Reception luncheon in LA/OC (sans wedding)
My fiance and I just got engaged and are probably going to elope, but we want to celebrate with a luncheon for family and friends upon our return. We are hoping to have a luncheon on a Sunday afternoon at a restaurant -- preferably one with a nice atmosphere and/or view and good food. Does anyone have good suggestions for restaurants that can accommodate between 150 - 180 guests? Because we are dispensing with the whole ceremony we would rather have our party at a restaurant versus a banquet room.
I'm thinking something along the coast would be nice, but aside from a hotel, I doubt that many restaurants would consider shutting down for lunch. But perhaps....
I would inquire at:
Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach
Rusty Pelican Restaurant, Newport Beach
The Cannery, Newport Beach
Surf and Sands Hotel, Laguna Beach, top floor/rooftop room
All have terrific views and reasonably good food.
Ca del Sole in North Hollywood has a beautiful private room that opens up onto a private patio with a fountain. I had my 40th there and it was very special.