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12 year old's b-day dinner

scambi Oct 9, 2008 09:42 PM

santa monica and vicinty; 10/10 Fri. dinner, We're thinking something like houstons, but honestly, don't want the corporate vibe. Also, price is a bit of an issue since there are several girls that she's inviting. Don't want a CPK kind of place either. Probably Italian or American cuisine best choices. Thanks in advance for suggestions. A fun place, good prices since there's a bday party too!


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    nosh RE: scambi Oct 9, 2008 10:21 PM

    Fritto Misto.

    1. westsidegal RE: scambi Oct 9, 2008 10:38 PM

      not italien nor american but for 12 yr olds, i've had success w/ benihana.

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        bellabar RE: scambi Oct 9, 2008 11:06 PM

        Bucca Di Beppo is always fun for tweens.... They have tables that are semi private and tables with themes.... very funny.... The food is fun for them... family style and the pizza is actually good.... Benihana is also great....

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          JEN10 RE: bellabar Oct 10, 2008 06:53 AM

          My daughter had a ton of fun at the Bucca parties she has gone to. Benihana's is always a fun evening.

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            BeenThereAteThat RE: bellabar Oct 10, 2008 01:28 PM

            Absolutely, BDB is really perfect.

          2. Emme RE: scambi Oct 10, 2008 12:17 AM

            if japanese might be okay, i'd consider Musha; it's fun.

            if you wanted to head to the marina, C & O Trattoria is fun for kids that age, and reasonably priced.

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              westsidegal RE: Emme Oct 10, 2008 12:25 AM

              i concur w/ c&o, great idea.

              the food at musha, though, imho, is too 'strange' to reliably appeal to most 12 yr olds. even if the op's child 'gets it,' the others won't necessarily. lots of 12 yr olds would have a very hard time with most of the things on the musha menu.

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                bellabar RE: westsidegal Oct 10, 2008 07:09 PM

                C&O is a bit too wine pounding oriented... not good for kids... So many people get way too loaded there and the communal seating isn't good for kids either....
                With Bucco de beppo you have your own area and can control your party more..

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                  westsidegal RE: bellabar Oct 10, 2008 11:02 PM

                  i've NEVER had a communal table at C&O.
                  also, i've often gone there with a bunch of kids and have never encountered any 'wine-pounding' intrusions into the meal.

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              Burger Boy RE: scambi Oct 10, 2008 10:12 AM

              Try 26 Beach in Venice, burger, salads Italian and some adult fun, rack of lamb, teriyaki salmon. Be sure to reserve the garden area.

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                Nicole RE: scambi Oct 10, 2008 12:58 PM

                I agree with the suggestion of C&O in the marina...very fun for 12-year-olds, and inexpensive. Fritto misto has good pasta and is also inexpensive, but the vibe isn't as fun. If mexican is okay then I would suggest El Cholo (also fun and reasonably priced...a bit americanized, but that's actually better for your crowd).

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                  nosh RE: Nicole Oct 10, 2008 01:43 PM

                  Unless the 12-year-olds are precocious enough to enjoy several rounds of margaritas, I don't see El Cholo. Oh, wait a minute -- the margaritas are for the adults!!

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                  schrutefarms RE: scambi Oct 12, 2008 10:35 AM

                  Border Grill on 4th and....I think Arizona. Not Italian or American, but fun fresh Mexican, really fun for a bunch of kids.

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