A couple months ago I asked people here for suggestions where to take my sister out for her 30th bday, and after reading all suggestions, I took her to AOC. I'm glad to say she was blown away by it (as was I), and we had a great time.
Now, I'd like suggestions for my mom's 50th bday (a couple weeks from now). I'm a bit reluctant to take her to AOC only because it's going to be a party of 6 people going...and with my sister and her bf last time at AOC the bill came out to about $180/190 - so I can only imagine what the bill is going to be like this time around. Plus I don't think AOC would fill anyone up with their small plates. It's still an option since my sister's helping to pick up the tab this time but I wanted to know if anyone can suggest a place for an occasion such as a 50th bday that's still classy but won't break the bank like AOC or Melisse would? My mom likes french, italian, japanese, thai, spanish, mexican food - as long as it's done "con gusto."
Any suggestions would be appreciated.