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Need a place for a party - prefer west side

joannap | Mar 12, 200510:29 AM

I'm planning a party for about 25 people and am looking for a restaurant. Here's what I'm looking for:

- a place with a private room that isn't too loud.
- something more casual than fancy, but not divey in any way.
- nice atmosphere.
- prefer food in the Italian/Mexican/American/French sphere. Not Asian, Eritrean, Indian, etc.
- prefer something on the west side, but might travel a bit further for something really great.

The Border Grill would have been great, but their private room is too loud.

Some of the places on our list include:
- Hal's
- James Beach
- Joe's Restaurant
- Toscana
- Ciudad

We considered La Serenata de Garibaldi, since the honored guests love the food (at the one on Pico), but we decided that outlet's atmosphere won't suffice, and apparently no one thinks the food at the Santa Monica place is as good. (Anyone have a thought on this?)

I live in San Francisco, so I'm planning this from afar with some help from locals - hence my inability to check out some of these places myself. Wondering if the board has any recommendatons.

Thanks so much! I appreciate it.

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