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What You’re Eating: Best Al Fresco Dining in Los Angeles

June 11, 2014 5:00 AM

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(credit: AOC)

(credit: AOC)

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(credit: Cliff’s Edge)


As the summer season rolls into Los Angeles, it is time to get outdoors to enjoy an evening dining in the open air. Discover these great al fresco dining spots in and around Los Angeles for the perfect date night, girls night, or family celebration.

(credit: Scott Snider)

(credit: Scott Snider)


RivaBella
9201 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-2060
www.innovativedining.com

RivaBella features a sprawling 8,000 square foot dining space that offers some of the best al fresco dining in Los Angeles. Perfect for both a sunlit afternoon or a beautifully lit, romantic evening, RivaBella also boasts a fireplace, sweeping curtained terraces, and dramatic candlelit tables. Try their Mushroom Risotto, it can’t be beat.

(credit: AOC)

(credit: AOC)


AOC
8700 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 859-9859
www.aocwinebar.com

At AOC, you’ll think you’ve been transported to the Italian countryside as you sit outdoors at their completely enclosed patio area surrounding a stunning brick hearth. Chef Suzanne Goin and sommelier Caroline Styne have worked together to create an amazing menu including house made sausages (with madeira, kale-chestnut stuffing & dates), a Farmer’s Plate (with summer vegetables, muhammara, chickpea purée, burrata & grilled toast), and a wide variety of small plates, salads, and offerings from their wood oven. For summer, AOC is offering seasonal offerings including grilled peaces with ricotta & pistachio aillade as well as string beans with burrata, speck, hazelnuts and slivered plums. In addition, while dining al fresco, enjoy a wood-oven roasted main lobster which comes with cornbread pudding and gremolata butter.

(credit: Cuvée)

(credit: Cuvée)


Cuvée
145 N Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 271-4333
www.mycuvee.com

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Cuvée on Robertson Blvd. is a perfect destination for al fresco dining. With healthy options made from fresh ingredients, the restaurant offers a great selection that will leave you satisfied. The restaurant is constantly offering new and different fare depending on the season as well. And, if tasty and delicious food isn’t enough, you can enjoy a glass or bottle of wine from their wide selection. The restaurant has indoor seating, but the best seats are outside where you’ll enjoy your food on the patio.

(credit: Cliff's Edge)

(credit: Cliff’s Edge)


Cliff’s Edge
3626 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 666-6116
www.cliffsedgecafe.com

The huge, ancient tree that fills the outdoor patio space at Cliff’s Edge brings with it abundant greenery and a unique connection to nature that permeates throughout Cliff’s Edge’s Silver Lake establishment. The rustic yet sophisticated ambiance is matched by its beautifully crafted seasonal menu serving up local, fresh produce that highlights both a simple and yet strikingly delicious fare. The extensive wine list and innovative cocktails round out the perfect evening under the stars.

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(credit: Sadie Kitchen and Lounge)


Sadie Kitchen and Lounge
1638 North Las Palmas Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-0200
www.sadiela.com

Leather couches, hardwood plank flooring, and dramatic lighting make Sadie Kitchen and Lounge an amazing al fresco dining experience when ambiance and mood need to be key players. The vintage prohibition era-feel at Sadie’s is artfully displayed, and the Courtyard is the perfect place to sample Sadie’s charming seasonal dishes, hand crafted cocktails, and tasty desserts. Their small plates are just perfect for sharing.

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(credit: Little Next Door)


Little Next Door
8142 West 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 951-1010
www.littlenextdoor.com

The adorable French restaurant (located adjacent to sister property The Little Door), Little Next Door might be the closest thing to a Parisian bistro this side of the Atlantic. Specialty sandwiches, salads, egg dishes, organic breads, and pastries, coupled with a great selection of international wines, offer something for everyone. Try their wine & dine midweek specials for half off every glass of wine!

(credit: Wilshire Restaurant)

(credit: Wilshire Restaurant)


Wilshire Restaurant
2454 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403-5823
(310) 586-1707
www.wilshirerestaurant.com

Recently named the best restaurant in Santa Monica by Discover Los Angeles, Wilshire Restaurant features local, organic, seasonal ingredients with both American and International influences in a style they have dubbed “New Urban Cuisine.” Their patio is consistently beautiful, but an especially amazing feast for the eyes in the evening as the lit up trees, hanging lamps, candles, and fire pits create a spectacular glow.

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(credit: Zengo)


Zengo
395 Santa Monica Pl.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 899-1000
www.richardsandoval.com/zengosm

The cool ocean breeze drifting on shore gives Zengo’s outdoor patio a very pleasant feel. Hip furnishings and stylish decor make this one of LA’s best al fresco dining spots, although you’ll need to arrive early to get a seat on the patio. The unique combination of both Latin and Asian inspired fare is second-to-none; I recommend Endless Zengo, an all-you-can-eat experience that lets you sample a massive variety of delicacies while taking in the sunset painted sky.

What are your favorite spots to eat outside in LA? Share in the comments below!
Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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