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Lively restaurant for 10 person birthday dinner--- full bar, ~$20pp w/o drinks, in West Hollywood

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Hi!
Im celebrating my 23rd birthday with 9 other people this Friday and needed some help picking a restaurant.

I was thinking Cobras and Matadors, but had trouble making reservations as there are two other large parties booked already.....and apparently theres a 30$ min per person...? (sorry, were still students/recent grads! )

Are there any places you guys can suggest to me? I was hoping for something like a YardHouse where they offer a wide range of stuff, its casual but still nice....but something thats more unique to LA

criteria:
- full bar (or byob)
-lively atmosphere
-not to casual, not too fancy (as we are heading to the abbey afterwards)
-has decent vegetarian options (as there are a few vegetarians)
-a place where quality of food and ambiance actually match the price

i was thinking about these restaurants but havent been to any of them,
-Pink Pepper Thai
-Fiddlers
-Bossa Nova
-Garden of Taxco
would you guys suggest any of these for a party?

Thanks!

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  1. Check out Melrose Bar & Grill....and plus because it's walking distance to the Abbey.

    Or Baby Blues BBQ (a little further of a walk, but doable).

    1. Unfortunately, Pink Pepper is wine and beer only. That would be a great place (patio). Gardens of Taxco is too.

      I love Melrose Bar and Grill but it can get up there in price. I'm always surprised when I get the bill.

      The Baby Blues suggestion is marvelous.

      Trocadero Lounge on Sunset is great - some argue that the food is not great but I really like it. The vibe is very cool.

      1. What about Saint Felix? Close to the Abbey and the food is pretty good. Not sure what time you're planning your party for, but they do have a great happy hour from 4-8pm.