Private rooms in high-end restaurants provide discreet spaces for events.
Bouchon Beverly Hill
Thomas Keller’s French bistro is a favorite choice of boldface names (Courtney Cox celebrated her birthday there in July.) and upmarket lunchers. A private outdoor terrace with plasma screen comes with the windowed Escoffier room that seats 16; a smaller salon (for 12) and Bar Bouchon (56 seated/150 standing) is also available.
Culina at Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Culina’s modern Italian specialties and sleek wood-and-glass architecture are the newest additions to Hollywood’s go-to hotel. Several distinct spaces for fetes include a private dining room that seats 40 and an attractive covered outdoor patio.
Located in the former Citrus/Red Pearl space on Melrose, Quinn and Karen Hatfield’s airy restaurant has wowed L.A.’s foodie crowd with innovative entrees and near-perfect desserts. Off the bar, a private dining room seats 35; the indoor/outdoor conservatory handles 15.
Nobu West Hollywood
Japanese/Peruvian dishes and richly textured decor by David Rockwell combine at Nobu West Hollywood for an interesting sensory mix. The open-air atrium can be curtained off to seat up to 24; the terrace welcomes 80 guests seated or 100 standing.
Osteria Mozza/Pizzeria Mozza
The side-by-side restaurants each have a private dining room: Pizzeria Mozza’s is named for Jack Warner and seats 18 at a long king’s table (where Michelle Obama and family dined), while the Osteria’s clubby private dining room seats up to 30.
Xino, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica
At red-hot Santa Monica Place on the view-rich top floor dining deck, Xino’s chic look extends to the four private curtained cabanas that seat up to 10 each on the outdoor patio. Menu is modern Chinese, with savory dim sum a specialty. An indoor private dining room seats 30.
Red leather and black lacquer accents add luster to this West Hollywood boite. The secluded wine room, with separate private entrance/exit seats 14 and has a flatscreen TV. Dine on Chinese specialties in the 45-seat Skylight room that sports a retractable roof.
• Event Planner’s Guide 2010