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Completely stuck on a birthday dinner place for 12 people...help!!

Looking for a restaurant anywhere in Hollywood, Weho, downtown or the westside where we can have a 40th birthday dinner for 12 people.

Every restaurant I call to make a simple reservation wants me to essentially book a private room and/or do a prix fix meal (was quoted $45 a person just for food for pizzas and salad). We aren't opposed to spending up to $100 a person all in (food, drinks, gratuity, tax), but I just can't find a place to make it work where we will get a good meal for the $100pp. Not even opposed to prix fix as long as they aren't gouging us and giving us a bad menu for what we are paying.

Foodwise we are open to any type of cuisine except Asian (no sushi, thai, indian or Chinese). Ambiance wise, would love a place like Bazaar or Mercato di Vietro.

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  1. How far away is your dinner? What night of the week?

    1. FIG at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica has a semi-private dining room that seats 16 (large square table that can fit 4 chairs on each side).

      We've done FIG at Five (their Happy Hour promo: order between 5 PM and 6 PM and get 50% off) with a party as small as 6 and been placed in that room (I think they just happened not to have the space for us in the regular dining room at the time).

      I don't think they would demand prix fixe, and even if they did the price would likely not approach $100/pp. Excellent food!

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      1. re: PeterCC

        I love love LOVE Fig, but they are very strict about the Happy Hour ending right at 6. Probably going to be too difficult to get 12 adults sat and ordering by 5 on a weekday.

        1. re: schrutefarms

          Yeah, but "luckily" they're doing Saturday at 8 PM so that won't come into play.

            1. re: PeterCC

              Duh. Didn't read that part :) I didn't know they offered the happy hour on Saturdays.

          1. re: PeterCC

            I managed to squeeze 22 into that table. They didn't require us to participate in the Prix Fix, but for the 50% Off Happy Hour menu, we were given a truncated menu so that the kitchen would not be slammed for orders of too many different dishes.

          2. We hosted a party of 10 at AOC. They could not have been nicer. They set up a long table in the patio. No request for a deposit or prix fixe menu. Food was delicious. Everyone was very happy and we did not suffer from sticker shock when the check was presented.

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            1. re: maudies5

              AOC is a great idea. I've also been there with a party of 10 - 11 and they didn't require a prix fixe menu. Patio at Gjelina can also accomodate a group of up to 12 but you have to book pretty far in advance for a Saturday night (no prix fixe menu and right around $100/person all-in for a lot of food and wine). I've also been to really nice large group dinners recently at Wilshire in Santa Monica and Rivabella on Sunset in WeHo, but those might bust your budget.

              1. re: cookie monster

                The problem with Gjelina is the service, which can, at times, be agonizingly slow and/or confused. The food is great. Also, no full bar.
                AOC's service is stellar; very professional. Full bar. Delicious cocktails. Wonderful food.

                1. re: maudies5

                  another problem with gjelina is that they will try to squeeze a large party into a small table.
                  very uncomfortable.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    That was a problem I had for sure.

            2. Thank you! Will definitely look into Fig and AOC. We are doing this on a Sat night around 8pm.

              1. I did a dinner for 12 on the patio at the Ivy and it was great.
                AOC is another good choice.
                If you like higher end Mexican, Frida in BH could easily accommodate you.

                If you want to do a room, upstairs at Divino in Brentwood would work.

                How much lead time do you have?

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                1. re: Thor123

                  Ivy at the Shore (Santa Monica) or the one on Robertson.

                  1. re: jgilbert1000

                    Robertson. I have always had good luck there and found them very accommodating. I think they get a bad wrap for being snobby which may have been the case in the 80s but in my experience has never been the case.

                    1. re: jgilbert1000

                      I have heard good things about Petty Cash. However, I think all of the tables are communal.