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Suggestions for Spanish/South American

kmcg302 | Apr 19, 201609:55 AM     7

Hello, LA 'hounds. I was hoping to get some suggestions for a nice Spanish (I'm told there is a dearth of really good Spanish restaurants in LA based on my perusal of previous posts ) restaurant for my dad's 60th birthday dinner. There will be 9 in our party, including a toddler and an 8-month old (they behave in restaurants). Although he doesn't want anything super fancy (think Providence) because we have kids, I still want to give him an excellent meal. Looking at a price point of around $100 per person, not including drinks/alcohol or tax and tip.

We were originally planning to take him to either Bestia or Mozza as he hasn't been, but he mentioned that he really misses Spanish food and would love a good paella. Have any new places come up since 2012/2013 (I skimmed those threads and didn't find anything too promising) that would be good to try? If not Spanish, I think he would like South American food.

I see that Tar & Roses in Santa Monica does a family-style paella dinner. Has anyone here tried it? good? worth it?

Any feedback or suggestions would be great. I moved to Sacramento in 2011 so I am not up to date with my LA restaurants and tend to gravitate towards my favorites for dinner celebrations, none of which is Spanish or South American (Providence, Mozza, the old Hatfield's, Lucques, Animal).

My parents live in Walnut (east LA County, off the 60 before you hit the 57 freeway), so we are open to Orange County as well. Would prefer a restaurant that is more than just tapas.

Thanks in advance!

Lucques
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