I am trying to find a perfect place to hold my graduation dinner in May, but I can only find half good matches.
I am interested in finding a place where one would be able to talk to people at a big table without having to shout or put up with a whole lot of noise.
Money is an issue, because there's not much of it. There will probably be 10-15 guests, including a 4 year old. $30 per person is about where the target is at.
The dinner will take place on a Friday afternoon-evening. We will all be meeting at USC, so the place ought not to be too far away from the downtown area.
Madame Matisse would be perfect, but it's so small, I do not know that it would even be possible to hold it there. The only option would probably be to rent the whole place.
Angelique would be nice as well if it would be possible to rent the upstairs floor. They close at 4PM though, so that's probably not an option either.
Algeria is nice and BYOB would be great, but the place packs people in like sardines and the tables are hardly big enough for one person to sit at.
Chinatown and Little Tokyo are sadly not options either as my extended family consider such food a bit too ethnic. They can handle Mexican food though.
The place ought to be a bit nice, no dives this time. My family is a bit picky with that.
I would very much like to find a european type restaurant, such as Madame Matisse, but it seems that I am running out of options.
Any ideas on where to go?