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elegantelliot Jan 6, 2009 07:12 AM

Any reccomendations? its a party of 10. We currently have a reservation at Clydes so we are thinking that price range. Any ideas would be great!

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    FoiGras Jan 13, 2009 06:54 AM

    Haven't been in a while, but what about That's Amore? FoiGras

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      elegantelliot Jan 13, 2009 07:28 AM

      we ended up doing clydes. it was pretty good and everyone was happy. thanks for the recs!

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      Roland Parker Jan 12, 2009 07:17 PM

      Fairly hard to find a place in Columbia that isn't casual. Or who would refuse a group of casually dressed diners.

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        Johnlw Jan 8, 2009 04:33 AM

        We ahve eaten maybe four or five times this past year at the King's Contrivance. While you might not see it as casual, no ties are required, the atmosphere (in an old manor type house) is great, and the food and wine are good.

        For a bargain hunter I believe they have a fixed price menu up to six p.m., and half price wines on Fridays.

        Jst sayin'

        Good luck.

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          taster58 Jan 7, 2009 09:53 AM

          Aida Bistro is casual -- in a strip shopping center, but the food is better than you'd think -- and the owners are very friendly and accommodating.

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            bobovespa Jan 6, 2009 05:56 PM

            Maybe try Iron Bridge wine bar on 108 across from Clark's Farm. It's casual but serious about wine and excellent seasonal small plate and entree menu. They have a long, bar-height table in the newer room which might be perfect for your group.

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              FoiGras Jan 6, 2009 03:12 PM

              I don't think that Cafe de Paris would be in the price range you are suggesting. The chains are--well, CHAINS. Not that I have anything against the chains as hubby and I dine frequently at most of them.

              Victoria Gastro Pub should fit the bill for your requirements. They have a nice, private area conducive to the party of 10 to accommodate your needs. The food is quite tasty, well-priced. I would, though, suggest that you call ahead and specify your desires to see if they can be accommodated.

              The Kobe burgers are terrific, as well as the asparagus appetizer, duck entree, etc. FoiGras

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                MrsWheatie Jan 6, 2009 01:26 PM

                Many of the non-chain places are small establishments, so a group of 10 might overwhelm. Most places are casual. Look into Cafe de Paris, Bistro Blanc in Glenelg, and Victoria's Gastropub. Search the board for other recs.

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                  elegantelliot Jan 6, 2009 07:15 AM

                  and it doesnt have to be in Columbia, but that genral vacinity.

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