The Best Los Angeles Restaurants for Tour Groups

Fogo de Chão in Downtown L.A. | Instagram by @dinela

From Downtown L.A. to the Beach Cities, restaurants throughout Los Angeles are ready to host tour groups of any size. Whether it’s authentic Mexican cuisine in a 19th century building, or fresh seafood with spectacular coastal views, here are some of the best restaurants in L.A. for tour groups.

Rock'n Fish at L.A. LIVE



Located at the spectacular L.A. LIVE in Downtown L.A., Rock’n Fish features indoor and heated outdoor spaces that can host 20-300 guests. The customizable catering menus showcase American Regional Cuisine - the best American dishes from around the country are interpreted with the freshest local ingredients. Options range from Cocktail Party bar bites to the Boardroom Buffet and prix fixe Banquet, Silver and Gold Menus. Contact Robert Arroyo, Events Manager at events@rocknfishlalive.com.

Border Grill



The Downtown L.A. location of Border Grill is a vibrant setting where famed chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” and Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales”) present the bold foods and flavors of Mexico. The extensive dinner party menu includes delicious family style appetizers like Border Guacamole, green corn tamales and brisket taquitos. Mains include chicken poblano enchiladas, Yucatan pork and grilled skirt steak. The flexible space includes options that range from cocktails in the cantina to “The Whole Enchilada” - a full restaurant buyout for 250 seated guests. Border Grill is very helpful on pricing, contact Amber Craig at 213.570.8606 or amber.craig@bordergrill.com.

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Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse - Los Angeles



The focus at Fogo de Chão is churrasco, the Brazilian art of roasting meats over an open fire. The first L.A. location of Fogo de Chão is one of the most popular restaurants on the famed Restaurant Row along La Cienega. In February 2015, Fogo de Chão opened a sleek, 8,000 square-foot location in Downtown L.A. With private and semi-private dining options, both locations are great for groups.

The dining ritual centers on the roaming carvers, who are signaled with a double-sided disc. The green side tells them to keep delivering a selection of meats that are carved tableside. Options include the signature picanha (a prime cut of top sirloin), leg of lamb, pork loin and chicken. The red side tells the carvers to stand by until you’re ready for more. The Market Table features fresh seasonal salads, vegetables, imported cheeses and cured meats. Brazilian side dishes such as pão de queijo (traditional Brazilian cheese bread), crispy polenta, garlic mashed potatoes and caramelized bananas are served tableside. The Downtown L.A. location offers a light lunch option, featuring unlimited trips to the Market Table and the option to add a single protein.

B.S. Taqueria



Chef Ray Garcia’s little sibling to Broken Spanish in Downtown L.A., B.S. Taqueria is an all-day affair with counter order during the day and table service at night. From snacks and tacos to full-sized family plates, Garcia puts a spin on the traditional with a modern take on authentic Mexican cuisine. Located on bustling 7th Street, the whimsically designed restaurant offers several Private Dining menu options and can accomodate 50 seated or 75 standing guests in the "Back Patio," and 100 seated or 150 standing for the whole restaurant. For more information and pricing, contact christiane@brokenspanish.com.

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La Golondrina Mexican Cafe



Casa La Golondrina is the oldest restaurant on historic Olvera Street, the colorful Mexican marketplace in Downtown L.A. Opened in 1924, Casa La Golondrina is located in the landmark Pelanconi House, which was built in the 1850s and is the oldest surviving brick house in Los Angeles. The wide range of delicious, authentic Mexican fare includes familiar favorites, popular combos and house specialties like birria de chivo or barbacoa de borrego - traditional presentations of steamed goat or lamb served in its own broth with herbs and chile. Pitchers of margaritas and strolling mariachis complete the unique experience. Contact Vivien Bonzo at 626.392.3133 or vbonzo@msn.com.

Micelis - Hollywood



Family-owned and operated since 1949, Miceli's is a classic Italian joint takes pride in its Sicilian-style pastas, pizzas and specialty dishes. Known as the oldest Italian restaurant in Hollywood, Miceli’s has served legends like Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles. To add to the old school atmosphere, servers serenade dinner guests with Italian arias, musical show tunes and classical standards. Aunt Angie’s famous original recipe lasagna is just one of the large party menu options, which include favorites like pizzas, linguine with clams, and Eggplant Parmigiana. Call 323.466.3438 or email specialevents@micelisrestaurant.com.

The Original Farmers Market



Opened in July 1934, The Original Farmers Market is one of L.A.’s most popular tourist attractions and an ideal destination for groups of any size. The landmark Farmers Market features more than 100 restaurants, produce markets and specialty shops. Dozens of dining options range from multicultural food stalls to sit-down eateries and the 24-hour Du-par’s restaurant and bakery. Contact Maritza Cerrato at 323.954.4230 or mcerrato@afgilmore.com.

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Tam O'Shanter



One of L.A.'s most iconic restaurants, The Tam O'Shanter was opened in 1922 by Lawrence Frank and Walter Van de Kamp (they later founded Lawry's the Prime Rib) and there's a lot of history inside its dark wood walls. Walt Disney and his animators were regulars - his favorite table was #31, right by the fireplace and commemorated by a plaque. "The Tam" offers a tour operator special and accepts groups of 15 or more: get one complimentary entree for every 20 paid entrees, as well as Prix Fixe menus and more.

Perry's Cafe & Beach Rentals



For the quintessential “Endless Summer” experience in L.A., head to Perry’s Beach Cafe & Rentals, with numerous locations servicing world-famous L.A. beaches like Santa Monica and Venice. Perry's can accommodate rentals for groups of any size with a huge fleet of specialty bikes, rollerblades, surfboards, beach chairs, umbrellas and more. Each beachfront location features a variety of healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner items that are prepared fresh daily. To maximize your beach experience, Perry’s can coordinate beach volleyball, surf lessons, and offers a California beach BBQ with items like tri-tip, ribs, sausages, chicken and more. Contact Betsy Saraceno at 310.686.0981 or betsy@perryscafe.com.

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Rusty's Surf Ranch



Located on the historic Santa Monica Pier, Rusty’s Surf Ranch is a group-friendly local institution with a great atmosphere and view of the Pacific Ocean that’s suitable for any event. The daily menu features a wide selection, from traditional American dishes and fresh seafood specials to Baja beach cuisine. Executive Chef Carlos Avelar uses the freshest ingredients and can meet any special menu or dietary needs upon request. From appetizer and cocktail buffets to full service banquets, Rusty’s can accommodate groups from 15 to over 250. Special arrangements are available for tour groups. Rusty’s features live music and dancing with options for DJ, karaoke or other specialty entertainment. Contact Cindy Pfeifer at 310.399.8886 or cindy@rustyssurfranch.com.

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Hornblower Cruises & Events



For an unforgettable group dining experience, book a cruise aboard a Hornblower Cruises luxury yacht, departing from the Marina del Rey Fisherman’s Village. Tour group options range from a 2-hour sunset cocktail cruise to a private pontoon excursion, a narrated Harbor Cruise and more, with Marina del Rey's sites and spectacular coastline as the stunning backdrop.

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Tony P’s Dockside Grill



Locate in Marina del Rey, Tony P’s Dockside Grill offers numerous dining options, from breakfast, lunch, dinner and appetizer buffets to multi-course tour group menus. The main dining room offers a maximum table seating of 30 people at one table. The waterfront deck seats up to 130 people, while the private Dockside Room seats up to 50. Tony P's Tavern seats up to 130 people, with numerous HD TVs, DJ, entertainment and dancing options. For more info, call 310.823.4534 or email contact@tonyps.com.

Cafe Santorini



Café Santorini opened in June 1993 in a historic brick building in Old Town Pasadena. Specializing in Mediterranean food, Café Santorini serves grilled meats, seafood dishes, an array of pastas and family-style appetizer platters. The indoor dining room offers an intimate setting, while the outdoor patio offers an expansive rooftop setting with year-round dining under the stars. Café Santorini also features the Rococo Room, a banquet facility that can accommodate up to 150 people. Contact Panos Haitayan at 626.564.4200 or panos@cafesantorini.com.