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Dec 2, 2008 03:00 PM

7 adults, 4 small kids & Pasadena

Can anyone recommend a restaurant that would work for such a group? If the place has a private or semi-private area (given the young kids), even better.

As for types of food, we're open to anything, although probably nothing too exotic considering the young kids.

Price: Not really an issue, but price is probably self-limiting due to needing a place that will accommodate small children.

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  1. I think Il Fornaio on Colorado is partitioned into several rooms. The food isn't bad for a chain, and shouldn't be too exotic for picky kids.

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    1. re: Vaya Con Carne

      I would not consider it a "destination" but Green Street would be very accommodating for kids. They don't have a private area but they do have banquettes that can accommodate larger parties.

    2. in no particular order, here is where we used to go with the krewe...(most of them 7 and under)

      Il Fornaio mentioned below would place us in a remote corner, round table...let the games begin. Lots of bread and pasta...kid-tolerant.

      Mijares- they have picnic-like bench big tables, and a heated patio(s) and are kid-friendly, beyond kid-tolerant...put it this way, everyone brings their kids and sometimes it resembles a modified playpen...but not Denny's. Mexican combo stuff and quesadillas or lots of rice for the LTOs (see below).

      El Portal - same as above, tho food is better and atmosphere a bit more gentile, except the back room...they have a big back room where they generally "place" the families with an abundance of LTO's (Little Tiny Ones)

      Panda Inn - pasteurized Chinese, but usually fresh and also food that is acceptable to LTO's...they had the benefit of small 10-15 person private dining rooms that had big round tables....the kids played in the room, underneath the table...those still crawling could be let loose without sending the waitstaff into a crazed was our fall-back restaurant just because it was so user-friendly with the LTO's.

      may the force be with you

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      1. re: Local

        here's locations

        Panda Inn
        3488 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

        Il Fornaio
        24 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103

        Mijares Mexican Restaurant
        145 Palmetto Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105

        El Portal
        695 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101

        1. re: Local

          I would only go to Mijares under duress.

      2. Mijares, 145 Palmetto Drive, 1 block north of California, entrance on Pasadena Ave. Pasadena's oldest restaurant (1920), family friendly, great values, terrific food. The place where all of Pasadena's families go to!

        1. We really enjoy Le Grande Orange!
          Food is wonderful and the staff is amazing.
          Not sure about a private room, but they do have a patio area if you want a semi-private area.
          Check them out!