Take It Outside
5 spots where the scenery is as delish as the dining
With artichokes, peas and mangoes popping up on spring menus, now is the time to eat out in perfectly warm California weather. Here, five restaurants with a killer patio.
Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar
For the freshest meal on the ocean's edge, you'll want the uni deviled eggs ($18) and smoked-salmon Benedict ($18) under a shaded umbrella, where Pacific breezes keep you just the right amount of chill.
23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu; 310-456-8820 or malibupierrestaurant.com
Sonoma Wine Garden
Order a sirloin slider, truffle fries and the house wine (all $5 each) at the bar before 7 p.m. for weekday happy hour, and then move outside to watch the sunset and really unwind.
395 Santa Monica Pl., Ste. 300, Santa Monica; 424-214-4560 or sonomawinegarden.com
Dodge the thick of Sunset Boulevard on this flora-adorned, golden-lit back patio. For dinner, go for the wheat berry-and-lentil salad ($12) accompanied by lamb meatballs ($16) and the house specialty, a Singapore sling ($12).
8752 W. Sunset Blvd.; 424-239-1630 or theeveleigh.com
Hit this rooftop bistro at sunset (reservation recommended) or late night, and try to take your eyes off the sparkling downtown view to enjoy the baked Brie ($8) and steak frites ($26).
448 S. Hill St.; 213-802-1770 or perchla.com
Ask to be seated in the open-roofed patio overlooking the dunes and split a warm cinnamon roll ($7) and spicy breakfast sandwich ($9) for a sweet-and-savory start to your day.
119 Culver Blvd. W., Playa del Rey; 310-683-5019 or playaprovisions.com