I am planning a small alumni event (35 or so are expected) for next month where there will be a guest speaker, and am looking for a decent restaurant - mid-City preferred but will take anything btwn downtown and Santa Monica - where we could host the event on a Monday night for $40 per person (food, tip and service included, but not drinks). Anyone done this kind of dinner (or maybe a rehearsal dinner or something along those lines) and could recommend a suitable restaurant? Food does not have to be amazing, but nowhere that will be awful.
We tried Cuidad, La Terza, and the Mozza room, but they were too pricey. I also tried Zucca and Loteria in Hollywood, but their private rooms are too small. Finally, we tried Pitfire Pizza downtown. Food was good and the price was right but the upstairs room is not right for this event. We can't afford a super nice restaurant, but I think a different environment would be preferred given it's a presentation, not just a casual gathering.
I have to find something by tomorrow so any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.