West LA Friday dinner--ten 3rd grade boys
Dinner will take place on Friday, December 14, around 5:30-6:00
Ten 3rd grade boys, almost all with two parents each going as well. So it would be great to seat around 30 at the same time. Someplace the grown ups can relax (with good (at least not bad) food and a drink or two) and the kids still have fun.
Totally open as to type of food, price sort of open too (but don't go too high)
Center on Webster middle school, near 405/10 intersection-so not a far drive on a Friday would be nice too..
I know I'm asking for a lot....any ideas??
although not chow worthy, this is the kind of group for which Buca di Beppo was made.
their kitchen could easily turn out food for a party of 30 fast enough so that the first people served aren't finished eating before the last folks get their food.
not many restaurants can truly swing this.
Dare I mention Marie Calender's? I am assuming this isn't an Intro to Being a Foodie course for the 3rd graders? It is close, decent and the kids will like the menu.
Billingsley's probably has a private room, they are close too. Bossa Nova isn't far and maybe Chan Dara if Thai is okay.
respectfully disagree with the chan dara recommendation.
the place, as i last saw it about a year ago, would be terrible at accommodating this kind of group on a FRIDAY night.
chan dara has a lively happy hour in order to draw in the kind of clientele that they they are aiming for: childless parties of 6 or less.
Presented all the recommendations tonight to the parents and the winner is ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Maria's Kitchen.
One of the other parents will reach out and set things up. I'll be back if things don't work out.
Thanks for the heavy lifting Chowhounds!! There are VERY few places that fill all the requirements.
BTW--I was pulling for TLT, but Maria's Kitchen was my 2nd pick. Have to try TLT on our own soon.
it is with hesitation that i make this recommendation because i've never been there on a friday at 6:30 so i'm not confident about how crowded the place will be, but my recommendation for the FOOD would be TLT on westwood blvd.
i generally go there about 1pm on weekdays for lunch, and, at that time, there is lots of space available.
parking for all would be available in the public parking structure on broxton.
i can't remember if they have a full bar, but they definitely have a decent selection of wine both by the glass and by the bottle (they probably serve beer too, but didn't look at that)
the prices are low.
they have several communal tables and a counter with bar stools.(imho, the seating at the communal tables is very comfortable,but the bar stools not so much)
it's a self-serve place with very solid food offerings.
you place your order, and they give you a device that lets you know when the food is ready to be picked up. that way you can sit and drink until your order is ready.
here is a link to their menu:
here is a chowhound thread about it:
Some great ideas!
I have ate at Maria's Kitchen and thought it was OK-I would have forgot about it.
I haven't ate at Plan Check, but agree parking would be hard.
Pitfire Pizza may define the place nobody goes to anymore because it is too busy all of the time, right?
Westside Tavern may be just a little too $$.
Yelp really tears into Hokkaido Seafood and sort of scares me.
Talpa or Don Antonio's?? Maybe these and Maria's Kitchen, BJ's Brewery or CPK can work too.
Thanks so much for the help!
If you're considering CPK (the food is so mediocre since they sold that I wouldn't waste my money) then I'd say go to the Santa Monica Pier and eat at Mariasol at the end of the pier.
I was asked to attend a party with about 50 people/children. They reserved the large room in back, the service was great and the food was just fine and what I liked about it was that it was away from the rest of the restaurant so the noise level wasn't a problem.
You might be pushing the limits at Talpa or Don Antonio's on Pico, west of the 405. Another option might be Maria's, west of the 405. None of those would be what I consider great food, but 20+ people on short notice and a lot of kids is tough.
The problem with a place like Plan Check is parking. It's just brutal with the number of cars you're probably talking about.
Century City or Westwood are a little farther, but they have places that could fit groups your size. But I'm thinking of places like BJ's Brewery (in both locations) or CPK in Westwood.