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Advice: quiet restaurant with round table in WLA area

bgb Oct 16, 2009 01:14 PM

Looking for a quiet, yummy restaurant with a round table for about 8-9 people for a network meeting. Ideally Venice, Santa Monica, WLA area.

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    JE33 Oct 21, 2009 04:31 PM

    I would add Il Grano to the list

    1. J.L. Oct 21, 2009 12:21 AM


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        Bria Silbert Oct 21, 2009 12:01 PM

        I had a great meeting (it was 15 people but they might do it for less) in the private room of the Westside Tavern (westsidetavernla.com). Plus they had three outstanding prixe fixe lunches - a wonderful, perfectly chopped cobb salad, a portobello and tomato and burrata sandwich, and a lamb dish. Plus a chocolate brownie with some toffee and vanilla bean ice cream for dessert.

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        ElissaInPlaya Oct 20, 2009 03:22 PM

        I like the recommendations for Josie, Craft, I Cugini and Wilshire. I think Il Moro would be a great choice also, but I can't remember whether they have round tables.

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          JBC Oct 17, 2009 11:14 AM

          Your best bet for a "Quite" dining environment would be a Private Room. Without having any budgetary guidelines to go by, the Private room at Drago in Santa Monica would work.

          Click on private dining under Drago Ristorante, third picture down:


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            altstarr Oct 17, 2009 09:53 AM

            i have a monthly book club and we have the same need every month. We have found that a private room with no minimum charge works the best rather than insisting on a round table. There are a few restaurants without a private room that are quiet enough for our discussions.

            If you agree with the above, some restaurants with private rooms but no minumum guarantees are Wilshire and Palmieri, Quiet restaurants are the Pacific Dining Car and Catch at Casa Del Mar (they have a prix fixe menu). Some other restaurants that fit with private rooms but have less interesting food are Il Fornaio, Buca di Bepo, Back on Broadway, Back on the Beach (great daytime views of the beach).

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              whatsfordinner Oct 17, 2009 08:43 AM

              Josie's in Santa Monica has a large round table in the back room.

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                yogachik Oct 17, 2009 07:56 AM

                Drago has round tables. So does Catch at Casa del Mar.

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                  Phurstluv Oct 17, 2009 02:28 PM

                  I thought Catch did! But didn't know if I was recalling correctly!

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                  fdb Oct 16, 2009 11:41 PM

                  I Cugini in Santa Monica has several round tables.

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                    TracyS Oct 16, 2009 04:10 PM

                    You didn't mention a price point, but I recently noticed that Craft has large round tables for big parties. It's not *that* quiet, but not what I'd considered loud either so it may work depending on your needs. I don't think it's an appropriate place to linger with papers on the table, etc.

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