Celebrate in Style at These 15 Los Angeles Restaurants Perfect for Special Occasions

Bavel's strawberry and sumac sweet cheese pastry | Credit: Nicole Franzen

Home to celebrities, influencers, and beachgoers alike, Los Angeles is a destination with food that’s made to impress. In a city where being the life of the party is a personality, restaurants have upped their games to follow. These 15 restaurants will celebrate with you on any occasion you have, from a birthday to an anniversary to a successful entire day at an office.

Bavel (DTLA)

Grilled mushroom kebab from Bavel

Oyster mushroom kebab | Credit: Nicole Franzen

The second restaurant from award-winning Bestia chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, Bavel melds together Middle Eastern cuisines in its Arts District location. The dishes showcase the chefs’ family lineages in Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and Egypt with flavors rooted in spices. Tables are nestled underneath lush greenery spilling out from the ceiling, evoking Casablanca with colors of turquoise, saffron, and brass and transforming the warehouse it’s housed into a stylish destination for trendy restaurant-goers. Menu gems include the grilled prawns with harissa marinade, cured zucchini, and cucumber tzatziki; slow-roasted lamb neck shawarma with tahini; wagyu oxtail tagine with coconut rice; and strawberry and sumac sweet cheese pastry with pistachio ice cream. 

Dining at the restaurant: Only indoor dining is available in the main dining room or the enclosed patio.

Takeout: Bavel does not offer takeout or delivery.

Gwen (Hollywood)

Forging an in-house butchery with old school Hollywood glam, Aussie chef Curtis Stone — you might recognize him from Top Chef Masters or Masterchef Australia — and his brother Luke Stone come together at fine-dining concept Gwen, named after their maternal grandmother. The 7,000-square-foot, Art Deco-inspired restaurant is separated into the main dining room, chef’s counter, and an intimate wine room where you’ll eat the finest cuts of dry-aged wagyu, hanger steak, and ribeye alongside sides such as duck fat potatoes and creamed corn. The impressive selection is undeniably fitting for any special occasion.

Dining at the restaurant: There’s standard indoor seating upstairs and downstairs, as well as at the bar and chef’s counter.

Takeout: A separate menu of Gwen’s butchery meats and charcuterie are available for delivery and pickup, along with a selection of fresh produce, preserves, beer, and wine.

Orsa & Winston (DTLA)

Japanese meets Italian cuisine at chef Josef Centeno’s MICHELIN-starred restaurant serving an ever-changing seafood-centric five-course tasting menu in a refreshingly minimal, modest dining room. Popular dishes include the satsuki rice with uni and ikura, kanpachi fish, and squab; s geoduck with abalone; pink radicchio with black truffle; and sea bream with clam chowder. Orsa & Winston’s approachable and unpretentious demeanor makes this restaurant a special occasions pick especially ideal for intimate occasions. It all adds up to why the Los Angeles Times named Orsa & Winston 2020’s restaurant of the year.

Dining at the restaurant: Limited indoor seating is available, so reservations are highly recommended.

Takeout: Takeout is offered for same-day pickup or pre-orders, including DIY kits and sando picnic sets. Delivery is not available.

Lawry’s The Prime Rib (Beverly Hills)

Did you even go to Los Angeles if you didn’t go to Lawry’s? An institution with history dating back to the early 1880s, Lawry’s Beverly Hills opened its doors to the public in 1938 and has since been serving up prime rib on its signature polished silver cart, sliced to order before your eyes. Despite its international expansion, Lawry’s has maintained its reputation as a go-to upscale restaurant. That’s because the beef never wavers: The classic prime rib comes in five cuts — California, English, diamond Jim Brady, beef bowl double, and the most popular Lawry cut (10 ounces of meat). Every prime rib service is served with the famous spinning bowl salad, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, and whipped cream horseradish. This is an experience every local and visitor needs at least once, if not many.

Dining at the restaurant: Both indoor and outdoor seating is offered, though the sunken dining room with dark wood accents is the most authentic experience.

Takeout: Lawry’s offers pick-up and delivery on its website. Lawry’s at Home also includes the prime rib meal kit for doorstep delivery.

Providence (Hollywood)

Exterior of Providence LA

Providence exterior | Credit: Noe Montes

Two-MICHELIN-starred seafood restaurant Providence on Melrose is no stranger to the best restaurants lists. Helmed by chef Michael Cimarusti, winner of a James Beard Award, this fine dining establishment presents an elaborate tasting menu worthy of its accolades. Start with oysters with caviar and crème fraîche, followed by a series of seafood plates including black cod with truffle and asparagus. For something ultra-luxurious, try the uni egg laced with Champagne beurre blanc and returned to its shell in immaculate form. The atmosphere of polished white tablecloths adorned with candles is as uniform as its stellar service.

Dining at the restaurant: Only indoor dining is available. 

Takeout: The restaurant does not offer takeout or delivery.

71Above (Financial District)

Up in the clouds, 71Above is a fine dining restaurant on the 71st floor of the US Bank Tower in the Financial District with sweeping views from Malibu to Laguna Hills. Spectacular sunsets offer a backdrop to the swanky dining room with a modern geometric ceiling decor. The dinner menu is centered around a three-course meal and wine pairing with the likes of dishes such as yellowfin crudo, wagyu short ribs, and Madagascar chocolate. Spruce it all up with a serving of Kaluga caviar. It’s the whole special occasion package here — views, food, and atmosphere. The Vista Patio by 71Above is a relaxed version of its fine dining counterpart on the 69th floor with equally stunning views and a Mediterranean mezze tasting menu. 

Dining at the restaurant: Only indoor dining is available. 

Takeout: The restaurant does not offer takeout or delivery.

AMMATOLI (Long Beach)

AMMATOLI is a gem in Long Beach that specializes in Levantine cuisine from the eastern Mediterranean. Its casual and comfortable setup is great for groups looking for a more low-key celebration with a bountiful amount of sharing plates. For any time of day, AMMATOLI has you covered: For brunch, dig into the chef’s special shakshuka, labne toast, and a traditional musakhan chicken feast — a staple Palestinian slow-cooked dish layered with onions, sumac, pine nuts, and freshly baked bread. The wide-ranging lunch menu is perfect for sharing with falafel, gyro, and kebab plates. Satisfy your sweet tooth with knafeh, a shredded phyllo pastry dessert with cheese, topped with orange blossom and pistachios. Dinner sees the same variety of mezzes with more family meals including the whole rotisserie chicken and kebab feast. 

Dining at the restaurant: Indoor and outdoor patio dining are available. 

Takeout: Both takeout and delivery are available.

Openaire (Koreatown)

One of many dining options serving the stylish LINE LA hotel, Openaire is a greenhouse-inspired contemporary American spot from seasoned chef Josiah Citrin. The indoor space is dressed up with hanging plants with natural sunlight streaming in, while the outdoor terrace is lined with twinkling fairy lights that light up at nightfall. Celebratory bottomless brunch is a popular choice, paired with truffle omelets, lobster chilaquiles, and crab eggs benedict. Dinner features larger plates of grilled branzino, crispy duck confit, and braised beef paleron, with ample cocktails and wines to entertain.

Dining at the restaurant: Openaire is available for indoor and outdoor dining. 

Takeout: Both delivery and takeout are offered. 

Sushi Ginza Onodera (West Hollywood)

Caviar uni chawanmushi

Caviar uni chawanmushi | Credit: Michael Tulipan

Hailing from Tokyo, Sushi Ginza Onodera has locations in metropolitan hubs New York, Shanghai, London, and tranquil Hawaii — but the LA omakase outpost is the only one awarded two MICHELIN stars. With fish imported from Toyosu Fish Market and Niigata prefecture rice, the edomae sushi comes alive with the aging process that brings out the umami flavors in the fish. Chef Yohei Matsuki skillfully prepares nigiri of bluefin tuna, tiger shrimp, and baby snapper at the chef’s counter, which is a treat to watch in the tranquil space.

Dining at the restaurant: Traditional chef’s counter seating is available.

Takeout: The award-winning sushi is available for takeout and delivery during lunch with sushi and chirashi boxes and the chef’s choice of sake.

Toca Madera (West Hollywood)

Treat yourself to a night out dining amid shimmering trees, jaw-dropping fire-eating performers, and delightfully creative Mexican fare. Self-proclaimed “farm-to-glass” cocktails use only fresh, seasonal ingredients with a selection of tequila and mezcals. Organic, vegetarian, and vegan options are plentiful on Toca Madera’s menu with organic fattoush salad, chile relleno, and enchiladas with vegan mozzarella. The restaurant takes meat seriously, too — Japanese A5 wagyu is topped with escabeche purée, whipped crème fraîche, and gold leaf and caviar. Signature entrées are also served over lava stones with sides. If you can’t decide, let the chef choose with their version of omakase.

Dining at the restaurant: Standard indoor, high-top, and outdoor seating are available.

Takeout: Both takeout and delivery are available.

Avra Beverly Hills Estiatorio 

The first West Coast outpost of New York City upscale Greek go-to Avra Madison Estiatorio, this chic restaurant is located in The Golden Triangle surrounded by designer shops on Rodeo Drive. Step inside an airy, breezy 11,000-square-foot space dotted with trees amongst plush beige sofas and ideal for large gatherings and plenty of private spaces for your special occasion. The seafood aisle allows diners to browse the freshest daily catch flown in from Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Florida, and New Zealand that goes into the Mediterranean menu including Chilean sea bass souvlaki, Spanish octopus in capers and red wine vinegar, and grilled Scottish langoustines. This is the spot for your most stylish celebrations with friends.

Dining at the restaurant: Avra offers both indoor and outdoor dining.

Takeout: Both takeout and delivery are offered.

Ricotta and egg ravioli | Credit: Osteria Mozza

Osteria Mozza (Fairfax)

A Los Angeles staple, this one-MICHELIN-starred Italian restaurant from famed chef Nancy Silverton has been serving a spread of antipasti and mozzarella appetizers with delectable pastas since 2007. As you’d expect from the founder of La Brea Bakery, the bread is heavenly and works wonders soaking up pasta sauces from your plate of orecchiette with sausage or tagliatelle with oxtail ragu. Silverton’s rotating menu is kept seasonal based on ingredients from organic farmer’s markets. The space is lively and buzzy with shelves upon shelves of Italian wine and candlelit tables split into two spaces: The front-of-house is more casual with a front-row seat to the antipasti action from the Mozza bar, while the back is quieter and more intimate. The plant-lined outdoor patio is illuminated by twinkling fairy lights.

Dining at the restaurant: Indoor and outdoor dining are offered.

Takeout: Osteria Mozza is not available for takeout or delivery, but Pizzeria Mozza serving antipasti, salads, pizza, and dessert is.

Plant Food + Wine (Venice)

A fine dining vegan haven, Plant Food + Wine is celebrity chef and veteran vegan restaurateur Matthew Kenney’s urban retreat a stone’s throw from Venice Beach. The backyard is filled with olive trees, a large communal table, and minimalistic sofas that become a romantic spot toward evening as the string lights turn on. The interior space is simple, all white with marble accents and wooden chairs. Designed as a communal space gathering, envision hosting dinner parties with organic wines and feel-good food such as maitake mushrooms with fingerling potatoes, cacio e pepe made with kelp noodles and olives, or avocado tikka with potato flatbread and curry leaf yogurt. Health-conscious doesn’t mean no dessert; the coconut and banana cream pie is a spot-on balance of rich and creamy. 

Dining at the restaurant: Indoor and outdoor seating is offered, but backyard garden seating is first come, first serve.

Takeout: The restaurant offers both takeout and delivery. 

Ombu Grill (Koreatown)

A celebratory list is not complete without Korean barbecue. This Koreatown site is the stage for grilled Korean meats and Argentinian asado in a sleek, modern setting. Popular for birthdays and large groups, tables with built-in smokeless grills let you cook the meat yourself, or have a server cook it to your preferred temperature. Signature cuts include the thick ribeye, short ribs, and pork belly. All Korean barbecue dishes are served with an array of banchans (side dishes), and on the Argentinian side, find the likes of chorizo and morcilla. The menu also includes Korean dishes such as tteokbokki (rice cake), kimchi pajeon (pancake), bibim naengmyeon (spicy cold noodles), and several types of jjigae (stews).

Dining at the restaurant: Indoor and outdoor seating are available.

Takeout: Ombu Grill offers both takeout and delivery. 

Cara Restaurant (Hollywood)

Picture celebrating special occasions in a courtyard surrounded by 100-year-old olive trees and Californian palms while sipping on a butterfly pea, vodka, and cava cocktail as the breeze lightly blows against the flowy white curtains by the pool. That gorgeous setting is Cara Restaurant at the lifestyle Cara hotel, an Instagrammer’s dream come true. Food is sourced from local sustainable farms cooked to allow the ingredients’ natural flavors to shine. Lunch sees more bowls and sandwiches, while dinner’s main standouts include whole roasted branzino, Australian lamb rack, and whole grilled Maine lobster. Cocktails and wines are served all day.

Dining at the restaurant: Outdoor seating is offered in the courtyard or two front patios. Each space is surrounded by olive trees and heat lamps for colder weather. 

Takeout: The restaurant does not offer takeout or delivery, but you can order room service if you are staying at the hotel. 

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