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Restaurant/bar with nice patio/terrace for large group ~ LA/OC area

Hi everyone,

I searched around but couldn't quite find an exact answer to my question; however please feel free to point me in the right direction if this topic has already been covered.

I am helping my boyfriend organize his birthday in mid-July, and we would like to find a nice bar/restaurant with a separate area like a patio/terrace (nice view definitely a bonus), able to accommodate a group of about 50sh people, where people can move around, have a drink but also sit and eat a bit if they want.

Last year he had his party at the Castaway in Burbank, which was really nice (except they charge a cake slicing fee); this year we’d like to go somewhere else.

One idea was Nelson’s at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, which has a patio with a great ocean view, however there will be a concert the night of his birthday, so we won’t be able to make a reservation for a large group.

We are fairly flexible about the location, as long as it’s within a reasonable distance from LA.

If you have any suggestions please let me know! :)

Thank you so much in advance.

Jun 05, 2012
michim in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach Eateries?

Thanks everyone, can't wait to try the "local" dim sums... might even be tomorrow hehehe. Tonight I am going downtown LB for the "Cirque de la Symphonie" concert at the LB Arena, so we might try Cafe Sevilla beforehand.

Unless anyone has more hints on downtown LB eats...?

Thanks guys, this is a great (or shuld I say delicious!) forum :-)

Mar 01, 2008
michim in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach Eateries?

Ok ok I get it :-) what can I do, I am a food snob & I can't help it ;-)
PS while I don't like 'Macca' I do like the occasional In 'n Out :-P

And thanks for the Thai hint. I also like Tiny Thai, always a great little place to go for a nice meal, and Thai Corner ~ the first time I went there it was because the fact that it was a 'fast food Thai' it intrigued me, and I ended up really liking it.

While we're on the subject: I should mention Sophy's, a Thai/Cambodian pearl in Long Beach (try the beef salad, you won't be disappointed).

Ok, about House of Madame Jojo: you go there not just for the great food (sophisticated, well presented, Italian/Asian inspired) but also to enjoy the bohemian atmosphere and - last but not least - the very interesting artwork... an experience all around! A place for special occasions.

Now I do have a question... where to go for great Dim Sum (aka Yum Cha) near LB? So far I've had to go to Monterey Park to enjoy a great dim sum brunch. TIA.

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Thai Corner Restaurant
2615 Carson St, Lakewood, CA 90712

Sophy's (moved)
3720 E Anaheim St # 102, Long Beach, CA

Tiny Thai Restaurant
4152 Norse Way, Long Beach, CA 90808

The House of Madame Jo Jo
2941 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803

Feb 24, 2008
michim in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach Eateries?

Great blog... however can I just say that places like "Buca di Beppo" etc are NOT Italian... trust me I am 100% Italian (born and bred) and real Italian food is not found there. Great decor I must admit though.

On the "yum" side re: LB, I personally love Your House on 2838 E Pacific Coast Hwy (Thai/Fusion) - very relaxed, 'homey" atmosphere and very gentle on your wallet. You HAVE to try the mango rolls!!!

Other favs include Benley on Wardlow and the nearby Cafe Hiro in Cypress. I recently tried Enrique's and loved it (had to get takeout though 'coz it was too busy to let us sit there). Ah, also the House of Madame Jojo for something unique & different. I have a few more but... have to dash out for dinner (Cafe Hiro) so will resume the chat later. Ciao! Michela

Feb 16, 2008
michim in Los Angeles Area