Finally, something to do outdoors other than hiking.
Oh, the joys of having a delicious meal served to you in something that isn’t delivered in a cardboard box! It seems like forever since we’ve been able to reveal the lower half of our face and enjoy a meal somewhere other than our dining room table (or couch). Whether you’re just looking to celebrate the return of outdoor dining or looking for that perfect spot to win over the heart of a special someone next month, you’ll want to book ahead at these incredible restaurants.
From scenic sunset to plant-filled nooks, here are all the outdoor dining options you need to try now:
1. Plant Food + Wine, Venice
Take a seat newly renovated setting where you’ll be shrouded in beautiful greenery that reflects its plant-based offerings. With its delicious cheese platters and raclette starter, topped with 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
2. Catch LA, West Hollywood
With enough exotic blooms to make you feel as though you’re wandering through an Enchanted Forest, dining at Catch will instantly cure the cabin fever. This is the perfect place to get your people-watching done and find out how the Hollywood elite have fared the lockdown. It’s also your chance to change out of your sweats and debut all those online purchases as you work your way through a decadent seafood tower. The unique craft cocktails are will also make the chandeliers and moody fairy lights at this hotspot twinkle just that little bit extra.
8715 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood 90069
3. 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, CA
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. You can also stop by on weekends when it turns into a market place featuring high-quality products that will sweep any epicurean off their feet.
1118 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
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 at while admiring those iconic L.A. sunsets.
110 N Marina Dr, Long Beach, CA
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, CA 90039
7. 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, CA 90028
8. Spago, Beverly Hills
The Beverly Hills fine-dining establishment draws celebs every day of the week. Its extending patio setup utilizes Canon Drive so you can enjoy socially distanced dining in front of the @tomokazumatsuyama mural.
176 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills
9. Openaire, Koreatown
The rooftop spot’s iconic greenhouse remains closed, but the beautiful plants and fairy lights draped across the seating area still do the trick. It admittedly won’t be able to match the sun-soaked greenhouse. It’s a great start, though.
3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
10. Élephante, Santa Monica
This Santa Monica beach house seems to float in the sky with the palm trees; the casual-chic atmosphere will make you feel like you’ve stepped into an old friend’s living room—a friend that’s not struggling to show up with a new designer bag in tow for weekly brunches. Their Italian-style food seems at odds with the clientele. Still, there are plenty of surprisingly good options considering the incredible ocean view—which is notoriously coupled with less than desirable food.
1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, 90401
11. Lady Byrd Cafe, Echo Park
Cozy up with your partner in the privacy of one of these cute greenhouses. Lady Byrd has transformed its outdoor parking lot into a gorgeous haven dotted with plants, quirky antiques and other table accessories that add charm and surprise to the experience.
2100 Echo Park Ave, Echo Park, CA
Featured Image: @catch
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