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Apr 14, 2010 03:30 PM

Looking for Pasadena location with a private room (40 people)

We have a family event coming up, and we need something in the Pasadena area that has a private room for up to 40-50 people. I guess I would like something at or below the $30/person price range (excluding drinks). While I love any cuisine, this group calls for something a bit more boring, and I would like a place that serves fish for the people who keep Kosher. While I have lots of experience eating in the SGV, I don't know who has large private rooms...

Thanks in advance,


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  1. If they keep Kosher, it doesn't matter if fish is served or not, the kitchen and all the dishes have to be kosher.

    If you know anyone who is affiliated with Caltech, you can see if they can get you in to the Athenaeum.

    1. I'm not sure how you are going to get around the Kosher requirement, but if you can, I would suggest Green Street Tavern

      Parkway Grill and Smitty's would be other options.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        The people who keep Kosher are conservative and will eat fish or dairy when they go out (except my one cousin who is a bit crazy).

        I considered the Athenaeum. I am affiliated with Caltech, but no longer a member of the Ath, so I don't know if I can book a dinner. My wedding rehearsal dinner was there and this will be for my daughters Bat Mitzvah, so there would be a certain symmetry to that. Does Parkway Grill have a private room? I have not been there in many years.


        Edit: Parkway Grill does have a private dining room, although it may be too small depending on how many people we have and it is a bit expensive for our budget.

        Parkway Grill
        510 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

        1. re: Terahertz

          Mazel Tov to your daughter. Even if you are no longer a member of the Ath, I am sure you know someone who still is.

          You could try someplace like All India Cafe. I like the food there, and you might be able to book the whole place for that size party. It would certainly be a change from the standard Bar Mitvah fare.

          All India Cafe
          39 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

      2. Cafe Santorini might fit the bill if it's a lunch (as far as the price is concerned).

        Cafe Santorini
        70 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103

        1. The food isn't anything to write home about, but you could try Il Fornaio in Old Town. They have one room for 22, one for 30, and one for 50-60. They seem to be fairly accommodating of special dietary requests. They have some set menus for around $34/person which have some fish and vegetarian items, for example, this menu:

          I went there once with a group, and while it felt a little corporate and wasn't especially memorable, it certainly wasn't awful.

          1. There are people who scream bloody murder whenever it's mentioned on CH, but I think you could do a lot worse than Louise's Trattoria. The Old Town location has a lovely Art Deco vibe and there's a nice downstairs room that may be big enough for your group, and for the right price. Can't help you with the Kosher requirement, but talk to them about it.

            Louise's Trattoria
            2 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105