I am looking for restaurant recommendations for a special event in Orange County (think along the lines of an engagement party). Here is what we are going for:
-Not a sit-down meal. We are looking for something with an "open house" feel, where guests can come and go as they please over the course of a 2-4 hour window.
-We would like food (appetizers, or perhaps more substantial buffet food) and drinks to be served during the entire course of the event.
-We would like either a private room, or a sectioned-off area of non-private room.
-We will need some seating, but regular or bar tables will do. Most people will probably remain on their feet.
-Should be big enough for 90-120 people.
-We want to avoid chain restaurants.
-Price is somewhat flexible, but we can't go super high end (we won't be spending CUT prices, for example).
-We would like to keep it to Northern OC (Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Newport, Huntington, Yorba Linda, Brea, etc.), but we would be willing to go further for an outstanding venue.
-Type of cuisine is open.
Any ideas? If you need more info to make recommendations, let me know!