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Luncheon for 25 in Carmel area

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Luncheon for 25 in Carmel area

I am looking for a venue to have a luncheon for 25 family members. Can you make any suggestions? We'd like to come on Jan 1, 2014 and have lunch around 12.

Dublin, California
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1. Re: Luncheon for 25 in Carmel area

Check Open Table. I think Il Fornaio may suit you. Check to make sure they are open on Jan 1.

Monterey Peninsula...
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2. Re: Luncheon for 25 in Carmel area

IL Fornaio is in the Pine Inn on Ocean Avenue and has banquet facilities. That would definitely be a good place to start.

Most Carmel restaurants are pretty small, but there may be a few others that might be able to accommodate you. It would help to know your budget and what type of food you're interested in.

Tarpy's Roadhouse just east of the Monterey airport should be able to handle a group that large. The larger hotels in Monterey (Plaza, Clement, Marriott, Portola, Hyatt, Monterey Beach Resort) all have banquet rooms in a wide range of sizes, but they can get pretty expensive.

-Mr. Toy


Edited: 8:08 pm, September 15, 2013
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3. Re: Luncheon for 25 in Carmel area

We had a graduation lunch for our daughter in a private room at Tarpy's Roadhouse, which Mr. Toy suggested. We had about 22 people and had plenty of room. It was private, but at the same time, there were a lot of windows and was very bright and cheerful. The food there is quite good, as well.

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4. Re: Luncheon for 25 in Carmel area

I'd say Tarpy's as well. The biggest issue is whether or not they will be open on January 1.

Carmel, California
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5. Re: Luncheon for 25 in Carmel area

Casanova has private rooms large enough but don't know if they will be open.

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6. Re: Luncheon for 25 in Carmel area

Several years ago we had a big family reunion, and @ 25 of us had dinner at Fandango in Pacific Grove. We were very happy with the food, selection, service. Prices were fine too. Lots of different private rooms, quite attractive.

This was 2009, so don't book without more recent feedback.

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7. Re: Luncheon for 25 in Carmel area

PortaBella on Ocean Ave. is very nice for this. They have very good food and service. :)

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8. Re: Luncheon for 25 in Carmel area

Fandango mentioned above by pasca is another good idea. They have a good sized banquet room on the second floor. It even has its own bar, if memory serves.

-Mr. Toy


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9. Re: Luncheon for 25 in Carmel area

Fandango is a very nice restaurant with very good food and service. We love the Paella there. Very cozy and charming ambiance, also. :)

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