Baby Shower Worthy
I'm planning a baby shower for a friend in July. I'm looking for a restaurant in L.A., Long Beach/South Bay areas that has a garden or patio, has something special/exquisite on their menu and will let us linger for gifts and cake. I know this is a tall order, but any hounds out there with any ideas?
I went to a baby shower at the Peninsula and concur with everyone else-mimosa/champagne/strawberries and cream/tea sandwiches/pastries in a private garden room. It was intimate and lovely.
Coincidently I went to a bridal shower at Lilly's with a prix fix dinner and thought that was lovey too. The food was gorgeous and it ambience was sophisticated.
The South Bay has The Shade Hotel-fairly new and they have a few spaces for private gatherings. I am intrigued by the new restaurants in The Trump Golf Course in PV. Cafe Pacific is gorgeous-pation looking out over the pacific. The food is very good-specializing in seafood.
The Inn of The Seventh Ray is a beautiful outdoor space but may not be geographicaly desirable. I have not been there in ages but hear that the menu has been completely redone and the cuisine is less veggie/tofu/grapenuts.
Def second rec for Hotel Bel-Air.
Also, love Lilly's and Rose Cafe.
You might also look into Joe's for their brunch, Jer-Ne and Cafe del Rey.