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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.

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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

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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



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

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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

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Playa Provisions

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