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Feb 18, 2011 09:12 AM

Dinner recs for Sat night Hollywood or mid-City

I have in-laws coming into town and I need to set up a birthday dinner for 8 people (including 2 kids) for this sat. We're trying to find some happy medium between east and west sides, so Hollywood or mid-city would probably both work, but my mind is blank in terms of someplace that's festive enough but not too fancy. (One restriction: not too spicy for the older folks and kids.) Any suggestions?

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  1. for my birthday one year a group of us went to antonios mexican food on melrose. we got the back wine cellar room all to ourselves! it was so festive and fun. i had a great time and the food was good.

    1. Osteria Mozza?

      Osteria Mozza
      6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      1. Gardens of Taxco is excellent. See if you can get their back room. Five-course, Mexico City homestyle cooking for under $20. It's fun, festive and most of their dishes are flavorful but not at all spicy (I can't handle anything remotely hot). Also, Cafe des Artistes, a very good, affordable French bistro, Koji's for shabu-shabu and Minestraio for Italian. Have a great time!

        Mexico City
        2121 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        Gardens of Taxco
        1113 N. Harper Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046

        1. Luna Park is festive, affordable.

          Luna Park
          672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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          1. re: outshined

            I haven't been to any of those yet (except Mozza, which i assumed would be tough for Sat night table) -- thanks, all!