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Jun 10, 2009 06:32 PM


Our Family Reunion will be in Scottsdale in two weeks and we're seeking a nice lunch spot in the Old Town area for about 30 family members (adults all). Trying to keep the cost per person under $25. Would appreciate any suggestions. TIA.

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  1. I'll put on a thinking cap, but right off the bat you'll need a pretty big place just to seat 30 together and be served at once - especially at lunch. No matter who you pick, be sure to contact them asap as they'll probably want to staff for it.

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    1. re: tastyjon

      I was thinking Cafe Zu Zu at the Valley Ho, as it's a great location and being a hotel, are probably good at working with groups.

      Another Chow fave is Digestif, wich serves lunch, but I can't recall if they have an area for a really big group. That's the trciky part of this request... lots of good nosh choices, but a big group at lunch in the summer changes the equation. Hopefully someone used to larger gatherings can chime in.

    2. If you're just looking for a place to accomodate the size of your group, there's always Buca di Beppo right in the heart of Old Town.

      Buca Di Beppo
      3828 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      1. I'm thinking Cafe Carumba could be a possibility. I don't know that they have a specific room for something like that, but from what I recall of the setup inside, they may be able to accomodate a group like that.

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        1. re: boingo2000

          For 30 people and a reunion you really need a private room and few Scottsdale restaurants outside of hotels have those. And few of those are open at lunch particularly this time of year. You might try Firesky Resort or the Royal Palms. Their private rooms are the least "hotel like" and both do a great job. Give them your budget and see what happens. They should both be anxious for the business. Mosaic, Flemings and Roy's all have nice private rooms but are not open for lunch. Mosaic might do it but they are in far north Scottsdale. I hosted a private dinner for about your size group there and they had a great room for it and did a wonderful job.

        2. Disregard all the alarmist concerns over serving a group of your size. Thirty people are no big deal. It's the dead of summer, in a decidedly down restaurant economy. Lots of places would not only love to cater to your group, but have plenty of space to serve you and serve you well. Carlsbad Tavern (New Mexican-inspired menu) and Uncle Sal's (homespun Italian) come to mind (both at the intersection of Hayden and Osborn roads.