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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Los Angeles

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Los Angeles? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Baracoa Cuban Restaurant restaurant
5 (129)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Baracoa is a full-service Cuban restaurant and bar that opened in 2013, established by first generation Cuban-Americans Tony Castro, Rick De La Rosa, and Danny Castro.
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Always love coming to Baracoa. Great ambiance, food is always amazing. Staff is welcoming.
A photo of Via Veneto restaurant
4.9 (1031)
$50 and over
Santa Monica
About the restaurant
An authentic, Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of Santa Monica, VIA VENETO fuses organic, locally grown & sourced ingredients with the delicious, traditional flavors of Italy.
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
There was wonderful and attentive service all around and a lovely ambiance.
A photo of Tempura Endo restaurant
4.8 (133)
$50 and over
Beverly Hills
About the restaurant
Tempura Endo/Beverly Hills is exquisite and Premium Kyoto-style Tempura in Beverly Hills. Check out premium Endo"s tempura in where our first-branch in U.S.A.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on 17 Feb 2024
Amazing food + service as expected from a tempura endo.
A photo of BISTRO 13 restaurant
4.8 (179)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
is a family - run restaurant in camarillo we are proud to serve exquisite and authentic italian cuisine to the area. The combination of our amazing pastas along with our casual atmosphere allow us to welcome many regulars from the camarillo area.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
Expensive place, but I food and service are just ok
A photo of The Strand House restaurant
4.7 (2771)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Manhattan Beach
About the restaurant
The Strand House is a sophisticated yet comfortable family-owned restaurant conceived by a small group of South Bay families out of their love for great food, wine and friends. With floor to ceiling glass windows and 180° sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, world travelers and locals alike may come for the view, but stay for Chef Chris Park’s Coastal California Cuisine.

Our menu highlights the bounty of produce available year round in Southern California. Each week, our chefs roam the farmers market sourcing directly from the best farmers and purveyors around. The Strand House is also home to a thoughtful and carefully crafted cocktail and wine program that is sure to please each of our guests.

We are located in beautiful downtown Manhattan Beach, just steps from the famous Manhattan Beach Pier. The Strand House offers a five-star experience with the warmth and hospitality you would expect from a beach town, where each guest is treated like family.

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Service was great, Jeff was out server and he was attentive and quick. The food was excellent as well- the ceviche was top notch! The house buns are definitely a must as well. I had the rib eye and it didn’t disappoint. I shared some with my colleagues and they as well were very complimentary of the tenderness and flavor of the steak. We got there just as the sun was setting so we got enjoy the pier and bay just before having dinner. Definitely a recommendation if in the area.
A photo of Ima restaurant
4.7 (93)
$50 and over
Beverly Hills
About the restaurant
Japanese Black A5 Wagyu beef is one of the masterpieces of Japanese culture. At IMA, we use this premium beef praised highly all over the world by chefs and food connoisseurs, and we serve them in true Japanese fashion. Our Sukiyaki and Shabu-Shabu courses come with the best ingredients available hand-picked by our Japanese chefs. We promise you the exceptional experience without any compromise.
Our a la carte selections are served with the finest , in-season ingredients in a relaxed environment . Join us at IMA and allow us to show you one of the highest regarded culinary delights of Japan.

IMA has been chosen as one of the recommended restaurants in Los Angeles in Michelin Guide 2021.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 17 Feb 2024
美味しくて素晴らしい肉質 Excellent shabu amd sukiyaki with high quality of meat.. won’t regret!
A photo of KUWADA Sushi restaurant
4.7 (268)
$50 and over
Rancho Cucamonga
About the restaurant
At KUWADA Sushi, we invite you to embark on a delectable journey through the world of sushi. Nestled in the heart of Rancho Cucamonga, our restaurant at 12780 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739, is your destination for exquisite sushi creations that tantalize the taste buds.

Our commitment to culinary craftsmanship and fresh, high-quality ingredients ensures each bite is a delightful experience. Whether you're a sushi connoisseur or a newcomer to this culinary art, our diverse menu has something for everyone.

Come join us for an unforgettable dining experience, where each visit is a celebration of flavors, textures, and traditions. We look forward to serving you soon at KUWADA Sushi!

Top review
Dined 7 days ago
The sushi is the best we've found in Rancho. I got the Toro Takuan roll as well as the ribeye and mushroom skewers and they were all phenomenal. Someone else at my table got the Wagyu nigiri and it was buttery soft and flavorful. The unagi is the best I've ever had- just perfectly crispy on the skin. They served the sushi with the real wasabi on it which was a treat!
A photo of The Third Place Barroom and Kitchen restaurant
4.6 (240)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
The Third Place
For a healthy existence, humans must live in a balance of three realms: home life, known as the first place. The workspace, known as the second place. And last, an inclusive, warm, sociable place to gather, put aside concerns, and hang out for the simple pleasure of good company and lively conversation. Welcome to The Third Place, where unrelated people relate.

Top review
Dined on 15 Feb 2024
Spent valentines here and it was great! Service and food were all excellent
A photo of Wharo Korean BBQ restaurant
4.5 (46)
$31 to $50
Marina del Rey
About the restaurant
Wharo was founded in 2004 with the passion and inspiration to introduce quality and health conscious-friendly Korean food on the Westside of Los Angeles. Wharo dishes are derived from Modern Seoul Styles dished with a Western twist. We are always trying to enhance flavors and create new recipes to modernize and move with the trend. At Wharo, we are proud that all of our dishes are free of MSG but instead;use home-style cooking to create the mouthwatering flavors. From homemade spicy Kimchi to Organic Soft Soon Tofu Soup, we only culture the finest for our customers. We also use high quality Certified Angus Beef which passes 10 quality standard testing for its title.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 23 Feb 2024
One of the few authentic Korean BBQ places on the Westside. Great quality and good service. The Kobe beef dinner for two is pricey but can actually feed 3 for $130. The servers don’t give you a hard time about it either which is nice. If you need to order more meat on the side it’s a good deal. Our only disappointment was that our favorite cut, the boneless short ribs are no longer marinated and were less tasty.
A photo of C.O.D. Seafood & Raw Bar restaurant
4 (669)
$31 to $50
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
About the restaurant
C.O.D Seafood & Raw bar:
Located on West 3rd Street near the Beverly Center, C.O.D is a modern seafood brasserie offering Asian-inspired Californian cuisine. Influenced by both the great fishing villages of China and our own Californian coast, C.O.D crafts the best of these worlds together on a plate. C.O.D also features two full-sized bars, an extensive wine collection and hand-crafted cocktails.

C.O.D stands for “Catch of the Day” and describes our restaurant’s dedication to serving only the freshest and highest quality ingredients available on the market. Our fish is never frozen. Seafood is the focus at C.O.D, but everything else―from the microgreens to pork belly―is also presented at the peak of freshness.

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Outstanding in every aspect. Second time there and could not have been happier.
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