8117 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Could you expect anything other than glitz and glam from this outdoor space, attached to Phillipe Starck’s luxuriously decorated XIV? An enclosed, opulent terrace is draped with light and elegance, casting LA’s who’s who in a soft glow of boozy beauty. Chef Michael Mina’s full menu is available, but – for those who prefer to drink their calories – this space also offers one of the best bars in town.
Asia de Cuba
8440 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
The view at Asia de Cuba doesn’t just showcase the skyline of our beautiful city – it also shows off a scene composed of the most beautiful people. A place to feast on the aesthetics, every bit as much as the Latin-Asian fusion food, if you’ve got the money, come to this eatery above the Mondrian Hotel to spend a little time.
692 N. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
On the next hot summer night, when you’re feeling a bit pretty and witty and…gay, head over to The Abbey. The complex of four buildings (bar/restaurant serving American fare (excellent burgers), bakery (their red velvet cupcakes are worth the calories), and two additional bars), is built around a large, dare we say it – colorful – patio. Come for the beefcake, stay for the food and beverages. Or vice-versa.
Cafe Champagne @ Thornton Winery
32575 Rancho California Rd.
Temecula, CA 92591
Thornton Winery has built a little bit of Napa in the middle of the town of Temecula. Cafe Champagne offers romantic dining both inside and outside of the Asian-Continental-fusion destination. Summers see some top names in jazz jamming out on the lush patio, surrounded by a vista of grapevines. The menu here is seasonal – and always something to look forward to for a special treat.
Cafe des Artistes
1534 N. McCadden Pl.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Cozy, funky and French bohemian in the heart of Hollywood, Cafe des Artistes offers delicious bistro fare and a gorgeous garden to enjoy it in. Whether you’re looking for something romantic or a spot to sip a good glass of wine with friends, save up and schedule a rendez-vous here. They’re open until 2 a.m. on weekends!
1760 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Nestled in Los Feliz (there’s also one in Silverlake), Home is a place to feel…well…at home. Serving good ol’ American fare, delicious cocktails and a stand-out all-day breakfast, you’ll enjoy the food, but will love the patio. Outdoor diners sit in the fenced-in space, surrounded by a sea of tables, next to a softly gurgling fountain, beneath a canopy of trees. Now…doesn’t that sound like somewhere you’d want to hang your hat?
Morels French Steakhouse and Bistro
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, 90036
Is people watching your pleasure? If so, there is no better spot to rendez-veux than Morels. Situated at the heart of The Grove shopping center, in the middle of LA, diners can enjoy French bistro fare and bubbling pots of fondue, while watching the famous fountain and all those fabulous people stroll by. With two stories of dining and plenty of parking, this is a French Connection you’ll surely be making again and again.
The Ritz Restaurant & Garden
880 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Classic continental in traditional Ritz style. This longtime Newport Beach veteran offers white-glove service by a tuxedoed staff, and outdoor dining that even royalty would enjoy – and sometimes does. If the menu prices give you sticker shock, just come for the drinks. The martinis here are dry and perfect and an amazing liquid escape on a hot summer night.
8030 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Considered one of LA’s best kept secrets, the patio at this sophisticated Greek eatery is expansive and quiet and utterly removed from the hustle and bustle of crazy LA. It’s off of 3rd Street, but a million miles away from the scene. Perfect for an office lunch or a romantic dinner (but be advised: beer and wine and bubbles only), Sofi’s quiet patio feels like that special childhood hideaway no one knew about but you.