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Rehearsal dinner around Westlake

I'm having my wedding in Malibu this spring and my guests are staying in Westlake Village, but I live in Los Feliz and don't really know the area. So... I'm having trouble finding a good place to have the rehearsal dinner that will be a short drive for our out-of-town guests who won't deal well with L.A. traffic. Any recommendations on a quality, reasonably priced (we're spending enough on the wedding!) please in or near Westlake for 30-40 people? Thanks!

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  1. My friend is having her rehearsal dinner at Duke's in Malibu. They have private rooms, and nothing beats the ocean scene.

    http://www.dukesmalibu.com/

    1. They have an Alessio's there in Westlake Village/Thousand Oaks. While it is an Italian chain, it's a large charming room that doubles as a jazz lounge. Plenty of parking, too.

      1. All in Westlake Village area and all good by my standards...

        The sushi here rocks! Whatever you eat, sit on the patio overlooking the lake:
        The Landing Grill and Sushi Bar 32123 W. Lindero Canyon Rd. (818) 706-8887
        Brent's Deli, a valley lankmark has opened a location in Westlake Village:
        2799 Townsgate Rd. (805) 557-1882
        Catch 21 Westlake 30869 Thousand Oaks Blvd. (818) 597-0507 -very cas, family type grilled fish place. very yum and inexpensive. Hubby and I frequent the one on Northridge
        And, Alessio's is good too. :)KQ

        1. Our group is also out in the Westlake area, but we had our son's Rehearsal Dinner at Maggiano's at the Promenade in Woodland Hills and found them to be a joy to work with.

          Maggiano's has a beautiful private room which can be sectioned off if you want more intimacy.

          1. Mandevilla in Westlake is a great option . . . not sure about group dinners, but the people who work there are always so friendly, and the food is wonderful. And, they have a large patio (w/heaters) that you could possibly take over for a big group. I'd highly recommend Mandevilla! Pookies Westlake Thai is another option -- incredible food, and I think they may have a private room now in their new location.