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Graduation dinner in Southbay?

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Graduation dinner in Southbay?

Nicole | May 14, 2007 05:45 PM

I'm looking for a restaurant located in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, or Torrance for dinner after my Ph.D. graduation ceremony (for 6 people). The tricky part is, it should have a celebratory feel, but should not be too expensive. My family will want to feel like its a nice, special meal, but my parents are very frugal and will not enjoy the meal at all if it's too expensive, even if we pay. I was thinking maybe Gina Lee's--great food and reasonable prices--but I'm wondering if I could find another option that feels more special occasion-y. Places I haven't been to but have seen suggested on this board in the past include Chef Melba's Bistro, Chef Hannes, and Second City Bistro. So what's my best bet for a nice but affordable celebratory meal--Gina Lee's, one of these other places, or somewhere else I haven't thought of? (Note: I really enjoy Christine and Avenue in this area, but they are too expensive for my needs, so I'm looking for other suggestions.)

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