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Mar 30, 2011 04:37 PM

Looking for Elegant weekend brunch or lunch location around Beverly Hills to Santa Monica

My daughter is making her 1st communion in a few weeks and I'm looking for a nice place to celebrate with about 10 guests and have brunch or lunch. Garden setting, elegant, etc. Any suggestions??

Anywhere from BH, West LA- Santa Monica would work...


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    1. A little farther drive but you might want to check out the brunch at Trump National Golf Course in PV elegant with ocean views.

      Or closer The Four Seasons Beverly Hill is very nice but on the pricy side.

      Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles
      1 Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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      1. re: wienermobile

        I bet it's gorgeous but a bit far- she's making her 1st communion at St. Timothy's on Pico/Beverly and I was hoping for something in that area... any one else have an idea??

        1. re: ltieche

          is marina del rey close enough?
          is the event on a sunday?
          can you get to the restaurant by 2:30pm?

          if you have answered yes to all the above questions, take advantage of the three-course terrific brunch served at Cafe del Rey.
          unlimited bubbly or mimosas included in the very reasonable price (last time i went it was $35/pp before tax and tip). they'll let you substitute cofffee/tea for the alcohol if you prefer.

      2. Culina has a very nice outdoor setting and the food is very good.

        300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048

        1. Tavern in Brentwood does not have an outside space but the main room feels like you are in a greenhouse and the brunch is delicious. It's elegant and not inexpensive but not 4 Seasons prices. Congratulations on your daughter's communion

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          1. re: goodcookin

            I agree with the Tavern suggestion for brunch. We have hosted a party of 10 on a few occasions and Tavern always gets the brunch just right.. even when some are ordering breakfast (e.g. egg dishes) or lunch dishes (delicious salads, burgers). The check always seems appropriate. I much prefer the a la carte brunch at Tavern as opposed to the prix fixe options at other venues (Peninsula, 4Seasons come to mind).

            1. re: goodcookin

              Thank you for the kind message and the suggestion- I just checked out Tavern's website and it could be the one! We're looking forward to celebrating her special day :)

              1. re: ltieche

                Tavern will not disappoint. Glad you checked the website. Congratulations on the special day in your family. That's wonderful.

            2. I would suggest Michael's or Whist at the Viceroy in Santa Monica, or Joe's in Venice. All three have lovely patios, although Joe's patio is covered while Michael's and Whist are more open. All have very good food. I've only been to Michael's and Whist for lunch on weekdays, so check if they serve brunch/lunch on weekends.

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              1. re: Nicole

                Second Michael's - the first place that came to mind when I read the title of this thread...

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  I "third" Michaels. Beautiful and elegant setting with lovely food.

                2. re: Nicole

                  I would choose Michael's over Whist for this occasion. The Viceroy's vibe is a bit too hip for a First Communion and I wasn't knocked out with their food. Michael's has never disappointed.

                  1. re: Sherri

                    I Just called Michaes- they don't do brunch :(
                    and no I'm not looking for hip that kinda clashes with a first holy communion celebration!
                    but Campanile could work- or tavern and prices are about average for brunch....
                    I'm slowly narrowing it down... didn't realize how tough this would be! Was trying too find something similar to the magic flute in San Francisco...

                    1. re: ltieche

                      I agree that Micheal's is more classic, but Whist might still work. I can see how people might view Whist as hip, as the hotel is kind of hip and I've heard rumor of celebrity sightings there, but for weekday lunch it is definitely not hip. It's just a lovely outdoor space, frequented by unhip people such as myself who work in the area. Since you said that the event isn't for a few weeks, why not head over to Whist or other frontrunners and check out the vibe during weekend brunch/lunch for yourself? It would be a nice excuse to get out for a couple of brunches. :)