetings and presentations. Just let us know how you'd like the room set up. With advance notice, you may bring your own AV equipment or we will work with you to secure what you need. If your group has not arranged for private use of the room, we ask that you refrain from conducting presentations out of respect for other diners.
Q: How is payment handled?
A: Unless other arrangements have been made in advance, we require full payment at the conclusion of each event. A single bill will be presented, or, if requested, we can provide a separate check to each table. We are not able to provide separate checks to each individual in the party.