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Italian or California cuisine restaurant for group birthday dinner?

jerseyred Oct 5, 2012 02:02 PM

I've been searching the archives for suggestions for a group birthday dinner of about 10 people. Osteria Mozza comes up over and over again, but a) it's a bit pricier than what we are looking for, and b) no availability on the night we need it. Here's the skinny:

-We've got a bunch of particular eaters - a couple of vegetarians, some kosher folk who don't eat pork or shellfish, peeps who don't like Indian food... so Italian or Cal Cuisine seem like our best choices to accommodate everyone's needs.

-It's a 35th birthday, so want a fun vibe but also someplace that we can still hear one another.

-Could be a big table, could be a private room.

-Needs to take reservations (so no Bottega Louie).

-Geography open - anywhere from Silverlake to Santa Monica to Downtown. Not the Valley, as too inconvenient for some of the folks.


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  1. westsidegal RE: jerseyred Oct 5, 2012 02:04 PM

    FIG at the fairmont in santa monica.

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      Thor123 RE: jerseyred Oct 5, 2012 02:05 PM

      Eveleigh on Sunset (while not Italian or Cal) would be a fun choice.


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        cdub RE: jerseyred Oct 5, 2012 03:19 PM


        1. wienermobile RE: jerseyred Oct 5, 2012 03:20 PM

          Rustic Canyon

          Mezze ...truly wonderful food

          or Tar and Roses

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          1. re: wienermobile
            BSW6490 RE: wienermobile Oct 5, 2012 03:57 PM

            Night & Market

            All are great choices. Sotto would be my first choice, but you cant go wrong with any of these.

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            Dirtywextraolives RE: jerseyred Oct 5, 2012 05:50 PM

            I assume you mean your friends are kosher-lite, as opposed to truly keeping kosher, as none of the places mentioned would qualify?

            How about Spago.... You don't mention a price point, except that O.M. Is a bit above it, but bear with me, as I don't usually pay the bill when we go out...

            the Tasting Kitchen in Venice is fantastic
            Red Medicine is getting raves, couldn't go myself due to no baby sitter..... But it's not Ital or Cal.
            Chaya Downtown
            Drago Centro
            Il Covo

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            1. re: Dirtywextraolives
              ipsedixit RE: Dirtywextraolives Oct 5, 2012 07:51 PM

              Spago is more expensive than Osteria Mozza.

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              whiner RE: jerseyred Oct 6, 2012 10:45 AM

              They might be able to hook you up at Il Grano. I like it more than Mozza. Similar price, though.

              Josie in Santa Monica also comes to mind, though also on the same general price.

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