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Jun 11, 2009 09:57 AM

Best Santa Monica/West Side restaurant for special family dinner

Recommendations for superb dining experiences in Santa Monica/West Side for a group of ten, celebrating a big event? Flexible about the area, just looking for really good food and a not-stuffy atmosphere. A small private room would be a plus.
Thank you!

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  1. Catch at Casa del Mar has a private room, and I love the food there, it's a special occasion place.

    1. Try Vincenti in Brentwood - great Italian and nice small room - or Melisse in SM, though a bit formal.

      1. Try La Botte in Santa Monica; do the tasting menu if possible. Quaint and cozy but not too stuffy. Perfect food!

        La Botte Ristorante
        620 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        1. wilshire restaurant in santa monica or via alloro in bh

          1. try the private upstairs room at Via Veneto on Main Street in SM. We did a bday there a few years ago for about 10 folks. they'll work with you on designing a menu that suits you.