Maybe your boss is finally retiring, or your brother is turning 40 for the third year in a row. Maybe you’re planning your company holiday party, and your boss insists on 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 100 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 (8-15ish people)
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), but also has a fully vegan menu that’s more than just tempeh and salads, so even meat-eaters won’t be offended.
The private patio at Rosaline 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.
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 10 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 (15-25ish People)
Inviting all of your friends over for a seafood boil would be fun, but you don’t have the space. Connie & Ted’s does knows what they’re doing with shrimp, lobster, and anything else that came from the ocean. This New England-y spot in Weho has chowder flights, oysters, and a seafood boil - and you can book out a private patio.
This is a pricey restaurant in Santa Monica with pretty good seafood, and a big table you can take over right in the kitchen. Mom can ooh and aah as she watches chefs chop really fast, while Dad gets to stay put in his Westside comfort zone.
You’re probably not going to want to eat in a mall for an engagement party, but for a work event, Cal Mare is a place that will keep everyone happy. This upscale Italian seafood spot in the Beverly Center has good pasta and a private room where you can eat family style, or do a five course prix fixe.
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.
The best time to go to this neighborhood bar in Studio City is for the rowdy bottomless brunch. When you want a private, outdoor version of that, reserve their patio.
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 serve wine pairings and something called caviar flights.
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.
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.”
Because pizza parties aren’t just for eighth birthdays, this pizzeria in East Hollywood has a private room where you can eat cannolis, calzones, and wood-fired pizzas surrounded by the ovens that cook them.
The food at this Mexican spot from the people behind Republique is good, but really, the reason you’re having your birthday party here is so you can get drunk on some of LA’s best margaritas. Make sure they have a few pitchers ready.
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 feel sea mist on your face, it really doesn’t matter.
Capacity: 10 in the private wine cellar; 26 on the private balcony.
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.
If you’re cool with having dinner in a mall, 189 by Dominique Ansel is a very nice-looking restaurant at The Grove. The space is beautiful, with lots of white and gold, and the food is really good. Make sure you order the pull-apart elotes bread.
Capacity: 12 indoors, 22 including the terrace
One of the best throwdown restaurants in town, this seafood-focused tasting menu spot has two private dining rooms. If all of your friends are A-listers or studio execs, Providence is the place to have an impressive dinner party.
Capacity: 14 and 20
Big groups (25-50ish people)
Factory Kitchen is home to one of our favorite pasta dishes in the city - the handkerchief-style pesto mandilli. They serve family-style Italian classics in their huge private dining room. Hoard a plate of prosciutto to yourself.
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
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.
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.
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.
Capacity: 16, 30
This is where that girl from high school who now lives off of sponsored posts will have her next birthday party. Which is fine, because the Mexican food is passable and the space is very nice to look at.
Osteria Mozza has the kind of fantastic pasta and burrata that you’ll annoy your friends by talking about weeks later. Instead of annoying them, get your friends 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.
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 except a lot of fantastic prime rib. Both the private rooms have fireplaces and the feeling that there should be a cauldrons on every table.
Capacity: 24, 40
Gwen is yet another place where you can eat in a wine cellar. This one seats 30, and is just as beautiful as the rest of this meat-centric restaurant. They have a few different tasting menu options, and servers that won’t let your water go below half-full.
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.
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.
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.
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, there’s a window where you can spy on all the people below you in the regular dining room.
Gjelina is one of Venice’s iconic restaurants, but not many people know about the private rooftop 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.
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.
Abigaile is a brewery and restaurant in Hermosa Beach that serves food like bacon pop tarts, fresh burrata, and a “pho” salad, which is all much better than it sounds. If you’re looking for a casual place for an engagement or rehearsal dinner, their patio has a fireplace, some heating lamps, and excellent views of the water.
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.
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 so 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.
really big Groups (50+ People)
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 a big blow out. There’s one private room that seats 10, another for 40 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, 40, or 90
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: 24 or 60
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.
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
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, 100, or 110
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
This dim sum spot in the San Gabriel Valley has a huge private dining room that’ll fit up to 60 people. They do set menus, so you don’t have the fun of picking what you want from a cart, but you’ll still be happy as long as you have the egg tarts.