The 50 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in Los Angeles

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Open-air dining is a year-round thing in California, and with everyone eager to mingle and make up for lost time, an al fresco patio offers the perfect way to be out with friends sharing great food and drinks. On that note: Whenever possible, make a reservation to ensure you'll have a spot since a seat at one of these joints is even more precious than before. From patios and terraces to courtyards and beachfronts, here are the 50 best outdoor dining spots in Los Angeles.


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1. The Courtyard At 1 Pico

  • Location: Santa Monica

In a creative pandemic-pivot, luxury beachfront hotel Shutters on the Beach turned its former porte cochère into a sparkling, lantern-lit outdoor dining area—and it has been so popular it’s staying that way. Tables with benches are softened by thick linen pillows so you can dine in the ocean breezes on a gorgeous plate of hamachi crudo that's as artfully composed as Shutters' famed art collection (which you'll see in the lobby on the way to the loo). Spicy blue prawns on a bed of eggplant tzatziki are another standout dish, as are the grilled lamb chops served with sour yogurt. Enjoy the savory-yet-light summer menu with a flute of Veuve, but toss all diet caution to the seaside winds and order the famed caramel popcorn sundae to celebrate an evening out.

1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-587-1717

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2. Michaels

  • Location: Santa Monica

This OG power-patio spot was a permanent fixture in Santa Monica for over 40 years but sadly closed during the pandemic. Now, the leafy interior patio (where now-famous chefs such as Nancy Silverton, Sang Yoon and Jonathan Waxman cut their chops) is back serving their famous California farmer’s market driven cuisine. You can always count on a warm greeting from owner Michael McCarty and don’t miss the local art collection through-out the two-story space curated by his artist wife Kim McCarty.

1147 3rd St, Santa Monica; 310-451-0843

3. Alta

  • Location: West Adams

A sweet back patio to dine under blossoming jasmine is a wonderful way to eat Southern comfort food like cornbread with honey butter, pimento cheese with crackers and pickled veggies and deviled eggs. But since this is LA, there's something for everyone. Case in point: The barbecue sandwich is made with your choice of brisket, chicken or smoked tofu.

5359 West Adams Blvd.; 323-571-4999


4. Catch

  • Location: West Hollywood

The West Hollywood iteration of this chain of seafood restaurant-bars is among the most Instagrammed places in town, thanks to the flower plumes hanging over the open-air archway entrance to the rooftop dining area. But the real draw here is weeknight dining, when the crowds have thinned and you have all the twinkling lights of Hollywood to go with your sushi, sashimi and grilled octopus.

8715 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; 323-347-6060

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5. Ballast Point Tasting Room

  • Location: Long Beach

Ballast offers one of most gorgeous patio views in Los Angeles with two stories overlooking the Long Beach marina. Turn it into a family event by renting a Waverunner next door at London Boat rentals then rolling in for crowd-pleasing lunch of burritos, burgers and beer.

110 N. Marina Dr., Long Beach; 562-296-4470

6. Butcher's Daughter

  • Location: Venice

Your 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. vegetarian resto and beautiful people-watching spot is open for you, with touchless payment and lots of fresh air swirling around. In the morning, have avocado toast. At midday, order a strawberry and fennel salad with pea shoots. And for dinner, sit down with your S.O. and split the pad Thai.

1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 310-981-3004

7. Angelini Osteria & Alimentari

  • Location: Beverly Grove

Expanded outdoor seating extends right to the edge of Beverly Boulevard at this classic Italian fine-dining restaurant. We recommend starting with octopus antipasti followed by a big plate of creamy pasta, followed by tiramisu. And, they have joined forces with sister restaurant next door, Angelini Alimentari, which has an intimate courtyard and many of the same menu items like the famous lasagne verde.

7313 Beverly Blvd.; 323-297-0070

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8. Birdie G's

  • Location: Santa Monica

A newly expanded patio section makes dining at this hip Santa Monica spot the ideal way to while away the evening. Enjoy comfort food with a chef-y spin from award-winning Jeremy Fox including the relish tray, “everything” marinated beets, lamb a la saless, Jeremiah’s spiced chicken and steak frites.

2421 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; 310-310-3616

9. Gracias Madre

  • Location: West Hollywood

The Cali-glam patio of this vegan Mexican restaurant is a like a trip to a groovy estancia, one where grilled corn with cotija and guac with pico de gallo is joined by Macadamia ricotta enchiladas and organic tequila.

8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; 323-978-2170

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10. Nobu Malibu

  • Location: Malibu

Sure, it's pricey, but for a special occasion, it’s the spot to splurge. Not only does this chic eatery have a crazy-gorgeous setting (a minimalist deck sitting wide on Carbon Beach) but it also boasts beautifully presented and well-executed Pan-Asian food. Don’t miss the yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s famous black cod with miso. This seaside dining room’s website crows that it’s one of the most Instagrammed restaurants in the world, so take a picture.

22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu; 310-317-9140

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11. True Food Kitchen

  • Location: Santa Monica

Vegans, celiac sufferers, vegetarians: Don’t settle for one or two menu selections like you usually do when dining out with friends. Come here, where bigwig health guru Dr. Andrew Weil and his team will feed you organic kale, butterfly pea flower and a bunch of other dishes with ingredients designed to make you feel great. It might sound tedious and, well, un-yummy, but it’s quite the opposite. The seasonal menu items—such as summer’s heirloom tomato and watermelon soup with turmeric ponzu, and cauliflower polenta bowls with asparagus, snow peas and watermelon radish—are as appetizing as the whole “elevated health food” concept is Californian.

395 Santa Monica Pl., Santa Monica; 310-593-8300

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12. Spago

  • Location: Beverly Hills

Even after all these years (the first Spago opened in 1982), chef Wolfgang Puck’s Beverly Hills fine-dining establishment still packs in the celebs, and on any random night you can see them hobnobbing as they walk through the cozy patio anchored by a large stainless-steel outdoor fireplace. Budget be damned, start your meal with caviar accompanied by lemon crème fraîche “snow” and order the summer truffles to be shaved over your handmade agnolotti.

176 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-385-0880

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13. Ca Del Sole

  • Location: Toluca Lake

This charming Italian restaurant has been serving traditional Neapolitan fare to Valley residents for 25 years, and the country-village-style back patio is the place to experience it. Piping-hot fried calamari, roasted beet and goat cheese salad, and pan-seared jumbo scallops are among the favorites here.

4100 Cahuenga Blvd., Toluca Lake; 818-985-4669


14. A.o.c.

  • Location: West Hollywood

Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s wine-centric West Hollywood restaurant opened with a then-groundbreaking concept: Tailor a small-plates menu around a carefully curated selection of wines by the glass. That was back in 2002, and since then the restaurant has expanded to a new location on West Third that’s the rarest of finds, a see-and-be-seen lunch spot where the well-heeled and beautiful crowd is happily eating meals like the farmer’s lunch (roasted veg and chickpea puree and toast) and blistered tomato, Meyer lemon and olive focaccia. Cheers to the dozens of wines by the glass, and be sure to check out their new sister restaurant in Brentwood.

8700 W. Third St.; 310-859-9859

15. The Rose Venice

  • Location: Venice

After beloved West Side chef Jason Neroni basically reinvented Santa Monica dining with Superba, he took on making over a neighborhood institution, Venice’s Rose Café. The poky diner was reinvented as a sprawling multi-use complex that includes a place to get your coffee and muffin in the morning, a front patio to watch the crowds go by as you eat lunch, and for a sexy date night, hipster-style, a back garden area where you can’t go wrong with a dozen oysters and the morel mushroom tart. And now there's even more outdoor area thanks to management turning the parking lot into another outdoor patio to accommodate more tables.

220 Rose Ave., Venice; 310-399-0711

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16. Pez Cantina

  • Location: Downtown LA

Who says you need to be near the beach to enjoy a brisk breeze or a fantastic seafood meal? Not you, after you sit on the shady downtown patio here, enjoying a Pacifico beer–battered crab with green papaya and green bean slaw or grilled shrimp and avocado salad.

401 S. Grand Ave.; 213-258-2280

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17. Malibu Farm

  • Location: Malibu

Go for a long walk on the beach and then roll in here for breakfast (served on weekends only). The green-eggs-and-ham skillet with Gruyère, chorizo and green harissa, along with a mimosa and the sound of the gulls and the waves, is the feel-good Xanax replacement your busy schedule needs.

23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu; 310-456-8850

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The Polo Lounge

18. The Polo Lounge

  • Location: Beverly Hills

One of a handful of special old-school Hollywood places still in operation, this garden restaurant-bar of the Beverly Hills Hotel is all palmy and filled with flowers—and basically a trip back to the past. Lunch isn’t as buzzy-profesh as it once was, but you can still catch sidelong glances of performers during cocktail hour and at dinner. Over a McCarthy Salad (the chopped affair created for a polo player in the ’40s and served here ever since), a glass of wine and the tinkling of a piano player, you’ll be the star of your own show.

The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310-887-2777


19. Gjusta

  • Location: Venice

This Venice spot started as a bakery for the Abbot Kinney anchor fine-dining resto Gjelina, but it has since evolved into a deli-bakery-café-market hybrid—basically, your all-day hang. There’s a patio with roll-back canvas awnings where you can eat your banh mi Americano or porchetta melt from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Mix up your beverage order with a seasonal shrub; like everything here, it’s sourced from five different local farmers’ markets.

320 Sunset Ave., Venice; 310-314-0320

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20. The Albright

  • Location: Santa Monica

You’d think the draw here would be the location, sitting right on the Santa Monica Pier, but it’s a couple of other things. Namely, the dependable seafood dishes (like fish and chips and clam chowder) presented in a spiffily branded, tightly run ship of an operation. The second draw is the passing parade, as the steady stream of international tourists and hip locals traverse one of Santa Monica’s iconic destinations.

258 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica; 310-394-9683

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Broken Shaker

21. Broken Shaker

  • Location: Downtown LA

On top of the Freehand Hotel in DTLA, this poolside bar with small bites has a less corporate, more festive vibe than many places where there’s a premium on communicating “Look at me, I’m on a roof.” Here, the beach-shack bar setup and the oilcloth tablecloths make you feel like you’re atop someone’s Waikiki high-rise, not next to a hotel pool. Tuna tostadas and fried chicken with yuzu kosho are menu standouts, as is the daily punch your server will tell you all about.

416 W. Eighth St.; 213-612-0021

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Idle Hour Bar

22. Idle Hour

  • Location: North Hollywood

Revel in not only the cool night air but also the glories of SoCal programmatic architecture, which was born in the ’40s as business owners built structures in recognizable shapes designed to entice passing drivers into stopping. The front of this bar-brunch spot is shaped like a whiskey barrel, for motorists to stop in and drink during an “idle hour.” (It was declared a cultural monument in 2010.) Around back, there’s a fire pit and another example of the style—a pipe-smoking dog that served as the Bulldog Café until the mid-’60s. Wait out rush hour from 3 to 7 p.m. on weekdays with a happy hour menu of chicken sliders on Hawaiian bread, white-cheddar sloppy Joes and root beer barbecue wings.

4824 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood; 818-980-5604

23. Mama Shelter

  • Location: Hollywood

Order beer-infused shrimp or an Impossible burger atop the Mama Shelter hotel. Or keep it alcohol-focused, and wash an order of spiced fries down with one of a handful of Moscow Mule-inspired cocktails in which ginger beer is paired with everything from passion fruit to Jameson. Whichever one you choose, you can enjoy this outdoor spot until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and no reservations are required.

6500 Selma Ave; 323-785-6669

24. Plant Food And Wine

  • Location: Venice

Matthew Kenney’s plant-based menu at this chill Venice spot will satisfy vegans and possibly convert their eye-rolling, animal-product-eating friends. Whether it’s a raclette starter (made from cashews, naturally) or a surprisingly dense heirloom tomato and zucchini lasagna, this elegant but unassuming restaurant is just like its Venice ’hood: upmarket and socially conscious. Enjoy newly renovated back patio, especially during the week when the whole 'hood is quieter.

1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 310-450-1009

25. E.p. & L.p.

  • Location: West Hollywood

This packed rooftop (the L.P. part) between the fashion and interiors districts is having a renaissance—and all the better to enjoy small plates like roasted mushroom with Oaxacan cheese tacos or salt and pepper calamari with shishito peppers. Toast to finally getting out of the house with a California Love: white wine, rosé aperitif and seasonal fruit.

603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-855-9955

26. Fia

  • Location: Santa Monica

This calm, quiet and gorgeous tree-lined back patio is reason enough to plan date night here. But the extensive wine list and menu which includes dependable Italian classics like chicken Parm as well as more exciting fare like Gochujang cauliflower with tahini? Well, that seals the deal.

2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; 424-280-4196

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27. Soulmate

  • Location: West Hollywood

Soulmate is a Spanish haven on Robertson Blvd. with a plant wall cascading down into an entire alfresco main dining room. Order pans of seafood paella, chicken croquettes and entrée sized fried eggplant. Be sure to sip the rainbow layered “Weekend in Palm Springs” cocktail with vodka and passionfruit by ‘startender’ Naomi Schimek formerly of The Spare Room at Hollywood Roosevelt.

631 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood; 310-734-7764

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28. Manuela

  • Location: Arts District

Manuela in the Arts District has a lovely extended garden patio in the Hauser & Wirth complex for weekend brunch or mid-week lunch. Chef Kris Tominaga uses seasonal ingredients with a Southern-spin that explore ‘farm to artist’ in dishes such as shrimp and rice grits with Hen in the Woods mushrooms, or blistered snap peas with black quinoa, sesame date butter and feta. And, don’t forget you are in the middle of an art gallery and adjacent bookstore so it’s OK to linger.

907 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, 323-849-0480

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29. Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery

  • Location: Pasadena

This unique spot in Old Town Pasadena is a front-facing cheese and wine shop but also an excellent bar and restaurant with a historic brick laden back patio for grazing on cheese boards, fried cheese curds, pasta topped with burrata and some of the best soft-serve ice-cream in town. If you are lactose intolerant, not to worry, there are plenty of non-fromage options such as charcuterie, salads and the comforting roast chicken on a bed of wild rice pilaf and veggies.

40 W Green St, Pasadena, 626-389-3839

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STK The Hideout

30. Stk The Hideout

  • Location: Los Angeles

STK Steakhouse has merged from a modern, interior restaurant at the W Hotel in Westwood Village to a lively alfresco scene out near the pool. Order seafood towers, cowgirl ribeye steaks, Parmesan truffle fries and a trio of mac-in-cheese (traditional, bacon and lobster) with your cucumber stiletto martini. Weekends bring mimosa or bloody Mary bottomless brunch with smoked pork belly eggs Benedict.

930 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles; 310-691-7850

31. Cinque Terre West

  • Location: Pacific Palisades

This fairly new casual Italian near the bustling Palisades Village might be under-the-radar but they are serving some of the most authentic and delicious Ligurian cuisine. The plant-strewn courtyard is where you might catch a local celebrity dining on made-from-scratch handkerchief pasta with fresh pesto, short ribbed truffle agnolotti in black truffle sauce, pizzas or roasted branzino alla Genovese. And, they have expanded with a wine bar and charcuterie offering right next door.

970 Monument St Ste 110, Pacific Palisades, 310-454-0709

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32. Redbird

  • Location: Downtown LA

What started as a wedding and special event space (and they still have plenty of those going on) in the back garden of Chef Neal Fraser’s Redbird-Vibiana space, has become so popular that it’s now a permanent dining area for brunch or dinner (when it’s not booked.) Dig into everything from wild boar pasta to a porterhouse for two amid the bucolic setting which feels like you’re in Europe, not downtown Los Angeles.

114 East Second Street, Los Angeles, 213-788-1191

33. Damian

  • Location: Arts District

Mexico City Michelin-starred chef Enrique Olvera is behind this modern, sleek south-of-the-border eatery in a repurposed warehouse space downtown. The industrial-chic patio mixes polished concrete and wood accents separated with an abundance of foliage which is perfect for social distancing or any intimate gathering—not to mention a selfie that looks like you’re in Mexico City. Order the grilled lobster, uni tostada and tamal de elote with a range of over 40 agave spirits to complete the look. And, we all know daylight looks best for food photos, so plan to hit up their new brunch for a breakfast burrito (served crepe style) and Korean-style crispy fried chicken on brioche.

2132 E 7th Place, Los Angeles

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34. Cara Hotel

  • Location: Los Angeles

This boutique hotel off the beaten path in Loz Feliz actually has three different white-washed patios for dining and all of them will make you feel like you’re ensconced in a private Mediterranean villa complete with 100 olive trees in terracotta pots. Add to the escapism with a whole roasted branzino or lemon fettucine, where can even drizzle a tiny tableside bottle of olive oil made from the owners’ French family farm during lunch, brunch or dinner.

1730 N. Western Ave, Los Angeles; 323-672-8990

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35. Ardor

  • Location: West Hollywood

This romantic restaurant is so enshrouded in greenery that it’s almost hard to tell where the outdoor space begins and ends. In keeping with the verdant decor theme, the menu showcases veggie-forward and ‘flexitarian’ dishes from Michelin-star chef John Fraser who was mentored by chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in Napa. Here you will find light-as-a-feather milk bread encrusted with beefsteak tomatoes, arugula farrow risotto and cauliflower caccio e pepe. Cocktails range in color codes from a “clear” garden vodka to an “orange” blanco tequila with carrot juice—it’s so LA.

9040 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood; 424-310-1572

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36. Bacari

  • Location: Silver Lake

One of the most beloved and romantic patio escapes right off Sunset Boulevard for decades was Cliff’s Edge. Thanks to Mediterranean-themed mini-chain Bacari, they are back in business serving plenty of the brand’s popular cicchetti appetizers and lamb stuffed eggplant under twinkling lights and clinking glasses of Prosecco rosé.

3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles; 323-928-2098

37. Short Stories

  • Location: West Hollywood

This former funky motel has been completely revamped and includes a charming patio space with live music during weekend brunch. Don’t miss Loma Saltada aka Peruvian steak tartare and eggs, a fried chicken truffle sando or green shakshuka with spinach and a cantaloupe basil margarita with mezcal.

115 S Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood; 323-937-3930

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38. Causita

  • Location: Silver Lake

Chef Ricardo Zarate is back with his own Nikkei concept that can be enjoyed on a chicly-tiled, leafy back patio with comfortable banquette seating. Order the trio of causitas (think sushi but with South American potato), soba noodles with asparagus, lobster dumplings and seabass tamale with mushroom coffee jus. There is no one in LA cooking like this, so soak it up and have another glass of sake or round of pisco punch.

3709 Sunset Blvd, Silver Lake; 323-546-0505

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Mandolina Taverna

39. Mandolina Taverna

  • Location: Downtown LA

This is a first: the revamped ground-floor Mediterranean garden patio restaurant at members-only Soho Warehouse in the Arts District is also open to the public. And it’s like you’ve taken a vacation to Greece or Turkey with mezze platters, grilled octopus, chicken kebabs and Ouzo cocktails.

1000 S. Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles; 213-205-1000

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40. Alma Cocina De Mexico

  • Location: West Hollywood/Los Angeles

The latest must-see Mexico import landed at Rick Caruso’s The Grove and it’s a two-story beauty. The ground floor holds a lively taqueria with an ample long bar and plenty of outdoor space for a taco trio (the rib eye with cilantro is a stand out) or queso ‘chicharrones’ and 100s of agave spirit bottles. Upstairs screams date night with a more formal setting and custom brand tequila flights.

189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles; 323-874-9596

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Marcel Von Berlin Café

41. Marcel Von Berlin Café

  • Location: West Hollywood

This German designer from Berlin and West Hollywood has added a garden back patio café to his Melrose Avenue clothing store. Now celebrity clientele (from Madonna to Kris Kardashian) and local customers can sip ‘runway espresso’ and nibble on pastries and sandwiches before or after a shopping spree which can also include foodie gifts for the kitchen and cookbooks. Genius.

8619 Melrose Ave; West Hollywood; 213-675-4843

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The Terrace at The Maybourne Hotel

42. The Terrace At The Maybourne Hotel

  • Location: Beverly Hills

This British-owned hotel has brought a quintessential English tea service to its Terrace restaurant overlooking Beverly Gardens Park where you can extend your pinky with the famous Claridge’s house tea blend from London and loads of tiny sandwiches and pastries. If you linger into the dinner hour, order whole grilled branzino with heirloom tomatoes and all of the pasta options—just plan on starting your diet tomorrow.

225 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills; 310-860-7886

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43. Nerano

  • Location: Beverly Hills

For delicious Italian fare inspired by the Amalfi Coast, and excellent cocktails and service, the newly revamped back patio at this 90210-staple is the place to be. Watch old black and white Italian movies while you swirl plates of the house spaghetti alla Nerano and sip negronis. Ah, those perfect summer nights.

9960 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills; 310-405-0155

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44. Tatel

  • Location: Beverly Hills

This Spanish import from Madrid and Ibiza has a front patio for people watching on buzzy Canon Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills, and boasts an even larger back patio for lunch and brunch with open faced steak and Manchego sandwiches drizzled in chimichurri or the jamon Iberico and egg —don’t forget to order a side of potatoes bravas or the bottomless sangria. They also have live entertainment in the main dining room during dinner that ranges from music to dancers.

453 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills; 310-651-8553

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De Buena Planta

45. De Buena Planta

  • Location: Silver Lake

If you didn’t know you were on Sunset Blvd., you might mistake this festive patio for Tulum, Mexico. Dig into vegan chorizo tacos that are so tasty you might never go back to the real thing. The cocktail game is also strong with mezcal variations—and there is even a tucked-away speakeasy-style bar you just might notice and slip into on your way to the powder room.

2815 W Sunset Blvd, Silver Lake; 310-426-9023

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Moo’s Craft Barbecue

46. Moo’s Craft Barbecue

  • Location: Lincoln Heights

If you have your heart set on the succulent Texas-Cali brisket or pork verde sausages at this popular BBQ spot, go early. When you do get your tray of meats, smoked turkey and sides, grab a beer and head out past the Wagner-Junker murals to the side patio with picnic tables, kick back and relax.

2118 N Broadway, Los Angeles; 323-686-4133

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Angelini Ristorante & Bar

47. Angelini Ristorante & Bar

  • Location: Pacific Palisades

The westside now has an outpost of beloved Angelini at the Palisades Village outdoor lifestyle mall. This small street-facing patio is buzzing with well-heeled ladies who lunch on warm octopus salad or grilled Mediterranean branzino filet. For dinner, start with a build-your-own Spanish gin & tonic before ordering the iconic lasagna verde and Italian bread pudding.

1038 Swarthmore Ave, Pacific Palisades; 424-238-5870

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Moderno Cocina

48. Moderno Cocina

  • Location: West Hollywood

Tucked behind the well-respected Las Perlas bar (known for its hefty selection of small-batch agave spirits), follow the neon taco sign pointing to a colorful, small patio where you can order guacamole with chicharron, shrimp and potato taquitos and a trio of cochinita pibil (pork shoulder) tacos.

7511 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood;562-841-4688

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49. Madeo

  • Location: West Hollywood

This family-owned and celebrity favorite spot from Beverly Blvd. (and a temporary stint in 90210) just moved to 1 Hotel West Hollywood. Italian comfort food is the name of the game here with mouthwatering dishes like scampi, lobster spaghetti and veal Milanese on the menu, along with a lovely city view from the patio. This calls for a negroni or two.

8490 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood; 310-859-4903

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50. Mother Tongue

  • Location: Hollywood

Award-winning chef Michael Mina is back in LA with an ode to healthy-comfort cooking—yes, it’s a thing. And you’ll find it on the rooftop of the new HEIMAT five-story wellness concept building on LaBrea designed by Martin Brudnizki. The menu speaks to diets like keto, plant-based, anti-inflammatory and brain-boosting which is perfect for Angelenos. Start with trio of humus dips or the caviar service (Mina has his own bubbly label too) with dill pickle potato chips and an addictive sour cream and onion mousseline dip. Follow up with pasta, duck, steak or seafood—all options will ensure you will feel satisfied when you leave but not bloated. Hurrah!

960 N LaBrea, Hollywood; 213-319-7850

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