Need Valley Recommendation for Special Party
Been many years since I've eaten a really excellent meal in Los Angeles. My visits now usually take in the closest delis or coffee shops in proximity to my family in Woodland Hills.
However, in September of this year, several of us will be congregating in the Valley to celebrate our mother's 80th birthday party. We'd all like to go to a "nice" restaurant, something out of the ordinary, but not too trendy for her basically non-adventurous tastes. Woodland Hills is the epicenter, but we'd certainly entertain some adjacent options. Or...?
Thanks very much!
Via Piacere is in Woodland Hills and would be a very nice place for a September party on the patio. They have special event areas, including the patio, if you have a large enough group. There are photos on the website, as well as a .pdf describing what they do for events. For a smaller group, you probably could be seated on the patio, although the main dining room is decent enough.
Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks is nice for a smaller birthday party. We have held parties for my grandmother and great-aunt.
I totally forgot another option -- Saddlepeak Lodge in Calabasas. It specializes in game, so it might be a bit adventurous, but their regular steaks, fish and poultry are very good. And you never know who might want to go for their fantastic elk. It is pricey, but definitely a special occasion place. The decor is set up like a hunting lodge, with animal heads and other interesting objects (like the deer-foot lamp). It sounds strange, but it is an excellent restaurant and worth the price.
Il Tiramisu has fabulous food in an amazing place with increadible service. Peter and Ivo will make you feel like VIPS. Sherman Oaks. Northern Italian, good for adventure, safe for non-adventurous. Your Mom will LOVE it! Great, calm, intimate and relaxing atmosphere.
Gorikee is garlic fushion, but based on good, solid continental cuisine. In Woodland Hills, the same shopping center as Ralph's, Jerry's and Western Bagel.
Roy's in Woodland Hills has dishes for all to enjoy. hawaiian/Japanese/good food. May be a little much for mom.
The Roy's in Woodland Hills is very noisy. I enjoyed the food, but I would not return with anyone I hoped to speak with. It's impossible to escape the din - the whole place is loud. I would not recommend having a party there unless you all know sign language.
Villa Piacere has a very nice atmosphere. The food is very reliable. I'm sure your mom would appreciate it.
Gorikee has great food, but not so much atmosphere. For a party, they might let you bring in some flowers or balloons to create a more festive ambiance for your group.
La Frite has good food (some things can be really great, like the Moules Frites) and the feeling of a french brasserie. I think your mom would probably like it.
Another place that comes to mind is Padri in Agoura (short drive from Woodland Hills). It's an upscale Italian place with a lovely patio.