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Jan 8, 2007 08:39 PM

SFV Fun Party Location?

I'm trying to find a Valley restaurant to host a baby shower for a good friend. I'm open to both typical-shower type places (e.g. Rive Gauche Cafe or Pinot Bistro) but would really like to find something a little more relaxed and eclectic. Location would need to accommodate about 25 for brunch or lunch. Thanks for your help!

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  1. Alcazar in Encino has ample space for a shower (you might be able to reserve the patio). It's relaxed and probably less expensive than Rive Gauche, Pinot Bistro, Cafe Bizou, etc. The food is up there among the best Lebanese in the city.

    1. For great, basic brunch foods in a pretty adorable setting, I'd think Marmalade Cafe in Sherman Oaks on Ventura would be a good bet - it's all country-chic and quite affordable for a large crowd. It feels like you're having brunch at your hip grandma's place.

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      1. re: ciaoxtina

        Marmalade has a back room that they use for private parties. I've been to 2 showers there and both were great. We had afternoon tea with sandwiches, parties, scones and a selection of drinks.

        1. re: boogiebaby

          ditto that. I've held 2 brunches there and 2 at the grove location. They will even do a personalized menu. The scones are awesome too.

      2. If Calabasas is not too far, consider Riveria Wine Bar. They have private rooms, and the food is fantastic.

        1. Piacere in Woodland Hills is very nice for a shower.

          1. Il Tiramisu has good Northern Italian Food and can do parites.

            You could always do Fondue at the place on Ventura Blvd in Studio City.

            I second Alcazar, the MEzze is great.

            You could go to Inn Of The Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon. It's really lovely (mostly outdoor seating, with some indoor) and they have a great Sunday Bruch. I bet they could do a shower.

            The Great Greek in Sherman Oaks has really good greek food.

            Killer Shrimp in Studio City serves huge yummy bowls of shrimp in a fabulous broth.

            The Weekday or Weekend Buffet at Woodlands Pure indian in Chatsworth is a great deal, with fabulous food. Northern Indian Vegetairan, all you can eat for around $10.00. The location is far from fancy, but they can do large parties, and the food is very good.

            Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks could accomodate a party, they do it all the time...continental and French/Californian cuisine, $2.00 corkage for wine!

            Boneyard Bistro might work, I'd give them a call.

            Tokyo Delve's is a sushi Bar in North Hollywood that does evening seatings with 80's music, sake baombs and dancing on barstools. Lost of fun.