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Jan 9, 2011 01:23 PM

Wife's 50th birthday party -- seeking restaurant/hotel/club near Marina or just Westside

My wife's 50th is coming up in the spring. There could be about 50 people, and in an absolute perfect world we'd have a view of the water, with the capability to step outside if the weather were nice, Mexican food, buffet style as opposed to a sit-down dinner so people can mingle, open bar, with background music playing, at a restaurant/hotel/someplace with a party room, not super expensive, from late afternoon into the evening. Yes, asking a lot.
If you have any suggestions with even a majority of the criteria -- for example, Mexican food not mandatory -- that would be great. Thank you.

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  1. I hosted a 60th birthday luncheon for my Aunt at Cafe Del Rey and it was really nice. They have a nice private room, called the Regatta room, off to the side and it's right on the marina. It did not have a balcony to step out on to, but with the way the room is set up you wouldn't need it since it's right on the water.

    Maya, she was the private event coordinator, was awesome. She really worked with me on the menu and made everything so easy. The service was great. We only had about 15-20 people I think, but the room holds up to 60.

    Food wise, I thought it was really good. I had a few people return to the restaurants after the party with their family members. We did a sit down thing, but I know they can do a buffet style. I can't remember off the top of my head how much it was per person, but I remember it being very reasonable.

    I think it's worth giving them a call and checking the place out.

    Cafe Del Rey
    4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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    1. re: bigtums

      Thank you for your reply. Sounds very nice. It is definitely a place I will check out.

      1. re: bigtums

        cafe del rey is one of my favcorite restaurants and is on my regular rotation.
        second bigtums recommendation on this one.

        1. re: bigtums

          I went to a 40th birthday party once at CDR and had a great time. It was fun. I've eaten there on my own, too and think it's a really good restaurant.

          My hesitation in recommending it is that for me it's expensive. I guess that's a relative term. but when the OP said "not super expensive" I decided not to mention it.

          I doff my hat to those who consider CDR inexpensive -- they are more well off than I. (No sarcasm there -- it's meant as a compliment.)

          1. re: PaulF

            i don't consider it inexpensive, lenbo asked for "not super expensive."
            for what they offer, i don't consider them to be "super expensive."

        2. Cafe Del Rey is a very good option that bigtums came up with. The Chart House probably has a similar situation.

          You don't give a budget, so it's hard to give appropriate recs. My advice is to call some westside hotels on the beach and get a feel for what they would charge per person for the event you've described then work from there. I can tell you that if you don't mind the price you can get what you want, but other than that, there is no space on the westside that offers that in general to the public.

          Shutters on the Beach, Casa del Mar, Loews, even clubs like the Jonathan Club or Bel Air Bay club, which apparently take reservations from non members for large, expensive parties, can probably at least, steer you in the right direction.

          Or you should look into the public portions of the coast like Adams House in Malibu to see if you can rent a time and space for your event. Good luck!

          Cafe Del Rey
          4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

          Shutters on the Beach
          1 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          1. Well, based on your criteria, I have the "perfect" suggestion except for 1 one small thing:

            View of the Water - There isn't a better view of the Pacific !!!!
            Private Room - 1 with 48 sit-down or 75 cocktail, 1 with 75 sit-down or 120 cocktail capacity.
            Ability to step outside - Yes.
            Mexican - Yes.
            Buffet Style - Yes.
            Not "super" expensive - After 3 p.m. - Buffet menu 3 items = $25, up to 8 items = $35 per person before dessert, liquids, tax & tip.
            Background Music - i.e. "Live Mariachi Trio".

            The One small thing - The Food ? Actually a BIG thing, or "THE" thing, for most people who visit here. It looks like your typical gringoized Mexican corporarte chain establishment, so I've never been tempted to try it; however, the above meets your requirements to a tee. So, my suggestion is to at least pay them a visit......

            Mariasol - At the end of the Santa Monica Pier:


            1. How about Duke's Malibu? Right on the water and not super expensive buffet. Go Hawaiian.

              Duke's Malibu
              21150 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

              1. Back at the Beach in Santa Monica (on the beach)?

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                1. re: coffeebrownies

                  Wow. I didn't check back back for a couple of days -- thought everybody had moved -- on but lots of terrific posts. Thank you, everyone!