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!
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
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.
Some good Westlake-area options (all convenient from both Malibu or Westlake Village):
1) Rustico: Italian Restaurant that often hosts private parties. Great food, service: 818/889-0191
2) Piatti Locali: Also Italian www.piatti.com, 805/371-5600
3) The Melting Pot: Fondue restaurant. Never been, but might be fun! www.meltingpot.com/thousandoaksca/hom... 805/370-8802
4) Bamboom: Private room, sushi, etc. www.bamboombar.com 818/707-6226
5) Riviera: Italian, really nice interior, private room 818/224-2163
Enjoy and congratulations on your wedding!
I consider Padri's to be kind of expensive. We rarely get out of there for under $50pp. Piatti's is fairly pricey as well.
I like the Pookie's Thai reco. They are really, really nice people and I am sure they would try to make your dinner special - and their prices are very reasonable.
We are looking for a restaurant for an out-of-towner dinner on a Friday night before our daughter's Bat Mitzvah. We live in Westlake Village and I've explored all of the restaurants that people have recommended and more. Most can't accomodate a large group or are cost prohibitive ($50 pp without tax, tip, wine, etc.) but I finally came up with a great solution. Our favorite Chinese restaurant will close down if we eat early to accomodate us. Check out China Garden - 30853 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Westlake Village, 91362 - (818) 991-2128. Their food is the best and who doesn't like Chinese food? Best of luck!
Hahhaaha... I bet I know where you're getting married! We had our wedding at Calamigos Ranch and had the same problem -- except we were stupid and had the rehearsal dinner at El Cholo!! Talk about bad traffic. Wow.
Um. There's a Brazilian place on Westlake Blvd. that has a great patio... I forget the name, though!