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I need help planning my husband's 35th birthday party. I'm looking for a restaurant, preferrably in the Pasadena area, that can accomodate 30-40 guests. My husband is a big foodie, so I would love to have his birthday celebration someplace that will delight him. Budget is not a big issue. Any thoughts?

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  1. What does he like to eat, and where has he been in the area? We don't want to be redundant.

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    1. re: brekkie_fan

      Also, what type of decor/ambiance are you shooting for?

      The size of the party rules out ACH and Parkway Grill for steak, but J.J.'s, I believe, is a bit bigger and could accommodate you. And staying on the patio-dining theme, Cafe Santorini should be big enough to hold you also.

      El Portal has a banquet room that could hold you also.

      1. re: brekkie_fan

        He's willing to eat anything--as long as its good. Some of his favorite places in Pasadena are Derek's Bistro, Maison Akira, Firefly (South Pas.). We've had big family get-togethers at Cafe Santorini before, and were really unimpressed by both the service and the food...

        1. re: mjk46

          Maybe look into reserving the entire room at Restaurant 561 ... the restaurant of the California School of Culinary Arts.

          www.561restaurant.com

      2. it may feel a bit corporate, but McCormick and Schmicks has a nice private room. We did our wedding rehearsal dinner there and it went off without a hitch.

        1. What about Bistro 45? She was impressed when she went there for a friend's birthday. So impressed that she decided to have her wedding reception there for 60 in two weekends.

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          Bistro 45
          45 S Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

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          1. re: chowhound chloe

            i like bistro 45 as well. i 've had terrific service and they have a really interesting wine list. the food can miss at times by being a tad bit salty but other than that it's a great little place. your husband has the same taste as i do so he might like it. i too am not fond of santorini. talk about under seasoned and old food that haphazardly prepared...

          2. I would recommend La Maschera. The food is very good and their wine list is impressive (I don't believe they serve hard liquor but you might want to check on that). The restaurant, in my opinion, is a bit of a unappreciated gem in Pasadena; most nights, it's half empty. But I've been there many times, and it's certainly not for lack of great service and food. In any case, there's plenty of space for a party like yours...
            http://www.lamascheraristorante.com/

            Clare K.
            http://rainydaysandsundays-c.blogspot...