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ISO Baby shower lunch in Pasadena/Arcadia/Monrovia

justinelc Sep 9, 2010 12:01 AM

I am in charge of organizing my sister's baby shower and I need a nice, relaxing place we can have lunch on a Saturday. Outdoor seating would be best but isn't mandatory. I'd also prefer something American or Italian - but doesn't have to be. It can't be too pricey $10-$15pp and preferably not extremely busy. Any suggestions?

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    paprkutr Sep 13, 2010 04:45 PM

    How about Cafe Bizou in Pasadena. We do a lot of showers at the one on Ventura Blvd, and they can't be nicer. The food is always good, and they will work with you.

    Cafe Bizou
    91 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

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      crystaw Sep 10, 2010 03:35 PM

      Both these recs are in Old Town Monrovia:

      Cafe Massilia-small French place that definitely falls within your budget

      Peach Cafe-more known for brunch and it has some outdoor seating.

      Both these places take reservations and I don't know the size of your party so it would probably be best to call ahead to make sure they can accomodate your group!

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        Bradbury Sep 10, 2010 03:48 PM

        Both are solid suggestions, but the original poster wasn't clear on the total party size ... if it's anything over 8-10 people then Massilia will probably feel a bit cramped.

        Caffe Opera (around the corner on Myrtle) might be a good bet, too, and they have a nice airy private room that can seat about 20. NB: I've had better luck with their pastas and salads than with their sandwiches.

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          WildSwede Sep 13, 2010 12:43 PM

          Wonder if Jake's BBQ on Myrtle would let you take their back patio. Pretty solid BBQ and sandwiches. I think Peach Cafe would have to close down to have a party since their space is so small... wonder if they would be willing to do that.

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            justinelc Sep 13, 2010 04:24 PM

            Thanks for the suggestions. I'm looking into Cafe Massilia. We're at 10 people, but I know my sister really likes French food. I've heard the food isn't that great at Caffe Opera, but always wanted to try it.

            Cafe Massilia
            110 east lemon avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016

      2. WildSwede Sep 9, 2010 01:10 PM

        I know it is a chain, but I went to a baby shower at Mimi's on Huntington in Monrovia a few years ago in that area that feels tented, so it kinda has a semi-outdoors feel - to the right as you enter. It was nice and they have a lot of various kinds of foods, so people can generally find something they like.

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        1. re: WildSwede
          justinelc Sep 9, 2010 02:30 PM

          Actually, I remember seeing a baby shower there the last time I was there. I'll keep that in mind.

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