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Dec 26, 2010 07:56 PM

Pre-wedding brunch that's not too expensive?

Hi hounders,

Newish to LA so your advice would be greatly appreciated. I need some help finding a good spot to host a small brunch for my friends who are about to get married. There will only be 5 of us, but I wanted to find a place that takes reservations with a nice atmosphere & is slightly more upscale (eg, no ordering at the counter), yet avg brunch entree <$16 or so. oh, and the food needs to be AWESOME.

We're all coming from around mid-city/west hollywood so around there would be great, but can travel for excellent food. The soon-to-be married couple are mostly vegetarian, but we don't need a veg. restaurant, as long as there are options (however, this rules out Jar for having too few options)

Some thoughts are:

-Tavern (but i've heard mixed reviews on the brunch?)
-Gjelina (but seems to be communal tables?)
-Campanile (i've heard a lot but never been; i know the atmosphere is nice but how's the food?)

ps: we love Square One but would prefer something a little more upscale. Didn't love the brunch at BLD so much. Little Dom's brunch was just ok. Mozza is booked.

please help...thanks!

BLD Restaurant
7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Little Dom's
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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  1. if you do a search of the board, you'll see that Campanile gets a lot of love for their brunch, so that would be a solid choice.

    my other thought was Joe's on Abbot Kinney in Venice. i know it's not exactly in your 'hood, but i figured it's possible since you mentioned Gjelina.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        menu sounds great, but it's a gastropub. do you think the atmosphere is sufficiently "upscale" for the occasion if the OP said Square One is too casual? i haven't been, so i have no idea...

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          waterloo looks great, but i think the menu may not have enough veg options for their sunday lunch. most main courses and egg dishes have meat. however, i will definitely file for my own future eating purposes ;)

          1. re: emilia

            to goodhealthgourmet: it's definitely more upscale than Square One.

            to emilia: yeah, it's probably a bit too limiting if you've got several vegs in your group. sorry about that brain fart.

      2. Tavern's brunch is awesome. Every one I know loves their brunch. They take reservations. Brunch in the atrium is beautiful with sunlight streaming in. Brunch food is great. Average entree is just about $16.00. Don't knock yourselves out with Bloody Mary's or Mimosa's and you should be fine.

        1. cool! i'll suggest both tavern & campanile and see what the couple prefers. looking forward to eating at either. thank you all for your suggestions -- if anyone else has anymore, please keep em coming!

          1. if you want a funand easy place go to Toast on 3rd. I swear by their brunch and I make sure I go every time im in LA

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            1. re: AYSConsulting

              thanks AYSC. I like Toast but i think we're looking a little more upscale than that. It's got that very casual diner-y feel and not quite right for special occasion.