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My boyfriend and I are looking for a restaurant to celebrate our engagement. We thought we should ask the seasoned foodies and critics of Los Angeles for any ideas, as we are both out of the country, very very far from the city I grew up in.

The specifications of our search are limited, probably because we just started our research 5 hours ago. Nevertheless, there are some details of our special day and are as follows:

When: Late August for Lunch or Dinner
Who: 17-22 People
Where: Generally, Beverly Hills Area, Mid Wilshire, Culver City, Melrose Area, Malibu, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Sunset.
What: Good lighting, not super loud, about $40-50 per person

Please help!

Thanks in advance,

Seung and Diane

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  1. Congratulations !!!

    I am not sure if you would consider hosting a Chinese banquet in Monterey Park. I have helped my nephew on his engagement party two weeks ago, at Ocean Star Seafood Restaurant (Miriwa is the Chinese name now) on Atlantic Blvd. We were able to reserve a private room, away from the noise, and enjoyed our privacy. There were 2 tables, around 25 of us. I think 20 will be perfect for such banquet. The room required at least 388.00 (the banquet menu prices range from 388-588 before tax & tips), per table, which is within your budget. I was able to negotiate for bringing my own wine and my own wine glasses (they charged $1 for each wine glass), with no corkage fee, and the restaurant also threw in free 2-liter soft drinks for us. Everybody enjoyed the occasion and the food as well.

    (626) 308-2128. 145 N Atlantic Blvd Monterey Park, CA 91754

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    Ocean Star Seafood Restaurant
    145 N Atlantic Blvd Ste 201, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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    1. re: jotfoodie

      Thanks Jotfoodie! Our families love Dim Sum- so what a great find! Thanks again, we'll add it to our list of places to try out. :)

    2. I would check with the back room at Comme Ca. Congratulations!!!

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      1. re: mollyomormon

        Thanks Molly! We just checked out the menu and realized how hungry we were. :) We'll definitely be considering the place. I wish we could find pictures of their back room! Let us know if you have a source! Thanks again!

      2. if you are willing to consider a sunday brunch, i'd go to Cafe del Rey in marina del rey.
        for $35/pp (before tax and tip) you get a three course cooked-to-order meal that includes sparkling wine or mimosas.
        the every table in the restaurant has a view of the boats in the marina.
        pretty room
        very solid food
        good service
        attended valet parking
        altogether will fit all your requirements.

        the brunch is only offered on sundays until 2:30
        http://cafedelreymarina.com/menu_brun...

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        1. re: westsidegal

          Westsidegal, what an informative post. Thanks so much for the recommendation; I've previously heard the name in passing but never had the opportunity to take a closer look.

          I must say that it looks quite delightful. I'm definitely adding that to our list, as the Sunday Brunch option has crossed my mind several times.

          Merci bien, cherie!