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Jun 19, 2007 12:59 PM

Saddle Peak lodge for B-day dinner?

Well, it's that time in my life. The big 3-0. While I've gone back and forth with B-day ideas, what I really want is a good meal / good time. Looks like I will be staying at the Chateau Marmont for the weekend and will have roughly 10 people out to dinner with me. I have been thinking and have always wanted to go to SPL, and was thinking this might be the perfect night. We will get a car to drive us out there so we can enjoy the view and have a few (ok a lot) of drinks.

While I'm definitely not looking to go to the latest "celebrity hotspot" I'm also worried that SPL will be a bit too sophisticated/dry for us? What's the call? Can I go there with a group of ten 30 something’s, all drinking and I'm sure being a bit loud (by no means obnoxious –ok maybe a little)? Am I crazy for thinking this will work? Should I just stick closer to the hotel?

Also, if we do end up making it there where should I request to sit (please remember there will be at least 10 of us.)

Any info you have would be most appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. I would definitely not recommend SPL, based on your criteria. SPL is the place if you want something remote - not a night for ten, 30-somethings wanting to have a fun time. Think slow, reserved, dinner for two.

    While it gets mixed food reviews on this board, my rec to you is La Boheme.

    1. How dry can SPL be. There are dead animal heads all over the walls. They compete for space with multiple pictures of nude ladies in classical poses. Call ahead, let the manager know you might be a bit louder and ask if he thinks you will fit in.

      Try not to be obnoxious, that isn't OK anywhere.

      Maybe they can set you up on the patio or a smaller room.

      then enjoy the HELL out of the big 3-0.

      another place to go for meat meat and more meat might be Fogo de Chao for brazillian bbq. Lotsa fun.

      Or, go to Moun of Tunis for a moroccan feast complete with bellydancers and lounging on couches.

      2 Replies
      1. re: Diana

        I agree with The Moun of Tunis. The food is tasty and exotic but TOTALLY acceptable for and of the picky eaters in the group

        Moun-Of-Tunis Restaurant
        7445 1/2 W Sunset Blvd
        Los Angeles, CA 90046
        (323) 874-3333 - close call

        1. re: Wes

          My rec would be Saddle Peak Lodge, after all you are turing 30, treat your taste buds to some class... they have a fantastic wine selection