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DINNER PARTY IN SANTA MONICA

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BSW6490 Jun 25, 2013 02:24 PM

Looking for suggestions for a 10 person dinner in Santa Monica or West LA. Must be a fun venue with good food and full bar. Considering Fig. Done Hungry Cat and Chinois. Suggestions?

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  1. cookie monster RE: BSW6490 Jun 25, 2013 02:31 PM

    How about the patio at Wilshire? good food and full bar; I've been to a couple group dinners there and they did an excellent job.

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      maudies5 RE: cookie monster Jun 25, 2013 02:53 PM

      Wilshire has just replaced their latest chef. Haven't heard anything about the replacement.

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        cookie monster RE: maudies5 Jun 25, 2013 04:03 PM

        Good point. I haven't heard anything either.

        BSW, what about Tavern in Brentwood? We had a really nice 7 person dinner there last week.

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          john gonzales RE: cookie monster Jun 25, 2013 05:20 PM

          Tavern is a good suggestion. The main room is nice and fun, and there's a full bar. I'm sure that they can accomodate your group with notice, as we were ten for a birthday get-together there about three weeks back.
          I don't know about the new chef at Wilshire but the patio there is quite pleasant on a warm eve. Fig is another good recco. Waterloo and City is not as fashionable but otherwise they fit the bill and I really like their food.

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            ilysla RE: john gonzales Jun 25, 2013 09:55 PM

            Waterloo and City also has a back room. It seats far more than 10, but it might give your party a slightly more private feel.

            Hostaria del Piccolo could also accommodate your party on the back patio (which now has plastic curtains to give it a slightly more closed in feeling). I assume they have a full bar?

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      maudies5 RE: BSW6490 Jun 25, 2013 02:52 PM

      Call Roberto at Bar Toscana and see if he can arrange for you to have a large table. Great venue, lots of fun and food is excellent. Love the vibe.

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        BSW6490 RE: maudies5 Jun 25, 2013 03:32 PM

        Good idea. Have not been to Bar, but the food at Toscana is great as is the vibe. Thanks.

      2. ipsedixit RE: BSW6490 Jun 25, 2013 04:13 PM

        Would Rustic Canyon Work?

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          yogachik RE: BSW6490 Jun 25, 2013 04:25 PM

          This time of year, Villetta's patio is ideal.

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            maudies5 RE: yogachik Jun 25, 2013 08:59 PM

            Friend recently went to Villetta. said risotto was horrible,maitre,d obnoxious and business was not good .Her impression is restaurant is struggling.

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              budlit RE: yogachik Jun 26, 2013 05:45 PM

              Sadly, Villetta is not so good lately.

            2. wienermobile RE: BSW6490 Jun 25, 2013 04:40 PM

              Superba Snack Bar could work. Nice patio. Their smoked bucatini carbonara, poached egg, pancetta, black pepper & parm is one of the best dishes in LA at the moment.
              http://superbasnackbar.com

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                Dirtywextraolives RE: wienermobile Jun 25, 2013 07:55 PM

                Does Superba have a full bar? Seems like all of their "cocktails" have either prosecco or ginger beer in them.......

              2. PeterCC RE: BSW6490 Jun 25, 2013 05:13 PM

                Was going to suggest Tar & Roses, but they do not have a full bar. You may have seen me recommend FIG before, and I'm going to do it again. They have a semi-private "room" that can hold up to 16 people in a large square table. They have a full bar with great cocktails. Even if you can't do the FIG at Five deal (everything 50% off if ordered between 5 PM and 6 PM), the prices are decent, portions are good, and the breadth of their menu should be able to cover carnivores and vegetarians alike (never really looked at their vegan options, but I'd presume that would have been brought up as a factor already)...

                1. Ciao Bob RE: BSW6490 Jun 25, 2013 05:14 PM

                  No full bar at Rustic Cyn or Superba.
                  Freddie Smalls
                  Waterloo and City
                  Vicente
                  Toscana
                  Tavern
                  The new Water Grill

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                    PeterCC RE: Ciao Bob Jun 25, 2013 05:24 PM

                    New Water Grill open?

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                      wienermobile RE: PeterCC Jun 25, 2013 07:32 PM

                      Not yet. Construction continues.

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                        wienermobile RE: wienermobile Jun 26, 2013 10:43 AM

                        According to Zagat Water Grill Santa Monica is scheduled to open some time in July.
                        http://blog.zagat.com/2013/06/water-g...

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                      Dirtywextraolives RE: Ciao Bob Jun 25, 2013 07:49 PM

                      +1 for Freddy Smalls, but reserve early!

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                        maudies5 RE: Ciao Bob Jun 25, 2013 08:50 PM

                        Rustic canyon now has full bar

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                          Ciao Bob RE: maudies5 Jun 26, 2013 01:19 PM

                          wow, good to know. thanks.

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                            budlit RE: Ciao Bob Jun 26, 2013 05:46 PM

                            Very good to know!

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                          maudies5 RE: Ciao Bob Jun 25, 2013 09:01 PM

                          Vicente has that nice front room which will comfortably seat 10

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                            Thor123 RE: Ciao Bob Jun 26, 2013 10:16 AM

                            I dont think the new Water Grill is open.

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                            Dirtywextraolives RE: BSW6490 Jun 25, 2013 07:56 PM

                            Tasting Kitchen

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                              budlit RE: Dirtywextraolives Jun 26, 2013 05:47 PM

                              +1, great food & drinks

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