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.Read More
16 Restaurants That Work For Big Groups and Parties in Los Angeles
Where to bring a crew and enjoy a big meal in LA
1. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
The Burbank offshoot of Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken offers ample space to get together with a group. The setting is seriously casual already, so it’s really just about setting a few tables up next to one another and hanging out with beer, fried chicken, and smiles all night.
2. El Tejano
This expansive mostly outdoor space has an easy-going Tex-Mex menu loaded with things like guac, queso, taquitos, and fajitas all at pretty reasonable prices. The fun party atmosphere should help with any celebratory dinners and get togethers.
3. Tam O'Shanter
This classic British-style Sunday prime rib roast destination is bit like Lawry’s (they’re under the same ownership) but a bit more laid back and casual, with slightly lower prices to boot. They’ve got multiple rooms that can accommodate bigger tables, and the individual portions work for every kind of diner.
4. 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 bring cash.
5. 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 best pizzas. Beer, wine, and big TVs make for a complete group experience.
The cafe-style setup in the far room at Jones is the ideal place to bring a group to dive into the pizzas, spaghetti and meatballs, and then finish with the epic apple pie. The room’s noisey and fun, with just enough light to make it feel romantic too.
7. Rao's Hollywood
Rao’s already feels like family, thanks to the chummy service structure where waitstaff actually sit down and talk through a coursed-out meal together with the diner. Add in a sizable back patio and lots of big tables to round out a group meal where everyone leaves happy and predictably stuffed.
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8. Cal Mare - Italian Restaurant Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90048
With its big ground floor space at the Beverly Center, Cal Mare has a wide coastal Italian menu that offers everything from burrata and salumi to pizzas, pastas, and more in a dimly lit dining room. With large circular tables and banquettes, it’s a nicer option (albeit a tad more expensive) that works for anniversaries, celebrations, and other special occasions.
9. M Grill
This large Brazilian barbecue spot in Koreatown is centrally located, with a large parking lot and huge dining room that could accommodate large parties. The salad bar and buffet does 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.
10. B.S. Taqueria
This popular upscale taco spot in Downtown has a slightly more approachable menu, with things like fish and chicken tacos in lieu of the more ambitious (and expensive) clams and lardo taco that helped put it on the map. The quality’s still great, and the prices still reasonable. The back room has bench-style seating that makes it easy to bring a big office or friend crew, too.
11. Mikkeller DTLA
Downtown craft beer mecca Mikkeller is perfect for a whole variety of folks. Families can gather for busy weekend brunch, friends can meet up for a beer and a snack, and after-work types can come through for a wind-down session. The open space means there’s plenty of room to congregate together, including some special areas that can be cordoned off specifically for group engagements.
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Los Angeles, CA 90015
This huge warehouse-style dining room in Fashion District does a nice job of fitting in large groups by stacking them along the far wall, which can accommodate tables of up to 12. Of course, there’s a basement-level private dining room, but big groups would probably rather soak in the energy of the room, sharing everything from salumi and pasta to big plates of roast suckling pig.
13. Wilshire Restaurant
This expansive restaurant in Santa Monica is mostly patio, but there’s enough real estate here to bring a fairly large crew. Former Birch chef Brendan Collins has revamped the menu to appeal to a wider set of diners would adding a heavy dose of finesse. The Sunday roast is a great time to bring together a big Westside brunch group.
14. Father's Office
Part of the difficulty of group dining is making everyone pay their fair share, 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 that should please a crowd. Father’s Office retains one of the best craft beer selections in town, but they have wine and cocktails too. The best part is everyone just orders their meal and drinks at the counter, taking away the awkwardness of splitting a big check.
15. 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 recent remodel only amplified the group-friendly atmosphere, with room for big tables of families and friends to gather over a happy, wandering meal.
16. Wurstküche Restaurant Venice
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 makes anyone coming over from Playa Vista to South Bay to Santa Monica shouldn’t have too tough a time meeting up here.
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