Whenever it’s time to get a large group together at a restaurant, there’s the inevitable list of anxiety-inducing considerations that will run through a person’s head. Questions such as: Which restaurants are welcoming toward huge parties? Won’t break the bank? Will take reservations or walk-ins on a whim? And have delicious food that’s shareable? From a revered Korean barbecue hotspot to a longstanding Persian restaurant, these establishments have a little something for everyone and are ideal for large groups.Read More
17 Restaurants That Work for Big Groups and Parties in Los Angeles
Where to bring a crew and enjoy a big meal in LA
For nearly 30 years, Raffi’s Place has been a mainstay in Glendale — and for good reason. The Persian restaurant boasts sharable dishes like filet mignon shish kababs and koobideh, basmati rice, hummus, and shirazi salad. With Raffi’s large indoor and courtyard dining areas, there’s plenty of room for a large celebration.
This classic British-style Sunday prime-rib roast destination is a bit like Lawry’s (they’re under the same ownership) but a bit more laid-back and casual, with slightly lower prices to boot. The restaurant has multiple rooms that can accommodate bigger tables, and the individual portions work for every kind of diner.
With long tables and open seating, Ruen Pair serves solid and reasonably priced Chinese-Thai fare in the heart of Thai Town. The big valet lot helps folks find parking while the easy-going menu of wok-fried dishes should cater to a varied group. Just be sure to bring cash.
DeSano Pizza Bakery
What’s not to love about a pizza warehouse with plenty of parking? That’s exactly what’s up with DeSano off Santa Monica Boulevard, where four wood-fired, Italian-imported ovens turn out some of the city’s most-loved pizzas. Beer, wine, and big-screen TVs make for a complete group experience.
Rao’s already feels like family, thanks to the chummy service structure where waitstaff actually sit down and talk through a coursed-out meal with diners. A sizable back patio and lots of big tables round out a group meal where everyone leaves happy and predictably stuffed.
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Boston Lobster Seafood Restaurant
Gather ‘round the lazy susan for spicy fried lobster at this San Gabriel restaurant. Regulars enjoy the family meal for $120, which comes with enough food to feed an army including canh chua and garlic noodles.
Mazal is one of those restaurants best enjoyed with a large group because it’s tempting to try the entire menu. The vegetarian Israeli restaurant has a laidback patio perfect for upbeat gatherings, complete with incredibly fluffy pita bread, lebneh and baba ganoush dips, flatbreads, and roasted cauliflower; and a stellar wine selection.
Community-driven Broadway Cuisine, which took root in the former Plum Tree Inn space, anchors its 242-item menu on Chinese American classics like egg foo yong, chop suey, moo shu pork, and Peking duck. A big group can sit around the lazy susan and have a great time.
This large Brazilian barbecue spot in Koreatown is centrally located, with a large parking lot and huge dining room that can accommodate large parties. The salad bar and buffet do a nice job of catering to various tastes, while the endless parade of grilled meats should please a crowd. The best part is the price is the same per person (except drinks), making it easy to settle the bill.
There may be no finer way to enjoy a sizzling dish of bulgogi than with a cadre of comrades. Get the whole gang together to enjoy one of the city’s finest examples of Korean food, full stop.
Nothing like a chance to enjoy a Jonathan Gold-recommended Italian restaurant, right? At Maccheroni Republic guests can enjoy a plethora of patio space while working through lasagna, clams, or spaghetti. Divine.
Golden Bull Restaurant
Restaurateur Mark Verge bought this Santa Monica staple in 2017, and thankfully not much has changed. In 2018 the re-release displayed a fancier aesthetic, but a great burger, big portions of steak frites, and ample covered patio seating, making it a great spot for groups.
Harold & Belle's
For years Harold & Belle’s has been a West Adams connection point, a place for locals to gather to enjoy Creole cuisine, particularly on busy weekends. A remodel only amplified the group-friendly atmosphere, with room for big tables of families and friends to gather over a happy, wandering meal.
This James Beard-nominated restaurant in Santa Monica is happy to host a large group, if booked in advance. Chef Bryant Ng received the Best Chef in California James Beard award nomination for his powerful renditions of chickpea curry, spicy scallops, and sunbathing prawns, amongst many more hits that are best shared.
La Cabana Venice
The move here is to enjoy a mariachi-serenaded brunch while mimosas perspire in the hot Los Angeles sun. Fans of this 1963-born restaurant enjoy the jalapeno poppers, as well as other Mexican standbys.
Wurstküche Restaurant Venice
This massive German-style sausage specialist has reasonably priced beer hall meals, plus a great selection of craft brews, all in an accessible part of town. That means anyone coming over from Playa Vista to the South Bay and Santa Monica shouldn’t have too tough a time meeting up.
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The Rose Venice
Chef Jason Neroni keeps things lively at the Rose by making the all-day and evening menus inclusive, so everyone can find something they like. There are plenty of vegan options, gluten-free pasta, and great cocktails, too. The restaurant is expansive, with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating options.