Help for husband's 40th bday in Venice area
I have gone over these boards and read a ton online and am making myself crazy!! So please help if you can.
I have honed in on Joe's on AK, Chaya Venice and Cafe del Rey. Or group ranges in age from 35-70. My husband's and my parents plus some friends. Fifteen people total. I'm not worried about price and am expecting to spend a lot. However we will bring our own wine.
My first decision was the patio at Joe's which seats 12 at a long table. Then some no's turned into yes's and with 15 we would have to sit inside. I keep reading Joe's is more of a date or small group place too. This was my first pick but not sure if the small inside is good for a big group. Also small bar area to meet up beforehand.
so then i moved onto cafe del Rey as "the spot" but my husband thinks its pretty average. We both like the big bar area to meet beforehand and all our family are staying at hotels in the marina. Easy but maybe boring?
Today I thought of Chaya. I always love Chaya but haven't been in ages. I can't stand loud music playing during dinner and I read that it bothered someone in a review somewhere. I'm much more sensitive to noise now than I was in my twenties when I frequented Chaya and with two, possibly three, hard of hearings in our group and four above age 60, maybe it's not the right spot?
Any thoughts? Other recommendations? Our group likes to party and have fun (especially the ones pushing 70); we don't want a private room, but would like somewhere lively with good food, just not crazy music loud. Our last big celebration was at the galley which was great but want something a little more upscale.
Thanks!!! Oh the party is June 1, Saturday night. I have reservations at joes and Chaya and am in touch with CDR. Help!
Go to Cafe Del Rey's and Joe's menus and decide if you have a clear preference. Cafe Del Rey was one of my favorite restaurants 15 years ago when they served their kung pao seafood sausage dish. Then they seemed to turn way Japanese seafood and sushi-oriented for awhile.Always loved the leveled seating on the marina so all tables had some view, the good service, the easy parking.
Joe's has its charms, but the garden, patio, canvas tents above atmosphere always seemed nice to me, but somewhat of a compromise. More difficult parking, drop-off situation, though certainly easy by Venice, Abbott Kinney standards.
Think a bit further north, into Santa Monica:
Whist at the Viceroy - perhaps a large outdoor table by the pool?
FIG at the Fairmont Miramar
Catch at Casa Del Mar - big bar area
Capo - maybe a bit more subdued, but the food's very good
Ushuaia Argentinian Steakhouse
The Penthouse at The Huntley Hotel - can't guarantee the noise level will be to your liking, though
If you and your husband enjoy 'trendy/hip' then Gjelina is the place to go. They create some of the best vegetable dishes in the city. Tasting Kitchen's another idea if you haven't thought of it.
Hal's is consistent, great food....my friends who have been born/raised and live in Venice have found this place, after all the hoop-la and 'new', innovative and creative restaurants that've been opened on AK, to be their comfort & familiarity away from home.
The bartenders are enthusiastic and welcoming.
I'm also in agreement with J.L. about Capo. It's a wonderful restaurant. The food is stellar, having been to several parties with the age range you're talking about, everyone had a great time and enjoyed ambience.
Oh yes, Hal's. One of my all time Faves and standby's. I did not like the private room. The table would be in the middle of all those booths so I didn't like the feel for a big long table right in the middle of the room. I kind of want to be tucked to the side. Does that make sense?
I will look into Capo now. That sound great.