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Help for husband's 40th bday in Venice area

Nixed cafe del Rey jut because they make you sign contract and do the set menu. So I'm looking into private rooms at catch and hungry cat, and Paiche. Stand by reservation at Joe's since they are most flexible with open menu and wine. Plus not too loud. They have $48 prix fixe menu too that anyone can decide to do that night.

May 04, 2013
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Help for husband's 40th bday in Venice area

Sounds awesome. I sent them an email. Thanks!!!

May 04, 2013
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Help for husband's 40th bday in Venice area

Great idea. That's right down the street from us and I've been wanting to try! I should go do a test dinner there this week.

May 02, 2013
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Help for husband's 40th bday in Venice area

Ok I know I said i'm not worried about price but Capo is too much for us. Maybe for the 50th bday. Looks amazing though. We'll definitely try it for a night out just the two of us.

May 02, 2013
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Help for husband's 40th bday in Venice area

Awesome. Thanks. $20 also. And I guess they have a private room. I'll call them. It's worth a look into if we can get patio or private room.

May 02, 2013
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Help for husband's 40th bday in Venice area

thanks! I'm going to look into Capo, Catch and the Argentine place.

May 02, 2013
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Help for husband's 40th bday in Venice area

Thanks. I do care about bar, or at least having one close by and I'm not a fan of the Brig.

May 02, 2013
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Help for husband's 40th bday in Venice area

Oh yes, Hal's. One of my all time Faves and standby's. I did not like the private room. The table would be in the middle of all those booths so I didn't like the feel for a big long table right in the middle of the room. I kind of want to be tucked to the side. Does that make sense?

I will look into Capo now. That sound great.

May 02, 2013
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Help for husband's 40th bday in Venice area

Good point. I haven't asked them. Joe's is great. If you buy a bottle, corkage is free. Or $20 per bottle. Same with Chaya and Cafe del Rey. They are all $20 per bottle.

May 02, 2013
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Help for husband's 40th bday in Venice area

You think Cafe del Rey over Joe's? Menus look equally good to me.

May 02, 2013
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Help for husband's 40th bday in Venice area

Thanks for the suggestions so far. They are great. I have definetely thought of a few of these. Our dinner will be at 7:30ish because there are five of us with small kids and we need to get them down. People are also driving from far away. Thus Gjelina at 5/5:30 won't work. I doubt we could get a reservation to book the patio at 7:30 but I'll look into it. We were trying to avoid super hip and trendy as the attitude and service tend to be lacking I've found, especially with a big group. I love Gjelina though. Although I really don't like the no substitutions or changes to food policy. My husband had mentioned his parents wouldn't like it there when I mentioned it for an outing before. Too hip for them. And my husband nixed Chinois because he does a lot of work parties and dinners there.

I love Tasting Kitchen. It's one of my personal favorites except last time they had loud rap music playing early on - we had a group dinner at 5:30 and I asked them to turn it down. The music goes down when it gets packed. I thought of booking there upstairs room but my husband isn't crazy about Tasting Kitchen.

I will definitely look into Capo and Catch. Does Capo have a nice big bar area? That's important unless there is a bar within walking distance. Love Casa del Mar bar.

We've done Whist for my last big birthday with most of the same group.

Never heard of the Argentine place.

So it sounds like most agree No for Chaya, Joe's and Cafe del Rey???

May 02, 2013
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Help for husband's 40th bday in Venice area

I have gone over these boards and read a ton online and am making myself crazy!! So please help if you can.

I have honed in on Joe's on AK, Chaya Venice and Cafe del Rey. Or group ranges in age from 35-70. My husband's and my parents plus some friends. Fifteen people total. I'm not worried about price and am expecting to spend a lot. However we will bring our own wine.

My first decision was the patio at Joe's which seats 12 at a long table. Then some no's turned into yes's and with 15 we would have to sit inside. I keep reading Joe's is more of a date or small group place too. This was my first pick but not sure if the small inside is good for a big group. Also small bar area to meet up beforehand.

so then i moved onto cafe del Rey as "the spot" but my husband thinks its pretty average. We both like the big bar area to meet beforehand and all our family are staying at hotels in the marina. Easy but maybe boring?

Today I thought of Chaya. I always love Chaya but haven't been in ages. I can't stand loud music playing during dinner and I read that it bothered someone in a review somewhere. I'm much more sensitive to noise now than I was in my twenties when I frequented Chaya and with two, possibly three, hard of hearings in our group and four above age 60, maybe it's not the right spot?

Any thoughts? Other recommendations? Our group likes to party and have fun (especially the ones pushing 70); we don't want a private room, but would like somewhere lively with good food, just not crazy music loud. Our last big celebration was at the galley which was great but want something a little more upscale.

Thanks!!! Oh the party is June 1, Saturday night. I have reservations at joes and Chaya and am in touch with CDR. Help!

May 01, 2013
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Tasting menu for birthday dinner

Thanks so much for the suggestions. Piccolo sounds great. I loved that place when it was 5 Dudley and have been meaning to try Piccolo. I've always wanted to try Orris too so I'll look into that as well - maybe if it ends up being a larger group. Both sound amazing. And so does The Bazaar. I might have to do a couple of dinners!

Jun 23, 2010
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Tasting menu for birthday dinner

Hi - it is my 35th birthday coming up and I want to have a great dining experience that includes a tasting menu with wine pairing. I thought about Melisse but a fun and lively atmosphere is important to me and it sounds like it might be a bit too formal after reading other posts. Providence is sounding great but it's a long trek for us. Any other recommendations/thoughts? I live in Mar Vista near Marina del Rey.
Thanks!

Jun 22, 2010
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Delfina, 54 Mint, or Bar Bambino

Thanks again for the responses. We had decided on 54 Mint until the day before when I felt so bad from a cold I almost called off the visit. We cancelled that reservation because they charged if you cancelled last minute. It also took about 40 phone calls to get through to cancel. The whole experience made me not like the restaurant before ever going there. We ended up at Bar Bambino and loved it. (never could get a rezy at Delfina to begin with). It was crowded with a great cozy atmosphere and the food was really good. My only complaint was that the portions were small but we were also sharing and probably should have ordered more. The wine the sommelier recommended was excellent. Two of the girls in our party had been to 54 Mint and both said the atmosphere at Bar Bambino was "hipper and younger" and the atmosphere more "warm". But they both left 54 Mint more full. Overall it was a great experience.

Dec 15, 2009
yummytrip in San Francisco Bay Area

Delfina, 54 Mint, or Bar Bambino

I am visiting SF for one night only and am going to dinner with a group of 4 to 5 girlfriends who live in the city. These are the restaurants that have been suggested by the girls. We are in our mid-30's and enjoy good food and wine in a lively atmosphere. All three look great online - which one do I choose? (all have tentative reservations made by the different people who suggested them - i make final call)

Other non-Italian suggestions were: LMK and Nopa.

Thanks!

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Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Nopa
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Bar Bambino
2931 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

54 Mint
54 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Nov 30, 2009
yummytrip in San Francisco Bay Area

Il Ristorante Giorgio Baldi or Madeo?

Thank you so much for all the replies. I will look into Peppone as well - that sounds good. I'm not into the celebrity factor..just atmosphere and food. And thinking back to my night at La Botte I think "light " was the wrong word - it was fairly empty and cold and I guess while some find the tables spaced apart more intimate, I prefer the cramped, cozy feeling. I also had a newborn at the time and hadn't slept in weeks so that could have affected my experience. Maybe I'll give it another try some time. So many places to try!!!

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Peppone Restaurant
11628 Barrington Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Nov 10, 2009
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Il Ristorante Giorgio Baldi or Madeo?

Which do you recommend/prefer for a 5 year anniversary dinner? Atmosphere and food are both equally important! We live on the westside and last year went to La Botte and I was very disappointed. I don't remember the food but i hated the ambience - it was too light and stark. We like traditional italian food - pastas, red sauce, veal, that type of thing. I really want a great meal and don't mind the cost as long as we don't leave feeling "let down".

Thank you!!!!

Nov 09, 2009
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

Casa Lucio question

Is is okay/appropriate to bring a baby to dinner at casa lucio?...if we went early, at 8:30? i don't like when people bring their kids to adult restaurants here in LA but I'm not sure how it is in Madrid. I already wrote a post about dining options with a baby and got great feedback and a recommendation for lunch here.

or is lunch the better option? or the restaurant across the street from the same owner?

Thanks!

Sep 02, 2009
yummytrip in Spain/Portugal

Restaurants in the countryside outside San Sebastian

steve davis: is it acceptable to bring babies/children to the sidrarias? we are traveling with a one year old. thanks.

Sep 02, 2009
yummytrip in Spain/Portugal

Raw Carne Asada to BBQ

Taqueria Sanchez on Inglewood in Culver City

Apr 21, 2009
yummytrip in Los Angeles Area

madrid/san sebastian with 1 year old

we are staying in an apartment in austrian madrid - on almendro street, near la latina metro. we will be in madrid tuesday thru friday nights so all weeknights. then we move on to san sebastian. i was in madrid before and cannot remember what time we went out but it was probably later - 8:30 or 9 onward like you said. maybe we will have to do lunches as our main meal and figure it out in the evening depending on how packed places are and when the baby sleeps. thanks for your response - as long as there are places to go, sit outside have a drink and eat we should be fine. we'll probably have to stick to one place a night rather than an actual "crawl".

Apr 20, 2009
yummytrip in Spain/Portugal

madrid/san sebastian with 1 year old

My husband and I are traveling to these two cities this september with our daughter who will be 14 months old at the time. we love to travel and eat and drink and are attempting this with a baby for the first time. I don't think the baby will make it out for late dinners so I'm thinking we will bring her along to tapas crawls in the early evenings in both these cities. I'm wondering if it is acceptable to bring a baby to these places ? I have a portable high chair I can snap on any table/bar...

I know food trips and family trips might not go hand in hand but we're hoping to figure it out.

Thanks for opinions/suggestions!

Apr 18, 2009
yummytrip in Spain/Portugal