President Bill Clinton isn't just a fantastic giver of speeches -- he's also a fantastic giver of dinners ... just ask Ted Danson and the other celebs who dined with the prez Monday night ... and didn't have to drop a dime.
The former prez hit up The Churchill -- a swanky restaurant and bar in L.A -- after attending a fundraising event for his non-profit organization, The Clinton Foundation.
Clinton didn't come alone, he rolled in with a few famous friends ... specifically Danson ... Mayor Villaraigosa ... and actress Mary Steenburgen -- who all attended the event as well.
Sources on scene tell TMZ ... the group -- about 20 in all -- noshed on yuppie foods like, roasted black mission figs ... shishito peppers ... quinoa veggie burgers ... and Okinawan sweet potato gnocchi.
We're told, being the awesome host he is, Clinton then picked up the tab -- which set him back somewhere between $1,000 - $1,500.