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Apr 12, 2009 11:52 AM

Need recommendation for 70th birthday, 25-30 people

I'm looking for a restaurant in Los Angeles to celebrate a 70th birthday party for about 25 to 30 guests. Ideally, the restaurant will be available for lunch on a Saturday and have a private room. If the restaurant is not available for lunch, then dinner will work too. I'd like to keep the cost to around $40-$50/person.

Any cuisine except Asian would be great.


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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      No particular neighborhood, except I'd like to keep it east-west between downtown LA and Santa Monica, and north-south between Hollywood and Culver City.

      1. re: eshtibb

        that definitely narrows the field a bit, which makes it easier for us to help you :)

        my first thought is I Cugini on Ocean Ave in Santa Monica. they do a lot of events, the location/view is terrific, and they have valet parking.

        I Cugini
        1501 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    2. does your $40 to $50 budget include tax, tip, beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic?
      what about parking requirements?

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      1. re: westsidegal

        I would say the $40-$50 budget includes all food and beverage, before tip and tax.

        Convenient free parking, as in parking lot, would be a plus. Valet parking is fine. I don't want any of my guests to be driving around looking for street parking.


      2. Il Moro would do a great set menu for you, and lunch or dinner. The Wine Room is perfect for you.

        Chez Mimi's patio is also lovely, but might overwhelm the budget. Try talking to them.

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        1. re: Emme

          I heartily second and third and fourt for Il Moro - we had my son's Bar Mitzvah there on a Saturday afternoon - the food could not have been better and the staff and owners are incredibly helpful. You can gave the outdoor patio or an in side room. Utterly wonderful!

          1. re: Jeryy

            Il Moro has been a standard in my family for years. I was there about 6 weeks ago and honestly, never need to go back.

            The service was way off. We had to ask several times for things (clearing of the table after the 1st course as the 2nd course was being served, clean wine glasses, flatware)...that said....the food just does not hold up anymore. It is expensive and just not all that.

        2. Toscana, in Brentwood, is open for lunch on Saturday. They have a private room . I would call Antonio at Toscana to see what you can work out. Antonio is very fair and that private room is quite nice. My son, a partner in a law firm, often uses the private room at Toscana. As well, i used the room for my husband's birthday. I highly recommend this venue

          1. Chez Mimi is another nice option. Open for lunch, valet parking (thought I'd double check to make sure that they have valets at lunch time), lovely space and service, very nice food.
            Mimi will work with you to put together a menu that works, and there are a couple of private rooms, plus a very nice patio that can be part of the space.