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Jul 16, 2008 01:18 PM

ISO wedding venue with fabulous food!

Greetings all!

I just joined, so that I could post this question. My fiance and I are looking for a wedding venue and since good food (no rubber chicken banquet halls!) is one of the most important things to us, we're thinking that a restaurant might fit the bill.

Our geographic choices would be: Pasadena (I'm a native), downtown, or the westside (where we currently live). And we might have as many as 150 guests. Places we've looked at online but haven't yet visited include: Ciao Trattoria (downtown) and Villa Sorriso and Cafe Santorini.

I'm looking for advice/suggestions/reviews from people who have been to any of the above locations.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. congrats. i just posted a question here the other day about "the victorian" on main street in santa monica. they cater in supposedly good
    the place is a house! you have your reception in there. might want to look into it.

    1. You may want to look at the Music Center. My friend had her reception there about 3 years ago and I believe they work with Patina for catering. Food was very good then, and they would be able to accommodate a reception of your size.

      1. Hi Crayon! It's not Pasadena, but if Fullerton's not too far I HIGHLY recommend the Summit House. It sits on a large hill and overlooks Orange County. On a clear night you might even be able to see the ocean. The lights are really pretty, and the food is to die for! I usually don't eat corn, but they make this corn dish that's just divine! No rubber chicken served at this place.


        You might also check out the old Raymond Hotel in Old Pasadena.

        1. Congrats on your upcoming wedding! I know this place isn't on your list, but I have to throw out Il Cielo restaurant in Beverly Hills. My husband and I got married there a year ago on September 23. I cannot say enough great things about this place. Not only is it absolutely beautiful and intimate, the food is fabulous and the staff will treat you and your guests like royalty. They are closed on sundays and only open for events, so the rental fee is cheaper and you get the whole place to yourself! It used to be a home so there are different rooms for your guests to hang out in. The roof is open over the front patio and a side patio where the ceremony and dining take place so you have the sky and stars over your heads. The total cost wasn't insane, especially for Beverly Hills and our guests are still raving about the great time they had. Check out their website I definitely think they are worth considering.

          1. My friend got married at Cafe Santorini/Rococo Room. I thought they did a nice job; they had a buffet but I'm sure they can do a more formal sit down dinner. I love the Rococo room's space; you wouldn't have to decorate as much; a few candles and centerpieces would do. The space tends to be small though if you have a dance floor.

            If you find a venue where you can bring a caterer, The Kitchen for Exploring Foods in Pasadena is great. They have gotten so creative over the years and their service and presentation is impeccable.

            If you haven't done so, a must have for perusing venues is Here Comes The Guide; you don't have to buy the book...the website is great. It's They break down venues by geographical areas.

            Congrats and have a great time planning your big day!

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            1. re: gonavera

              I had my son's Bar Mitzvah with 150 guests at IL Moro on Olympic near Sawtelle and it was wonderful - plus the food is magnificent - one of the top half dozen Italian restaurants in LA. The staff could be nicer, the outside patio was great and the cost was very reasonable. They will close the place to the public for your 150 guests. Plus you can bring in your own entertainment. My highest recommendation!

                1. re: Jeryy

                  I meant the staff COULDN'T be nicer.