The three simple words every woman wants to hear: “Let’s grab brunch.” Even though the weather has been a bit mercurial—it’s summer one weekend and winter the next—we’re lucky enough that on either end of the spectrum, outdoor brunch is always on the table. In the past two years, tons of restaurants have expanded to create awesome outdoor seating options, and we’re all about looking at the glass half-full (ideally, with a mimosa in it).

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1. GREAT WHITE LARCHMONT

This Australian café—which is already a hit in Venice—has made its way a bit further inland, opening a second location in Larchmont Village. Sit outdoors and people watch while dining on bright and fresh Aussie fare. (Our homemade overnight oats have fallen flat now that we’ve tasted Great White's, which features a spiced pear compote, dried apricots, dates, granola and cacao nibs.) Order their breakfast burrito, which has the tater tots on the inside, and do as the Aussies do and order the Great White Brekkie: It seems simple with eggs, bacon, goat cheese, tomatoes, arugula, avocado and toast, yet each item is the best version you’ve ever tasted.

244 N Larchmont Blvd, Larchmont Village, Los Angeles, CA 90004; 323-745-5059

2. MANHATTAN BEACH POST

Manhattan Beach Boulevard is full of cute shops and always-hopping restaurants, and MP Post is one of the few standouts that features upscale-yet-unpretentious food. The restaurant has spilled over into an outdoor tented area along the street, making outdoor seating plentiful. Join for weekend brunch from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. and be sure to order their bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits to start along with one of their “banging brunchables,” like corned beef hash and eggs. If you’re planning to spend the rest of the day lying on the beach, why not partake in their mimosa bar, which comes with a bottle of Capità cava brut nature plus orange juice, watermelon mint and pineapple yuzu?

1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266; 310-545-5405

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3. YARDBIRD

If you’re looking for some hearty eats to soak up last night’s debauchery, and you need to stop at Bloomies, look no further than Yardbird. This Southern restaurant located at the Beverly Center has an outdoor seating area to enjoy some of their classic selections like chicken & waffles and biscuits & gravy. Their menu includes lighter options as well, like a chia power bowl, but we recommend going with a group so you can partake in their massive gooey cinnamon roll and their flaky “not your granny’s poptarts.”

8500 Beverly Blvd, Suite 112, Los Angeles, CA 90048; 323-250-8034

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Della Terra

4. DELLA TERRA

Sure, you could head to The Grove with the masses over the weekend, or just around the corner, you can enjoy a little slice of Italy, as you have yourself a relaxing brunch over at Della Terra. Encompassing the sidewalk along Beverly Blvd and Spaulding, sit outside and sip on a generous-sized Aperol spritz, which is one of the three cocktails they offer for their bottomless brunch (mimosas and bellinis being the other two). Their brunch menu features all the classics like eggs and pancakes, but also savory and sweet crepes, five different egg benefits, and breakfast pizzas. We can’t resist the smoked salmon pizza which comes with creme fraiche, dill, and capers. They also have a large back patio, which will begin to open up as the warmer months approach.

7675 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323-933-7675

5. HOME STATE PLAYA VISTA

Located in a bustling tech hub during the week, over the weekends, the crowds die down and you can take advantage of visiting Home State, which offers the best tex-mex cuisine you’ll find in Los Angeles. Their breakfast tacos are small enough to try a few, and for only $3 to 5 each, we won’t judge if you try them all. Be sure to get the Trinity, which is filled with eggs, bacon, potatoes and cheddar, and the Pecos, which has melt-in-your-mouth shredded brisket. A side of queso and Frito pie in a bag are pretty much a must if you want the full Texan experience.

12105 E Waterfront Dr Suite B, Los Angeles, CA 90094; 213-296-2383

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The Portofino Hotel & Marina

6. BALEENKITCHEN

This South Bay restaurant is what California living is all about. Dine outdoors, right alongside the marina, watching sailboats go by and sea lions straight up relaxin’. Located inside the Portofino Hotel, this restaurant offers brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It also presents a true dilemma: to have the classic avocado toast or the Nutella toast with pistachios, strawberries and bananas? Hey, it’s the weekend and you’re basically on vacation, so why not try both? Pair it with a Marina Margarita, and all your troubles will be whisked away.

260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277; 310-372-1202

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7. SORRY, NOT SORRY

This West LA cocktail-forward beer garden and restaurant is known for a good time, and isn’t that what weekends are for? Every Sunday they offer their Wine Down Sunday Brunch, which features 50 percent off a large selection of wines. Then, they have rotating themes, like Board Games and Brunch every first and third Sunday, and Hot Donnas Clubhouse Drag King Brunch (A Safe Space For Queer Women) every fourth Sunday. Plus, every third Saturday they host a Drag Queen Brunch. Enjoy Sorry, Not Sorry's spacious outdoor area, take in the show, and chow down on food like their caprese avocado toast or their five spice French toast.

11520 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064; sorrynotsorryla.com

8. LADY BYRD CAFE

Come for the adorable individual greenhouses, stay for the lemon ricotta pancakes at Lady Byrd Cafe. Their outdoor space is a dining oasis filled with plants and greenery amongst the translucent greenhouse pods. They source the best bread from famed baker Susan Goin’s Larder Baking Co., so you go ahead and get yourself that croissant on the side of your Spanish frittata.

2100 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026; 323-922-1006

9. JOHN & VINNY’S BRENTWOOD

This Italian place is known for its lively ambiance and beyond-belief pizza and pastas, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t let you know about their equally amazing breakfast menu. Now’s the time to enjoy their breakfast pizza, or their many toast options, which are all served on Venice bakery Gjusta’s bread. The restaurant offers seating on their spacious outdoor patio which opened last March. So, grab some pants (stretchy, of course) and a reservation ASAP!

11938 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA; 310-442-2733; Reservations available on Resy

10. MARGOT ROOFTOP

There’s always something swanky about a rooftop, and this Culver City one does not disappoint. They offer an upscale brunch menu featuring Mediterranean-inspired small plates, as well as brunch menu favorites like French toast and avocado toast. They even have a vegan brunch menu for those who want it. Pro tip: In a world full of breakfast potatoes, their potatoes bravas definitely stand out.

8820 Washington Blvd, Suite 301, Culver City, CA, 90232; margot.la; Reservations available on Resy

11. S.O.L - STRINGS OF LIFE

Australian cafés are really thriving in this town, and S.O.L is no exception. Tucked behind the storefronts on Melrose Ave., this café has tons of outdoor seating, but it’s first-come-first-serve, so prepare for some aggressive table-grabbing. However, once you’ve ordered inside and secured seating, you can relax and enjoy brekkie—as the Aussies refer to it—with a carefully curated flat white or cappuccino, and breakfast favorites like their Sausage & Egg Brekkie sandwich, bagels & lox, and their Med Chop, which is filled with fresh feta, green beans, garbanzo, tomato, olives, artichoke, arugula and herbs. Don’t forget the pastry counter, as you’ll want to try their fairy bread. This is traditionally made with white bread, butter and sprinkles and is often served at Australian children’s parties. S.O.L. updates the dish by adding fresh raspberries and coconut, and it happens to be both gluten and dairy-free, if that’s something that excites you.

8535 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069; info@sol-losangeles.com

12. BACARI SILVERLAKE

We’re big fans of Bacari, thanks to the restaurant's reasonably priced menu and the great atmosphere at all of their locations across the city. However, for the most gorgeous of the bunch, you have to head to Silverlake. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical resort sitting on their massive outdoor deck that overlooks their main garden. There’s even seating in a treehouse, if you’re lucky enough to snag it. This is the place for bottomless breakfast drinks (mimosas, bellinis, sparkling sangria and bloody marys) for only $30 per person. The menu is huge and shareable, ranging from lighter options like a tuscan kale salad, to the more decadent crab cake benedict or Bacari fries.

3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA ; 323-928-2098; reservations available on OpenTable

13. FIG SANTA MONICA

Having brunch at this restaurant, located inside the Fairmont Miramar hotel, feels like a mini vacay. Escape from the commercial streets of downtown Santa Monica and sip a Cucumber Press poolside (a refreshing delight made with gin, Curacao, cucumber, cilantro and lime) while enjoying brunch that utilizes fresh finds from the Santa Monica weekly farmers market. The first part of their menu includes “shareables” like brioche donuts and cheddar-bacon biscuits, which you can then follow with items like salmon gravlax toast (featuring a unique deviled egg spread, red eye mustard sauce and kaluga caviar). We’re liking this whole multiple-course-brunch thing.

101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310-319-3111

14. ALCOVE CAFE & BAKERY

Quaint, yet pretty massive by LA real estate standards, Alcove’s outdoor area surrounds the café’s two adorable bungalows. You’ll likely be swayed by their bakery counter when you enter to order your brunch, since this place has some of the most delicious eats Los Feliz has to offer. Enjoy a casual brunch on their outdoor patio with dishes like short rib benedict and flaky-crusted, flavorful quiches. They serve breakfast until 5 p.m., so it’s perfect for an afternoon wake-up.

1929 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027; 323-644-0100

15. OFF VINE

You wouldn’t expect this adorable 18th-century-house-turned-restaurant just off the hustle and bustle of Sunset and Vine. But if you look hard enough, you’ll see its yellow siding, and if you enter, you’ll be transported to a quaint patio where they serve brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends. Start off on the right foot with their freshly baked banana bread, and then see what they’ve got in store for you with their pancake and waffle of the day.

6263 Leland Way, Hollywood, CA 90028; 323-962-1900

16. THE FRONT YARD

Visit our favorite patio in the valley, which feels like a cozy outdoor living room, at The Front Yard. Whether you’re feeling like a rosé all day situation, a pitcher of mimosas, or a fresh pressed green juice, the Front Yard has you covered. Enjoy brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. With tons of outdoor space, bring your crew here to dine on huevos rancheros and Nutella French toast. Treat your inner child with one of their wildberry pop tarts, complete with classic frosting and sprinkles.

4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602; 818-255-7290

17. THE SUNSET MALIBU

Don’t let the name deter you; this restaurant is a go-to for sunrise (or soon after) as well. It’s located off the PCH along Zuma Beach, so you can make a day of it if you pack your beach chair and towel. The brunch menu features classic Californian cuisine, like a scrambled egg breakfast burrito and eggs benedict. Somehow lobster truffle mac and cheese snuck onto the brunch menu, but you know, we’re not mad about it.

6800 Westward Beach Road Malibu, CA 90265; 310-589-1007

18. NUEVA

We love the colorful fiesta vibes at this Mexican restaurant that has one of the best patios in Venice. Enjoy el desayuno with their menu full of Mexican dishes, like chilaquiles, or skip straight to tacos or ceviche—there are no rules at brunch in 2022. They have an entire brunch cocktail menu if you’re there for Sunday Funday (or Saturday, for that matter).

822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292; 310-747-6050; Reservations available on Resy

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19. L’ANTICA PIZZERIA DA MICHELE

We can all agree that pizza is the best food ever, right? So when you have the opportunity to eat pizza at breakfast—truly delicious, Neapolitan-style pizza, with a chewy bubbly crust—you don’t pass that up! Head to this Hollywood spot but feel like you’ve left the hustle and bustle when you sit in their tree-encased, cozy back patio, which overlooks the pizza kitchen. Have your morning eggs and sausage atop a bianca pizza that truly shines, thanks to the addition of burrata and shaved truffle. If you’re more of a traditionalist, their menu still features many brunch favorites like bagels and lox, a homemade Belgian waffle and a California omelet.

1534 N McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90028; 323-366-2408

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20. ALK

In the heart of Hollywood is the new Godfrey Hotel, and in there lies ALK, a new restaurant where the menu is fairly basic for SoCal fare, with both breakfast and lunch items available. Basic yes, but high quality—it utilizes California’s bright and fresh seasonal produce, so expect fresh fruit atop your acai bowl and premium quality meat in your A.L.K. B.L.T. Dog parents will especially love their Bark & Brunch monthly series on the third Saturday of each month, where pups are offered complimentary “cocktails” (such as the “Wag to the Left” with organic short rib bone both, filtered water and carrot diamonds) and swag for pet guests.

1400 N. Cahuenga Blvd, ​Los Angeles CA 90028; Lobby level of The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood; 323-762-1000

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