Where To Have Your Office Holiday Party

25 spots guaranteed to make you the hero of the office—or at least make everyone forget what you did at the last holiday party.
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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.

To give you the best possible chances for success, we’ve rounded up the 25 best spots in LA for holiday parties, broken up by what kind of company you probably work for. Seasons greetings.


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It’s not really a holiday party without at least the option of alcohol. And at Benny Boy Brewery, you have it within arms reach no matter where you’re hanging out. Equal parts brewery, cider house, and beer garden, this Lincoln Heights spot does it all. Plus, there’s a giant patio filled with wooden benches and tree stumps that feels like a grown-up overnight camp, nightly food pop-ups, and fire pits to huddle around while ignoring the coworker who tried to get you fired in July. 

Capacity: Tables and fire pits can be reserved for 10-30 people. Full cider house and beer garden buyouts available for 50-150+.

Top Golf in El Segundo isn’t just a driving range for golf enthusiasts, this tri-level, open-air venue is also home to a full-service bar and restaurant. Along with some better-than-average sports bar grub, Top Golf serves a bunch of wine, beer, and fruity cocktails that you can enjoy at a high-top table while listening to your boss talk about their high school golf team achievements. 

Capacity: Holiday party packages include food, drink, and up to three hours of golf. No capacity limits.

Nothing beats a big group Korean BBQ outing. And while Ktown has more options than it knows what to do within 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.

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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 homemade “Zoom Blooper of the Year” awards.

Capacity: For large-party inquiries, reach out here.

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.

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 people. Regular reservations available for any size party.


No matter when you go to Juliet, it's a glamorous occasion. This gorgeous French brasserie in Culver City feels custom-built for people who work at offices that put serious thought into their monochromatic outfits. You’ll sip martinis and eat duck confit cigars at marble-top tables, while wondering if anyone noticed that your ballet flats are from Miu Miu.

Capacity: Private dining available for groups of 17 or larger.

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The indoor-outdoor restaurant by the LA River serves excellent Baja-style seafood dishes with strong cocktails, house-made tortillas, and an atmosphere that feels like you're at a rehearsal dinner in Mexico City. As banda music plays softly in the background, your very full and happy coworkers will have no choice but to deem you the coolest person on the payroll.

Capacity: Private and semi-private dining available for groups of 9 or larger.

From the thatched tunnel entrance and the ethereal club music to every server repeatedly reminding you that it’s “Tulum-themed,” there’s a lot going on at Ka’Teen. If you’re looking to get dressed up with coworkers and have an over-the-top night in Hollywood, Ka’Teen is where to do it. The sprawling, mostly outdoor space is great for parties, there’s a $495 bottle of Dom Perignon on the menu, and as for the food, the Yucatan-style menu has plenty of bright spots. 

Capacity: Private dining and full buyouts available.

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 TikTok 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: Large group reservations available here.

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 large group inquiries, email


Mere blocks from the original Catch, Catch Steak is a meat-centric spinoff that follows the exact same template as its predecessor: build a tacky, semi-exclusive space with generic food that tastes good, and the rich will follow. With over 10,000 square feet and other over-the-top design elements that don’t really matter, it’s bound to be a popular choice for private events this year, so start making those phone calls now. 

Capacity: Private dining available for parties of 9 and larger.

What Tesse lacks in exciting, interesting food, it makes up for it 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: Up to 65 people, standing. Regular reservations available for any size party.

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. Regular reservations available for any size party.

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 for up to 400 people. Private dining available for groups of 12 or more.

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 people. Regular reservations available for any size party.


Manuela might seem like a pretentious museum restaurant you go to once a year when someone boring has a birthday, but fortunately, it's not. This open-air spot inside Hauser & Wirth’s Arts District gallery doesn’t take itself too seriously. The fantastic dining space faces an expansive courtyard that’s intimate, but not stuffy. And the Southern-leaning menu has just enough vegetable dishes to keep everyone happy. Polish off a few bottles of wine with some coworkers and eat as many fluffy cream biscuits as you can muster.

Capacity: Semi-private dining available for groups of up to 14. Buyouts are also available for groups of 26 or more.

Located on the western edge of Melrose Ave, Olivetta has major West Hollywood energy—there’s flowers everywhere, a poolside patio, and thumping techno music in every room. But once you’re seated, it flows like a classic, five-star Italian dining experience. So if you’re looking for a safe place to host your law firm, Olivetta has the requisite branzino and servers in tuxedo vests—with the added bonus of a colorful dining room and some fun pastas on the menu.

Capacity: Private dining available for groups of 7 or more.

You’re never going to please every single person on the board of directors, so just cut your losses and book a room at Lawry’s. The classic Beverly Hills steakhouse is total crowd pleaser, complete with spinning salads, potato martinis, and gleaming golden carts of meat. 

Capacity: Private dining rooms available for up to 80 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 people, larger dining room for 75, full restaurant buyout available.

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: 30 people seated in the main dining room. 90 seated in the lounge. 150 seated on the outdoor patio. 225 standing for a full buyout. Private dining rooms can fit between 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 people in the wine room. 160 seated, 200 standing for a full buyout.


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, if you're lucky, might be the one delivering it right to your doorstep. Order through his website—that’s not a suggestion, it’s a command.

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