Group and Family Friendly in Palo Alto or thereabouts
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.
Coconuts has private room for large parties and it is a pretty fun place with Caribbean food. Parking lot is just across the street.
642 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
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.
1039 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
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.
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.
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.
1067 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022
Fu Lam Mum
155 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041
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.
3345 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306