Wine dinner for 8-10 people
An auction house rep is going to be treating my friends and me to a dinner of our choosing here in LA...but I don't want to go crazy pricewise (Urusawa)
The restaurant has to be BYO friendly for multiple bottles, and we need to have a big enough table to seat 8-10 people...private room is fine.
My friend suggested Wilshire, but I haven't been since it opened and wasn't overly impressed then.
Lots of good choices. Do you have a price point? Part of town? Type of wine (i.e., seafood vs. steaks)?
While lots of places are welcoming byo-wise, one thing you run into is stems. 10 people x 10 wines would mean 100 stems if you want to keep all the wines on the table. Of course at most places you just either reuse your stems or have everyone bring their own.
If you want to get serious, there are some places that can handle that though. I haven't been there in a while, but Campanile was always great about such dinners, two different private rooms, I've been at dinners where they provided 500 stems, great wine service and good food especially if Peel is there that night.
But if you broke it up into flights and each person only needed 3 stems, lots of places could handle it and are very cool with corkage for 10 or so bottles. I find that places that really balk at that here are more the exception than the rule. Although there are many, so just call ahead and ask if there's a place you have in mind or would like to try. But that sort of thing is pretty common and I've found that most places will accommodate.
Every Tuesday is no corkage at Josie http://www.josierestaurant.com/about-us and there is always Bizou, which is $2 per bottle corkage. I'm not sure about any restrictions so make sure to call before you show up and find out you're limited as to the number of bottles you can consume under the policy of the either one of these.