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

  • carln Aug 30, 2013 06:03 PM
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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.

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

    1. 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

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

      2. 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

          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

            another yes for Zengo. Dukes in Malibu could work.
            http://www.dukesmalibu.com

        2. What day of the week?

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

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            1. re: carln

              Have you checked with Zengo http://www.richardsandoval.com/zengos... 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.

            2. 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

                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.