As advertised, the Son of a Grubs wedding rehearsal dinner was held last week at Flints in Santa Monica. Through careful planning & peculiar circumstance, only the wedding party (9 of us) attended. Thus, perfect for the room & for a roaring good time.
As described in my prior report, Flints consists of one large, high-ceilinged room for about 100, plus an alcove room with one large table for 8 (or in our case 9) adjacent the dining area. Perfect semi-private, so you dont feel estranged, but you can be a bit, ah, rowdy wo aggravating fellow diners.
The chow. All ordered from the menu, with steaks being the order of the day. Everyone delighted. Of the group (6 30-ish; 3 goats), surprisingly, there were 4 hounds: Mama Grub, Papa Grub, Bride, Papa Bride. Also surprisingly, neither Bride nor Papa Bride could be talked out of eating of all things cheeseburgers. Both thrilled, both put them at the near-top of their best-ever lists. Rest of us carnivored: all steaks were big & dead-on cooked. Not Mastros, but damn good. Papa Grub drew an error in ordering the rack of lamb. Surely not best-of-show, but tasty. The beefs the thing here.
Starters: I forget. Accompaniments: I forget. Sides: I forget. Salads: I forget. Dessert: excellent crème brulee & flourless choc cake & I dunno what else.
By the time dessert arrived, we (8 of the 9) had polished off 2 bottles of Taittinger Champagne (corkage $12) & 5 bottles of Coppola Claret, plus a cocktail or two, so the ol taste buds, not to mention several million brain cells, had pretty much left the building. In fact, the last, oh, 62 toasts were, Heres to Mrs Grub driving, in recognition of Mr Grubs rapidly decreasing ability to form complete sentences.
Service: To Insure Prompt Service I at the outset asked our host/waiter Peter to add 20% to our bill. Wrong. Although we were a bit of a handful, he did lag & flail throughout the meal. Good news, tho, nobody gave a rip. To the best of my knowledge & belief, the total bill was a skosh under $600. Bargain city.
All in all, a memorable start to a memorable weekend. Perfect for our group at that time. & certainly recommended for similar size & style dinner.
BONUS WEDDING COVERAGE!!! The reception (for about 125) after the morning wedding was held at the Warehouse in MDR. By no means a Chowhound destination restaurant, but terrific for a wedding reception. Effectively had the entire restaurant until 4:30 pm Saturday (even tho unwashed folks foolish enough to do so could have eaten on the balcony).
Beautiful blue skies & gentle cooling breezes on the terrace overlooking the marina. Plenty of room inside for coots to sit & eat. Large accessible dance floor for the young uns & children to dance & play. Accommodating bar & serving crew. The buffet is very impressive visually, if lacking gustatorily. Lots of brunch choices, shellfish. Very, very reasonable charges.
Highly conducive to mingling great happy place w not even a trace of stuffiness & nary a service glitch. Most importantly, son of a Grub & our new daughter of a Grub were ecstatic.
03321 PICO BLVD
SANTA MONICA, CA 90405
THE WAREHOUSE RESTAURANT
4499 ADMIRALTY WY
MARINA DEL REY, CA 90292