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May 23, 2008 09:26 PM

Group Party With the Boss

Trying to find a fun place where 15 of us can take out the boss for a celebration dinner. We are all starving students and work at Cedars-Sinai. Any ideas in the area?

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  1. I've read good things on this board about a pizza place on La Cienega. Think it's Vito's? I'm not sure how the prices are....but pizza and beer might be within the budget.

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    1. re: perk

      fwiw regarding vitos:
      1) as pizza goes, it is priced on the high end.
      2) the water served there tastes awful, so figure that everyone will need to pay for beverages even if they are only drinking water.

    2. i'd opt for shamshiri grill in westwood.
      the food is very good
      the portions are huge
      the prices are very reasonable.

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      1. re: westsidegal

        Shamshiri would be a great choice. The restaurant is big enough to accomodate your group, and flexible enough so that tables can be put together. Prices are an excellent value, with dinners mostly slightly above $10 to $13 or so, served with huge mounds of tasty rice and warm rounds of housebaked flatbreads, along with your kabobs, shawarma, or stewed items. Portions are large enough for sharing. While the food is Persian, it is simple enough to be accessible and there are fish and vegetarian options. For a party of that size, be sure to reserve in advance and talk to the management about the menu and in particular whether there is any alternative to street metered parking.

        1. re: nosh

          just be aware,
          at shamshiri they frown on EVERYONE at the table wanting to share entrees, and will slap on a $4 service fee for splitting an entree.
          on the other hand, they've let me get away without paying the service fees when most of the people in the party order their own entree.

          still, everyone ends up bringing some food home while spending the same amount of money that has you leaving most restaurants hungry.

          1. re: westsidegal

            When I mentioned "sharing" at Shamshiri I meant that there is enough so people can taste one another's dishes so they could have some variety instead of just the one large portion. I differentiate "splitting" from sharing. Especially since so many of the dishes at Shamshiri include the bread, the grilled vegies, and the starter salad (I like the shirazi), not to mention the more than reasonable prices. There is enough work for a restaurant to serve a large party and keep everyone happy and all of the beverages filled for the party not to cheap out by taking advantage of generous servings with everyone or most splitting entrees.

      2. Maggiano's at the Grove???

        1. 3rd Stop might be a great festive option

          Ethiopian on Fairfax could be fun and not too pricey (Rahel would be my pick).

          Mouns of Tunis is good for Moroccan and festive and cheaper than Dar Maghreb