Maybe your boss is finally retiring, or your brother is turning 40 for the third year in a row. Perhaps you’re planning your company holiday party, and the consensus is a place that has wooden chairs and a piano. Whatever the occasion, the “dining room” at your apartment only fits four in a pinch, so you’re going to need a private room.
Here’s a guide to our favorite restaurants with private rooms that can hold anywhere from eight to 800 of your family members, colleagues, or whomever else you need to have a secluded meal with. Call ahead for once, because these places book up quickly.
SMALL GROUPS (8-15 PEOPLE)
The excellent sake bar in Echo Park, Ototo, has a private room available to book for events and large groups. It’s not exactly private, although sectioned off from the rest of the restaurant - so if you’re looking to get rowdy or spill classified company secrets, keep that in mind.
The Mailroom is The Old Place’s private dining room. Located in the Santa Monica mountains, this building is loaded with history - it was once home to the original sorting table from the Cornell Post Office, is lit by an antique chandelier, and the walls are adorned with original art painted by the matriarch of the Runyon family, Barbara Runyon (!).
You’ve been put in charge of your sister’s bridal shower and all her best friends are vegan. Plant Food + Wine isn’t just a nice option for a party (the private room doubles as a wine room), it also has a fully vegan menu that’s more than just tempeh and salads, so even meat-eaters won’t be offended.
This is one of the SGV’s legendary dim sum spots, and there are three semi-private areas - each has an enormous table that holds ten people. You’ll get your own section of the restaurant, but you’ll also be able to watch all of the other tables eat their share of shu mai.
Capacity: Three semi-private spaces that fit 10.
MEDIUM-SIZED GROUPS (16-25 PEOPLE)
If you’re looking for something that screams “elegance” (without actually raising your voice), an upscale French restaurant, Pasjoli in Santa Monica has an outdoor back patio with a multi-course dinner served family-style.
Have the coolest birthday/holiday party/movie night with your closest friends where you just watch Mamma Mia by booking Little Fish. The fantastic fish fry pop-up also does private events at their Echo Park location where you’ll be served a multi-course meal.
Known for their stellar views, wine and sake program, and location that’s literally built out of the side of a mountain, Kensho is home to one of our favorite outdoor spaces in the city. They’re available by request for private dining.
The beautiful, bucolic Pasadena restaurant and cheesery has a picture-esque private dining room upstairs. It’s an intimate space ideal for parties, small weddings, out-of-office meetings, or whenever you want to sneak away and eat puppy chow to your heart’s content.
This legendary steakhouse off PCH has been a Santa Monica institution for the better half of the last seven decades - and now, you can reserve their outdoor patio, bar, or full-on restaurant for all your prime rib and yorkshire pudding needs.
There are a few rentable rooms at Dama, but the East Terrace is their quietest and most private area, perfect for an intimate dinner party or wedding reception. They recommend reserving the lounge area prior for an easy transition from cocktails to your seated dinner.
You can rent out the tasting room at Wife and the Somm, a new-ish wine bar in Glassell Park run by - you guessed it - a husband and wife duo. It’s a long, wooden table that can comfortably seat up to 18 guests.
This fantastic French restaurant has two different private dining spaces - a wine room that fits 18 and a mezzanine area for 30. Either is a great choice for a fun, special meal, especially if someone in your party will appreciate the 103-page wine list.
Capacity: 18 and 30
They’re in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel - home to your former frat brother’s favorite spot, The Bungalow - but FIG is anything but a bro-pocalypse. For proof, book an event at this quiet, all-day spot, which features an intimate private dining room that seats up to 20.
The wine cellar at this Italian restaurant in Beverly Grove doubles as a private dining room that can fit 20 people. The food at Della Terra isn’t super-memorable, but sometimes you just need some straightforward pizza and grilled meats. If you want a nice space for a small-ish work dinner, this is a good option.
No matter when you go, you’ll have to plan in advance for a table at Cassia. So take advantage of actually remembering to organize something for your birthday and reserve the private dining room. The space is beautiful, and the upscale Asian-influenced food is perfect for sharing.
Walking into The Tam O’Shanter, you’ll wonder if you’re somewhere on the grounds of Hogwarts. But this Scottish lodge in Atwater isn’t a Harry Potter themed restaurant - it’s from the same people as Lawry’s, so expect a lot of fantastic prime rib. Both the private rooms have fireplaces and the feeling that there should be a cauldrons on every table.
If you need somewhere to celebrate closing a big deal, this upscale Southern restaurant in the Beverly Center is a good bet. There’s enough on the menu for anyone to find something they like, and for those really, really big deal-closings, you can add on a bourbon tasting.
For lack of a better word, the front patio garden at Eveleigh is magical. Filled with citrus trees, cushioned benches, and a fountain, it’s a great place for an engagement party, or announcing that you’re quitting your job and permanently moving to Muir Woods.
If there’s a serious wine person in your group, they’ll appreciate Wally’s. This wine store in Beverly Hills doubles as a restaurant with a menu of pizzas, pastas, and lots of cheese. There’s a private wine room where, in addition to feeding you, they’ll serve you wine pairings and something called caviar flights.
The Little Door is a romantic French spot in Weho where you half-expect a singing candelabra to greet you when you walk in. There’s a private room that seats 20, and there’s a piano in the corner in case you drink a bottle of wine and suddenly want to sing “Be Our Guest.”
Capacity: 25, 30, 40
Operated by the people behind Cassia next door, Esters is one of those cool, casual places that feels more like the cottage you imagine designing when you grab those little paint swatches from the Home Depot, rather than a Wine Bar with a capital W and B. Medium-sized parties can rent out the retail area of the restaurant, and even request a wine-tasting class.
It’s been open since 2012, but Bestia remains one of LA’s toughest reservations - so if you’re looking to have a private dinner here, better book in advance. The good news? This iconic Italian spot’s semi-private patio can fit a pretty sizeable party, all of whom will presumably marvel at your ability to get a table here.
BIG GROUPS (26-50 PEOPLE)
When it comes to private dining, there are a few options at Birdie G’s, a fantastic comfort food spot in Santa Monica. They have a small porch buyout, which comes covered and heated (capacity: 12 people), full-buyouts (150 people), and “Al’s Workshop”: a private room tucked away in the back of the restaurant.
Sushi Note combines the world’s two greatest things - wine and sushi - to create a gorgeous experience unlike anything else in the city. The Sherman Oaks restaurant offers a full buyout and a curated dinner by the head chef.
This big-deal Arts District restaurant’s private room is everything we wish our apartment was - in full view of the wine cellar, high ceilinged, decorated with fantastical murals, and filled with beef short rib wrapped in shiso leaves.
There are a few options at this colorful Mexican restaurant in Silver Lake - a patio deck accompanied by the sounds of a cascading waterfall (according to their website), a room with a blazing fireplace, and a lounge filled with live music and red leather booths.
For the first time ever, the classic Hollywood restaurant, Musso & Frank Grill, now has private dining rooms to rent. There’s a smaller room, which can hold up to eight people, as well as a grander dining area complete with hand-painted scenes of the Italian countryside.
Over in Beverly Grove, Angelini Osteria has a private gallery room - the perfect place to live out all of your fancy, white-gloved fantasies (hello, veal shank agnolotti with white truffles).
Strand House has some very good views of Manhattan Beach, so while they do have a private wine cellar, you’re going to want to be out on the balcony. The food is just fine, but when you’re drinking a margarita and feeling sea mist on your face, it really doesn’t matter.
Capacity: 26 on the private balcony, 10 in the private wine cellar.
We’d make up almost any excuse to go to Bavel - date night, job promotion, Steve Buscemi’s half-birthday (which is June 13th, by the way), but if you can round up 26 hungry people, you don’t even have to invent one. Reserve their heated, semi-private patio off the main dining room and plan on getting the hummus, malawach, and several lamb neck shawarmas.
This truly excellent (and expensive) Italian spot in Brentwood has two private dining options. The bigger, completely private room has a $2,500 minimum spend, but the semi-private wine room doesn’t require any deposit. For a fancier engagement party or family holiday dinner when your parents have decided they don’t want to cook again, this is a great bet.
This is a more casual alternative to the private dining room at Osteria Mozza. A meal in here is served family-style, starts at $65 per person, and involves a lot of pizza.
A fancy NYC import with very good cocktails and even better people-watching, Employees Only is a cool, speakeasy-ish space (just look for the neon “Psychic” sign on the corner of Santa Monica and Hayworth), with an even cooler cool private bar, Henry’s Room, that can host cocktail parties and seated dinners.
Duke’s is a touristy spot in Malibu with an incredible ocean view and great fresh fish. And the sunset views from the private dining room are some of the best in LA.
Osteria Mozza has fantastic pasta and burrata, and your friends are tired of hearing you talk about them. Instead of annoying them, get them to come to dinner in the private room here. It has a lot of dark leather and wood, and is lined with wine bottles so it has the effect of being a wine room in a castle.
Scopa serves crowd-pleasing Italian food near the beach in Venice. They have a private room upstairs, where you can pre-plan a family-style menu, and there’s an AV set-up for work presentations or embarrassing 40th birthday slideshows. When you get bored of all that, there’s also a window where you can spy on all the people below you in the regular dining room.
Unlike the original spot on Highland, where waiting for a seat is a rite of passage and eating French onion soup while someone hovers over your shoulder somehow makes it taste even better, there’s actually space at the Sherman Oaks outpost (they take reservations, too). That space even includes a private dining room, with a max capacity of 40. The French onion soup is still incredible, too.
Terroni is a casual Italian spot in Beverly Grove with an excellent back dining room that seats 40. The food won’t necessarily blow you away, but when you need a place for a graduation dinner and your aunt gets anxious when there isn’t lasagna on the menu, it’ll do the trick. They also have a wine cellar that seats 10 people.
When you’ve got a big group and everyone cares a lot about wine, go to AOC. The private dining room upstairs feels like the private cellar at a country club you’d actually want to be a member of, and the California-French food is consistently excellent.
Public School is a mini-chain, with pizzas, bar food, and a long list of beers on tap. Their private room seats 40, and has a couple of TVs, so come here when you have a birthday but also want to watch the Rams game.
Eating in the private dining room at Sur (a Vanderpump™ enterprise) means you have to eat at Sur, which is slightly unfortunate. But the newly hired manager at your company is insisting you need to have your holiday party “Somewhere Lisa will see me,” so you don’t have much choice in the matter. This place is always packed, and the cocktails will get you drunk enough that you’re OK with being here.
Capacity: 15, 40
This industry-heavy spot in Weho has a private dining room with a crystal chandelier and marble walls, and feels a bit like you’re standing in Tom and Gisele’s foyer. That’s all great, but the best part about a private dinner here is you can eat the excellent, Happy Hour-only burger at whatever time you want.
Upper West is an American spot on Pico just off the 10.They close the front dining room for private parties and you’ll eat things like mac and cheese, strip steaks, and ahi tacos. When your CEO isn’t interested in trying anything he hasn’t eaten 100 times before, have your company party here.
This rooftop bar/restaurant in Culver City’s Platform complex is a certified scene once the sun goes down, and you and your guests can take in all the action - and perhaps get your own party going - in the outdoor private dining room. One note: It’s prix fixe-only.
Capacity: 36 seated, 45 for a standing reception.
If you’re having a wrap dinner for a movie directed by someone with an Academy Award, but no one wants to venture more than five minutes from their office in Beverly Hills, do it at Craft. It’s expensive, but the food is very good.
REALLY BIG GROUPS (50+ PEOPLE)
A meal at this glorious Oaxacan temple in Koreatown always feels like a special treat, especially when you convince your boss to rent one of their extremely vibrant private rooms and buy everyone mezcal shots.
There are four private rooms at Saddle Peak Lodge, a massive meat-lovers paradise in the Santa Monica hills. Each has their own thing going on, ranging between large stone fireplaces, French doors, serene gardens, and a library full of taxidermy deer heads and hard-to-find books.
Gwen is a place where you can rent out a meat-centric restaurant. They have a few different tasting menu options, and servers that won’t let your water go below half-full.
The private patio at Rosaliné is a glassed-in space in the middle of the restaurant that feels like your own personal greenhouse. This modern Peruvian spot has lots of (very shareable) fresh seafood and it works well for a smaller group - as long as you don’t mind everyone else in the place watching your every move.
Perch is a place that makes us wonder why DTLA doesn’t have more rooftops. There are a couple different options for private dining here, from a smaller patio to a much larger bar. Wherever you end up, you’ll be eating solid French food with some excellent views.
Capacity: 22 on the patio, 60 at the private bar.
This 100-year-old Japanese restaurant above Hollywood has perfectly fine food and some of the best views in town. The top floor seats 60 and has A/V hookups for your boring company slideshow, but you can ignore that and look at the pretty views of the Observatory and Downtown LA.
Capacity: 30, 50, 60, 65
This lively rooftop spot in downtown Santa Monica has great views of the beach and not-so-great clientele (unless you’re really into influencers), so if you’d like more of the former and none of the latter, book a private dinner here. The balcony can fit parties of up to 20, and if money is no object, there’s a private indoor/outdoor room with a full bar, too.
Capacity: 20 on the balcony, 70 in the private room.
Gjelina is one of Venice’s iconic restaurants, but not many people know about the private event space. And because the only Venice apartment you can afford has a concrete square advertised as a “courtyard,” this is a much better place for a pizza-filled engagement party that would fit right into an issue of Kinfolk.
Want to feel like a celebrity? Book a private dinner at Nobu, the iconic Malibu spot where celebs take in breathtaking ocean views while dining sashimi tacos, and paparazzi flock outside in the hopes that someone famous was overserved at dinner. They have two private event spaces that can seat 30-50 guests, individually (they can also be combined to seat 80), though they must be booked at three months in advance. Oh, also, this probably goes without saying, but they’re expensive - the food and beverage minimums start at $3,000.
Lawry’s, the old-school steakhouse in Beverly Hills, has a couple of different sized private dining rooms. Both include fireplaces, fantastic prime rib, and tableside spinning salad performances.
Capacity: 36 or 80
Michael’s is an expensive option (you’re looking at around $150 per person, including alcohol), but when your law firm just won a big settlement, the senior partners are going to want an equally big blow out. There’s one private room that seats 10, another for 50 that comes with its own bar, or you can rent out the whole (very beautiful) garden for up to as many as 90 people.
Capacity: 10, 50, or 90
A well-equipped sports bar with more than 50 TVs, a large outdoor patio, and a very good cocktail list, The Parlor is your spot if you’re looking for an elevated gameday experience. Their private East Bar can fit up to 100 of your fellow fans.
Redbird is great for private dining for a few reasons. It’s in an old cathedral, so it’s huge and beautiful. Everything on the menu is meant to be shared. And, whether you have a big company dinner, or a really, really, big company dinner, they have all different sized rooms (going up to 110 people) on four different floors.
Capacity: 16, 30, 36, 44, 110
Being an adult isn’t so different from being a kid, except instead of going to mouse-run “entertainment centers,” we go to places like Arts District Brewing Company (and pay taxes). This craft brewpub has everything a drunken group of friends (or coworkers that are quickly becoming friends) could want, like photo booths, vintage Skee-Ball machines, multi-player Pac-Man, and a private room with its own bar and patio.
When you’re in a private room at Spago, you won’t be able to watch Jack Nicholson drink gin at the bar. But you will get to eat smoked salmon pizza and wienerschnitzel, and there’s an off-chance Jack will wander back here anyway. This Beverly Hills spot is one of the most popular places in town for private dinners, so make sure you book pretty far in advance.
Capacity: 15, 25, 88, 150
Fia’s only been open for a few months, but thanks to its calming, tree-filled patio and very good coastal Italian menu, it’s fast becoming one of our favorite outdoor spots in Santa Monica. The private dining situation is equally good, with a variety of spaces available - from a chef’s table to lounge and patio options, even a full restaurant rental.
Capacity: 8 - 800
F*CK IT, ENTIRE RESTAURANT BUY-OUTS
Los Feliz coffee shop by day, mega restaurant at night - a buy-out at All Time is just about as LA as it gets.
The ideal setting for a murder mystery party or a Very Fancy Dinner, The Barish at the Hollywood Roosevelt is available for private dining.
Whether you prefer Greekman’s or their original Jewish counterpart Freedman’s, you can rent out this entire Silver Lake restaurant for any parties, soirees, or other words for party (we’re too lazy to break out the thesaurus).
Buy out this massive Italian restaurant in the Arts District, where you’ll find an all-gold bar, industrial dining room, and floor-to-ceiling murals that are both visually impressive and slightly confusing.
Yes, you too can have the party of your dreams at this dark, over-the-top, honestly dystopian restaurant in Culver City. It’s all very dramatic and ridiculous, but at least they commit to the bit.
If you’re not able to snag a reservation at this fantastic French bistro in Beverly Wood, why not just rent it out?
Whether you’re planning a supper club, book club, or just a night spent eating club sandwiches, contact the special events team at Post & Beam in Baldwin Hills.
This classic West Hollywood spot serves the kind of glamor you thought only existed in your head and Debbie Reynolds compilation videos - and is available for large parties, private dinners, and events.
Over in the Arts District. this massive spot has various indoor and outdoor spaces to rent, plus a rotating, seasonal menu. The last time we were here, we’re pretty sure we saw a book club of 70+ year olds eating grilled blueberries and goat liver mousse to their heart’s content. That could be you?
This Beverly Grove restaurant (by the team behind Jon & Vinnys, if you’re familiar) is sort of like It’s Gary Shandling’s Show - no longer the talk of the town, but always there when you need it. Especially if you have a holiday party or wedding reception coming up.
A private dinner in Chainsaw’s garage doesn’t sound elegant, but trust us, you won’t find any lighter fluid or boxes of yard tools at this Echo Park pop-up. Instead, it’s a relaxing, cabana-like space where you’ll sit on chic, rattan furniture and eat the best ice box pie of your life.
One of our favorite wine bars at the moment, Melanie in Beverly Grove, is available for private events up to 30 guests.
You can rent out Rustic Canyon’s sidewalk (up to 12 people) or the whole damn restaurant. The sunny Santa Monica space can hold up to 120 people, where you’ll be served a seasonal rotation of beers and wines, plus a four-course meal.