Top US Venues for Pharmaceutical Speaker Programs

Speaker programs are critical to enhancing the practice of medicine and improving patient outcomes. They create a space where pharmaceutical or device manufacturers interact with HCPs to provide timely medical education and scientific information about their products. In the rapidly changing world of medical advances, speaker programs help to positively impact patient care by keeping HCPs apprised of the latest clinical data and emerging safety issues. But, with many compliance regulations to consider, it can be challenging to find appropriate venues for these events.

Best Restaurants for Pharmaceutical Speaker Programs | BCD Meetings & Events

Our Speaker Bureau Management team within BCD Meetings & Events are experts in this area. This specialized group of meeting planners are knowledgeable consultants who coordinate thousands of pharmaceutical speaker programs each year. Services include venue sourcing and contracting; therefore, modest and compliant meetings are their forte.

We’ve recently circled back to our experts for recommendations of the best venues in 2020 to host modest pharmaceutical speaker programs. Below is their updated list, complete with things to consider when finding the best places to host your next program.

Best Restaurants for
Pharmaceutical Speaker Program


  • Fully private dining rooms
  • Location must be conducive to learning
  • Pre-set menu options that fit within pharmaceutical industry guidelines and meal caps
  • Credible reputation for a modest and appropriate dining experience
  • Ability to accommodate vegetarian, gluten-free and other dietary preferences
  • Staffed with a professional Private Dining Coordinator
  • Experience with pharmaceutical dinners and an understanding of industry regulations
  • Ability to provide detailed receipts and documentation post-program

Important note: Venues chosen for HCP or patient programs should never have entertainment value. This can be obvious at times, in the case of a casino. However, at some venues the presence of entertainment may not be so obvious on a venue’s website and can be easily overlooked if you are simply searching for private dining space. Familiarize yourself with some of the more common venues which have come to be known for their sports and entertainment activities like bowling, bocce, video gaming, golfing, or karaoke, and then avoid them for the purposes of HCP programs.


US National Chain Restaurants


Best Restaurants for Pharmaceutical Speaker Programs | BCD Meetings & Events

The Capital Grille

Known for hand-cut, dry aged steaks and wine list, The Capital Grille is a blend of menu classics and fresh twists on appetizers and sides. Each location offers a variety of private dining spaces, as well as a professional atmosphere.



Best Restaurants for Pharmaceutical Speaker Programs | BCD Meetings & Events

Seasons 52

Seasons 52 specializes in fresh, seasonal dishes served in a casual sophisticated atmosphere. It offers several private dining amenities including personal event coordinator and valet parking. Private dining spaces include personalized room lighting, sound and temperature control.


McCormick & Schmick's private dining room, options for pharmaceutical speaker programs | BCD Meetings & Events

McCormick & Schmick's

Offering a fresh approach to dining, McCormick & Schmick's sources and prepares fresh seafood and steak. The restaurant also places a strong focus on the true spirit of hospitality. Their locations include both private and semi-private banquet rooms and offer flexible pre-set menu options.

Maggiano's private dining room, options for pharmaceutical speaker programs | BCD Meetings & Events
Maggiano's Little Italy

Serving authentic Italian-American cuisine, Maggiano's boasts an inviting atmosphere with a goal to make each guest feel special. With 50 locations across the US, each includes private dining options and pre-set menus serving generous portions of made-from-scratch fare.


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Top Venue Picks in Major US Cities

The list below contains some of the venues we have found that provide appropriate private dining, quality modest meals, solid service and are easy to work with when reconciling the final invoices. This list is not exclusive and since no two experiences are the same, we cannot guarantee your experience will be the same as ours has been. However, it should serve as a good starting point as you plan your speaker programs.

Atlanta, GA

Boston, MA

Charleston, SC

Chicago, IL

Columbia, MD

Dallas, TX

Hazelton, PA

Houston, TX

Lake Forest, CA

New York City, NY

Pensacola, FL

Philadelphia, PA


San Diego, CA

Tampa, FL

Virginia Beach, VA

Washington D.C.

Wichita, KS

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