Where to Eat Outdoor Brunch in Los Angeles
Brunch. The world’s most perfect meal, it encompasses everything we love about the weekends. And while Los Angeles county recently moved into the less-restrictive red tier that permits indoor dining at 25 percent capacity, some of us may not be ready to dine inside just yet. Fortunately, we have the weather to go along with our favorite meal, making it an ideal weekend activity. So, grab your pod (and your mask and hand sanitizer, obviously) and enjoy pancakes and mimosas at one of these 14 outdoor brunch spots in Los Angeles.
Editor’s Note: All of these restaurants are following L.A. County Department of Health’s Restaurant Protocols but please remember to dine responsibly.
1. Sorry, Not Sorry
After the year we’ve all had, who couldn’t use a drink that’s a double? That is what this West LA cocktail-forward beer garden and restaurant is known for. They’ve upped their game and added bottomless mimosas to their weekly schedule (which also includes Whisky Wednesdays and Throwback Thursdays) from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 p.m. on Sundays. Starting April 4, they’ll also feature an Endless Spritz Brunch with all-you-can-drink signature sparkling wine spritzers. With no time limit, you’ll want to make sure you order some food like their caprese avocado toast, to soak up that booze.
11520 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064; sorrynotsorryla.com
2. Lady Byrd Cafe
Since it’s award season, we’d like to declare this cafe the winner of “most innovative COVID-safe design.” Every table at Lady Byrd Cafe has an individual greenhouse over it. Their former parking lot was transformed into 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 lemon ricotta pancakes.
2100 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026; ladybyrdcafe.com
3. 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. After months of only offering their meals to-go, the Brentwood location has opened up an outdoor patio. So, grab some pants (stretchy, of course) and a reservation ASAP!
11938 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA; jonandvinnys.com/home; Reservations available on Resy.
4. 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.
8820 Washington Blvd, Suite 301, Culver City, CA, 90232; margot.la; Reservations available on Resy.
5. S.O.L - Strings of Life
A pandemic success story, this Australian cafe opened in June, and it’s been a hit amongst Weho locals. Tucked behind the storefronts on Melrose Ave., this cafe 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 Aussie’s refer to it— with a carefully curated flat white or cappuccino, and breakfast favorites like burritos, bagels & lox, and rice bowls. 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 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; sol-losangeles.com
6. Bacari W. Adams
We’re big fans of Bacari thanks to their reasonably priced menu and the great atmosphere at all of their locations across the city. Feel young again when you visit Bacari West Adams, often frequented by USC students, who are likely there for the bottomless breakfast drinks (mimosas, bellinis, wine, sangria and beer) for only $20 per person. The menu is huge and shareable, ranging from lighter options like a tofu scramble, to the more decadent crab cake benedict or Bacari fries. They have expanded their outdoor space into their parking lot setting up tables inside and outside of tents.
2308 South Union Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007; bacariwadams.com; reservations available on OpenTable
7. The Rockefeller
This Redondo beach gastropub is a favorite brunch-spot amongst the flip-flop wearing, bike-riding beach crowd. They’ve expanded their outdoor space beyond their patio into the street (isn’t this how California dining should always be?) and alongside the restaurant, filling it with wooden tables amongst faux-grass and a brightly colored painted wall. Come hungry because their menu includes several hearty items like their meat scramble—it includes pork belly, sausage, and bacon—and their chicken and waffles.
1707 South Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277; eatrockefeller.com
8. FIG Santa Monica
Considering most of us don’t leave our homes too often, we find 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 & lime) while enjoying brunch that utilizes fresh finds from the Santa Monica weekly farmers market. The first part of their menu includes “shareables” like buttermilk donuts and dungeness crab cakes, and we’re liking this whole multiple-course-brunch thing.
101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401; figsantamonica.com; Reservations available on Resy.
9. Alcove Cafe & Bakery
Quaint, yet pretty massive by LA real estate standards, Alcove’s outdoor area surrounds the cafe’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 outdoors, sitting at one of their spaced-out tables, and imbibe a brunch cocktail, like their bianco sangria made with ginger, apple and lime.
1929 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027; alcovecafe.com
10. El Caserio
This family-run authentic Latin restaurant will make you feel like you’ve left the US (hey, it’s been a while…) and traveled to South America when you sit down on their beautiful outdoor patio. Enjoy one of their many brunch cocktails, take a picture by their outdoor fountain, and don’t miss out on their plantains with burrata cheese to start off your meal.
401 Silverlake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 elcaseriola.com. Reservations available on their website.
11. 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 are currently serving brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends. You’d think we’d be sick of banana bread, but when it starts off brunch, as it does here, we’re all for it.
6263 Leland Way, Hollywood , CA 90028; offvine.com
12. The Front Yard
Already one of the best patios in the valley, The Front Yard is back as of last week with brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. With tons of outdoor space, bring your pod here to dine on short rib hash and Nutella French toast. Finish your meal off with one of their wildberry pop tarts because anything nostalgic is a good thing these days.
4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602; thefrontyardla.com
13. 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; thesunsetrestaurant.com
We love the tropical vibes at this Mexican restaurant that has one of the best patios in Venice. Enjoy el desayuno (that’s breakfast for those who didn’t take high school Spanish) with their menu full of Mexican dishes like chilaquiles or skip straight to tacos or ceviche—there are no rules at brunch in 2021. 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; nuevavenice.com; Reservations available on Resy.
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