Renting out a space in a restaurant for a night is a fantastic way to make any occasion even more special whether it's a birthday, wedding reception or holiday party. Private rooms in restaurants are also great for corporate events, such as business meetings or presentations. Whatever you need the space for, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Los Angeles.
LA’s dining scene is diverse, creative and exciting. Here, you’ll find places serving traditional American cuisine, as well as an exciting mix of tastes from all over the world. From fine-dining restaurants to casual eateries, the city has something for every palate and budget.
The best part about renting out a restaurant for your event is that you don’t have to worry about preparing the food, serving it or cleaning up afterward! All of that is taken care of, so you can relax and fully focus on being with your guests and enjoying the event.
If you’re not sure where to start, check out our tips and FAQ section below.
How to choose a restaurant for an event in Los Angeles
Here are some things to keep in mind when renting a restaurant in Los Angeles.
- Cost - Before you start searching for the ideal place for your event, set your budget. This will help you narrow your search: online platforms such as Tagvenue even let you filter venues by desired price range. If you want to save money, look for restaurants that charge by the hour or offer all-inclusive packages based on per person prices. Remember that you can always try to negotiate the price with your venue manager!
- Capacity & layout - Think about how many guests you expect and how much space you need to seat them comfortably. Some restaurants offer private rooms or the option to rent the entire space to be exclusively yours, which can be great if you’re hosting a large event. At this point, also consider the layout. Do you want to seat your guests at round dining tables or would you prefer a boardroom or a u-shaped layout?
- Accessibility - Consider the location of your chosen restaurant. Make sure it will be easy to access for your guests: Is it located near any major roads? Is there heavy traffic? Does the venue provide parking spaces? If you’re hosting anyone with disabilities, an important thing to pay attention to is whether the place is wheelchair accessible and has the right facilities.
- Mood - Factors such as design, lighting or music all contribute to the restaurant’s overall mood, which can either make or break your event. Pick a space whose ambiance will suit the occasion. Luckily for you, LA’s dining scene caters to all - whether you’re looking for an elegant and traditional restaurant or something funky and unique, you’ll be able to find a space that’s just the right fit. It’s best to organize a viewing before you finalize your booking - that way, you can see how everything looks in real life and get a feel of the place’s atmosphere.
- Catering & alcohol license - Food is one of the most important elements of almost any event. Decide whether you’re going to choose a set menu or allow your guests to order their own meals a la carte. If you go for a set menu, include options that everyone will enjoy. Ask your guest about any dietary restrictions and make sure the restaurant can cater to all of them. Or perhaps you prefer external catering? In that case, see whether your venue allows that and whether you’d have to pay any extra fees. If you want to serve alcohol at your event, check whether the restaurant has an alcohol license. Or maybe you’d prefer to rent a place with a BYOB policy? If you’re supplying your own alcohol, ask the restaurant if you’ll have to pay a corkage fee.
- Time - Pick an off-peak time for your event - some restaurants will offer lower rental costs e.g on weekdays or during the day instead of in the evening. Try to book the restaurant well in advance. Booking early not only saves you some stress but also ensures you have the most choice when it comes to venues and your preferred dates.
- Features - If you’re renting a private room to organize a business meeting or presentation, make sure that the space in your chosen restaurant has all the equipment you’re going to need. This can be WiFi access, power plugs, TV screens, flipcharts, etc.
- Staff - At a restaurant, customer service is just as important as pleasant interiors and tasty food. So when you go to your viewing, pay attention to the wait staff. Are they polite and knowledgeable? Do they have experience in catering events? You want to be able to depend on the restaurant’s team and trust that they can deliver exceptional service.
- Reviews - Check the reviews of the restaurant you’re going to rent. Tagvenue displays reviews of people who also organized their events in a given space. Reading through their opinions may help you decide whether this particular restaurant matches your expectations.
Restaurants with Private Rooms in Los Angeles FAQ
Which areas of Los Angeles have the best restaurants?
LA’s dining scene is as diverse as the city itself and its restaurants cater to all tastes and styles. When looking to rent a restaurant, consider some of these areas:
- The beach towns - LA’s coast abounds in great locations with plenty of amazing restaurants to discover. Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu, Marina del Rey and Long Beach are just a few places worth exploring.
- Downtown - There’s always a lot going on in DTLA and you can be sure you’ll find some great restaurants there! Definitely check out The Arts District, one of the hottest neighborhoods in the area.
- Ethnic neighborhoods - Diverse Los Angeles is where distinct cultures mix and overlap. If you want to book your event in an original location and taste different cuisines, try restaurants in ethnic neighborhoods such as Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Ethiopia or Leimert Park.
- Hollywood, West Hollywood and Fairfax - This is where you’ll find some of LA’s most popular restaurants and favorite hangout spots of celebrities.
- Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Echo Park - These areas remain close to Downtown and Hollywood, but have a more relaxed vibe. And they’re filled with some of the coolest restaurants in the area!
How much does it cost to rent a restaurant in Los Angeles?
The cost of renting out a restaurant will depend on the number of guests, your chosen location and the amount of time you spend there. When booking a restaurant for your event in Los Angeles, expect to pay anywhere between $50 up to several thousand dollars per hour. Restaurants in popular areas such as Beverly Hills and Los Angeles will tend to offer higher rates. Prices will also usually go up in high-demand seasons, e.g. during the holidays. On Tagvenue, you can find affordable LA restaurants with private rooms that offer package deals ranging from around $30 to $78 per person. Remember to always ask your venue manager about what’s included in the price.
What are some of the best restaurants with private rooms for rent in Los Angeles?
Check out some of our favorite LA restaurants with private rooms for your special occasions:
- Alley Lounge LA - A contemporary speakeasy bar located in the heart of Culver City with an intimate private lounge area featuring plush couches, pillows and candles.
- Rossoblu - An authentic Italian restaurant with a private dining room makes an ideal venue for your next private event in the heart of Fashion District.
- Tesse - A chic French restaurant situated in the heart of West Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard. Its unique private room is a wine store by day that turns into a place for celebrations when the sun goes down.
Which LA restaurants are popular with celebrities?
Los Angeles is filled with dining spots that celebrities adore. If you’re interested in renting one of them for your event, here’s our little guide. Let’s start with Hollywood and its oldest restaurant, Musso & Frank Grill. Beauty & Essex, located inside the Dream Hotel, is another celebrity staple. You may also like to check out places such as Birds and La Poubelle in Franklin Village. And we can’t not mention the iconic Rainbow Bar & Grill on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip! While in WeHo, you may also check out Dan Tana’s on Santa Monica Boulevard or Catch LA and Craig’s on Melrose Avenue. Funky Los Feliz also has some celebrity hotspots, such as Little Dom’s. Nobu Malibu is another favorite, and so is Giorgio Baldi, an Italian eatery in Santa Monica.