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Company dinner (steak or Mexican/Latin) around DTLA/Pasadena on a budget

lileor Aug 7, 2012 01:32 PM

I've been tasked to make arrangements for a company dinner for 11 on a Wednesday in or around downtown or Pasadena. Has to be steak or Mexican/Latin and our budget is $50 pp (food only) before tax and tip. It doesn't need to be formal or upscale, but not too loud so that we can hold a conversation.

Here's what I've come up with so far. Would appreciate your input or suggestions!

Yxta Cocina Mexicana
La Serenata de Garibaldi

Dal Rae
Porto Alegre Churrascaria (this is my back-up if nothing else pans out in my budget)

  1. GroovinGourmet Aug 11, 2012 09:12 PM

    Serenata fan here. Unlike anything anyone will be able to get anywhere else.

    1. s
      Sam D. Aug 9, 2012 04:14 AM

      Taylor's can be done at $50 pp if you limit the bar drinks and don't go for any extravagant apps or desserts. Dal Rae, however, will most likely exceed your budget. I'm not familiar with Malbec yet.

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      1. re: Sam D.
        Servorg Aug 9, 2012 09:04 AM

        I love the Dal Rae but does it even begin to remotely qualify as "around DTLA/Pasadena" (without even considering the "budget" part of the request.)

      2. ipsedixit Aug 7, 2012 09:05 PM


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        1. re: ipsedixit
          crystaw Aug 8, 2012 11:16 PM

          +1 on Malbec-steak AND Latin! It is also very within your budget.

          For DTLA, you might want to check out Rivera

          1. re: crystaw
            lileor Aug 11, 2012 08:51 PM

            I did look at Rivera's menu and it seemed out of our price range, but I'll call and see if they offer any prix fixe menus for larger parties.

          2. re: ipsedixit
            lileor Aug 11, 2012 08:50 PM

            Thanks for the Malbec mention. I've been there before and really enjoyed it. Totally slipped my mind.

          3. r
            rickym13 Aug 7, 2012 01:37 PM

            from 3 choices of steak...i like dal rae

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