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Fun, Chic Birthday Dinner in Miami for Large Group?

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peacex3pink Mar 20, 2008 04:09 PM

I'm planning a nice, fun dinner for my 15th birthday in the Miami area. The problem is, I cannot find a place. I'm looking for a place that accommodates large groups, has a chic, fun atmosphere, and can fit my budget (about $1,000). Some places I had in mind were Opa's, China Grill, Touch, or Melting Pot. If you can give me feedback on these restaurants or suggest others, it would be much appreciated. Another factor as well is that I am running out of time, and the my birthday is in approximately 2 weeks!
Thank you soooo much!

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  1. Frodnesor RE: peacex3pink Mar 20, 2008 05:33 PM

    How many people are you trying to do for $1000? That'll make a big difference.
    Also, if this is a 15th birthday, hopefully it's safe to assume no alcohol will be involved?

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      The Chowfather AKA sobe RE: Frodnesor Mar 20, 2008 05:47 PM

      Lucky strike

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        BlueHerons RE: The Chowfather AKA sobe Mar 21, 2008 08:54 AM

        Lucky Strike would be perfect! Right off Lincoln Road Mall on Michigan.

        I think they also have a private room with five lanes or something like that.

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          peacex3pink RE: BlueHerons Mar 21, 2008 11:05 AM

          lucky strike seems fun, but i was hoping for something a little more elegant?, more than just finger foods

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      peacex3pink RE: peacex3pink Mar 21, 2008 08:09 AM

      20+ people
      yes, no alcohol

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        Frodnesor RE: peacex3pink Mar 21, 2008 10:49 AM

        I've not been to Taverna Opa but the general consensus seems to be party atmosphere with better than average food.

        China Grill is good for groups as everything is served family style, and probably fits well the "chic, fun atmoshpere" thang. You may want to inquire in advance to make sure you can stay within budget.

        I haven't been to Touch often or recently. It does have a sort of over-the-top carnival/burlesque atmosphere with scantily clad ladies on swings and the like. Not sure how the 'rents will feel about that for a 15th birthday. May also be pricier than your budget will permit.

        Melting Pot has neither great food nor atmosphere.

        Lucky Strike is a decent call and a fun time - though I'm not sure about any private room, it's fun to reserve a few lanes and order up a bunch of their various finger foods. It's not high cuisine but it's not so bad either.

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          peacex3pink RE: Frodnesor Mar 21, 2008 11:06 AM

          Thanks a bunch! I think I'm going to go for Opa's, most likely.
          Do you have any other restaurants that fit the description that I posted that were not previously mentioned?

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            Frodnesor RE: peacex3pink Mar 21, 2008 12:01 PM

            Take a look at the Standard Hotel. I know the space though I haven't been since they redid it, but everyone says great views of the Bay, great vibe, good food.

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              dmo305 RE: peacex3pink Mar 24, 2008 09:26 PM

              opa is great and lots of fun... especially with a big group. music, dancing on the tables, etc... good food too. are you thinking opa south beach or opa in hollywood? south beach location has a back room that i have seen them use for parties before.
              also, i will go out on a limb and say 20+ people at china grill = little to no chance under $1000.

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                jessierandall RE: dmo305 Mar 25, 2008 10:05 AM

                Opa is great fun - but not what I would call chic.

                With a party of 20 you should be able to call ahead to most restaurants and ask them to prepare a 3 course menu for you with at least 2- 3 appetizer and entree options with tax and gratuity included. You could have a special birthday menu presented to your group. I bet you could get away for 3 courses at $40 per person fairly easily.

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