Patio season is here and demands to be enjoyed! While heading to a lush rooftop towering above the bustling city is a perfect way to soak up the sun, these outdoor havens can offer a little variation to your summer in the city. From gorgeous ocean views to vivid refuges filled with plants and fairy lights, here are the best spots for al fresco dining in L.A. right now.
1. Soulmate, WeHo
This stunning new West Hollywood addition feels somewhat like an atrium. The enclosed patio is filled with stunning natural textures, with a tree growing in the center and plants spilling out of the balconies above. It has the invigorating al fresco air and impeccable Mediterranean fare made with seasonal, local ingredients. Then there’s a whole lot of mouthwatering cocktails to that will keep you coming back for more.
631 North Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood
2. Beauty & Essex, Hollywood
This lavish restaurant boasts a 10,000 square feet complex on North Cahuenga Boulevard made up of multiple lounges and dining areas. One of the most popular amongst them the stunning outdoor patio enclosed with towering New York-style brick walls with cascading plants and draped with fairy lights. Along with the opulent decor, you can expect multi-ethnic parcels of food served on an adorable Ferris wheel, including a Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Dumplings, Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos, and Oven Braised Chicken Meatballs.
1615 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles
3. De Buena Planta, Venice
This divine concept in Venice is brought to you by the founder of The Butcher’s Daughter. It’s a little tropical paradise with backyard vibes and it serves up delicious, plant-based Mexican food and premium mezcals. It’s currently accepting walk-ins only from Wednesday to Sunday. Doors to this oasis open at 4 pm. and last call is at 9:45 p.m.
1118 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice
4. Malibu Farm Pier Cafe, Malibu
If Nobu had a more accessible cousin, with the same breathtaking Pacific Ocean views, then Malibu Farm would be it. Coastal meets the countryside at the eatery located at the end of the Malibu pier. With healthy and wholesome meals all made from organic produce that’s sourced from local markets or farmers. While founder and chef Helene Henderson started out by hosting dinners cooked with items from her own Malibu Farm, the demand at her two restaurants can’t quite keep up with that. But, if you’re lucky, the occasional egg, fig, pomegranate, apricots, or fresh herbs arranged on your plate might just be from her very own farm.
23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
5. Ballast Point Brewing, Long Beach
Nothing pairs better with a beautiful brew than a beautiful beach. Add some decent American fare, like pork belly and sweet potatoes fries or Ballast Point Wings. This lovely deck overlooking Alamitos Bay is the perfect spot to sip away on hot summer days.
110 N Marina Dr, Long Beach
6. Momed, Atwater Village
You’ll be instantly drooling over the colorful Mediterranean plates with a modern twist. From the Shakshuka to the parcels of flavor on offer like the Duck Borek from our dinner menu, with Black Mission fig, oven-dried tomatoes, cilantro, pickled onions and garlic aioli.
3245 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles
7. A.O.C., West Hollywood
This stunning little oasis centers everything around the curated bottles of wine. The market-driven plates are paired perfectly with the indulgent wine list and it’s hard to imagine why more restaurants aren’t following this genius concept.
8700 west 3rd street Los Angeles
8. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Hollywood
This world-renowned Neapolitan pizzeria is a little slice of Italy with a huge open fire at the center of the patio, draped in fairy lights and it’s what keeps the city coming back for more. Intoxicating smells of pizzas in the wood-fired oven will probably help you find space for more of this inspiring menu.
1534 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles
9. The Polo Lounge, Beverly Hills
It’s easy to feel like you’re on a vacation at this lush paradise filled with old-school Hollywood charm. Here you’ll find anything from eggs Benedict to burgers and pancakes, but none of them will disappoint. Being surrounded by palm trees, flowers and Polo-inspired touches will take you on a trip back in time.
The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills
10. Plant Food + Wine, Venice
The newly renovated setting filled with beautiful greenery reflects it’s plant-based offerings. With its delicious cheese platters and raclette starter, all sorts of vivid garnishes that add texture and flavor, it’s an enchanting wonderland that even non-vegans will enjoy.
1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
11. Spago, Beverly Hills
The Beverly Hills fine-dining establishment draws celebs any day of the week. Its current setup utilizes Canon Drive so you can dine in front of the @tomokazumatsuyama mural, so you get to feast on a bit of art along with your lunch.
176 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills
12. Il Cafe At, The Eastern Columbia
Location. Location. Location! There are few things that match the magnificence of sitting afoot in this Art Deco Streamline Moderne building. Its glossy, gold-accented, turquoise tiles seem to race into the blue oblivion above. But that’s not the only, draw to this unique outdoor patio. It also happens to have skilled staff that serves up some truly excellent coffee.
855 S Broadway, Los Angeles
13. All Season Brewing, Inglewood
This Streamline Moderne landmark has been fully restored and it’s an architectural feast. It’s now the perfect place to sip on the delicious craft brews made on-site and chow down tacos.
14. Nobu, Malibu
Nobu is the holy grail of oceanside dining, of course, the insanely good seafood creations are worth mentioning too. You’ll spend the day gazing over the Pacific, pretending not to notice the celebrities and possibly feeling like one yourself with the top-notch service.
22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
15. Fia, Santa Monica
This romantic eatery in the heart of Santa Monica has a stunning back patio, filled with tall trees, all wrapped up in fairy lights. It has a stylish yet understated vibe that makes for the perfect date night spot. You can dine on Italian fare with a California twist which means there’ll be pasta, seafood and burrata
2454 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
16. Vista Patio, DTLA
No al fresco patios are this high in the world, let alone L.A. While the restaurant is still in its early days, it’s a stunning place to take in views of sunsets in the city—with the occasional helicopter passing by. Head up to the 69th floor of the US Bank Tower building and enjoy the mezze platters and wine 900 feet above the DTLA.
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