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Apr 16, 2008 11:12 AM

Recs needed for 8+ people, including Grandma

We're staying in Santa Monica (SM Blvd/26th) and are looking for a place that would suit all of us. I dont want to go to 3rd Street Promenade, and I'd like to stay within about a 15 min drive. I'd like to stay below $25 or so per person. No sushi or Japanese. We have 1 vegitarian, 1 grandma who is not terribly adventurous but will deal with whatever, and I really hate seafood.

Any suggestions? I looked at the Library, but they dont take reservations. Anything similar? Pref. not a chain.

I tried to do a search on the board but wasn't terribly successful.

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  1. does your $25 number include tax, tip, and beverages or is that for entree only?
    how about valet fees? would you be adverse to paying additional money for parking?

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    1. re: westsidegal

      $25 for food only; there are only a few drinkers in the group. Parking fees not included.

      1. re: colls

        i'd drive south to 26 beach.
        26 Beach Restaurant 3100 Washington Blvd. (just west of Lincoln), Venice • 310-823-7526

    2. Is Joe's within the OP's budget?

      8+ is a bit much for 3 square, but it may be OK.

      Will you go NEAR the 3rd street?

      1. Maybe the communal table at Nook? 3 Square also has a communal table.

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        1. re: mollyomormon

          There's also the patio at Wilshire. It's close to your budget limit but could work if everyone orders carefully.

          1. re: mollyomormon

            have you ever taken out a party of 8 people and told the group to 'order carefully?'
            i've never seen that work well.
            imho it's far better to select a restaurant that comes in at the desired price point.

            1. re: westsidegal

              I concur. You don't take people out for a meal and then set a limit on thier ordering. It's not right.

        2. i have never been there so if somebody wants to chime in feel free, but Bistro of Santa Monica seems to be in your area and price range.

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          1. re: NYCnowLA

            Perfect location for OP, but the food is not good.

          2. Did you mean Library Ale House? Definitely would be too loud for Grandma!