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.
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: http://www.celestinodrago.com/ for menus and photos.)
Valentino (Santa Monica)
3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403