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Mar 29, 2009 03:19 PM

50th Birthday: family style table or small private room.

My sister-in-law's 50th is coming up and we are looking for a place for 12-15 people. We are thinking of a small private room along the lines of the one at Simon, or a family style long table like the one at Drago Centro or Yxta. The majority of the people will be coming from the valley or westside, so we are looking for a venue somewhere in the middle. Weho, Hollywood, Culver City, etc. I am an eastsider, and would love some additional recs. Thanks in advance.

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  1. While the food isn't going to knock your socks off, Taix has private rooms and might work.

    Cicada and/or Cafe Pinot would also work in DTLA.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Thanks Ipsie! I just edited my TP for clarity's sake. I am pretty clear on DTLA spots. Am looking for some place west.

      1. re: lotta_cox

        Oh, ok.

        How about Luna Park, I Cugini, or maybe Wilshire?

        If price isn't an issue, Valentino would also be able to accommodate you as would Melisse.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Those are all great suggestions. Thank you!

    2. Campanile has two rooms upstairs that would work and Grace has a private room in the rear.

      1. Drago Centro has a beautiful private room (they call it flower room) with a large round table which can be converted into a large square. It seats from 12 to 16 people. Food is very good, and service outstanding.

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        1. re: fdb

          So they even square the circle at that place -- pretty special, and they're Italians, not Greeks! I second the call on Valentino, and you might think about the old Drago flagship in Santa Monica. They also have a private room. (See: for menus and photos.


          Valentino (Santa Monica)
          3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

          Drago Restaurant
          2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

          1. re: Mel Gee

            I would recommend Napa Valley Grille in Westwood. I think for the amount of people and demographics it would be perfect. Il Moro on Olympic in West LA also has a private room that would suit that many people.