Rehearsal Dinner in Westwood area
We are having a wedding at the Hotel Bel-Air in February.
We are looking for a place to have a rehearsal dinner for 20 nearby
that is moderately priced. We looked at Hamlet Gardens in
Westwood Village but that seems a bit overpriced.
Any opinions will be appreciated
I would generally agree with the comments that there are no finds in the Village. Even the In N Out Burger is hard to get in n out of. I would second the nomination for Delphi, but Greek does not appeal to some. Hamlet Gardens does seem overpriced for what you get. Palomino is a little noisy, flashy and uneven for my tast altho it does have good desserts as I recall. If you want to get a little out of the Village on Westwood Blvd, you might try Le Pomme, a calm, somewhat traditional French eatery that has reasonable prices and cordial waitstaff. Now that I think of it, if you like Italian, I'd go for Tanino on Westwood in the Village in the old Alice's space, but be sure you've got it all nailed down in terms of what space you'll be in, staff dedicated to your party, etc.
Since there seems to be a lack of decent venues in Westwood, the suggestions seem to have turned to other areas.
We had our rehearsal dinner at C&O in Venice on their heated patio. It ran about $23 a person which included garlic knots, salad, chicken, choice of two pastas, dessert, soft drinks, coffee and a few caraffes of their house red wine. It's a casual place, a fun atmosphere with good food served family style. The catering staff was very helpful.
If you are worried about transportation, you could consider chartering a double decker bus or something like that. With that option, you could really go anywhere you want. It might balance out if you pick a cheaper place to eat.
Four Oaks up in Beverly Canyon would be a fun place. The food is fine but I find the service a bit like the old Catskill Hotels with younger hipper waiters. The place is very comfortable and there is a small room just right for 20.
Just outside Westwood, across from Century City, at Beverly Glen and Santa Monica Blvd. is Lunaria. They have a couple areas or rooms for a privare party and they give a GREAT value for your money. Food is excellent too and wait staff is helpful and friendly. Many times while we have been there, a private party was in attendance in one of the rooms. Very attractive room too. Hope I didn't send this too late.
One other thought..... Sparks, a sort of Italian-continental-California place on Ventura Blvd. in the Valley. They have a private upstairs wine cellar room that would be the right size for your event. Nice people. Could do a fixed menu for you. Check it out. Good wines, too. Or, you could probably work out a deal to provide your own.