I just called to make a res for 12 for a 60th bday party in early December. They said parties of 10 or more had to order from the prix fixe menu, which they proceeded to fax to me. Babalu requires that you sign a contract not at all dissimilar to one youd have to sign for a wedding dinner for 120. The food packages are $40, $50, and $60 and diners must select one of four entrees youve decided upon beforehand. Booze packages run from $18 (beer and wine) to $30 (beer, wine, call liquors, and specialty drinks) per person and they state "Beverage options are for two hours," but don't indicate that there's free pouring during that time, and that "Parties are blocked in two-hour intervals."
This is more of a megillah--and far more restrictions--than I had in mind for a party. Especially for a group that would certainly exceed the minimums if simply given a run of the regular menu. Im thinking of canceling and heading elsewhere. But before I do Im wondering if any Chowhounds have run the gauntlet of Babalus policies and still had a good party experience.