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If you just got engaged, you're going to want to share the love with all your nearest and dearest. That means planning an amazing engagement party to celebrate — and luckily L.A. has a slew of restaurants for any and all party types and sizes. Whether it's a private fine dining experience with stunning views, an intimate chef-cooked meal with a few friends, a brunch party, or casual celebration with friends, these are the best places to start celebrating the two of you with those who love you most.
Rose Café (Above)
If you're looking for a restaurant that's vibe is as hip as the food is good, then look no further than one of Venice's hottest tickets: Rose Café by chef Jason Neroni. Specializing in Italian leaning dishes ranging from handmade pastas to wood oven pizzas and hearth roasted meats (not to mention an amazing artisanal cocktail program), the sprawling space offers an array of options for private buy-outs ranging from 15 people to 250 depending on the room you choose. They're also willing to work with you to create your own special menu — a huge plus.
Housed on the 24th floor of the luxurious Ritz Carlton hotel in downtown Los Angeles, WP24 offers an elevated take on traditional Chinese cuisine by famed chef Wolfgang Puck. Expect beautifully modern renditions of roasted Peking duck, delicate dumplings, handmade noodles, and an array of eastern inspired cocktails. Whether in the main room or in your own private dining room, the upscale, modern digs with floor-to-ceiling windows give diners a panoramic view of the city skyscape — an eye-catching backdrop to celebrate the beginning of your lives together.
If you want to keep your celebration intimate but food focused, the nest at Redbird is just the spot. A small, private open kitchen complete with food by revered chef Neal Fraser and its own patio balcony is essential for smaller parties. Guests can feast on Fraser's inventive dishes of chicken potpie, grilled lamb belly, and cavatelli pasta with rabbit sausage after watching them being prepared. Needless to say, an engagement party at Redbird will be a foodie celebration that's guaranteed to be as tasty as it is memorable.
This retro spot housed in the Beverly Hills Avalon hotel is great for an intimate engagement party brunch. Enjoy old-school cocktails turned artisanal twist, such as the Cosmopolitan or green chili Bloody Mary — while dining poolside on pork belly and poached eggs or lemon ricotta pancakes. Sounds like the best Sunday-engagement-party-funday ever.
When it comes to celebrating with friends, tacos and tequila are always a good call — especially when the tacos are created by Chef Ray Garcia. Garcia's modern Mexican take on tacos, delicious cocktails, and the fun, vibrant space makes it one of the best trendy-casual spots to celebrate your upcoming nuptials. For larger parties, the semi-private room is ideal to have your own space without being isolated from the restaurant's buzzing ambiance.
Serving elevated Korean BBQ by celebrity Chef Chris Oh, Hanjip boasts everything from watermelon soju punch bowls to brown butter kimchi fried rice to a foie gras-marinated tomahawk steak for a truly unique KBBQ experience. Assemble your family and friends and grill top-quality meats and fish in an all-you-can-eat-style for the perfect interactive engagement dinner.
The Boiling Crab
This casual crawfish boil is definitely an L.A. staple and for good reason. Diners can buy succulent crawfish, crab, oysters, lobster and crab legs by the pound then eat crawfish boil-style on paper covered tables, bib-clad, with your hands. Just the thing for couples who just want to celebrate low-key while keeping it fun and delicious.