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FOODIE'S 30th Birthday Dinner Suggestions, PLEASE!

I need some help, please! I have been busy making babies and working like a mad woman for the last four years and have no idea which restaurants/dining experiences would be best for my friend's 30th birthday dinner. Here's the lowdown:

-she is a total foodie (met her husband in Culinary School and owns a catering company), but isn't a snob (read: doesn't have to be super fancy)
-I was thinking of trying something new/something that note everyone has been to/done before (Bucca De Beppo need not apply). Maybe a restaurant with a chef's table or private dining room with a prix fixe? I have also been trying to think of some places where the eating is more like an experience*....like Middle Eastern and Belly Dancers or that place where you eat in the dark - except not those things necessarily (less gimmicky and definitely more about the food, I'd say). My post-baby brain can't seem to come up with anything! That's where you creative peeps come in, right?!
-Budget I'd say is probably 50-60 per person
-We all live mostly in the SFV, but wouldn't mind traveling a bit for something worth it.
-Probably about 10-15 people total.
-I have a little less than a month to plan it all...

*I even tried contacting one company that does 'Underground Dining', but they were booked for that weekend...

Thanks SO much in advance for your help! I need it!

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  1. If she hasn't been to The Barzaar by Jose Andres, I think that's a good option. Traditional Spanish tapas meets molecular gastronomy...and super amazing cocktails, too.

    1. There is a private room at Il Moro that could accomodate you. Always found the food to be very good.

      Il Moro Restaurant
      11400 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

      1. how bout picca?? they recently opened their private dining area upstairs. food is generally awesome. ;)

        1. Or the private room at Pizzeria Mozza? They could probably meet your price point. Great food and great fun!

          Pizzeria Mozza
          641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          1. If she likes prime rib, then I suggest the Tam O'Shanter. It can accommodate large parties. It has a quaint Irish tavern decor and warmth. Above all, the prime rib, creamed corn and Yorkshire pudding are absolutely delicious!

            Tam O'shanter Inn
            2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Feliz, CA 90039

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            1. re: lizvlui

              I love prime rib, but really? Would that be considered foodie-fare? It's pretty traditional. You can't really get more traditional.

              1. re: lizvlui

                Tam O'Shanter is Scotish, not Irish.

                How about Mo-Chica? That is pretty unique.

              2. Thinking outside the box:

                Grab a banquet table at Sea Harbour (seats exactly 10-15!) and gorge yourselves silly with an authentic exquisite Cantonese prix fixe feast!!!

                1. Rivera downtown and Playa are both fantastic and the food is plated really fun and interesting. I think Playa has a private room upstairs.


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                    1. re: kandykane

                      Delightful meal and attentive service. To each their own I guess.

                      1. re: kandykane

                        agree w/ kandykane. couldn't even catch a buzz of their cocktails and they refuse to alter the way they make them though they have a choose your own cocktail part of the menu (i didn't want added sugar to mine).

                        1. re: Clyde

                          don't ya just hate it when bars add sugar syrup to cocktails that would taste SO much better without it?

                          especially true for margaritas.

                    2. Westside Tavern has a private room and is a solid restaurant where everyone can usually find a dish they like, foodies and non-foodies alike.

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                      1. re: bruinike

                        respectfully disagree with the westside tavern recommendation.

                        1. re: westsidegal

                          I know that Milo and Olive doesn't accept reservations, but I wonder if you could "charter" those two communal tables. Work out a great menu with Josh and Zoe. I'll be it would be a fabulous meal; not too expensive and a lot of fun. As I said, I have no idea whether Milo and Olive would be receptive to this. Given that your friend is a "Foodie" and Josh and Zoe seem to have their finger on the pulse of what young (and not so young) foodies are looking for, this could be a great experience for the birthday girl.