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Rehearsal Dinner Near Long Beach/Cypress?

eekthecat May 25, 2009 06:35 PM

Does anyone have any suggestions for a early July rehearsal dinner in the Long Beach / Cypress / Cerritos area (more toward the 605 rather than LB near downtown or the 710) -- this area seems to be a dining wasteland though (I live there).

I'm looking for a place that has a private dining area, non-Asian food (I'm Chinese, and have had my fill of asian banquet food), a fixed menu for guests, and around $25-40/pp)...

So far I'm leaning toward Park Ave. in Stanton, one of my favorite places, but would love to hear more suggestions!

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    lbterp May 25, 2009 07:48 PM

    We had our rehearsal dinner at Aromas (Italian) in Cerritos - food was good, but you have a private room. If I remember correctly you could pick your menu - depending on how much you want to spend. The restaurant was very accomodating.

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      mdlb May 26, 2009 08:41 PM

      Not too far in Los Alamitos is Shenandoah at the Arbor. I've heard that it has nice banquet facilities..and food is pretty good (though I haven't had it since it was in Belmont Shore)

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        attran99 May 26, 2009 09:57 PM

        Does it matter how casual it is? I hear Schooner or Later near PCH by the 405/605/22 area is quite fun. Not sure if they have a private area, but I'm sure they would be willing to work with you.
        Khoury's in the same area is a bit more upscale and formal, and has private dining facilities. If your group is big enough, I would suggest the covered patio area....great views of the ocean and marina.

        110 N Marina Dr, Long Beach, CA 90803

        Schooner Or Later
        241 N Marina Dr, Long Beach, CA 90803

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          Joani Macaroni May 27, 2009 05:57 PM

          Schooner or later is VERY casual (right at the marina - outdoor tables, birds jumping on the tables to grab food . . . much bigger birds flying over head . . .) and their only "indoor" area is a small area enclosed as weather necessitates where you can't really see the marina - which is why most people go - although the food is great. Not fancy - but substantial. However, I've only been for breakfast/lunch - not sure if they even do dinner. If EEK is thinking along Park Ave. lines, Schooner is not what he's looking for.

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          Joani Macaroni May 27, 2009 06:05 PM

          You didn't mention how many were in the party, but I can recommend George's Greek in Belmont Shore area - go it and look it over - ask to be shown their upstairs loft area. If you make arrangements (talk to the manager) to eat mid-afternoon and be done before the regular dinner hour, you can reserve it for a small group (up to 30 - 35 perhaps) and it's fun being up there. We had a family party there and they were great. It worked out very well for us since it was a surprise party and she didn't figure it out until she got all the way up the stairs. There's also a big area to hang a banner on (which they allowed us to do). You can definitly do it on your budget & include some appetizers too - but watch the wine - or tell guests they're on their own for the drink tab. We got a sample taste of three wines, and of course (didn't know) the one we liked was the $40 bottle one . . . good thing we asked right away - we had 25 people who liked wine . . .

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