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Group dining for 150 people?

cedichou Jun 10, 2009 02:35 PM


I'm looking for a place to take a super large party, 150 people. Preferably a fun place. I think the budget should be under $100, including wine and drinks. I guess for that size, I'm not expecting super high quality food, but it would not hurt. Also, we'll be busing these people from USC to LAX, so somewhere in between or on the west side would help. I'm at loss with coming up with a place, any recommendations?


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    JBC Jun 10, 2009 06:27 PM

    For Clarification Purposes ~ I am guessing you really meant $100 "PER PERSON" including Wine and Drinks and including Tax & Tip. ? . ?

    In other words - your budget is a maximum of $15,000; which includes absolutely every possible extra charge there is.

    BTW - Are your guests from any one particular part of the planet or from all over ?

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    1. re: JBC
      cedichou Jun 11, 2009 09:47 AM

      Yes, it's per head. It's a ballpark figure though, not a hard ceiling. And guests are from all over the world, I'm organizing some meeting and we have about that budget to thank them for coming.

    2. westsidegal Jun 10, 2009 07:42 PM

      i believe that i cugini could accommodate you in every way. my guess is that you will probably need to book the entire restaurant.

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        ExtraCheesePlease Jun 10, 2009 09:16 PM

        Try Boho in Hollywood. The place is kitschy and fun and the food is amazing. I think you probably need to book the entire restaurant as well. Everytime I've been there, they always have some really big parties so they look like they are set up for that. And oh yeah, they have some amazing beers on tap if that matters.

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        1. re: ExtraCheesePlease
          westsidegal Jun 12, 2009 11:28 AM

          be aware that going to hollywood will add over an hour of bus time (round trip).

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          edna Jun 11, 2009 01:14 PM

          Try Maggiano's Little Italy at the Farmer's Market / Grove. They have a huge, beautiful patio and great banquet facilities, the food is good and the prices are very reasonable.

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            cedichou Jun 11, 2009 02:57 PM

            Here are some other recommendations I received:
            - Gardens on Glendon (westwood)
            - Shanghai Red (marina del rey)
            - La Bodeguita de Pico (mid-wilshire)

            Any idea how these would compare against, say, BoHo or I Cugini? I understand the food is all over the place, but I mean in terms of value, atmosphere, staff friendliness, etc.?

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            1. re: cedichou
              JBC Jun 11, 2009 03:11 PM

              - Gardens on Glendon - Lovely atmospheric restaurant that survies by that pretty much alone, food can be very disappointing, but yes, it does have a "few" items that are good. For 150 people I would definetly STAY AWAY. Expensive for what you get, or fails on Value. It's been recently put up for sale IF that's what a "listage" posting on la.eater.com means ?

              - Shanghai Reds - Great view, lously food. STAY AWAY.

              - La Bodeguita de Pico (mid-wilshire) - Don't know.

              BTW, what day of the week and how soon do you need to make the reservation/commitment ?

              I made the above comments with the view that the quality of the food was more important than a fun place. At $100 a head you have a large enough budget for that.

              1. re: JBC
                cedichou Jun 11, 2009 04:25 PM

                It's going to be a Saturday in November. Thanks for the feedback, this is very useful!

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                  westsidegal Jun 11, 2009 06:27 PM

                  i concur with JBC about shanghai reds. their food is truly awful.

              2. Phurstluv Jun 11, 2009 06:04 PM

                I Cugini would run you about $50 per person, with tax & tip, but not alcohol or more than three courses. Their food is very good.

                I also agree re: rec for Maggiano's. Food is also very decent, but shuttling may be difficult, with traffic, but I suppose they can just drop them off at the front of the rest, so they don't have to walk through the entire market.

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                  westsidegal Jun 11, 2009 06:31 PM

                  i think you may have underestimated the cost of i cugini. my guess is a little over $50/pp BEFORE tax and tip and before beverages.

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                    foodiemahoodie Jun 11, 2009 11:02 PM

                    If you're going to have a private party for the whole restaurant, it will likely cost you more than 50 bucks per for 3 courses. First of all, restaurants have more than 1 seating, so a buyout is going to cost a premium. Unless you just call up and book the first seating. Which is a can do.

                    There are plenty of restaurants that can handle that.

                    One of L.A.'s most charming-looking restaurants - and with pretty good food - is Cicada downtown - they can easily handle 150 people. And it's a landmark.

                    I would say the food and the room is better than anything yet mentioned on this list.

                    Spago's could easily handle 150 people.

                    A really great room, big with great food is Citrus at Social Hollywood - gorgeous room.

                    Check these place out online, you'll see what I mean.

                    Falcon Hollywood is a very sexy room too.

                    And if you really want to go all out, rent this place and bring in a caterer. It would have to be buffet style, but it's been in a lot of movies, says glamor x 10, and there is even lore that the Black Dahlia murderer once owned (and lived) here.


                    Yamashiro (okay, the food isn't as good as above but it's got a lot of character) could swallow a few hundred people quite easily.

                    You couldn't go wrong with any of these.

                    1. re: foodiemahoodie
                      cedichou Jun 12, 2009 11:13 AM

                      Haven't been to Yamashiro in almost 15 years, but thanks for mentioning it, it brings back memories. Great suggestions, thanks a lot.

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                        westsidegal Jun 12, 2009 11:26 AM

                        my guess is that spagos would come in at WAY over budget.

                        don't know about the others

                        1. re: westsidegal
                          Jwsel Jun 12, 2009 01:06 PM

                          Spago may not be that far off. Its lunch menu for private dining begins at $55 per person for a 3-course lunch, but that is before drinks, tax, and service charge. The bigger issue is that the dining room only seats 74, and even with the galley, you can only seat 124. So the OP would probably have to rent out the entire restaurant.

                          One option you might investigate is the new Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill at LA Live (near USC). It is not open for lunch, but maybe they would host an event there.

                          I would also recommend you contact Wolfgang Puck catering generally. They have a number of locations around the city that they use for catering events, including the Target Terrace at LA Live (which can seat 150), the El Rey Theatre, and a site at Sony Studios. I suspect their price for catering events would be lower than Spago, so it would fit the price range. My friends have used Wolfgang Puck for several events and expressed surprise that it was not significantly higher than other good caterers.

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                            foodiemahoodie Jun 12, 2009 04:18 PM

                            Between the main dining room, the patio and the private dining room - they could do 150. I think the could exceed that with a buyout, but that would likely exceed the budget.

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                              cedichou Jun 12, 2009 04:31 PM

                              Just to clarify, it will be for DINNER, not lunch. Sorry I did not make that clear. So the LA Live might be an option (but I find the general neighborhood atmosphere a bit sterile). But that could also rule out Spago, from what I understand. Thanks for the WP catering tip!

                        2. re: westsidegal
                          Phurstluv Jun 12, 2009 04:34 PM

                          With two courses, it should not be above 50 unless they order the most expensive special, i.e. at I Cugini.

                          The above post is right that you should contact the catering managers at each location and see what they can do for your party.

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                        samtron608 Jun 12, 2009 03:57 PM

                        lawrys? seems to me out of towners love that place. easily fit 150 in one of their rooms without haveing to buy out the whole night. about $50 a head with tax and tip.

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                        1. re: samtron608
                          westsidegal Jun 12, 2009 08:33 PM

                          the problem with lawrys is that there is that many folks these days are not that much into red meat. they do have a few uninteresting selections for such folks. . . .

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