Recommendation for 8 people - moderate price
Can anybody recommend a good place to go with a group of 8 people that is not too expensive (under $30/person). Anywhere in Old Town, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview would work. This is for a group with diverse tastes and some of the people are not very adventurous. American, Mexican, Italian, or Middle Eastern would be ideal.
Tango Sur is a BYOB (to help with the cost) Argentinan resturant that is known for their beef. The most expensive item on the menu is $35 and that is for 2 people. Great steaks, fun atmosphere but it is loud. They are in Lakeview: 3763 N. Southport Ave.
I also like Maza. Its small but the food is great and the price is right. It is a Lebanese restaurant. Prices range from $9-17 and the Maza special is $30 for 2 people, which is 22 different hot and cold appetizers or their signature entree is a crown rack of lamb @ $48 for 2 people. You could probably work out making either of these for 8 people if you call in advance.
Maza: 2748 N Lincoln Ave
Google "Big Bowl", located in the Gold Coast neighborhood (next to Old Town) at Cedar & Rush. A cheerful place. Very reasonable, featuring very tasty Asian-type stir-fries ranging from $10 to $15. Make reservation if going in party of 8 as Big Bowl is terrifically popular with locals. No need to be adventurous; this is my ace place to take visitors and everyone loves it. See their menu by googling "Lettuce Entertain You" (their ownership) or "Chicago restaurant menus".