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Mar 28, 2010 10:43 AM

help! looking for quality vietnamese, thai or chinese resto for large family dinner with kids next sat.

Hi fellow chowhounders:

I'm trying to organize a large family dinner (10 adults, 4 kids under age 7) for next saturday night. Ideally I'd like to find a restaurant with a private room, or one that's big enough to allow for some roaming by little kids in the group. Don't think our regular faves (Sichuanese Cuisine, Green Leaf, Szech 99) will do space-wise. Open to Vietnamese, Thai or Chinese. Any thoughts?

Thanks much for your ideas!


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  1. I believe House of Hong can accommodate a group this size. Plus they're sure to have something for everyone. Ask for some shrimp chips for the kids - ours used to love them so much we used to carry a piece of paper with kanji for "shrimp chips" so we would be sure to order the right thing!

    House of Hong Restaurant
    409 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

    1. Bamboo Garden in Bellevue (the Szechuan place, not the awful vegan place by the Seattle Center) has large tables in a semi-segregated area. It is always packed with large families and kids are always running around back there. You would have to ask if they accomodate a party of your size (I think the tables seat 10, but maybe they have a strategy for larger groups).

      Bamboo Garden
      202 106th Pl NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

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      1. re: christy319

        I would second Bamboo Garden in Bellevue. I have seen them handle large groups on more than one occassion---they stick you either in the two big tables in the back or off to the side. And no one ever cares that kids are running around.

        giggle re the "awful vegan place by the Seattle Center" oh I so agree. We tried it once and were soo soo soo disappointed. All we could think was "we could have gone to the REAL Bamboo Gardens!!!"

        Bamboo Garden
        202 106th Pl NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

      2. Vietnamese friends have taken us to the joy Palace at 6030 MLK South . They have an extensive, mostly Chinese menu and a large room that could accomodate a very large party. The patrons are mostly Asian and I thought the food was quite good.

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        1. re: forkit

          Monsoon East, in Bellevue, has a private area, and excellent Viet-local-evolved food. I haven't seen kids running amok there but I doubt they'd have an issue with four of them. It seems the better Cantonese style places with banquet tables would work, e.g. Jade Garden, Harbor City, Sea Garden.

          Sea Garden
          509 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

          Jade Garden Restaurant
          7th S King S, Seattle, WA 98101

          Monsoon East
          10245 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

          1. re: equinoise

            I went to Long with some kids and they were extremely accomodating. Not sure if they have a private room, but we had a baby, 4 year old and 7 year old and they were so helpful with keeping adults and kids equally happy.

            1. re: bluedog67

              How about Tamarind Tree in the ID? It's kind of a labrynth inside, I'm not sure how big it is, but maybe could do a big group, and the food's pretty good.

              Tamarind Tree
              1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104