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Nov 12, 2009 10:11 PM

no prix-fixe private room for 10-ish?

I am aware of a private room at Musha in Santa Monica without a prix-fixe menu. Also there's a small lounge area at Gjelina that can be booked for a private party, without a prix-fixe requirement. I hear Cube has a private room, but requires prix fixe.

There's also a large table to Royal/T that can be reserved.. but i'm looking for something more festive - are there any decently priced restaurants between downtown and santa monica with a private room for a birthday party?

thanks in advance!

424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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  1. AppleCore: I have several groups where we need a private room for discussions in the same Santa Monica-Downtown area. The problem I run into is that some restaurants require a minimum guarantee ... I have not had a problem where they require a preordered menu. Nowadays, even the ones that have required a guarantee before are more flexible on weekdays. If it is a wekeend or not may make a difference.

    Here are some suggestions of affordable restaurants with Private Rooms that may not have minimum guarantees: I'll also mention some with Open Areas that are somewhat private.

    Buca Di Bepo Santa Monica- Quantity Red Italian. Not Chowhound Food, but lively and boisterous

    Il Moro - Good Food. Pricey wine. Private room is all hard surfaces and can get noisy.

    Wilshire Restarant - Several Private Rooms and a private Bar area overlooking the patio bar. If warm enough, the area overlooking the bar can be fund, but it is with low cocktail style tables. Can get pricey.

    Catch Restaurant at Casa Del Mar Hotel - Not noisy and surprisingly affordable menu. Great views of the Pier and huge Clubby "Bar Lounge". they have a private room that probably has a minimum, but it doesn't have the great views either..

    Il Fornaio - Italian Ok food, but again not houndish. Private room.

    Back on the Beach - Not Houndish Food. But affordable and outstanding views since it is on the Beach. they have a private room, but if warm, I would opt for the picnic tables with toes in the sand...

    La Serenata de Garibaldi - High end Mexican food. Second floor private room, but hard surfaces and noisy. Affordable.

    Wokcano - OK Food if you order carefully, Private room in the back but more fun is the elevated open air mezzanine in the patio. On nights with a DJ, this is where the DJ is set up.

    Korean BBQ - Any number of Korean BBQ restaurants have private rooms and the communcal ding makes for an adventure. Chosun Galbee is one of the best.

    Chinese - Many Chinese restaurants have private rooms. On the Westside, there is Hop Li (Santa Monica Blvd location) and VIP Seafood. In Chinatown, i would pick Ocean Seafood.

    Here is a summary with some others. Festive and Private Rooms are a tough combination because Private normally means secluded.

    Private rooms, Good food, Can be Pricey - Valentino, Melisse, Michaels, Daily Grill Downtown, Il Moro, Pecorino, Il Moro, Grace,

    Private Rooms, Affordable, Good Food, Festive - La Serenata de Garibaldi, Musha, Chosun Galbee Korean BBQ, Ocean Seafood

    Private Room, Affordable, OK food, Festive - Buca di Bepo, La Serenata de Garibaldi, Wokcano, Back on the Beach

    Private room, Affordable, OK Food, Not "Festive" - Hop Li on SM Blvd, VIP Seafood, Il Fornaio

    Private Area, Affordable, Good Food, Festive or Adventure- Sawtelle Kitchen on the Patio, 2117 on the Patio, Catch, Wokcano

    Chowhound seems automatically pick up some but not all of the restaurants and list the addresses below.

    Wilshire Restaurant
    2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

    424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Casa Del Mar
    1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405

    La Serenata
    1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Il Moro Restaurant
    11400 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

    Sawtelle Kitchen
    2024 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    Pecorino Restaurant
    11604 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

    Ocean Seafood Restaurant
    747 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012