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Oct 11, 2008 06:29 PM

advice on chinese restuarants for a wedding reception

Dear Chowhounds,

My fiancee and I are looking for a place for our wedding reception. We have about 70 to 80 guests. We were recently asked if we had considered having it at a restaurant... and we really hadn't.. We are wondering if anyone knows of a nice Chinese restaurant that is not too tacky and offer good foods for our reception in the san gabriel, alhambra, pasadena areas. We would also really like to hear opinions on this, and about any experiences people may have had with this kind of reception.

Caroline & Ryan

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  1. We just went to a Chowhound wedding today at Mission 261. Everything (and we had more than 12+ courses of dim sum) was fantastic. The rooms (several to choose from) are all beautiful and suitable for a wedding.

    This should be first choice, without a doubt.

    Mission 261 Restaurant
    261 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      I had my wedding there in Feb 2007 and it went off without a hitch. Ceremony in the courtyard under the grapevine (with Langer's pastrami & champagne appetizer) and then a full banquet in the clubhouse room, with flatscreen TV that cycled our se asia travel photos and pics of our life together. Extremely affordable considering the decor and quality of food.... about $2300 all in (including wine and tips)

      All the other restaurants we visited wanted to lock our 50 guests up in claustrophobic, windowless rooms, or cordon us off from the rest of the restauraunt with thin, non-soundproof partitions. None offered the flat screen TV option.

      Mr Taster

    2. Whew, most of the big SGV and Rowland Hts places could do this, and have been making it a mainstay for years. Mission 261, Ocean Star, Elite,; try two or three and see which ones you like, then start negotiating. . .

      1. Congrats, I did some research on this also as my wedding is in 6 weeks. Go to those suggested and any of your favorite places that can accommodate your party size and ask for their banquet menu. Often there is a banquet manager that you need to make an appointment with when you figure out which place you would like to have your reception. I would have chosen Mission 261, but they could not accommodate my needs (their room was too small for me). Also, most Chinese receptions are not dim sum, but rather 8-10 course dinners, sometimes lunch, but not usually.

        1. Not in your requested geographic location, but a great place for a Chinese reception is Princess Garden in Cerritos. Much nicer setting than Mission 261 for a reception. Food at both places are about the same. Good, standard banquet food. If there's any way you can make it work, it's worth taking a look.

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          1. re: Bict

            Thank you everybody for your responses. We were very excited when we got all these suggestions. We went to the Mission 261 right away. We love the surrounding area and the restaurant. But to find out that they are closed beginnig January for 2 years to remodel.
            :( We would appreciate any other suggestions you all could give us. Thanks again for your help!

            1. re: carolinehwu

              2 years to remodel??? Something tells me they're going out of business.

              1. re: carolinehwu

                Try Empress Harbor in Monterey Park. They should be able to divide the restaurant into different sections for you. Here's some info:

                1. re: carolinehwu

                  Triumphal Palace is quite nice. and has great food.
                  Capital Seafood at Atlantic and Garvey, less nice but still pretty nice, also with great foodm