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Elegant but beachy feeling restaurant for Engagement party

ttehenry Jan 7, 2009 06:47 PM

Does anyone have any recommendations of a restaurant that serves either Italian, American or Meditteranean cuisine in one of the local beach areas (Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu....) or even inland if the place has good food and the right feeling. A friend got engaged in Santa Barbara and would like to have their engagement party reflect their time there.
Looking for somewhere that can host a party of anywhere from 16-30 people. They'd be willing to keep it on the lower end if they found a place they liked. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for any information!!!

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  1. westsidegal RE: ttehenry Jan 7, 2009 06:58 PM

    not exactly what you want, but thought i'd throw cafe del rey in marina del rey into the ring.

    they have a private room that will fit this party
    they have VIEWS of the boats in the marina
    the room is pretty
    they have good food, but it is asian fusion (not the type you requested)
    they have an extremely good wine list.
    i've always had good service there

    1. rednyellow RE: ttehenry Jan 8, 2009 12:38 AM

      Geoffrey's in Malibu might do the job

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        parmamom RE: ttehenry Jan 8, 2009 05:40 AM

        I haven't tried it yet, but the photos look great at Malibu Beach Inn. The property has just reopened after a full renovation. Looks like American style foods in a beachy-elegant location. If she is still there, ask for Jill Jennings to assist you.

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          noshie RE: parmamom Jan 8, 2009 06:46 AM

          Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica has restaraunt(s). Casa Del Mar had a fish restarurant (many years ago) that had a prvate room, but I thought the food was quite poor (not sure what its like now)

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            yogachik RE: noshie Jan 8, 2009 08:22 AM

            Catch at Casa del Mar sprang to mind first. It's great, I eat there all the time and love it. The restaurant at Shutters is also a great idea.

        2. perk RE: ttehenry Jan 8, 2009 07:25 AM

          Terra in Malibu might fit the bill. It doesn't have ocean views, but it's on PCH and has a nice beach vibe. It's also a pretty space, with nice people and good food.

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            ttehenry RE: perk Jan 8, 2009 07:40 AM

            Thank you all for the tips! I'll look into those :-)

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              MarlaPR RE: ttehenry Jan 9, 2009 07:34 AM

              You might want to check out Sunset. It's right on the beach and I know they do a lot of weddings. It's also a Malibu Happy Hour hot spot.

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              MarlaPR RE: perk Jan 9, 2009 07:35 AM

              I agree Terra is special and might fit the bill.

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              JBC RE: ttehenry Jan 8, 2009 08:26 AM

              Beau Rivage - Mediterranean - Malibu (on Pacific Coast Highway).
              Private Room(s) 2nd Floor with view of the Pacific.


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                MarlaPR RE: JBC Jan 9, 2009 07:31 AM

                Sorry, I think Beau Rivage is past it's prime, a little smelly and food not up to par.

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                New Trial RE: ttehenry Jan 8, 2009 10:04 PM

                Perhaps Ocean & Vine or one of the cabanas around the pool area at the Viceroy--not my first choices for food but good enough and great beachy feel. Ocean & Vine offers a view of the Ocean and the Pier and has outside firepits which can be fun.

                Viceroy Santa Monica
                1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                Ocean and Vine
                1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                  tastycakes RE: ttehenry Jan 9, 2009 06:53 AM

                  it's not on the beach, but providence is very elegant and has a beachy decor and excellent seafood.

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                    Adsvino RE: tastycakes Jan 9, 2009 07:06 AM

                    bad rec. Beachy decor? No. And not only is it "not on" the beach, but it's not within 10 miles of one.

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                      westsidegal RE: tastycakes Jan 9, 2009 10:50 AM

                      must disagree with the providence recommendation.
                      there is nothing about providence that even faintly brings 'beach' to mind.
                      providence is an elegant seafood restaurant that also seems to be enamoured with foie gras. They serve what i would call 'precious' upscale food. the decor of the restaurant has no suggestion of 'beach.'

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                        tastycakes RE: westsidegal Jan 9, 2009 02:43 PM

                        so sorry, the seashells, foam, and driftwood motif must have come from someplace other than the beach

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                          westsidegal RE: tastycakes Jan 9, 2009 02:57 PM

                          i didn't mean to offend you.

                          those decorative elements, for some reason, did not carry enough visual weight to make my impression of the restaurant at all 'beachy.'
                          obviously they did have that effect on you.

                          maybe my 'beach' sensors were not in gear because of the inland location of the restaurant.

                          at any rate, my apologies.

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