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BDay for mid-20's crowd? Studio City to Pasadena

Hi. I'm trying to plan a birthday dinner for myself and friends. In reading past posts, I'm thinking something like Cha Cha Cha in Silverlake might be fun. I was also thinking about Marrakesh in Studio City but I've been there a few times recently for other parties and would like to change it up. I'd like to stay out of West Hollywood unless the location has easy parking.

There will be about 15 folks. 22-30 yrs old. Drinkers who like meat, and entree's under $20. Beer around $5 would be a huge plus! Nothing super fancy either. Maybe something pre fixe like Marrakesh would be pretty cool but not necessary.

Anything fun and unique? Or just a grand time?

Thanks in advance for the tips!

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  1. Firefly in Studio City would be perfect, as you could assemble sufficient tables in the patio to handle whatever the size crowd, yet try for it to be on a weeknight, not a weekend as the place does get crazy busy! Ventura & Colfax, 818.762.1833

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    1. re: carter

      Firefly doesn't allow parties larger than 6... even on a weeknight. We tried to go there for a work event recently. They'll let you sit in the library lounge and offer the full menu, but the ambiance just isn't the same!

    2. Cha Cha Cha would be great indeed.

      Minibar for tapas could be good too.

      Lala's for Argentinian.

      Caioti

      Outtake Bistro has a fun, hip vibe to it.

      Another option, Boneyard Bistro.

      1. For a fun time not too expensive, I always enjoy The Crocodile Cafe - 626 N. Central Ave. in Glendale. This restaurant is run by the Smith Brothers, the same group of folks who run The Arroyo Chophouse and The Parkway Grill, just not as expensive. I think you will find exactly what you're looking for - good food, nice atmosphere, and easy parking.

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        1. re: omakase

          Is this the same as the Crocodile Cafe that used to be in Burbank?

          1. re: LMelba

            Yes, the same. But I never went to the one in Burbank. The one in Glendale is very nice with a full bar.

          2. re: omakase

            Not sure the crocodile in Glendale is still open, so better check first.
            Pasadena one on Lake is though, but with only beer & wine. Smitty's also on Lake from the same owners would also be a good suggestion, with good food, and a very loud party atmosphere, and not too expensive.

          3. Thanks everyone! Great recommendations.

            1. Carousel in glendale
              Carnival in Sherman oaks
              Boneyard Bistro in Sherman oaks
              Ca Del Sole in Studio City

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              1. re: Diana

                Wow, I completely forgot about Carousel. Great suggestion Diana. That place would be perfect for a large group birthday dinner - not too expensive, real good Middle Eastern food, belly dancers, etc.

                CAROUSEL
                304 N. Brand Blvd.
                Glendale