A small group of friends and I are meeting up in the valley tomorrow night, and we want a unique or fun eating experience. Any suggestions? (Encino, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Northridge, Sherman Oaks, etc...)
The first place that popped in my mind when you mentioned "unique and fun" was Gyu-Kaku. This is a Japanese restaurant where you do your own cooking. They have an assorment of marinated and seasoned meats, chicken, fish, and vegetables which you cook at your table. I always see groups of people having fun. I believe they have a full bar at the Sherman Oaks location.
14457 Ventura Blvd.
Pasadena might be a little far for you, but I had a great experience recently with Villa Sorriso in Pasadena. Excellent penne with vodka sauce (I think it's been featured on TV?) Great courtyard with outdoor seating---nice ambiance. On summer nights they project old, black and white movies on the courtyard wall.
Max in Sherman Oaks
Vitello's in Studio City