Published on April 8, 2016

12 LA Restaurants the Whole Gang Will Love

Whether it’s to celebrate a birthday, promotion or just a Tuesday, there’s always a reason to gather up a group and go out for a great meal. With all types of crowd-pleasing cuisines and a variety of seating options, LA has plenty to offer. From a serene courtyard oasis to a trendy, modern atmosphere, these 12 spots will give you a leg up on your next group outing.


1. 41 OCEAN (Santa Monica)

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Tucked away in an idyllic ivy-covered courtyard, 41 Ocean is a members-only bistro and lounge perfect for an evening with co-workers or parents. Take a seat in Old World Spanish setting while enjoying classic American fare, a raw bar and live music.


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A lively setting for friends to post up after work, Petty Cash Taqueria dishes out innovative interpretations of Mexican street food classics using local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Sip on a spirited craft cocktails at one of their large communal tables and order shareable plates and entrees for your crowd.

3. A-FRAME (Culver City)

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Communal picnic tables and small plates meant to be shared make A-Frame a great place to catching up with buddies over good food. Fresh Asian and international flavors combine at this bustling eatery, where abstract forms of Hawaiian soul food shine in creative small plates and drinks.

4. SIMBAL (Downtown)

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A perfect location for gathering with foodie friends, Simbal dishes out creative Southeast Asian fare and craft cocktails. Take a seat in the airy, industrial-chic space featuring a 14-seat kitchen counter, dim sum-style carts, an outstanding small plates-focused menu and a glass enclosed sunroom.

5. BOA STEAKHOUSE (Santa Monica)

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Fit for an evening with business partners or parents or for a celebratory occasion, BOA is a modern steakhouse serving premium steaks, chops and seafood with shareable sides to please everyone at the table. The stylish and sleek Santa Monica space contains plush booths and a glass-topped bar perfect for sidling up to a delicious cocktail.

6. ESCALA (Koreatown)

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Mixing Colombian recipes with Korean flavors, EsCaLA is the ideal setting for loosening up and having fun with friends. The brightly colored wall murals, open space, wide wooden booths and DJ setup set the scene for bold flavors with depth and complexity.

7. CERVETECA (Downtown)

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Cerveteca is an inviting, family-owned and operated restaurant that offers the perfect spot for hanging out with family. Fresh Latin flavors are showcased in authentic dishes, with tastes that are both deliciously familiar and distinctively exotic. Grab a seat at a high-top table, bar counter or one of the four-tops in the airy,industrial dining room.  

8. MARÉ (West Hollywood)

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Patio-only eatery Maré is the ideal setting for a double date or group of friends to enjoy an evening together. Small plates meant for sharing, along with a classic drink list and several fruit-forward cocktails, fill the coastal European-inspired menu.

9. BUTCHERS & BARBERS (Hollywood)

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Perfect for friends to getting together after work, Butchers & Barbers serves up quality, classic American comfort food in an casual, hip atmosphere. Seasonal plates, creative cocktails, curated wines and draft beers complement the bistro-style fare.

10. OFFICINE BRERA (Arts District)

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Fit for an evening out with family or co-workers looking to celebrate, Officine Brera delivers Northern Italian fare in a sprawling former warehouse with an industrial-chic vibe. The expansive patio is ideal for larger groups looking to keep the wine, beer and craft cocktails flowing.

11. THE CHURCH KEY (West Hollywood)

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A neighborhood favorite, The Church Key is a solid spot for gathering a crew or for bringing out-of-towners for a great experience. New American fare served dim sum-style focuses on seasonal shared plates, while craft cocktails are offered up on specialty carts in the stylish dining room.

12. SUNNY SPOT (Venice)

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An ideal destination for spending a laid-back afternoon or evening with friends, Sunny Spot is a colorful Caribbean eatery with bright walls and artsy decor to complement the island-inspired fare. Take a seat in the bar area, dining room or outdoor patio, and enjoy a unique cocktail with a few small bites.

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