Restaurant, not in Disney, for 12 adults?

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  1. SteveH

    SteveH Earning my Mai Tai

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    I will be taking a group of staff and volunteers for a large conference this summer staying around the Convention Center. I've starting to explore the area on Yelp for a couple of nice restaurants to take everyone out to. The group will range from about 30 to 70 years old, I'm looking for a non-chain type of restaurant, at least trying to avoid the Outack, Red Robin type. I know that Mortons & Ruth Chris are very close and they a possible option. In the past I've taken this group to some great BBQ and even Guy Fieri Diners, Drive-In and Dives locations, all to great reviews. So I'm looking for something that is unique and within a reasonable Lyft/Uber ride away, it doesn't have to be in the immediate area.

    Any recommendations from this group? Thanks!
     
  2. MillauFr

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    Buca Di Beppo. It is a chain, but the food is decent to good, the atmosphere is fun, prices are reasonable, and the place can easily handle large groups.
     
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  4. MillauFr

    MillauFr Buzz & Woody

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    Roy's at the Gardenwalk could also handle a large group.
     
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    ParkHopper1 DIS Veteran

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    We did Splitsville in DTD for a large group connected to a convention and all had a blast.
     
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    Stonefire Grill in Fountain Valley (pretty much straight down Harbor if you don't take the freeway) serves Calfornia style BBQ, family style. Always receives raves, not a single complaint from any group we've taken there. It is a chain, but a small, family owned one. If price isn't a problem, look into Pizzeria Mozza in Newport (the patio seating will be nice in summer). Lucille's BBQ in Orange is a chain, but is very popular with groups. Park Ave. and Il Garage in nearby Stanton might work. And for fancy steakhouse that isn't a chain, try The Ranch on Ball Rd. Michael Jordan, who was at NR and was pivotal in starting the Food & Wine Festival at DCA, is now there. For German food, Jaegerhaus on Ball Rd. is fun -- casual, but so friendly and warm, with good service.
     
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  8. SteveH

    SteveH Earning my Mai Tai

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    @MillauFr thanks, Buca Di Beppo is one on my list, since we don't have one here. I'll check into Roy's I like that is close.
    @ParkHopper1 thanks, never even thought about something like that!
    @wingednike thank you! I'm not sure how I missed Mama Cozzas
    @theluckyrabbit wow thanks, I'll check those places out, I appreciate the list and comments about each!
     
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  9. StageTek

    StageTek It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

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    Have you considered Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner? Not a chain. Well equipped fro large groups.
    Close to the Convention Center in Orange Circle is Francoli a nice (non-chain) Italian place. Good service, good Northern Italian food and a great location. Really fun to talk an after dinner walk around Orange Circle.
     
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  10. Miss SD

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    How about The White House? It’s an Italian restaurant run by a wonderful gentleman whose organization delivers meals to the motel kids of OC and LA. (Pretty upscale too.)
    http://www.anaheimwhitehouse.com/
     
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    I second the idea of the Anaheim White House. Also, look at The Hobbit for a truly spectacular, unique dining experience.
     
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    Does not meet the criteria of not in the parks, but if you wanna knock their socks off book a dinner at 21 Royal Street!
     
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    Bubba Gumps! :)

    I think mrs. Knott's is a good choice too
     
  14. SteveH

    SteveH Earning my Mai Tai

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    @StageTek thanks I will check that out, sounds fun! @starry_solo thanks for your feedback too
    @Miss SD & @Iceman93 thanks going to check that out!

    LOL @ParkHopper1 I think that's just a tad out of my budget! Though I'd love to do that. I was a bit shocked that conference didn't include any Disney events, my hope is to take my staff to the parks on Sunday though, then my wife and I stick around for 3 days on our own. :)
     
  15. WebmasterMaryJo

    WebmasterMaryJo Techarita Staff Member Administrator

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    He (Bruno) feeds needy children for free, so I'd recommend the White House because he has a good/generous heart in addition to good food.

    I also like Mrs. Knotts. That is a Southern Californian, non-chain, location. Only thing - no reservations, so go at non-peak time. :)
     
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  16. SteveH

    SteveH Earning my Mai Tai

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    That type of mission fits well with our team!
     
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    Here's some info on him. I remember hearing about him in the early years. Local radio station just had their annual fundraiser for him.

    http://www.chefbrunoserato.com/

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  18. Miss SD

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    That’s right. KFI raised about $400,000 for Caterina’s Club, if I remember correctly. And tons of pasta/sauce also was donated.
     
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    A prior poster mentioned Mama Cozza's which has been on DDD and was going to be my suggestion. I've eaten there a few years ago and from what I remember it was pretty good.
     

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