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yjones Jun 1, 2007 01:46 PM

Hello, I'm new to Chowhound. Hoping that I can get advice on finding a great restaurant in the Westside - Santa Monica area. My family wants to plan a surprise bday dinner to celebrate our grandma's 79th. I'm very consciencious about cleaniness, service, decor and of course, it's all about the food!!! Since this is a celebration, it's about atmosphere! We are open to Mexican and Italian cuisine. It's for a party of 25 (which includes five children ranging from 3-11). Price points are from $15-$25 per plate. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. purplescout RE: yjones Jun 1, 2007 04:20 PM

    I suggest Tia Juana on Olympic. They make the tortillas by hand at a griddle in the entry way. That means the tortillas are fresh and good, and there's something for the kids to watch.

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      tony michaels RE: purplescout Jun 1, 2007 04:28 PM

      Tia Juana is a good suggestion, and they could probably set up their party up in the back room which would almost be like having a private room in some respects. Also Fritto Misto in Santa Monica for Italian is a possibility.

      http://www.usmenuguide.com/frittomist...

      1. re: tony michaels
        Emme RE: tony michaels Jun 2, 2007 01:57 AM

        I was going to suggest Fritto Misto as well.

        Might look into i Cugini as well.

        If you'll travel a bit south, C & O Trattoria is very kid/family friendly.

        As one other option, but not Mexican or Italian, perhaps 26 Beach.

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