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Office Holiday Party

fiercekitten Oct 29, 2007 11:09 AM

We have been asked to suggest a few places for our office holiday party in December and I was looking for some input from you all since you've never let me down before. The suggestions put forth by the administrator are less than stellar, in my opinion (El Cholo, El Compadre). I guess that's a guide for cost and tone but I'd like to offer a few more interesting options. We’re an office of about 20 (plus partners) and we are based in Santa Monica but I think we could go just about anywhere in the city. Any ideas?

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  1. David Kahn RE: fiercekitten Oct 29, 2007 11:42 AM

    I am going through this right now, and did it last year as well. If you want a private room/space (which, imo, is key for something like this), the size of your group is critical. 20 people is relatively easy; 40 people is much more difficult. The other key variable is your budget. Do you have a per person or total cost target? If you can give me a better sense of the size of your group and how much you have to spend, I might be able to save you a bunch of leg work.

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      IzzeFloch RE: David Kahn Oct 14, 2008 12:56 PM

      We have a small group of 10-12 and have a budget of approximately $100 per person. We would really like to impress our new CEO and a private room would be great, of course. Interesting food is important to me, as is an elegant, but not too stuffy atmosphere. I thought of Jar (though no private room) or even Moun of Tunis (but that might not be high-end enough for the boss.... though it is different, and they have private rooms and belly dancers). Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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      Jasmin28 RE: fiercekitten Oct 29, 2007 01:10 PM

      I am going through the same thing! Cost is not that much of an issue as much as atmosphere. We considered Ortolan, Bastide but we don't want to do something that stuffy. We still want it to be high end though. Does anyone have any suggestions? We are a group of max 40.

      1. perk RE: fiercekitten Oct 29, 2007 01:25 PM

        Chez Mimi does really nice parties. It's a great setting with good food.

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          archer RE: fiercekitten Nov 26, 2012 01:00 PM

          Westside Tavern has a very comfortable private room, reliably good food and is very adept at handling office parties. Price should be fairly comparable to El Cholo I would think & not far from Santa Monica.

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            TracyS RE: archer Nov 27, 2012 11:51 AM

            I went to a dinner in Westside Tavern's private room which was pretty good, if not a little safe/boring. Flatbreads as appetizers; entree choices were salmon, chicken, and short rib with communal desserts bread pudding and sticky toffee cake. They do make you put together a prix fixe menu for any size party using the room. Note there are 2 private rooms - one I think holds 24 people and the other maybe 30 which can be opened up to form a single larger room.

            Another option to consider is Waterloo & City. They have a private room in the back (adjacent to the bar), and were open to either prix fixe or a la carte for a party of 20 that I was organizing. We didn't end up going there, so can't tell you how it worked out.

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