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Recs for Casual Outdoor Group Birthday Celebration or Picnic?

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Recs for Casual Outdoor Group Birthday Celebration or Picnic?

emilia | May 31, 2011 03:53 PM

Hey chowhounds!

Recent NY-hound transplant, celebrating my 33rd birthday here in LA. Looking for a casual place to have an outdoor Saturday lunchtime gathering w/ about 15 friends with excellent food and good drinks-- but not necessarily a sit-down meal (eg, people can rove in and out). Hoping entrees are $15-20/pp. No limitations on type of food, as long as it's great.

My original idea was to have a BYO picnic at Malibu Wines, but they don't allow kids, which doesn't work as there are 2 toddlers in the party. Preferably it would be someplace closer too (I'm in mid-Wilshire) but I think most people are willing to travel if it's a great place.

Here are the requirements:
<$20 entree
Casual
Outdoor patio
Large groups
Any location, but awesome if on the ocean.

Ideally, I'd love to have a casual gathering at a beachside place where people can come and go. I've heard about Paradise Cove, but how's the cost? Here are a few other places we've come up with:

Cafe Habana Malibu
Pane e Vino
Cliff's Edge
Enterprise Fish & Seafood
Dominick's

I've combed the LA boards but can't seem to find something that fits this description. Picnic areas or bbq areas that you can suggest would be helpful too.

Thank you!!!

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Cliff's Edge
3626 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Pane e Vino
8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Habana
2930 Bristol St Ste A110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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