Should be moderate price, since I plan to treat everybody.
My two favorite restaurants in LA are Providence and Hart and the Hunter I would say. Providence is too expensive for even treating myself LOL (I was just there Monday night for the third time, first time for the 9-course--wow!), and Hart and the Hunter is too far away for a week night from the westside, too noisy and doesn't take reservations. I love their food though.
Have had birthdays at Musha several times in the past and not inclined to go again. Not impressed with Rustic Canyon (and the price is too high).
Last two birthdays have been at Hinoki & the Bird (too expensive, too loud, food way over-rated), and Tar & Roses--enjoyable but uneven.
Even though it's not all that special food-wise (except for the mussels, which I was impressed with) was thinking about Meet in Culver City--have been there only once though. Not so impressed with other dishes I tried, but it's a cute place (if rather small) and fairly reasonable. The Frenchy thing might be festive (and France has been on my mind since I'm starting to plan a trip in the fall).
Other ideas: never been to The Misfit--when I've looked inside walking by I felt like I was definitely about 30 years too old but maybe it would be fun for a smallish group dinner? I'm sure the food is just so-so from reviews I've read. Bar Pintxo--haven't eaten there since the year they opened and they had those horrible high tables and terrible chairs. How's the food lately? Was in Spain last year, so the idea seems fun to me. Taberna Arroz Y Vi around the corner from Pintxo gets bad reviews (and I was not impressed with their so-called tapas my one brief time there).
Have been looking at various lists and sites, and nothing really pops out, so any suggestions/comments are very welcome!