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momdgp Apr 19, 2011 08:20 PM

Does anyone have restaurant suggestions for a rehearsal dinner for 30 people in Marina del Rey? Something nicer than Cheesesteak Factory, but not as expensive as Cafe delRey. A friend suggested The Warehouse, but I heard it has gone downhill in quality the past few years.

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    vickie2172 Apr 21, 2011 10:56 AM

    If proximity to the airport, jet-lag, and peace of mind for bride & groom are the major considerations, I think Salt Creek Grille in El Segundo might be a good choice.

    It's on Sepulveda (one of the main access streets for LAX); in a big shopping center with free parking; live music on Friday nights; full bar; private rooms; dedicated event coordinator; customizable menus.

    It might not be the best thing they've ever eaten, but it won't add to their anxieties. (They should have had the best meal of their lives the night of the proposal.)

    http://www.saltcreekgrille.com/el_seg...

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      momdgp Apr 21, 2011 05:56 AM

      Thanks everyone! The bride & groom are leaning towards 26 Beach, Beechwood and Hal's. Hope they select one of them, otherwise I may be asking about Santa Monica next week. ;-)

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      26 Beach
      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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        bulavinaka Apr 21, 2011 07:54 AM

        If I recall correctly, Hal's has a separate room upstairs. That might be worth checking out for a party of 30. I think it's just a big room so it may not be the most inspiring but I think a large crowd is self-inspiring. :)

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        yogachik Apr 20, 2011 08:31 AM

        Beechwood on the patio is inexpensive and they can seat 30 together on the upper deck. I see it all the time.

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          New Trial Apr 20, 2011 12:14 AM

          You might also try Hal's--not sure how many it's private room holds, though--or the private room at Waterloo & City. I also thought about Beechwood but the dining area is probably too small and not really configured for your purposes. I am underwhelmed by Tony P's and would not consider it any nicer than Cheesecake Factory.

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          Beechwood Restaurant
          822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

          Hal's Bar & Grill
          1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

          Waterloo and City
          12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

          1. westsidegal Apr 19, 2011 11:27 PM

            are you open to Manhattan Beach?
            if so, even though it's a chain, how about Houston's?
            their free-corkage policy for wine (not for spirits, though), helps keep the total bill under control.

            i like 26 beach, but if you are looking for a friday or saturday night reservation, they might have trouble accommodating a party of your size. still, i'd call and ask.

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              momdgp Apr 20, 2011 06:18 AM

              Good question westsidegal. It will be a Friday night, thinking about seating at 6pm-ish to accommodate jet-lagging east coasters. The wedding is in September, if that helps as well.

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                westsidegal Apr 20, 2011 11:25 AM

                the earlier in the evening you go, the easier it will be to secure a good situation on a friday night.

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                  yogachik Apr 20, 2011 11:32 AM

                  Beechwood takes reservations for large parties on the patio.

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                    westsidegal Apr 20, 2011 11:39 AM

                    great to know that!
                    thank you!

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                      tissue Apr 20, 2011 11:58 AM

                      Do not go to Beechwood! I went there for a work party 50 people recently and the wait staff was completely unprepared for the large party. It was bad. We would put in orders for our food and alcohol 5 times before getting it. They only had 2 servers for the whole patio area.

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                        bulavinaka Apr 20, 2011 02:14 PM

                        I think your experience brings up a very good point - with a larger party like yours and the OP's, the safer strategy would be to go with a somewhat set menu like vickie2172 mentions upthread. I think a lot of places get overwhelmed with large groups for a lot of reasons. The exception that I've experienced is Cantonese banquets which deal with set menus for huge crowds all the time. Unfortunately, there are none that I know of around the Westside...

              2. westsidegal Apr 19, 2011 11:21 PM

                what day of the week?

                1. westsidegal Apr 19, 2011 11:16 PM

                  respectfully recommend that you avoid the Warehouse if edible food is important to you.

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                    bu dat Apr 19, 2011 08:55 PM

                    gjelina has a private room and is marina-adjacent

                    26 Beach is pretty good

                    tony p's in the marina is also pretty good and on the water

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                    26 Beach
                    3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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                      bulavinaka Apr 19, 2011 09:17 PM

                      Gjelina is great but I think that would put the OP in the price range at or above Cafe Del Rey. Also, reservations are already pretty booked up in advance - for 30 might be an issue in that relatively small space as well.

                      I've never been to Tony P's but 26 Beach might work. The enclosed patio area would work, and the food is definitely better and far more interesting than the Cheesecake Factory.

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                      26 Beach
                      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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

                      Gjelina
                      1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                        vickie2172 Apr 19, 2011 09:43 PM

                        I second the 26 Beach suggestion. I went to a baby shower (~25 diners) in the covered patio section. Our hostess had set up a smaller menu that included their popular dishes -- the hamburgers, salads & french toast (there were kids with us). Great food, great space. Servers were attentive.

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                        26 Beach
                        3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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                          westsidegal Apr 19, 2011 11:19 PM

                          i my experience, gjelina is MORE expensive than Cafe del Rey.

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                          Phurstluv Apr 20, 2011 08:22 AM

                          I would rate Tony P's as average, not even pretty good. And super casual.

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                            Servorg Apr 20, 2011 08:29 AM

                            We find the food very meh, but for the serious beer drinker it's always been one of the best places in the Marina (by a mile).

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                              Phurstluv Apr 20, 2011 08:46 AM

                              Well, that's good to know, since my DH is a serious beer drinker ;D)!

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