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Pandora May 5, 2010 09:36 PM

Any suggestions? Prefer casual, able to seat a group of 10-12 people, and toddler friendly. Was thinking a korean or chinese restaurant would be good, but generally pretty open. Relatively easy parking is a plus as well.

  1. myst May 5, 2010 10:00 PM

    Coconuts has private room for large parties and it is a pretty fun place with Caribbean food. Parking lot is just across the street.

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    Coconuts
    642 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

    1. bbulkow May 6, 2010 12:06 AM

      Lots of possibilities. Defining your price range and location would help.

      Zibbibbo has a nice private area, as does Tamerine. Separate enough that whatever your toddlers do is your own problem.

      There is no Korean within 5 miles that fits your bill.

      For Chinese, consider Su Hong Palo Alto, in their new digs by the Los Altos border (easy parking). The university ave chinese joints are nothing to write home about. Or go further south to Trend, which might be less than it once was, but still a good time and I've seen toddlers there have a blast chasing each other around - even easier parking. Jade palace should also be considered. Melanie's written them up a few times. They're moderate on the informality scale, but large enough for your group, and with good ordering, very tasty. Although I'm a fan of crouching tiger, they're a little small for your group.

      But you should consider indian. Passage to India fits your bill well enough, the food's good. I think they are doing buffet dinners these days, which might be overly casual, but check it out. I don't love the atmosphere at Suraj (very south edge of RC), but they have lots of space.

      Coconuts I've been to twice and don't get where the "fun" comes from. It's a pretty spare white box of a room with some ethnic decorations.

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      Su Hong
      1039 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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      1. re: bbulkow
        myst May 6, 2010 11:09 AM

        For my family fun is trying something new. I don't have a lot of chowhounders in my family so breaking out of the Chinese, Mexican, Italian, and burger rut to have Caribbean food is fun for them. Good service, live music, strong rum drinks, plates of fried bananas and spicy jerked chicken wings are a major change of pace for the "elders" in my family.

        But its true, they do not have any rollercoasters or and its not Chinese food.

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        Tumkers May 6, 2010 01:08 PM

        I am not sure relatively easy parking and Downtown Palo Alto are words that belong in the same sentence around dinner time. However, I've had a large family group eat at the Bucco di Beppo there where they serve family style.

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          vis May 6, 2010 01:31 PM

          I would suggest Fu Lam Mum in downtown Mountain View....big open room with large tables. Another spot that does lots of larger parties is Chef Chu's in Los Altos.

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          Chef Chu's
          1067 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022

          Fu Lam Mum
          155 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

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            mdg May 7, 2010 02:44 PM

            For Chinese, Hunan Garden on El Camino Real near Page Mill would be an excellent choice. It's our favorite all-around Chinese restaurant in Palo Alto.

            Michael

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            Hunan Garden
            3345 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

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