Quality restaurant for Work Christmas dinner?
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!
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.
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 - http://www.potatomato.com/mt/archives...
8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211
8653 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069