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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!

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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.