Dominique Ansel built a brunchers’ paradise. On weekends, there’s almost no better group-dining move than heading to the French (pastry) chef’s full-service restaurant at the Grove, where his kitchen fires up a dim-sum–inspired format of traditional and whimsical à la carte brunch treats. Servers display trays of smoked salmon, soft scrambled eggs, falling-apart-tender ham, fresh pastries and some of the best fried chicken in the city, and you get to mix and match to your table’s content. There’s something for everyone, plus the excitement of seeing the items before you decide—guaranteed to impress everyone, even that one tween cousin who hates everything. Brunch fills up fast, so it's best to reserve your spot (323-602-0096).
Whether you’ve got family in town for the holidays, you need to book a teambuilding dinner or you haven’t made time for your friends in months, you’re going to need a restaurant that can feed a small army. Thankfully, some of L.A.’s best restaurants have you covered with family-style meals, weekly group dinners and little-known specials that should do the trick, no matter your craving. Here are the best spots to eat with a group, including a few options for dinner and a show.