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atlfoodfan Dec 10, 2013 05:45 AM

I am organizing a dinner for a large group (30-40) for the night before the national championship game in January. Would like it to be near the Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina Del Rey if possible. Looking for a spot with great food that has a private room or outside area that can handle this large of a group. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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    New Trial Dec 11, 2013 12:21 AM

    Not far from the Marina (less than 2 miles, on Washington a couple of blocks before Centinela) is the excellent Waterloo & City, which has a large private room.

    I should also point out, though I find it's underwhelming (though its chef is capable of better), the Beachside Restaurant in the Jamaica Bay Inn itself has a large patio area, if the proximity is paramount to the food.

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      jessejames Dec 10, 2013 11:38 AM

      Get a party barge!

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      1. re: jessejames
        wienermobile Dec 10, 2013 11:57 AM

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      2. Wayno Dec 10, 2013 11:26 AM

        Wonder if Settebello can handle the group. They do have a large outdoor patio, with heaters. Lots of parking as well.

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        1. re: Wayno
          westsidegal Dec 10, 2013 11:58 AM

          although i LOVE LOVE LOVE settebello,
          don't see them for this group.

          1) counting on outdoor seating in january would worry me.
          2) their pizza ovens would not accommodate anywhere near enough pizzas for this group in addition to those that would be ordered by any regular customers.
          the group would end up with some pizzas hot from the oven and others not or they would end up with staggered pizzas.
          the only way around this, it would seem to me, would be to arrange large charcuterie platters to offset the pizza requirements. still that would have you dividing Neapolitan pizzas (i.e. pizzas designed to be eaten with forks and knives) between guests.

        2. wienermobile Dec 10, 2013 10:55 AM

          C & O
          http://www.cotrattoria.com

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          1. re: wienermobile
            westsidegal Dec 10, 2013 12:04 PM

            to add to wienermobile's recommendation,

            don't try C&O trattoria, go with their sister restaurant down the street: C&O cucina.
            the cucina has a private room and takes reservations.

            1. re: westsidegal
              Baron Dec 10, 2013 12:15 PM

              Does the food qualify as "great?" At C&O cucina?

              1. re: Baron
                wienermobile Dec 10, 2013 12:24 PM

                Good, Not great but ok for a banquet or group. Great garlic rolls.

                1. re: Baron
                  westsidegal Dec 10, 2013 07:57 PM

                  if you have a large group,
                  and you don't want to spend the bucks for Cafe del Rey,
                  there isn't much else.

                  certainly wouldn't call their food "great" but is is far better than any alternative in this location at this price level
                  i have arranged several large dinners at the place and their food was good enough and varied enough so that virtually every food idiosyncrasy that i've thrown at them has been accommodated. (gluten, latose, calories, vegetarian, heart-healthy, beef requirement, etc.)
                  they take reservations
                  they have a parking lot
                  they can get a lot of food out of the kitchen fast enough so that the courses are not unduly staggered.
                  they have a full bar.

                  when you have 50 people in the party, the restaurant's ability to handle the logistics involved has to be given some weight.

                2. re: westsidegal
                  Servorg Dec 10, 2013 12:27 PM

                  C&O Cucina has a private room upstairs that accommodates up to 45 people and they take reservations too...and they have their own attended parking lot.

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                atlfoodfan Dec 10, 2013 10:24 AM

                Thanks for these suggestions. A friend is suggesting Whiskey Red's -- any thoughts on that?

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                1. re: atlfoodfan
                  westsidegal Dec 10, 2013 10:50 AM

                  this, i take it, is the new version of shanghai reds?

                  i can tell you about the old version: the food was so poor that i have no trust that the new version would serve food that is really edible.
                  the best part of their buffet was the dessert area which was on par with the pre made desserts that you could buy in any chain grocery store.

                  1. re: atlfoodfan
                    Servorg Dec 10, 2013 11:21 AM

                    If you want to eat in that Fisherman's Village then Sapori is your best bet.

                  2. Servorg Dec 10, 2013 06:59 AM

                    Just down the street from your hotel is Cafe Del Rey and I believe they could handle your needs.

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                    1. re: Servorg
                      Baron Dec 10, 2013 09:24 AM

                      Cafe del Rey does have great food and is the best in the Marina. Check their website and go to "private dining" It would certainly be my choice. The event planner is very professional and will help you.

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                        flowergirl Dec 10, 2013 09:33 AM

                        Perhaps the patio at 26 Beach

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                          westsidegal Dec 10, 2013 10:15 AM

                          respectfully disagree with the recommendation of 26 beach.
                          although i do enjoy their entree salads, the way the restaurant is set-up (both in terms of physical space and food) would, imho, not lead to a good result.

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