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Dec 3, 2007 07:49 PM

Quality restaurant for Work Christmas dinner?

Hello Hounds!

I am responsible for planning my work's Christmas dinner on Dec 15th.

Past locations have included Gladstones & Pacific Dining Car.

The group should be between 10-20 people, and not particularly restaurant savvy bunch. (We are at a music school, so I would have to kindly remind the staff not to wear shorts to our dinner.) =)

I'd like to find a place that will be a bit more advanced than the restaurants above, while remaining less expensive than two options I have been considering (Cut, Patina)

We are located in Hollywood, but are able to drive as far as Santa Monica, Pasadena, and Long Beach (Well, maybe not LB unless it's a must-dine)

I am the hippest member of my staff, so I'd like to give everyone an exciting, special dining night out, with a menu that is entirely devoid of 100+ dollar items. =)

As an added factor, the staff loves to drink, so I would really like a place with an excellent, progressive bar menu. Fresh Fruit Juices, herb-infused liquors, etc.

It would be optimal to have the drinks & food available at the same place, but if there is a perfect restaurant near a bar that serves the type of drinks I'm describing, we will be happy to mosey from one spot to the other after dinner.

Thank you so much in advance, your collective knowledge is excellent to have access to!


-Ryan O.

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  1. O-Bar might be a good option for the small plates, sharing/affordable aspect, and drinks menu. Kind of trendy location in WeHo.

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    1. re: Emme

      Well Emme, looks like you hit the nail on the head. O-bar is perfect. Thank you. =)


    2. Just out of curiosity, Hounds, anyone else got any ideas?

      O-Bar looked perfect, but I wanted to see if there was a slightly more upscale, less clubby, option.

      Thanks again.

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      1. re: originhistoriccore

        Tasca might be somewhere else to look into, as well a small plates option, and less clubby.

        Also, look into...
        Sonora Cafe
        Luna Park
        Cobras and Matadors
        Il Moro

      2. How about Fraiche in Culver City. The food is excellent, the fresh fruit juice specialty drinks are delicious. They only do the specialty drinks in the evening, which would work for you since you're going for dinner. Maybe you can get the bartender to make his absinthe and do his whole flaming wine glass show for you guys. It is spectacular.

        1. My company is having our holiday dinner at Cravings. I think they have a private room for 20-30.

          Also I would suggest Porterhouse Bistro on Wilshire. They have private dining and a prix fixe menu. Here's a review -

          Porterhouse Bistro
          8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

          Cravings Restaurant
          8653 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069