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Need restaurant for up to 40 people (lunch) at under $50/person

carln Aug 30, 2013 06:03 PM

We are having my daughters baptism and looking for a place that could do lunch for up to 40 people. If we could keep it under $50/ person that would be great. Preferably MDR/SM/Venice area. Good food is important ( not necessarily super fancy) and a view or nice atmosphere is a plus.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

  1. westsidegal Aug 30, 2013 06:52 PM

    does your $50/pp budget include beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)? tax? tip?

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      paprkutr Aug 31, 2013 03:25 PM

      I know it's a an old standby, but Cafe Bizou, the one in Santa Monica, can easily accomodate 40 people and well under the fifty dollars. You can either bring wine at $2 corkage or can include drinks. I have been lucky and have had great parties at the SM and Sherman Oaks locations.

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      1. re: paprkutr
        carln Sep 4, 2013 05:56 PM

        Cafe bizou sounded great but unfortunately the sm location is not open for lunch on Saturdays. Thx for the suggestion though.

      2. carln Aug 31, 2013 06:19 PM

        Hey westsidegal. Yeah we are trying to get it all under $50. Not many alcohol drinkers though. I think most people will just be drinking soft drinks.

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        1. re: carln
          westsidegal Aug 31, 2013 11:41 PM

          concur with servorg and would go to zengo if they can accommodate you.

          if not, i'd check into C&O Trattoria
          3016 Washington Boulevard Marina del Rey, California 90292
          (Washington & Thatcher, One block West of Lincoln Blvd.)
          they certainly can come in within budget, food is fine for this sort of group, and they have a parking lot adjacent to the restaurant.
          (a group of 40 people usually means at least 10 cars need to be accommodated)
          they open at 11:30AM for lunch.
          (310) 301-7278

          when my nephew graduated from UCLA, we had his graduation party there and it went extremely well.

          1. re: westsidegal
            wienermobile Sep 1, 2013 08:58 AM

            another yes for Zengo. Dukes in Malibu could work.

        2. Servorg Aug 31, 2013 06:34 PM

          What day of the week?

          1. carln Aug 31, 2013 06:35 PM

            Hey servorg. It's going to be on a Saturday.

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            1. re: carln
              Servorg Aug 31, 2013 06:40 PM

              Have you checked with Zengo http://www.richardsandoval.com/zengosm/index.php and/or Somona Wine Garden http://www.sonomawinegardensantamonic... (I think they have Saturday brunch?)

              The only kicker is a two hour time limit for their special brunch prices on food and drinks.

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              fdb Sep 4, 2013 04:47 PM

              Paiche in MDR can accommodate a large party in its enclosed patio. They have lunch omakase with very reasonable prices. $19 for four courses and $29 for five course which include a dessert. Nice ambience, great service, and very good food.

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              1. re: fdb
                westsidegal Sep 4, 2013 11:24 PM

                i've only eaten at paiche a couple of times (one of them being this past week) but, in my experience, four courses at paiche will not be enough to satisfy very many people: add to it the cost of even non-alcoholic beverages tax and tip and you may well find yourself exceeding your budget AND have many of the guests heading out to get some food.

                (maybe i'm a pig, but to my mind it would take three of their salads to equal one real salad. imho, three servings of their fish ribs would equal a smallish fish entree)

                also, most of the food there is geared toward adventurous diners who will be content to eat fish. i've never put together an event for 40 people who weren't already screened as peruvian seafood eaters or chowhounds for which this restaurant would work. . . .

                their alcoholic drinks are innovative and weak and pricy.

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