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ISO Good Food in a Private Room

David Kahn Sep 21, 2006 08:25 PM

I have to arrange two dinners over the next couple of months; one for a group of 10 to 14, and the other for a larger group of of 25 to 35. Location probably needs to be LA, west of Western, the food needs to be excellent and in the range of $75 - $100/person (all in) (easy so far, I know), but I want/need a private space or room for both of these events. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. TIA hounds.

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    Marco Polo Sep 23, 2006 05:28 AM

    CAMPANILE has those two rooms upstairs on the sides that are very nice for private parties. The south one seats around 14 and the other is slightly larger (up to 24?). We did our prewedding dinner there about two years ago and it was lovely. They did a prix fixe menu with some options and a good time was had by all.

    1. d
      Dave and Stuff Sep 23, 2006 05:23 AM

      The Restaurant at the Getty Center has a private dining room. 310.440.6810

      1. russkar Sep 22, 2006 05:43 AM


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          JBC Sep 21, 2006 11:07 PM

          Instead of a private room for your group of 25 to 35, that might be enough people to take over an entire small restaurant. Twice around Christmas I've tried to drop by Matsuhisa for lunch only to be informed that all of it had been reserved exclusively for a private party. So maybe something smaller like Sushi Zo would work?


          $50 - Food
          $25 (or less) - Liquid Refreshments
          $75 + Tax & Tip = $96

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            revets2 Sep 21, 2006 09:56 PM

            OPUS on wilshre at western has a handsome private room. there is a floor to ceiling "shelf" that separates the main dining room and the private room.

            the dining room noise does not intrude to the private room. we had three kids in the private room, so i was really more concerned about the kids bothering the people at the tables up against the "shelf."

            the food is great and imaginative.

            you don't have to order a prix fixe menu, but it's 3 courses for $30, 6 for $60, 9 for $90 and so on.

            there are a couple of good and recent posts on OPUS. check'em out.

            1. DanaB Sep 21, 2006 09:41 PM

              I was at a sherry and cheese tasting that was held at Grace several months back. They have a really nice private room that would fit your needs. I believe the price range is within your budget as well. When I've eaten dinner there, it's been around 75 per person.


              Mastro's in Beverly Hills also has space for private events. For groups of 20 or more, they have a minimum charge of, if I recall correctly, $2,000 or $2,500, which could work within your budget for the larger event.

              The upstairs space at La Terza on Third might work as well -- per their webpage, they have a private dining area that seats 10-30.


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              1. re: DanaB
                RicRios Sep 22, 2006 01:13 AM

                I second La Terza's upstairs.
                We did recently a wine tasting for 10+, set menu of 3 courses at $55 per. Dedicated waiter. No corkage. Excellent service and stems, quiet, we had a great time.

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                Chow Bella Sep 21, 2006 09:26 PM

                Do you want people to be able to order off the menu or are you going to pre-select? Many restaurants will not allow you to order off the menu for a group that large.

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                1. re: Chow Bella
                  David Kahn Sep 21, 2006 10:06 PM

                  A fixed price/set menu would be fine.

                2. m
                  mc michael Sep 21, 2006 08:44 PM

                  Would Studio City work? If so, there's an upstairs room at Spark Woodfire Grill that would accomodate you.

                  1. chica Sep 21, 2006 08:29 PM

                    Melisse has lovely private dining rooms, and excellent food.


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                    1. re: chica
                      David Kahn Sep 21, 2006 08:32 PM

                      I've not yet had the pleasure of trying Melisse, but I was under the impression that it is more costly than my budget allows. Thought it was closer to $200/pp, no?

                      1. re: David Kahn
                        ipsedixit Sep 21, 2006 08:45 PM

                        Melisse would definitely be stretching your budget.

                        Maybe consider either Drago or Enteco Drago, both if I recall correctly have private dining rooms and would be within budget.

                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          mc michael Sep 21, 2006 08:47 PM

                          Speaking of Drago, perhaps the upstairs at Tanino in Westwood.

                        2. re: David Kahn
                          chica Sep 21, 2006 09:05 PM

                          I think it will depend on what each person orders. An entree and drink won't go over $75 per.

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