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May 24, 2011 08:20 PM

Dinner for 60+ - high-end, great wine; between Santa Monica and LaBrea/Melrose

We're looking to book a group dinner for about 60 people somewhere between Santa Monica and LaBrea/Melrose area (doesn't have to be exact). Must have great food, wine list and be able to accommodate the large group. As for type of food, it's pretty open. The atmosphere should cater to a celebratory mood for the large group. Cost is not an issue.

Any ideas?

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  1. I hosted a Rehearsal Dinner for 60 at Amici Brentwood. The food was not exceptionally great but it was quite satisfactory. We took over the entire restaurant (on a Friday night). The staff was wonderful and they did contribute to a very celebratory mood. Wines were excellent. I do know that the ambiance, staff , food and wine all contributed to a great and very memorable evening. Call Amici Brentwood and talk to Tancredi De Luca. He is the owner. He will definitely do everything possible to make sure you and your guests are happy.

    Amici Brentwood
    2538 San Vicente Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

    1. Valentino in Santa Monica immediately comes to mind.

      a "corporate" celebration when we won a major lawsuit at Court of Appeal was fabulous,...they greeted us at the door, personal service all evening, never for want of anything... the food, the wine- excellent....we took over the side room. they served antipasti, a variety of primi, entree and desserts,,...stayed for over 4 of my most memorable evenings.

      1. Valentino is a great suggestion.

        other possibilities:
        Cafe Del Rey
        The Bazaar

        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        Jar Restaurant
        8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

        Melisse Restaurant
        1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

        624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        Whist Restaurant
        1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

        Wilshire Restaurant
        2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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

        The Bazaar by José Andrés
        465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

        Craft Los Angeles
        10100 Constellation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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          1. re: BSW6490

            You'd have to book early for Valentino, only the main dining room can handle 60 or more, and I think they charge a 65 person minimum.

            1. re: jackattack

              absolutely, ... but since cost is not an issue, ...again, Valentino!

              1. re: Local

                Valentino would have definitely been my first choice. However, cost was an issue and given our budget of about 7-8K for 60 people, Amici Brentwood did an admirable job.

                Amici Brentwood
                2538 San Vicente Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

          2. Also perhaps one of Suzanne Goins's restaurants - Tavern especially, but possibly also Lucques or AOC? Or Hatfield's?

            And can I come? =)

            8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069