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Help! ISO- 23rd Bday Dinner in Malibu/SM//Venice

kek is khmer Sep 4, 2007 09:47 AM

Day: Saturday
Party Size: 15-25
Group Type: College Students/Recent grads/young professional
Price: $15-$25/person, not including drinks
Need something like: Yard House
Trying to avoid a place like: The Cheesecake Factory (overly extensive menu and no reservations) or Nobu (high-end and not for a picky eater)
Food Type: We're Open.
Considering: C&O and Duke's
Full Bar: Yes!!
Atmosphere: fun and casual (jeans sneakers) that doesn't mind a loud group and where we can stay for a while.

Like a good CH I did a search for Malibu and didn't find much so I need your help! We'll be in Malibu so we'd like something in that area but we're open to other places nearby. Is Duke's a good choice?

Ever been to a restaurant for a bday and didn't like your food/service and felt like you overpaid on top of that? That's definitely the type of place I'm trying to avoid. Thanks for your help!!

  1. g
    glutton Sep 5, 2007 04:35 PM

    26 Beach might be an option to consider the next time there is a birthday to be celebrated...

    1. k
      kek is khmer Sep 5, 2007 08:56 AM

      Thanks everyone for the recs. We decided to go with Marix since their location is really convenient and the bday girl wanted mexican. I sooo wanted to go to Musha but our group size was too large.

      Once again, thanks for the recs.

      1. j
        Juji Sep 4, 2007 02:43 PM

        Maybe something in the Palisades, like Marix Tex Mex? The food may not be super spectacular, but the margaritas do the trick and it's good for a large party.

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        1. re: Juji
          mollyomormon Sep 4, 2007 02:45 PM

          Marix might be perfect. I had my 26th bday there and it was a lot of fun, although the food isn't great.

          1. re: mollyomormon
            archer Sep 4, 2007 06:23 PM

            Or Lula's on Main St. in Santa Monica. Not inspired, but very good Mexican food, excellent margaritas and always fun w/ a crowd. They handle large groups well. Nice patio for your party.

        2. hrhboo Sep 4, 2007 11:10 AM

          World Cafe on Main, Enterprise Fish Co, Nikki's. C&O kick you out as soon as you finish your food, they don't let anyone linger over drinks! Duke's will probably be fun for your group.

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          1. re: hrhboo
            nick_r Sep 4, 2007 11:24 AM

            That hasn't been my experience... I've had birthday dinners there that have lasted around 3 hours.

            1. re: nick_r
              hrhboo Sep 4, 2007 11:37 AM

              On two separate occasions we have tried to order more wine after our plates have been removed and were refused. This was the location by the water.

              1. re: hrhboo
                kek is khmer Sep 4, 2007 02:26 PM

                That sucks! We dont want to feel rushed. I've dont C&Os so many times that its my back up plan incase I can't find anything else.

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            nick_r Sep 4, 2007 10:23 AM

            I say you can never go wrong with C&O for a birthday party. A loud group making lots of noise doesn't faze that place in the slightest. But be warned that they are kind of reservation nazis, so make sure you at least have a critical mass of people (i.e. about half your party) there within a few minutes of your reservation time, or they'll boot you.

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              Diana Sep 4, 2007 09:55 AM

              Hard price range for the area. You could do Neptune's Net. Really , really low key. No Bar. Walk up counters, yes, but a great place to sit and watch the ocean with a plate of seafood and a beer.

              Library Alehouse, Santa Monica
              Ye Olde Kings' Head in Santa Monica
              Duke's is OK, but not spectacular.
              Father's Office is too small for your party.

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