Looking for a place (restaurant, hotel, or even a caterer if the caterer can suggest locations) to host a milestone birthday meal. At most I expect 20 people--ages range from 30s though 65-ish.
Ideal venue (I doubt I can find one that meets all of this!) would have: farmer's market ingredients; solid interesting seasonal food that isn't too frou frou or contrived; ATMOSPHERE and/or a view or indoor/outdoor space that allows guests to linger; good service; ideal location would be West LA-ish but since this is a special occasion, driving is ok (so don't hold back if you know a great place in Malibu, Pasadena or wherever); good pastry chef (since there must be birthday cake) OR are willing to let me bring in a cake on my own
My ideas so far:
Hotel Bel Air (went to check out the restaurant today as I'd never been before, what a beautiful place);
Getty Center (have eaten here before and liked the food well enough)
Inn of the Seventh Ray (never been I see food gets mixed reviews, but location sounds fantastic)
Bel Air Bay Club (was just told they are taking parties by non-members--know nothing except it overlooks the ocean)
Saddle Peak Lodge (I've never been)
Other upscale hotels (good for lingering): Peninsula, Beverly Hills Hotel, Four Seasons, Ritz MDR.
Also, having searched this board it sounds like a lot of people recommend a restaurant in SM called Wilshire.
Please HELP?! Would love to hear from those who have been to any of the above places and/or those who can recommend other possibilities.