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Looking for a restaurant in LA/OC area for small ceremony & dinner 20 people for $30-$40

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I'm looking for a restaurant to have a wedding ceremony and dinner to follow for 20 people. I'm looking in the LA area ( Santa Monica, Beverly Hills,etc) and open to OC ( Laguna Beach, Newport,etc). I'd love a rooftop setting. Looking towards the end of July. I'm not in a hurry as we've been together for at least 20yrs and finaly decided to tie the knot. I'm looking for simple and classy.
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  1. I'm not sure about your budget, but you might check with the Hotel Erwin in Venice and see what they can do for you with their rooftop lounge: http://www.jdvhotels.com/dining/losan...

    1. I have not been to the Santa Monica location, but Cafe Bizou will definitely fit the price range, and they only charge a pittance for corkage. The Pasadena location is in a nice building if you don't care for the looks of the Santa Monica spot.

      In Laguna Beach, there is the Sundried Tomato Cafe. They have an upstairs outdoor patio that should work well for 20 or so. Food costs should be in the right price range, but I would guess that they will want you to buy wine from them.

      My favorite view in Laguna Beach is the Rooftop Bar at the La Casa del Camino Hotel. I have not eaten upstairs at the lounge, but downstairs is K'ya, which gets good reviews. You might be able to have drinks and apps upstairs and then move to the restaurant.

      One more option for OC is the Beachcomber Cafe at Crystal Cove State Beach. It is literally on the beach, with a nice patio.

      1. Las Brisas in Laguna has the most spectacular oceanfront views and the food is pretty good. Here is the yelp page with photos to give you an idea:
        http://www.yelp.com/biz/las-brisas-re...

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        1. re: kimmitron

          Las Brisas is nice. I have a friend who got married under the Gazebo adjacent to the restaurant and then we went to Las Brisas for brunch. Later in the day they held a beach party for a larger group of friends/acquaintances, since they were on a budget for the actual wedding.

        2. Thank you for all the responses.

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          1. re: MsBetty

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