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Suggestions for 80th Birthday Brunch/Lunch Spot

grubby Mar 10, 2014 01:39 PM

We are looking for a restaurant on the Westside for my mother's 80th birthday for a brunch or lunch. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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  1. wienermobile RE: grubby Mar 10, 2014 01:45 PM

    You can make a day of it at The Restaurant at The Getty.

    Also Connie & Ted's, Fig in Santa Monica or Zengo at The Santa Monica Place. Great Sunday brunch at Saddle Peak Lodge in Malibu Canyon.

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      ilysla RE: grubby Mar 10, 2014 01:46 PM

      Tavern in Brentwood for lunch?

      1. westsidegal RE: grubby Mar 10, 2014 02:06 PM

        cafe del rey
        beautiful setting
        good food
        ease of parking and ease of entrance to the restaurant
        good service (never will rush you out in order to turn the table)
        quiet enough to hear each other speak
        tables are far enough away from each other so that you are not privvy to the conversation being held at the next table
        good wine-by-the-glass program

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          Dirtywextraolives RE: westsidegal Mar 11, 2014 06:57 PM

          Plus one for Cafe del Rey. Don't they still offer bottomless mimosas at brunch?

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            westsidegal RE: Dirtywextraolives Mar 11, 2014 07:51 PM

            i'm pretty sure they do.

            on a related subject, i believe that the prosecco that they are now offering as the "house" prosecco is ruffino, which, imho, is a pretty decent choice for a low-cost offering.

            also, iirc, the price for the three course sunday brunch is $38 before tax and tip.

        2. cookie monster RE: grubby Mar 10, 2014 02:08 PM

          Catch at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica. Comfortable room with a beautiful view and very good if not amazing food. Also second Tavern in Brentwood, although it can get loud. If Mom is an adventurous eater and price is no object, Nobu Malibu. absolutely stunning during daylight hours.

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            wienermobile RE: cookie monster Mar 10, 2014 02:18 PM

            A big +1 for Nobu. Most beautiful restaurant in LA.

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              yogachik RE: cookie monster Mar 11, 2014 06:54 PM

              Catch at Casa del Mar would be first choice.

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                Dirtywextraolives RE: cookie monster Mar 11, 2014 06:58 PM

                Aren't there stairs to get to the atrium dining room at Tavern? Or am I remembering incorrectly?

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                  maudies5 RE: Dirtywextraolives Mar 11, 2014 08:26 PM

                  There is one step to enter the dining room. I don't believe that the OP suggested that Mom was incapable of walking. BTW, my Mom's favorite restaurant is Ivy at the Shore and she is older than 80.

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                    Dirtywextraolives RE: maudies5 Mar 12, 2014 08:24 AM

                    Yes, I read the OP. It was just a question, but since we don't know the details, this may be information that is helpful for the OP to plan....

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                      ilysla RE: Dirtywextraolives Mar 12, 2014 01:16 PM

                      There are indeed a few steps. My friend's mother uses a walker and was able to navigate them. Staff was also present to assist.

              2. ipsedixit RE: grubby Mar 11, 2014 08:57 PM

                Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air.

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                  flowergirl RE: grubby Mar 12, 2014 08:49 AM

                  Ivy or Ivy at the Shore
                  Shutters or Casa del Mar
                  Fig at The Fairmont
                  Café del Rey
                  Whiskey Red's in MDR - used to have less than mediocre food but I hear it has improved dramatically
                  Oliver at Equinox in B H or West L A
                  Happy Birthday to your Mother!

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