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Jan 30, 2013 09:11 PM

Chinese Banquet Advice and Prices

I am new to the area and am looking for a place to host a Chinese style banquet. From old threads, seems like popular choices include Elite, Sea Harbor or Lunasia. Can anyone give me a sense of how much per table each of these choices might be, for a typical banquet (assuming I go middle of the road on everything)? Thanks!

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  1. Welcome to the area! The price depends on what you want. Although they offer fixed price menus, many customers typically pick-and-choose the dishes, and the prices are calculated at that time (assuming 10 persons per table)

    I've seen table prices range from $250 to $2,000+ per table. The ones you mentioned are on the expensive side. There are others, such as Seafood Village or NBC. In fact, just about any decent-sized Chinese restaurant will be able to hold a banquet. For the smaller ones, you might be able to get the whole restaurant. You have more options than just Cantonese-style banquets here.

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    1. re: raytamsgv


      And, remember, prices *are* negotiable.

    2. Prices really can be all over the map. All three of the places you mentioned have set banquet menus that seem to range between about $399 per table of 12 and up. I had a banquet at Sea Harbor for my 60th birthday, worked out a special menu with a manager - rather than relying on the set banquet menu - and it came to $888 without drinks for 12 people (I'm pretty sure it was in the vicinity of $800 but they rounded it up "for luck" (their luck, not mine) but I didn't quibble because it was spectacular.

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      1. re: estone888

        Thanks, everyone. That's really helpful. Estone888, your banquet sounds amazing. Did you get a private room for your table? Do you think it's possible to work out the menu over the phone, or do I definitely need to stop by in person?

        1. re: b2012

          You can work it out over the phone, but it certainly is better to do it in person (even if you are fluent in Mandarin and/or Cantonese, which you are, right?)

          1. re: b2012

            We did have a private room and I did work out the menu in person. I went for late dim sum and then when the manager wasn't busy I sat down with him and a menu and talked it over for a while. I speak very limited Cantonese, just enough to throw around a few phrases and names of things to let him know I'm pretty serious about my Chinese food, but his English was excellent.

            1. re: b2012

              It's possible to work it out over a phone, but I think it would be to your advantage to go to the restaurant after the lunch rush. That way, you can see the items that they offer and perhaps get some inspiration from the fixed-price menus.

              Some of the Cantonese restaurants have private or semi-private rooms (e.g. Elite and 888). If your party is large enough, they can section off the rooms like they do at hotels (888, Capital Seafood, NBC, etc).

              If you speak Chinese, great. If not, I wouldn't worry about it too much. One of my in-laws was able to negotiate a pretty decent banquet entirely in English. Just make sure you don't settle for egg rolls or wonton soup.