J.J. Abrams to Steven Spielberg Thanks for that Job Reference!!!

1/8/2016 7:03 AM PST

J.J. Abrams to Steven Spielberg: Thanks for that Job Reference!!!

J.J. Abrams had a big "thank you" dinner Thursday, no doubt heaping gratitude on Steven Spielberg ... the dude who got him the 'Star Wars' gig.

The most famous directors in the world dined at Craig's in WeHo, where J.J. no doubt profusely thanked the "Jurassic Park" director for singing J.J.'s praised to 'Star Wars' producer Kathleen Kennedy, saying he was a must hire.

The last time they worked together was on the alien blockbuster "Super 8"  ... no word if they were yakking about a new project, but fingers crossed.