Need help! Rehearsal dinner for 30 in Pasadena?
My son will marry on 5/12/12 in Pasadena. I will pay for their rehearsal dinner. My budget per guest will like to keep under $80 (including taxes and service tips).
We have been looking for a place around Pasadena for rehearsal dinner for around 30 people.
I don't like Malbec. My son doesn't like Cafe Santorin or Parkway Grill. He leans to Vol 94. But Vol 94 can't provide regular dining tables and chairs on their 2nd floor private area on Friday night.
I saw Il Fornaio was mentioned on other discussion. I just checked out their website. They have different sizes private rooms and dinner menus. Any idea, their food quality is still as good as before? Haven’t been there for more than a year.
Any suggestions? Any idea? Thank you.
Vertical Wine Bistro? I've seen rehearsal dinners on the enclosed patio at Briganti in South Pas.
we had ours at Bistro45. it was a while ago so i don't recall how many people we had but it was well over 20. We sat in the separate dining room that attached to the main one. they said if we had a larger party they would have sat us in the covered patio area which seemed more private. our dinner was pretty good. they paired wines with our meal as well. i looked into Il Fornaio and decided against it since the food was pretty hit or miss. i went recently and the food was ok. not horrible but not great. another place i considered was Celestino's on Lake st. I would probably pick Briganti in So. Pas over Celestino but it was still a contender.
you mean the decor at Briganti? it's pretty average. food is decent. based on just food i'd pick Briganti over Celestino or Il Fornaio. But that's just me. others may disagree...
I do like the food at Bistro 45 and the wine paring was very lovely with the food. they have great service as well which makes a big difference to me. i've had average to bad service at Celestino (food was delayed and sat for almost 45 min with nothing-we didn't want more comped wine we need food) to Briganti with a really terrible waiter who brought out the wrong order and tried to force me to take it. however, those were restaurant visits. i would hope if you booked a party it would be different.
I have nothing bad or terrific to say about Il Fornaio. The rooms i looked at felt a bit cramped and depressing for my party size. maybe since you have a bigger party the rooms would be better. i worked above an Il Fornaio in SF for 3 yrs so think there's a soft spot in my heart for the restaurant chain.
i would call and visit all locations if you can before booking. you will really get a better feel for things once you do.