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Graduation Dinner for 12 ppl in Pasadena - Need advice!

jb8765 | May 6, 200809:46 PM

I'm graduating from college (yessss) in a week and a half and need to make arrangements for dinner. Pasadena is the most central location for family from lots of different areas and I'm confused as to where to reserve. As this dinner is for graduation and birthday, budget isn't too much of a concern. Nothing too exotic, and definitely good service and an upscale feeling are what I'm looking for. Most important is that it is quiet and accommodating of large groups!

I was thinking of:

- The Dining Room @ The Langham
I ate here one four years ago when it was the Ritz. How is it now? Overpriced? Called to request they email me the menus, no response yet. Is The Terrace--the other restaurant in that hotel--nice enough?

- Parkway Grill
Was good last time I ate there in January. Good for a large party?

- JJ Steakhouse
Worth the hype? Overpriced because of location right on Colorado Bl?

- Madeleine's
Had good dinner here once, definitely quiet, but is it good for groups?

Any other suggestions?? So many of the large, seemingly upscale restaurants in Pasadena have mediocre food and are really noisy. (e.g. Mi Piace)

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