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need rec for large special occasion dinner in SGV

yrpoison Jul 11, 2007 04:37 PM

Hi there,

I'm planning a retirement dinner for my dad and need recommendations for restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley area that could accommodate a party of 16. A private room would be great, but isn't absolutely necessary. With the intended audience something on the American traditional side or maybe Italian is probably best-- a Chinese banquet would be great for me but take way too much explaining to everyone else. :) I'd like to keep the cost to about $50 per person. Something nice, but not too stuffy.

Any ideas?



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    publius Jul 13, 2007 12:50 PM

    I posted this at our SGV local blog and got some interesting suggestions here:


    1. ipsedixit Jul 12, 2007 03:39 PM

      I believe one of the backrooms at Smitty's could be reserved and accommodate a party of 16.


      Smitty's Grill
      110 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

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        chowhound chloe Jul 12, 2007 07:31 AM

        Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena has good food and a nice ambiance.

        A friend had a large birthday party there recently. They provide very attentive service. Check out their website: http://www.eatatfirefly.com/

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          WHills Jul 11, 2007 09:36 PM

          Parkway Grill or Arroyo Chophouse (if steak is preferred), both in Pasadena.

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