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Rehearsal Dinner - Westside

flowergirl Dec 6, 2013 07:45 AM

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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    latindancer RE: flowergirl Dec 6, 2013 09:14 AM

    <not crazy expensive>

    What does that mean?
    Price range per person?

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      bringiton RE: latindancer Dec 6, 2013 10:49 AM

      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.

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        ilysla RE: bringiton Dec 6, 2013 11:47 AM

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

    2. wienermobile RE: flowergirl Dec 6, 2013 10:07 AM

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

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        Bjartmarr RE: flowergirl Dec 6, 2013 12:08 PM

        Shamshiri grill is big enough, and reasonably priced.

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          flowergirl RE: flowergirl Dec 6, 2013 12:42 PM

          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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            ilysla RE: flowergirl Dec 6, 2013 02:04 PM

            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....

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              Thor123 RE: flowergirl Dec 7, 2013 06:56 PM

              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. Baron RE: flowergirl Dec 6, 2013 02:28 PM

              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.

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                jessejames RE: flowergirl Dec 6, 2013 02:29 PM

                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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                  Thor123 RE: jessejames Dec 7, 2013 06:51 PM

                  Poo Poo

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                    wienermobile RE: Thor123 Dec 7, 2013 08:28 PM

                    +1 Poo Poo

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                      jessejames RE: wienermobile Dec 8, 2013 07:30 AM

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

                2. perk RE: flowergirl Dec 6, 2013 04:14 PM

                  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.

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                    altstarr RE: flowergirl Dec 8, 2013 07:12 AM

                    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.

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                      flowergirl RE: flowergirl Dec 10, 2013 02:28 PM

                      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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                        jessejames RE: flowergirl Dec 10, 2013 02:45 PM


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                          westsidegal RE: flowergirl Dec 10, 2013 06:18 PM

                          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.

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