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Need recommendation for 70th birthday, 25-30 people

eshtibb Apr 12, 2009 11:52 AM

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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    jillso Apr 13, 2009 06:10 PM

    Just north of Hollywood....there's a place in Burbank that's my new fave-rave, and it would be PERFECT if you decide to do dinner instead of lunch. On Fri and Sat they have a singer who does Sinatra and old standards and he's really terrific, a 70-year old would just adore the vibe. And I'm sure he'd do requests for the celebrant's favorite old tunes etc. The food's very good and the chef's a gem...he'd work with you and your budget and give you a private section for 25. My first visit there was with a group and we were very pleased at the great varied menu that he gave us to choose from. I'm sure it would be a memorable night. You might want to mosey in this Fri or Sat night for a drink at the bar or something, and check out the scene. Well worth the extra few miles if your guests can swing it, it'll definitely feel more like a party than just a dinner.

    Third and Olive
    250 E. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91505

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    1. re: jillso
      eshtibb Apr 13, 2009 10:36 PM

      Thanks for all the great suggestions. Since I've never tried any of them, I guess I'll have to bite the bullet and try them all.


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      ElissaInPlaya Apr 13, 2009 03:31 PM

      Napa Valley Grille is perfect for this.

      Napa Valley Grille
      1100 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024

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        alli411 Apr 13, 2009 05:04 AM

        Drago Centro or Cecconis both have private rooms, excellent service, and would prob fit your price points.

        1. perk Apr 12, 2009 09:06 PM

          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.

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            maudies5 Apr 12, 2009 07:24 PM

            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. Emme Apr 12, 2009 06:42 PM

              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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                Jeryy Apr 12, 2009 08:29 PM

                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!

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                  yummyinmytummy Apr 13, 2009 11:52 AM

                  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. westsidegal Apr 12, 2009 12:33 PM

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

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                  eshtibb Apr 12, 2009 03:55 PM

                  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. goodhealthgourmet Apr 12, 2009 11:57 AM

                  any particular neighborhood/area?

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                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                    eshtibb Apr 12, 2009 03:50 PM

                    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.

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                      goodhealthgourmet Apr 12, 2009 04:51 PM

                      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

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