Private Party Rooms for Holiday Events
by eric rosen
Cecconi’s West Hollywood’s Butterfly Room seats up to 40.
Cecconi’s West Hollywood
This highly sought-after private dining room is named after the Damien Hirst artwork that adorns one of its walls. Cecconi’s Butterfly Room seats up to 40 and can not only be closed off from the rest of this hopping West Hollywood hot spot by a Venetian curtain, but can even be accessed by a private entrance, so no paparazzi will disturb your party. 8764 Melrose Ave., LA, 310-432-2000
It’s the private dining room in the back of this sophisticated little neighborhood spot that feels the most intimate, with room for between 12 and 18 people congenially crowded around a rustic taverna-style table for tasting menus of either six or eight courses. Wine pairings from the Italian-leaning list are optional. 615 N. La Brea Ave., LA, 323-939-1148
Culina, Modern Italian
The restaurant at the celeb-heavy Four Seasons Los Angeles has not one, but two distinct private dining rooms. For intimate groups, the semiprivate Grappa Room provides a cozy seating arrangement for up to 14 guests around a table that was hand-carved from a 200-year-old magnolia tree, while the private dining room seats up to 40 guests for tastes of the restaurant’s signature crudo and handmade pasta dishes. Culina also has two lounges for entertaining, one indoor and one outdoor. Four Seasons Los Angeles, 300 S. Doheny Dr., LA, 310-860-4000
Husband-wife chef team Quinn and Karen Hatfield run one of the most meticulous kitchens in town, using classic techniques to turn seasonal fare into an ever-changing array of palate-pleasing plates. Enjoy the gourmet cuisine in a more intimate setting in the restaurant’s private Wine Room with up to 40 guests at a sit-down dinner, or in the slightly smaller Conservatory with its verdant vertical garden hanging on one wall and a retractable roof. 6703 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-935-2977
The Hungry Cat Santa Monica
Treat your guests to a view of the Pacific across PCH from the cozy private dining room, along with a wood-burning fireplace and platters of oysters on the half-shell and signature Maine lobster rolls at this Santa Monica seafood spot courtesy of David Lentz. 100 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, 310-459-3337
Guests who book the private Primo Ministro Room at Osteria Mozza—lined with shelves of crystal stemware, and bottles from the restaurant’s wine cellar—can expect Executive Chef Matt Molina’s personal attention in preparing a hand-selected menu unique to their event for up to 30 people. 6602 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-297- 0100
Hidden behind a rolling wall between the main dining room and the kitchen, the Wine Library at Terroni is like a secret getaway in the heart of Hollywood. Here, you can fête your nearest and dearest with bottles from the shelves along the wall and wood-fired pizzas like the Natalina with hot Calabrese salame, roasted red peppers, garlic, and olives. 7605 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-954- 0300
WP24 by Wolfgang Puck
Sitting 24 stories above Downtown, you’re eye level with LA’s skyscrapers and in the perfect spot to enjoy owner/chef Wolfgang Puck’s nouvelle Chinese menu in the private dining room at his restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton. Guests can sample the signature dumplings (order every kind) under mod light fixtures that mimic the shapes of the LA skyline. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., LA, 213-743-8824
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.