Graduation dinner for 13 near Manhattan Beach
I've seen several of these types of posts on here, but here's my story:
I am graduating from USC this May and my family (13 people) from Massachusetts will be joining me to celebrate. Most have never been to LA before. I need to find a post-graduation dinner location. Something comfortable, reasonably classy but not super-pricey, and maybe even family style, would suit us well. They are staying on the Strand in Manhattan Beach and I don't really know that area too well. Any ideas in SM would be welcome as well. No one is really picky in terms of cuisine, but I want to make sure that everyone will find something that they like.
Thanks for any help!
Cafe Pierre in Redondo Beach -- they may be able to put together a table of that size. Haven't been in a while, but always found the food to be upscale and current without being too obviously trendy (i.e. they were doing beets long before everyone but In and Out was doing them).
Maybe Wilshire on 26th and Wilshire -- it is a bit pricey but when we want out of towners to get a real LA feel from a good restaurant, that's one of the places we go. They end up liking Los Angeles a good deal more than they thought they would.
well within your budget, C & O cucina, 3016 washington blvd, in marina del rey .
this is a neighborhood italian restaurant that has an extensive menu and has a more-than-acceptable environment for a celebratory dinner.
about 4 years ago we held our nephew's graduation dinner there. the group included picky-eaters, vegetarians, etc., and everyone found something they liked.
the portions are huge.
they serve a complimentary never-ending stream of terrific hot garlic rolls so that there is always something on the table to eat.
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If you can adjust your budget to $25/person, there's Paul Martin's American Bistro (on Rosecrans). The entrees range from $15 (tacos) to $25 (ribs). (High end: NY steak $30, filet $28.) The price of the side dishes is included, and they will switch out the sides if you want. Their Friday/ Saturday prime rib special ($30, three courses) is very nice.
There's also a Daily Grill (zagat $30/ meal + drink + tip) & a Salt Creek Grille (zagat $37/ meal + drink + tip). All of these places have a broad American menu. Nothing exotic, nothing highly spiced.
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Paul Martin's American Bistro
2361 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 180, El Segundo, CA 90245
In my opinion Petros is the best restaurant in Manhattan Beach. Very good upscale greek food, great out door patio, very good deserts and good service.
If looking for Italian there is a very nice il Foranio close by on Rosecrans Blvd.
I really like Houston's also on Rosecrans Blvd. Good steaks, ribs and fresh fish.
And opening very soon in Manhattan Beach is M B Post, a brand new restaurant being opened by the former chef of downtown's Water Grill David LeFevre. I can't wait. Should be very good .
451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
1550 Rosecrans Ave Ste A, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Your Houston's recommendation, though, has the added benefit of the fact that Houston's charges NOTHING/ ZERO corkage for wine.
if there are wine-drinkers in the party, bringing your own wine will cut the total bill CONSIDERABLY even if you tip the waitperson as though corkage was charged..
the negative about houston's, though, is that i don't know if they will take reservations for a large party. i know they will not take reservations for parties of 4 or so.. . .
Thank you! Finally, someone who at least somewhat seems to agree with me on MB Post(though I thought the food less than good, actually mediocre). Prices were ridiculous for the portions, noise was deafening. I was never that impressed with Water Grill while the chef was there, I really don't know why I expected better at MB Post.
544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071