Los Angeles boasts one of the most exciting and influential dining scenes in the country, where local chefs are known for pushing the boundaries of modern cuisine by infusing their delicious fare with diversity. From historic hotspots to chic, beachfront retreats, meeting and event planners can expect to find a wide variety of dining options in the City of Angels. Check out our top 10 picks for unique group dining options in L.A.
At 950 feet above ground level, 71Above is the highest restaurant west of the Mississippi. Offering elevated modern American cuisine by Chef Vartan Abgaryan, 71Above boasts breathtaking ocean views from Malibu to Laguna Hills, along with spectacular views of the Los Angeles basin and the surrounding mountain ranges. In addition to the magnificent views, 71Above was designed to provide a number of varying dining experiences. The Chef’s tables offer views of the open kitchen and can transition into a semi-private dining area, offering a quieter and more intimate dining environment, for up to 14 guests. 71Above also offers one large and two small private dining rooms overlooking Dodger Stadium for groups up to 75 guests.
WP24 by Wolfgang Puck
Twenty four floors above the Los Angeles skyline sits WP24 by Wolfgang Puck at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles at L.A. Live. The restaurant features Wolfgang’s award-winning modern Chinese cuisine and reflects Puck’s time spent in the Far East and passion for Asian ingredients and techniques. Surrounded by spectacular panoramic views of the city, the dynamic space can accommodate up to 270 guests. Wine aficionados will also appreciate the extensive list of more than 400 labels that complement the flavors of the menu. In addition, the beverage menu offers a selection of Asian beers and sakes by the bottle and glass.
The Bazaar by José Andrés
The Bazaar by José Andrés, located inside the SLS Beverly Hills, is a unique dining experience from the innovative artistry of James Beard Award-winning Chef José Andrés. This dynamic restaurant takes guests on a wild sensory adventure, blending Old World delicacies with avant-garde culinary delights in a bold, multifaceted atmosphere designed by Philippe Starck. The result: a vibrant mix of sophisticated and playful dining and lounge spaces that can accommodate up to 675 guests. Menu highlights include tableside tapas, a 22-course tasting menu and specialty cocktails created by renowned mixologists.
Gracias Madre is a uniquely L.A. restaurant that serves 100% organic, plant based cuisine (read: Vegan) inspired by the kitchens of Mexico and sourced from locally grown organic ingredients. Gracias Madre is the perfect setting for company parties, corporate events and social gatherings, offering three different venue sizes to accommodate intimate parties of 25 or larger affairs of 400. This 5,000 sq. ft. restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating, valet parking and a gorgeous outdoor fireplace.
The San Antonio Winery and Maddalena Restaurant
Elevate your private gathering into an event to be remembered at The San Antonio Winery and Maddalena Restaurant. This urban winery is one of L.A.’s largest working wineries and features group tours, tastings and food events. Banquet rooms are also available for larger groups to partake in the restaurant’s Italian-Californian cuisine. Whether you choose the charming Vintage Room with space for up to 96 guests or the more intimate 40-person Heritage Cellar, guests will no doubt be captivated by the timeless features of the San Antonio Winery.
Geoffrey’s Malibu offers a seafood-rich menu and a superb location right on the ocean. This Malibu hotspot opened its doors in 1948, and immediately established itself as the ultimate beachside destination, hosting legends such as Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Lana Turner and Marilyn Monroe. Designed by world-famous architect Richard Neutra, Geoffrey’s offers two event spaces and can accommodate up to 180 guests.
Nestled above Hollywood Boulevard, historic Los Angeles landmark Yamashiro boasts three unique event spaces and stunning views. Infuse your next event with Japanese tranquility and host an intimate group dinner inside Yamashiro’s Garden Courtyard. Accented with well-manicured landscaping, a koi pond and overhead headers, the Garden Courtyard can accommodate up to 150 seated guests. Yamashiro’s new signature menu offers everything from sushi classics, Shoyu Glazed Black Cod, delectable desserts and more.
First opened in 1923, The Lobster, a classic Santa Monica dining locale, serves award-winning American seafood and boasts a 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Pier. The menu features items such as whole live Maine lobsters and entrees based on seasonal locally grown produce and locally caught seafood. The Lobster offers two private dining rooms that can accommodate up to 100 guests.
The Polo Lounge
For more than a century, The Polo Lounge inside The Beverly Hills Hotel has been the venue of choice for some of the most prominent and exclusive events in Los Angeles. Today, the classic restaurant continues to create celebrations and timeless memories that are reflective of its glamorous history and legendary heritage. The Polo Lounge features two private dining areas for intimate parties from 12 – 70 guests and their culinary team can create custom, bespoke menus for any occasion.
Fogo de Chão
Fogo de Chão, a restaurant that specializes in churrasco grilling, has been open since 1979 and spreading to all areas of the country. Their restaurant is especially appealing to meat-lovers, as they grill and freshly-cut any type of meat you could dream of right there at your table. This freshness and quality taste is only topped by their all you can eat serving style. At their restaurant in Los Angeles, they offer a variety of private dining rooms and spaces for groups to come together and enjoy a hearty meal. They offer customized packages for your group, as well as dynamic AV options for presentations, and flexible space.
Next on our list is Ago, a restaurant that is located in West Hollywood and specializes in unforgettable Tuscan cuisine. You and your group can enjoy the elegant Rotunda Room, the patio, or gazebo as a private dining space as chef Agostino Sciandri serves up delicious food. Celebrity sightings are common at this restaurant, but if you book an event here, their focus will be on accomodating you and your team's appetites.
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