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Sep 6, 2009 10:10 AM

Enclosed room for 50 people with few windows and good food for "dining in the dark" party

There's been some discussion of Dining in the Dark on these boards, where you eat in complete darkness.

Well, I'm looking to host an engagement party for 50 people and have them serve it (our first date was at the one in SF). Their space only holds 39 and I'm not sure about the food quality, but if you provide a space and food they'll do it anywhere.

So I'm looking for a place (ideally near Hollywood) that has good food (maybe $50-100?) and a private dining room that can hold 50ish and be made totally dark. Some kind of basement space or back room with few windows would be best, but I think they can handle most spaces.

It's been very hard to find places, so we're getting pretty flexible on location and price. If anybody has any thoughts, I would really appreciate it.


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  1. Many hotels with meeting/ball rooms can accomodate you with a room seating 50 that can be blacked out. Most will have lighted EXIT signs that will have to be blacked out.

    I like the Universal Hilton in Studio City for Chinese Food. The Olympic Collection in West LA has several ballrooms that will work and maybe 8 or 9 caterers that they use. There are any number of Hollywood Hotels depending on your budget - some are Roosevelt, Rennaisance, Sofitel, Mondrian hotels.

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    1. re: altstarr

      Unfortunately the other half of the engagement is dead set on a proper restaurant space at this time, but thank you for your thoughts, if we go down that route I will check them out.

    2. How about Lawry's in Beverly Hills. They have a private room that accommodate up to 80 people.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Interesting idea, thank you! I do enjoy an occasional Lawry's steak.

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        1. OK, I've heard of this but don't really get the reason. Do you know what you are eating ahead of time or are you supposed to guess? can someone explain it to me or point me to a thread, please? thanks

            1. re: johnnyshungry

              cool--thank you for that. Anyone write a review on here?

              1. re: sparkareno

                my memory is degrading but I think they have.