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A big bowl filled with sunbathing prawns from Cassia.
Sunbathing prawns from Cassia.
Rick Poon

17 Restaurants That Work For Big Groups and Parties in Los Angeles

Where to bring a crew and enjoy a big meal in LA

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Sunbathing prawns from Cassia.
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Perhaps the most commonly requested restaurant recommendation is: where can I go with a big group and enjoy a reasonably priced meal? It’s a tall task, as chain restaurants and longtime neighborhood destinations can often handle groups larger than six, often even without reservations. But in Los Angeles, where people want more than predictable meals, it’s harder to find a great place to take a group and enjoy without having to reserve a private dining room. Here now, Eater’s recommended list of group dining restaurants, ordered from north to south.

Added: Cassia, Macherroni Republic, Broadway Cuisine, Agnes, Boston Lobster, Golden Bull, Rose Venice, La Cabana, Park’s BBQ

Removed: Cal Mare, Mikkeller DTLA, Wilshire Restaurant, El Tejano, Jones, Rossoblu, BS Taqueria, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

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Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery

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Pasadena is home to this family-style marketplace, wine shop, bar, and patio. If that seems like a lot, don’t worry — the food at Agnes is simple in the best kind of way. In addition to gorgeous cheese and charcuterie plates, a half chicken, Steelhead trout, and beef cheeks are staples on this menu.

Tam O'Shanter

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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.

Ruen Pair

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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.

Ruen Pair

DeSano Pizza Bakery

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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.

Desano Pizzeria
Desano

Rao's Hollywood

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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.

Rao’s Hollywood
Elizabeth Daniels

Boston Lobster Seafood Restaurant

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This 2014-born San Gabriel restaurant brings spicy fried lobster to as many folks that may need a helping. Fans enjoy the family meal for $120, which comes with food for an army (think Viet-style catfish with hot-and-sour soup and garlic noodles).

Broadway Cuisine

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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. 

M Grill

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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.

Grilled meats at M Grill
M Grill [Official photo]

Park's BBQ

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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.

Park’s BBQ Koreatown Matthew Kang

Maccheroni Republic

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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.

Maccheroni Republic’s seafood pasta in Downtown Los Angeles Mona Holmes

Father's Office

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Part of the difficulty of group dining is splitting the check fairly, but that process is a lot easier when everyone’s just paying for what they order. At Father’s Office, there’s the celebrated burger, but beyond that there’s excellent gastropub-style fare and a great craft beer selection that should please a crowd. The best part is everyone just orders at the counter, taking away the awkwardness of splitting a big check.

Father’s Office Burger
Burger at Father’s Office
Elizabeth Daniels

Golden Bull Restaurant

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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 make it a great spot for groups.

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Harold & Belle's

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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.

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Harold & Belle’s
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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 award nomination for his powerful renditions of chickpea curry, spicy scallops, sunbathing prawns, and charred Chinese broccoli, amongst many more hits that are best shared.

Cassia, Santa Monica’s Landmark Southeast Asian Restaurant

La Cabana Venice

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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 jalapeño poppers as well as other Mexican standbys.

Wurstküche Restaurant Venice

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This massive Venice sausage specialist has reasonably priced German-style beer hall meals, plus a great selection of craft brews, all in an accessible part of Venice. That means anyone coming over from Playa Vista to the South Bay to Santa Monica shouldn’t have too tough a time meeting up here.

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The Rose Venice

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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, and gluten-free pasta is on deck, too. The restaurant itself is expansive, with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating options, and has great cocktails, too.

The Rose, Venice
The Rose, Venice
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Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery

Pasadena is home to this family-style marketplace, wine shop, bar, and patio. If that seems like a lot, don’t worry — the food at Agnes is simple in the best kind of way. In addition to gorgeous cheese and charcuterie plates, a half chicken, Steelhead trout, and beef cheeks are staples on this menu.

Tam O'Shanter

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.

Ruen Pair

Ruen Pair

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.

Ruen Pair

DeSano Pizza Bakery

Desano Pizzeria
Desano

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.

Desano Pizzeria
Desano

Rao's Hollywood

Rao’s Hollywood
Elizabeth Daniels

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.

Rao’s Hollywood
Elizabeth Daniels

Boston Lobster Seafood Restaurant

This 2014-born San Gabriel restaurant brings spicy fried lobster to as many folks that may need a helping. Fans enjoy the family meal for $120, which comes with food for an army (think Viet-style catfish with hot-and-sour soup and garlic noodles).

Broadway Cuisine

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. 

M Grill

Grilled meats at M Grill
M Grill [Official photo]

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.

Grilled meats at M Grill
M Grill [Official photo]

Park's BBQ

Park’s BBQ Koreatown Matthew Kang

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.

Park’s BBQ Koreatown Matthew Kang

Maccheroni Republic

Maccheroni Republic’s seafood pasta in Downtown Los Angeles Mona Holmes

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.

Maccheroni Republic’s seafood pasta in Downtown Los Angeles Mona Holmes

Father's Office

Father’s Office Burger
Burger at Father’s Office
Elizabeth Daniels

Part of the difficulty of group dining is splitting the check fairly, but that process is a lot easier when everyone’s just paying for what they order. At Father’s Office, there’s the celebrated burger, but beyond that there’s excellent gastropub-style fare and a great craft beer selection that should please a crowd. The best part is everyone just orders at the counter, taking away the awkwardness of splitting a big check.

Father’s Office Burger
Burger at Father’s Office
Elizabeth Daniels

Golden Bull Restaurant

Prime rib at Golden Bull