Since March of 2020, plenty of celebrations have been put on hold. And while COVID clearly hasn’t gone away (and most likely won’t anytime soon), two-plus years later, many people are ready to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, and other major milestones in a big way. Restaurants around Los Angeles have — mostly — figured out a new normal, welcoming groups who’d like to raise a glass for whatever occasion.
Still, not all restaurants can accommodate large parties, so we did the work and pulled together a list of venues that are ready and eager to host your next gathering. Most of the places on this list encourage family-style dining, offering a wide variety of shareable plates for maximum tasting potential. From Armenian stalwarts with belly dancers to romantic rooftops and some of the most coveted reservations in town, here are the restaurants in Los Angeles we love for celebrating right now.