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Graduation dinner spot for ~10 near UCLA?

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I waited way too long to plan this, but I'm looking for a decent place to take 10 family and family friends out to dinner on Friday night. People are coming from some distance (OC), so I'd like to go somewhere nicer than the Chili's in Westwood and preferably something also non-chain. A place that took reservations might be nice, but also might be too much to ask. We could probably eat early too.

It's odd that after spending a few years at UCLA, I know practically nothing about the nearby restaurants.

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  1. Any other particulars on what kind of place you're looking for?

    If your family likes Japanese, how about Bar Hayama down on Sawtelle? Cozy atmosphere, decent food.

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    Bar Hayama
    11300 Nebraska Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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    1. re: Fill_Up

      I think easy parking and accessibility are important and maybe something under $30/person. I don't think my parents like middle eastern / Persian food, so that's out too.

      1. re: xvznt

        Perhaps Carmine's II on Santa Monica Blvd. might work? Just a bit east of Westwood Blvd. on the north side of the street. More of a NY Italian red sauce approach.

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        Carmines II
        10463 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    2. You might check with Shamshiri Grill on Westwood Blvd. to see if they can fit your party in. Nice enough and the food is good with reasonable prices.

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      Shamshiri Grill
      1712 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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      1. re: Servorg

        xvznt, be aware that shamshiri grill serves persian food.
        fwiw, i would not go anywhere in westwood without having a firm reservation on graduation day.

      2. if these OC folks are like my OC relatives who love to hate LA, then i suggest the restaurant at the getty (in yo' face, bowers museum! where's your monorail?). if they're super trendy, into celebrity sightings and sushi, then katsuya in brentwood ($$$$). if they like a spectacle, then I'd say rock sugar at century city mall. the last 2 are kinda loud.

        1. Try Thai House on Gayley. It's not the best thai food, but it has all the staples. It's also a nice decor although seating for 10 might be a squeeze.

          1. Thanks for all the suggestions. It turns out that my cousin made a reservation at Il Moro. Unfortunately, the dishes all seemed a little salty. Oh well.