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Large Group Dining - Need Suggesstions

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by megnliz, Aug 23, 2012.

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  1. megnliz

    megnliz Newbie

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    Hello! I''m a first time poster, looking for some advice.

    We are getting married in Vegas on Sunday May 26, 2013. We estimate that we will have about 25 guests. We don't want to have a "normal" wedding reception; we don't want a DJ, dancing, a cake, etc. We really just want to take everyone out for dinner and drinks. This proves to be harder to do than it sounds.

    I really had my heart set on Margaritaville. It's our favorite restaurant/bar/and now casino. It's so "us." Unfortunately, after speaking with their salesperson, I don't like their policies and packages. Any group that is larger than 20 people is required to order from an over priced group menu, and honestly, I don't like the food options on that menu. Even if you have a smaller group (between 13-19 people) you are still required to buy their drink packages in order to guarantee a table together. What?! Why do I have to buy a drink package for you to agree to push some tables together?! Trust me, my family will drink, a lot, but I don't want to restrict them to what's part of the package. I just want people to be able to order food and drinks off the menu like a normal meal.

    So can anyone suggest some places that will allow a group of ~25 people just make a normal dinner reservation. No group menus, no alcohol packages, no service fees, etc.

    We aren't looking for something really formal; we're hoping for something that will be fun, entertaining, casual, etc. We are considering Benihana since it's great entertainment; I'm still waiting to hear back from them about their group dining policies.

    Any other suggestions? I'd really like to keep it on the strip, or reasonably close.

    Thanks!!! :wave:
     
  2. JillyFromPhilly

    JillyFromPhilly Tourist

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    Perhaps Lavo at Palazzo or Tao at Venetian?
     
  3. shifter

    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    honestly that policy is pretty normal and usually the cutoff is 12, not 20. the main reason that they don't want a group of 25 to just show up and order off the menu is because it puts unreasonable stress on the staff and chef to try to get all your food out at the same time. with a limited group menu, they can sandbag some dishes and have them all out in a reasonable amount of time. also the service fee is because it takes a lot of planning and staff to service a group that large.

    however, usually most places will put together a custom group menu for you if you don't like the ones they provide. your best bet is to find the one you like best and tweak it for your needs. your chances of finding a place that will seat a group of 25 a la carte is slim to none.
     
  4. Username

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    Depending on when and WHAT TIME you want to gather at a restaurant will determine your success......

    MANY restaurants are hurting for business during the week and during EARLY dining hours....like 5pm.....so if you can mustard this into your plans I think you will be very successful on getting a restaurant to bend over backwards for you........just keep the above restrictions in mind...
     
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