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Where can I find an amazing brunch in L.A. without an hour wait?!?

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Alabaster Doll Apr 15, 2007 11:19 AM

Based on my past experiences, brunch in Los Angeles can be an all day event. I'm graduating in May and my family is coming down for the weekend. I want to bring them somewhere on a Saturday, but don't want to wait forever for a table for 7. Any suggestions????

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    bulavinaka Apr 15, 2007 11:31 AM

    I think it's all a matter of timing, but Joe's on Abbot Kinney in Venice has a great brunch menu that seems to never disappoint on the levels of quality and service. And if you get there relatively early - 11AM for brunch - a table for seven should be in the cards. Like any other restaurant that is known for great food, they will fill up relatively fast, so early is essential. I don't know if reservations are taken for brunch, so a call would be great.

    www.joesrestaurant.com

    1. bassbiz Apr 15, 2007 11:42 AM

      You could also try Saddle Peak Lodge as well. Great view. Good food. Reservations can be made. I like their goodie basket, champagne cocktails and wild boar hash. If the weather is nice enough you could probably request to be seaten outdoors.

      http://www.saddlepeaklodge.com/brunch...

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        maudies5 Apr 15, 2007 03:38 PM

        The Gardens in Westwood offers a nice Sunday brunch menu, not sure about Saturday (although you can order lunch on Saturdays), They are good about honoring reservations. I was there today with a party of 8. It was very relaxing and food was quite good. Service was excellent!

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        jacinthe Apr 15, 2007 05:35 PM

        I was just at Square One for brunch today (on Fountain, behind the large Scientology complex on Sunset). Got there at 11:30 and the wait was only 20 minutes. I did see a couple of larger tables (seating 6-8) that had "reserved" signs on them, so I'm assuming you can make reservations for larger groups.

        Eggs benedict were terrific, by the way.

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          Alabaster Doll Apr 15, 2007 11:30 PM

          I just looked at the website, the menu looks great! Thanks for the rec

        2. westsidegal Apr 15, 2007 09:00 PM

          cafe del rey in marina del rey.
          Cafe Del Rey Marina Del Rey, CA 4451 Admiralty Way Marina del Rey, CA 90292 310.823.6395 CafeDelRey@CafeDelReyMarina.com

          make reservations

          1. ipsedixit Apr 15, 2007 09:03 PM

            Try Jar.

            Get there anytime before noon and you'll be fine, usu. little to no wait.

            www.thejar.com

            *EDIT. I just re-read your post and you want a SATURDAY brunch. Nevermind Jar, then. They only do brunch on Sundays. Sorry.

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              kellybean333 Apr 15, 2007 09:32 PM

              This is exactly what we are looking for too, my hubby is graduating on a Saturday in June and his mom wants to take up to brunch. Love Cafe Del Rey, but are there other options closer to UCLA?

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                maudies5 Apr 15, 2007 10:28 PM

                Gardens on Glendon. Close to UCLA. Will honor your reservation and food selection is outstanding. I prefer the food to Jar. Really! We brought in a "Susiecakes" Red Velvet cake, which was amazing. I was prepared for a cake-cutting charge, but didn't happen. The service could not have been nicer. Our party encompassed all ages and everyone was happy. Everyone, of all ages, loved the tableside guacamole servce. Our family celebration was very laid-back. Great brunch. I had the turkey burger which was not special...go for the Hueveos Ranchero..that looked amazing. Nice expereince for everyone involved. You will not be sorry with this choice/ Highly recommended. Some in our party ordered BLT's, Tortilla Soup, Shrimp Cocktail, Chinese Chicken Salad, along with the aforementioned Huevos Ranchero, tableside quacamole. Lovely, low-key bruch/lunch near UCLA and even though we picked up the check, we felt it was fair.

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                  tony michaels Apr 16, 2007 05:29 AM

                  I don't know what sort of brunch options they might have but you could check in with the W hotel right there next to UCLA and see what the possibilities are.

                  W Los Angeles - Westwood
                  930 Hilgard Avenue · Los Angeles, California 90024
                  Phone: (310) 208-8765

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                  revets2 Apr 16, 2007 03:49 AM

                  i like most of the recommendations above. i'd add campanile. you can get a reservation for seven. congrats!

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