It’s the most magical time of year: Office holiday party season. That one special night where you get to spend time with people you don’t particularly enjoy, drink a lot of alcohol together, and see how it all comes out in the wash tomorrow. And if you’re tasked with making it all happen, your night is going to be even worse. Just know now - you probably won’t make everyone happy. But finding a place that’ll at least keep people stimulated for a good chunk of the evening will pay you great dividends.
To give you the best possible chances for success, we’ve rounded up the 34 best spots in LA for holiday parties, broken up by what kind of company you probably work for. Seasons greetings.
PERFECT FOR A SMALL TECH START-UP
Located above Hollywood on the grounds of Yamashiro, Kensho is a tiny Japanese restaurant/wine bar and the kind of place that makes eating and drinking with your bro-tastic coworkers after a day at the office actually enjoyable. There’s a fantastic front patio, unobstructed views of the Hollywood sign, and a constantly changing menu that’s always delicious.
Capacity: 40 people for a full buy-out.
Nothing beats a big group Korean BBQ outing. And while Ktown has more options than it knows what to do with in this category, go with Chosun Galbee for the holiday party. The large, modern space is great, the meat is quality, and unlike some of the other popular spots, you won’t have to wait outside for two hours until your table becomes available. Not to mention, there are several private dining rooms.
Capacity: Private dining room for groups of 12-45.
Ospi is an excellent Italian restaurant in Venice that comes from the same people behind one of our other favorite Italian restaurants on the Westside - Jame Enoteca. Expect a wide-ranging menu full of tremendous antipasti, pizza, pasta, and big plates of meat that you can focus on while your boss hands out home-made “2021 Zoom Blooper” awards.
Capacity: For large party inquiries, reach out here.
It’s not really a holiday party without at least the option of alcohol. And at All Seasons, you have it within arms reach no matter where you’re hanging out. The sprawling brewery at Wilshire and La Brea (it used to be an old Firestone tire shop) has a full list of beer that’s been brewed on the premises, plus house-made cocktails as well. There’s a massive wrap-around patio ideal for big groups, and when you need to avoid that one coworker you tried to get fired over the summer, there’s a row of skee-ball machines in the back.
Capacity: Big group walk-ins welcome.
If your CEO likes to hold all his lunch meetings at the beach, he’ll be very pleased with a holiday party on the roof at Gjelina, where their private space is. Looking out over Abbot Kinney while eating some really good pizza will make you feel like you’re in an episode of one of those TV shows about rich people doing beautiful things, instead of holding out hope that those stock options you’ve got will someday bear fruit (spoiler: they won’t).
Capacity: Private room with deck for groups of 30+.
No matter how rowdy this Arts District sausage emporium can get on the weekends (and also at its Venice location), no one can deny this place works great for a big group party. Normally, you’d have to wait in line and order at the counter, but for groups big enough (12+), you’re able to snag a reservation and get a sectioned-off area of the restaurant. Sausage, beer, and hip-hop. Your coworkers will thank you.
Capacity: Groups of 12+ in a semi-private space.
The thought of having an office Christmas party at a wine bar is downright excruciating, but when said wine bar is also serving some fantastic Thai food? Suddenly things get more interesting. Same Same in Silver Lake offers family-style dishes for big groups or buyouts, as well as all the beer and wine you’ll need. And trust us, you’ll need plenty.
Capacity: Restaurant buyout fits 50 seated, 80 standing. Regular reservations available for any size party.
Deep down you know the idea of sitting next to your coworkers for an entire dinner won’t end well. So, let’s go bowling instead. The Spare Room (inside the Roosevelt Hotel) is part bar, part restaurant, with a few bowling lanes thrown into the mix. If that sounds cheesy to you, know that this place’s Old Hollywood feel steers it clear from Dave & Buster’s territory.
Capacity: Full buyout fits 200. Regular reservations available for any size party.
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This Mexican rooftop restaurant in the Arts District has a massive patio with lush vegetation and panoramic views of Downtown. It kind of feels like a garden party for the rich and famous, and considering your company’s Tik Tok hit 1 million followers last week, that’s the energy you want. The tuna tostada and steak pa’taquear are both standouts, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything on the menu that won’t appease the varying tastes of online fashionistas.
Capacity: Big group reservations available here.
Rosaliné is a restaurant that works for pretty much any occasion, holiday parties included. The modern Peruvian spot serves shareable food in a light space that just feels good to sit in. If your company is small enough, book a space on the patio, which is basically a giant greenhouse.
Capacity: Outdoor patio seats up to 10. Private space for up to 30 seated or 40 standing. Restaurant buyouts available for 80 seated, 150 standing.
If you work at a company where coworkers start planning their holiday party outfits in September, you need that party to be at Gigi’s. The French bistro in Hollywood is a total scene - one where the looks and the entrances are just as important as the food on the table. That said, it’s a very solid menu. Plan for tartare, steak-frites, and several rounds of martinis.
Capacity: For big group inquiries, email email@example.com
With an airy, sun-lit patio and strong drinks, this massive Spanish/Mediterranean restaurant on Robertson Blvd. exudes sexiness - even when it’s December and kind of freezing out. But hey, you got to use those cute scarves you got in a mailer at some point, right? Concentrate mostly on the small plates (the chicken croquettes are a standout) and one of our [favorite paellas in town.]
Capacity: Reservations up to 12 people. For larger parties, inquire here.
We like this upscale cocktail bar for parties simply because its West Hollywood space can handle any size group of people. There’s a massive open-air patio with string lights and astroturf, as well as an indoor private dining area complete with its own bar, a fireplace, and even an elevated stage in case the social team wants to try their hand at stand-up.
Capacity: Outdoor patio up to 30 people, indoor private dining up to 45 people for reception-style.
E.P. & L.P. is a scene. There’s a rooftop bar, a famous neon sign, and lots of young Hollywood types lounging by the fire pit. So it might just be perfect for a company whose requirement for a holiday party is a space that people will recognize once it’s up on social media. There are private rooms available, but your move is to buy out the whole rooftop bar.
Capacity: Rooftop available for up to 300. Restaurant buyout available for 130 seated or 200 standing.
If you’re lucky enough to have an office full of people you actually like, you’ve got a pretty special situation on your hands. Have a laid-back dinner with them on the cool end of Main St. at Chez Tex. The bare brick walls and dimly lit space will make your snobby boss happy, but bistro-style dishes, as well as a killer wine list are what the rest of you are here for.
Capacity: Semi-private dining room seats 8-12. Full buyout fits 36 seated, 50 standing.
This is LA. It’s not out of the question to have 80-degree weather in December, so take advantage and have a pool party. No, we’re not advocating actually jumping in the pool with your coworkers (unless it’s that kind of office), but a big group hang around the rooftop pool at the Ace is perfectly acceptable, especially when there are cocktails and food from LA Chapter downstairs involved.
Capacity: Minimum of 50 in private space, available Monday to Thursday after 6pm.
Cassia is one of our favorite spots on the Westside, and it seems made for holiday parties. The upscale Asian food is shareable, the space is gorgeous, and there are a few different private rooms to choose from. Or, if it was a really good year, just go big and rent the whole space.
Capacity: Private dining room seats 20. Wine room available for 36 seated, 60 standing. Patio available for 60 seated, 75 standing. Full buyout available for 150 seated, 250 standing.
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Remember The Pikey? That amazing British pub on Sunset where everyone from the mailroom used to party together in 2012? It’s now called Horses, an impressive new restaurant that serves dishes like cornish hen and clam tagliarini and one of the best vespers in the city. It’s like a grown up version of The Pikey (much of the old aesthetic remains), which works out, because you’re a grown-up version of the person who used to party there 10 years ago.
Capacity: Kacper’s Room seats up to 26 people, 50-60 standing.
What Tesse lacks in exciting, interesting food, it makes up for with a massive, beautiful space on The Strip where industry people can just be themselves. And considering you needed two hands to count the number of destructive mood swings your boss had today, it’s best to keep everybody as happy and agreeable as possible. It is the holidays, after all.
Capacity: Standing capacity up to 65 people.
For the first time ever, the legendary Hollywood steakhouse now has private dining rooms to rent. There’s a smaller room, which can hold up to eight people, as well as a grander dining area complete with hand-painted scenes of the Italian countryside. No matter where you end up sitting though, their famous sidecar martinis are your first order of business.
Capacity: Up to 50 people seated
When it comes to making deals about the next superhero franchise over dinner, there’s nowhere better to do so than Craft. But despite the amount of suits you’ll find on any given night, the bright space feels more cool than corporate. The food is simple (think steak with with green beans or a salmon filet with salad), but it’s solid across the board, and at this point, everyone in your office probably has a favorite thing on menu.
Capacity: Restaurant buyout for 140 seated/200 standing. Private dining rooms also available.
The Katsuya empire has admittedly transformed itself into more of a see-and-be-seen operation than a see-and-be-seen-eating-sushi one, but you work at CAA and that’s just what the doctor ordered. Here’s the good news though - quality sushi still exists here.
Capacity: Total buyout fits 400. Private dining available for groups of 12 or more.
Home to the world’s most important TV show and some pretty mediocre food, Sur works for a holiday party because everybody knows what it is and they know they can get hammered there. Plus, this place was essentially designed for private events. From the gaudy, over-the-top interior to the gaudy, over-the-top back patio, there’s plenty of space for you and the assistant bros to get sauced and stroll into work late tomorrow.
Capacity: Total buyout fits up to 300. Private dining rooms available for groups of 12 or more.
The NYC import can best be summed up by the line of desperation and designer shoes snaking down Melrose on any given night - Catch is an all-out blockbuster. With over 12,000 square feet, a retractable roof, and other impressive things that don’t really matter, this seafood mega-plex is a popular choice for private events, so start making those phone calls now.
Capacity: Private dining available for parties over 20.
Famous for being the hardest reservation to get in the world (or something like that), Rao’s Hollywood location is thankfully much easier to get into than its New York spot. Located on a side street south of Santa Monica Blvd., Rao’s is old-school New York Italian food with a warm interior that makes you feel like you’re in Manhattan. But it’s that back patio where holiday party glory truly begins.
Capacity: Full patio buyout available for up to 60. Regular reservations available for any size party.
After being put on life-support not all that long ago, this Hollywood landmark has been revived and is better than ever. Located on a private hill overlooking Hollywood, you won’t find many better views than at this iconic spot, and though its Asian menu isn’t going to change the world, it is good enough to make everyone happy. They also have three separate private events spaces to choose from.
Capacity: 150 seated, 175 standing in the garden courtyard. 60 in the Skyview Room. 30 seated, 45 standing in the Koi Room.
This absolutely stunning co-work-millennial-glamazon-swap-meet space in Hollywood is here for any type or size holiday party your agency requires. With a ground-floor auditorium and two separate outside patios (one being on the roof), the hardest part is actually choosing which space you want. The food comes from the full, on-site restaurant and it’s actually pretty good.
Capacity: Studio A fits 600 standing, 300 seated. Mezzanine bar and semi-private dining room fits 50 standing, 12 seated . Garden Terrace fits 400 standing, 250 seated. Paley Penthouse fits 100 standing, 18 seated indoors, 40 seated outdoors. Paley buyout for 300 standing 300, 200 seated.
PERFECT FOR A VERY CORPORATE FINANCE OR LAW FIRM
Located on the ground floor of The Roosevelt, The Barish has major Old Hollywood energy - despite only opening in 2020. The massive space has Art Deco chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, leather banquettes, and a large marble bar begging the junior agents to saddle up to and play credit card roulette on the next round of drinks.
Capacity: The Writer’s Room seats up to 20 people.
If you work in the financial district and need to find a holiday party location, just look up. At the top of the US Bank Tower Downtown is 71Above, LA’s shrine to corporate power moves and the ideal setting for a bunch of people whose idea of letting loose is business casual. That said, 71Above is serving excellent food, and the 360-degree views of LA are like nothing else in the city.
Capacity: Private dining rooms for 14 or 30 guests, larger dining room for 75 guests, full restaurant buyout available.
What is it with finance firms and themed parties? Just kidding, we know what it is: Their jobs are boring and everyone needs to forget that at least once a year. If a theme is necessary, at least make sure it’s a good one, and go for a Jazz Age night at Cicada Club. Banish all thoughts of spreadsheets and dance all night to the big band.
Capacity: 350 for full buyout. Group reservations for parties of 8+.
No matter the size of your party, Republique has a space that will work. They have 20 different private dining options (OK fine, they have eight), with enough space for up to 400 people. Plus, the excellent French menu will keep even the stuffiest partners happy.
Capacity: 18 in the wine room. 30 seated, 45 standing in the mezzanine room. 35 standing in the bakery. 32 at the kitchen tables (semi-private). 30 standing at the bar. 62 seated, 75 standing in the dining room. 210 seated, 400 standing for full buyout.
Redbird is stunning, huge, and not the kind of place you’re going to once a week - all reasons why it’s one of the best spots for a holiday party Downtown. The menu involves lots of plates to share, so maybe make sure you’re sitting next to a friend so you can hoard dishes together.
Capacity: In the main dining room, 30 seated in lounge, 90 seated on patio, 150 seated for a buyout, 225 standing. 100 seated, 200 standing in the garden. A number of private dining rooms for 16 to 110 seated, 30 to 150 standing.
We love the patio at A.O.C., but we might love their upstairs wine room even more. It feels like an old-school gentlemen’s club, but one where you drink lots of wine instead of scotch. Because we all know wine is the only way you’re going to get through tonight.
Capacity: 40 in the wine room. 160 seated, 200 standing for a full buyout.
PERFECT FOR YOU, WHO WORKS FOR YOURSELF FROM HOME WITH ALL YOUR PETS
To be clear, Giovanni’s is not a restaurant, it’s a tiramisu delivery service and perhaps the most seasonally-appropriate dessert in Los Angeles. The man behind the operation is Giovanni Bolla, a 72-year-old Italian chef who personally delivers each home-made tiramisu order. Order through his website - that’s not a suggestion, it’s a command.