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Recommend FLEXIBLE Santa Monica restaurant 10-40 people? Preferably yummy.

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OK, so it's like, totally bad form to ask for RSVP's to a funeral. But afterwards, we want to take everyone out for Sunday Brunch in Santa Monica (say around 2pm, give or take). Any suggestions for a place that is so flexible that they could take a reservation for "10 to 40 people" and still provide cheerful service?

Ideally it would be nice if they also had:

1. Sit-down service (I'd consider a nice "Sunday brunch" buffet if waitstaff provided drinks and so forth, but "order at the counter" is definitely out.)

2. Nice atmosphere (anything from fancy down to cute/funky), quiet enough to talk but casual/noisy enough that they won't mind us floating around from table to table to chat (among our own party, of course!). Absolutely no televisions. A private room is not neccessary (unless we need it to escape televisions).

3. Food a little special or out of the ordinary, or at the very least a wide range of choices for different tastes.

4. And this isn't necessary, but the ideal would be within a mile or two of Arizona & 6th (which is a few blocks from the pier).

We don't need good parking.

Thanks so much for any suggestions (you don't need to know for sure it would work to suggest it!)

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  1. I would give 17th Street Cafe a call (on Montana at 17th). They have a private room that holds 34 people, and the person who does their parties seems quite pleasant to work with. I'm not sure what you would do if you go over 34, however.

    I wouldn't say that the food is special or out of the ordinary, but their brunch menu has a very wide range of choices and is reasonably priced. I like the muffin basket they serve as well.

    1. Thank you, I will contact them. Since we'll be staying at the Culver Hotel, I'm also wondering whether to try the restaurant or lobby of the Culver Hotel in Culver City (the restaurant is sometimes referred to as "Munchkins" although the hotels web site doesn't actually say what its name is). Any opinions on this place?

      1. Well, it turns out that the manager or owner at the 17th St. Cafe (Malin) is indeed very nice, but they have a firm policy of "Never On Sunday". Which is to say, no groups over 10 and no booking the private room. So, any more ideas? Thanks.

        (Group size narrowed down to 15 to 35 by now, probably closer to 15 but still need the flexibility for 35)

        1. There's a private room at VIP Harbor Seafood on Wilshire and Barrington and they also serve dim sum.