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Help! I am soliciting all you foodies for restaurant ideas for restaurants in Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, LA-area ...

More recently, I planned a holiday party for my company which was a huge success. We ate the Château Marmont (not Bar Marmont), under the Colonnade. It was beautiful with its Gothic arches. Carolynn Spence’s food was great and service was very attentive. Everyone had a fantastic time and was extremely impressed with the event.

Since the Château was such a huge success, I am in charge of planning a company dinner for about 40 of our most elite clients. I know 40 is a tough number for seating, but it doesn’t have to be a continuous table. They do NOT want a private room, rather like to be in-the-thick of the dining room entertainment.

We are hosting clients from other states, so it would be preferable to have the dinner in a venue that is on the “now” or “hot” list. Food is important, but also clientele. I am seeking a restaurant that draws a crowd of LA good-looking somethings to impress the group with great people watching. Not required, but a celebrity sighting always helps, especially with clients not from LA.

Before I was in charge of planning the event … Last year, the group went to Maestros in Beverly Hills. Dinner bill ran in the $10,000 neighborhood for 38 people, which included parking, food and beverage.

I really don’t have a set budget, probably need to stay near last year’s number. Any ideas???

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    1. re: so_hungry

      Second Spago. Has everything you want. Great food, high energy, potential star sightings, and famous name value as Puck's flagship. Gosh, your budget comes in at $250 per person -- should cover food, wine, drinks, even tip and valet at Spago.

      If you end up choosing Spago, can I come?!

      1. re: Servorg

        If 40 people enter Celadon, there might not be much room anyone else.

        1. re: SauceSupreme

          I don't know. Each of those really big booths would accommodate 8 and then the main dining area has a pretty good amount of room in the middle of the floor, not to mention the tables along the wall facing 3rd street.

          1. re: Servorg

            You know, because of the dim lighting and those flickering LED candles, I always envision the room as much smaller than it actually is. Also, there's that whole separate bar area.

      2. perhaps Cut or Craft... two of the newer "hot" places