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Reception Location in/near Mountain View -- chinese banquet

Hello!
My fiance and I are having our wedding ceremony in Mountain View Jan 08 so we're looking for our reception to be nearby Mtn View
. We live in San Jose.

Ive taken a look at older Chinese Banquet chowhound postings, but wanted to see if there was any new opinions, new found restaurants, especially ones closer to Mountain View. SF is probably too far for our guests. (Its already going to be a long day as we're trying to incorporate our Western, Chinese, and Korean cultures)

We are open to Country Clubs and Hotels, but are struggling because of our tight budget and guest list ~200-250 guests.

So far Ive only found Ming's in Palo Alto, so will check that out.

All help GREATLY appreciated, Thanks!!!

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  1. I can't think of any place that might accomodate 200+ people in Mountain View. But in Cupertino, you can check out Joy Luck or Dynasty. In Sunnyvale - Hong Kong Saigon Harbor

    1. Options in Mtn View are a bit limited. I had a wedding rehearsal dinner at Ming's and it was fine. The staff is very professional and know how to handle large groups.

      As wendy mentioned, Joy Luck and Dynasty are popular options.

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      1. re: snewdl

        Hi All,
        Its been awhile since Ive posted, but I have done more research and was hoping to get some opinions if you've been to these recently:

        **Ming's (Mtn View)
        **Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant (Sunnyvale)
        **Pan Tao Seafood (Sunnyvale)
        **Loon Wah (Cupertino)

        I live in LA right now so I havent checked the spaces out. Restaurant Ambiance? Food rating for banquets/dinner? Customer Service? Prices?

        All responses greatly appreciated, Thanks!

        1. re: finznmocean

          i can't comment on the other places you have found but i have been to a wedding banquet at ming's - about a year ago. the list of dishes was pretty long - many were seafood if i recall correctly.
          the pre-dinner appetizers were outside and it was mostly things like eggrolls and the like.

          the banquet is set apart from the main dining area and it's quite large - big enough to accomodate a large crowd with space for dancing, etc. the wedding i attended actually had the wedding at ming's along with the photos aferwards and then dinner so it seems like they can accomodate a lot of needs.

      2. Ming's food is mediocre despite its decor and service catering to the wealthier crowd; many of its customers are non-Chinese. Dynasty in Cupertino is your best bet if you're looking for authentic high-end Cantonese food.

        Vincent

        1. Ming's is more expensive but the food really isn't bad. the banquet appetizer plate has jellyfish salad and baby octopi, for example--authentic enough to make fussy eaters squirm delightfully. What you're paying for is decor, of course, and service: the staff really knows how to handle large parties, and they are quite accomodating. if you're trying to throw a wedding banquet, the restaurant service and staff can be just as important as the quality of the food. they understand this at Ming's.

          I can't comment on the banquet service at the other places, though certainly Pan Tao and Dynasty have excellent food.

          1. I've been to more wedding receptions at Ming's then I care to remember. No real complaints, food is well prepared and they are able to accomodate the group well. In my opinion that is much more important then fantastic mind blowing food at a wedding reception. They've proven again and again they are up to the task, and execute it beautifully.

            Dynasty in Cupertino can definitely accomodate a group that size, we've had company dinners there with over 500 in attendence. Food is good and consistant through the most part, however the staples such as fried rice and chow mein were lacking. assuming they just cooked these in giant batches and just shoveled them onto plates. Service is not up to par and although food is decent, you get the whole 'hotel catered/cooking for the masses' vibe.