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Rehearsal dinner around Westlake

kalter Jan 23, 2007 03:33 PM

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. chica RE: kalter Jan 23, 2007 03:47 PM

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


    1. SauceSupreme RE: kalter Jan 23, 2007 04:03 PM

      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. Kitchen Queen RE: kalter Jan 23, 2007 05:55 PM

        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. liu RE: kalter Jan 23, 2007 06:05 PM

          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. foodseeker RE: kalter Jan 24, 2007 10:13 AM

            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.

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              foodieqt RE: kalter Jan 24, 2007 11:42 AM

              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!

              1. purplescout RE: kalter Jan 24, 2007 12:24 PM

                Padri in Agoura is very close to Westlake and it is wonderful. They have a lovely, heated patio that would be perfect for a rehearsal dinner. It's very romatic (nice for a wedding) and the food is very good. The osso bucco is especially yummy.

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                  Snackish RE: purplescout Jan 24, 2007 03:09 PM

                  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.

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                    SauceSupreme RE: Snackish Jan 24, 2007 08:31 PM

                    Agree. I actually prefer Fabrocini, which is about thirty yards away next to Chapter 8.

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                  portbook RE: kalter Jan 25, 2007 12:18 PM

                  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!

                  1. Das Ubergeek RE: kalter Jan 25, 2007 12:41 PM

                    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!

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                      the donut RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 25, 2007 12:57 PM

                      You're probably thinking of Galletto's, which is Brazilian and Italian.

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                        Das Ubergeek RE: the donut Jan 25, 2007 01:32 PM

                        C'est ça. Fantastic caipirinhas, wonderful feijoada.

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