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.