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!
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!
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!
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.
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/home.html 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!
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.
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