80th Birthday in Pasadena/downtown?
Help. My mother is turning 80 in a couple of weeks, and my sisters and i want to take her to dinner somewhere in the greater Pasadena area OR possibly downtown. My mother is NOT an adventurous diner, and she prefers rather low-key but nice places instead of stuffy, overly-formal and/or cutting edge restaurants. We want to keep the whole thing on the moderate side, price-wise. There will be about 10 of us. Any ideas? Thanks for any suggestions!
The Raymond? It gets mixed reviews here, but it's the kind of place my 80ish mother would love. I've only been for lunch, but I liked it.
Il Fornaio in Pasadena might also work. They do well at accommodating groups, prices are on the moderate side, and I've always been pleasantly surprised by the food.
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Cafe Bizou is a great choice -- ! Listen, my in-laws are this age and I know this demo. Il Fornaio is not what these folks are used to -- they grew up on red-sauce Italian and I just don't think they really get this sort of place (sorry if I'm being a bit stereotypical here).
If you can't go to Tam O Shanter, take a look at Cafe Bizou -- reasonably priced and they'll think it's fancy.
There's always Bucca. Not the best food, but I like family dinners there and it's definitely moderately priced.