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Rehearsal Dinner - Westside

May Wedding - 50 guests at rehearsal dinner.
Looking for good food and not crazy expensive.
Santa Monica, W Hollywood, Beverly Hills, MDR.

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  1. <not crazy expensive>

    What does that mean?
    Price range per person?

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    1. re: latindancer

      What that means is that she wants to have a nice event for 50 people, but that unlike so many people in this town who have endless cash (or who spend like they do), price is an object. Most people don't have a strict budget for an event like this, but simply want a a nice place with good food that but which isn't crazy expensive. Craft, Ink and Providence are probably out.

      1. re: bringiton

        Even if the OP doesn't have a strict budget, he/she hopefully has some range in mind to help people w/ suggestions....

    2. Westside Tavern has a very nice private room and full bar that won't cost you a fortune.

      1. Shamshiri grill is big enough, and reasonably priced.

        1. bringiton you got it exactly right - wedding is at Hotel Bel-Air.
          Looking for something completely different for night before. Would be great to have a private room. Probably not too ethnic.

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          1. re: flowergirl

            WSG on a previous thread suggested C&O Trattoria for a rehersal dinner. Perhaps that would suit your needs, if you can get out of there in 2 hrs....

            1. re: flowergirl

              Trattoria Amici on Doheney and Santa Monica just got a liquor license. You could take the patio or the main room and the food and price are both good.

            2. We did a rehearsal dinner at Cafe Bizou in Santa Monica and was very good and reasonably priced. We did one and Valentino which was quite costly and in my opinion was not worth the price...comparing the two.

              1. people poo poo gladstones and sure the food isn't great, but been to two nice rehearsal dinners there -- nice room, nice view of ocean, maybe good for out of towners coming to la...or something like that...geoffreys?

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                    1. re: wienermobile

                      But great room for toasts etc and neatly fits 50. Or another spot on coast for out of towners

                1. if you're willing to consider malibu....you might want to check out "v's". ask for vasil. he ran/do-owned guido's for years. it's lovely. no ocean view, but the food is very good.

                  1. Ristorante Al Mare just opened next to the Santa Monica carousel just opened. Upscale enough that it would work.

                    The food is OK. I think it will get better. It is owned by the owners of Trasteverre on the Third St Promenade. Most of the food is made in the restaurant, including the butter.

                    The reason to go is the Ocean Views. In May, sunset is around 7:45 pm. Sunset will be spectacular.

                    The second floor room can accommodate maybe 40. The third floor open air roof top patio might take 50 with a private bar. Maybe risky temperature and rain wise in May. Fantastic venue though and I'm already planning summer rooftop parties there.

                    Check it out in the daytime.

                    1. A private room would be nice but not necessary. Looking for something on the casual side with good food. C&O food is fun but the food is barely edible

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                        1. re: flowergirl

                          for the most part,

                          (banquet style food + westside + cheap) = barely edible

                          this is even more true if the dinner will be held on a Friday or Saturday night and if you will need parking for 15 cars or so.

                          (btw, if you end up considering C&O with its barely edible food, what you will want is the CUCINA, not the trattoria)

                          that said, if you are considering italian, maybe Vito's on Ocean Park: a step up from C&O.