When the weekend rolls around, don’t stay under a roof all day when there are blue skies and cocktails to be had! Get a coveted seat in the patio at one of these spots, where you can soak up the sunshine while you eat and engage in daytime-appropriate drinking.
8700 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Recent relocation of this restaurant into the former Il Covo gave AOC a handsome upgrade. The new space offers a classic outdoor patio and full liquor license, scoring the ability to conjure up a cocktail menu just in time for brunch. Ask for the Green Goddess, a lovely choice made with vodka infused with chamomile tea. Feeling savory? Try the Duck Confit Hash with wild mushrooms and poached eggs. If it’s sweet you’re after, the Meyer Lemon French Toast with pistachios, blueberries and candied Meyer lemon is sublime for springtime. Brunch is available on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3626 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
The ultra-inviting patio at Cliff’s features an ancient tree as a natural centerpiece that creates a lush oasis of greenery that shelters guests from the bustle of Sunset Boulevard. An array of delicious items gives yet another reason to stay a while. If you can’t decide, the indulgent Pork Belly Hash with bacon, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cilantro, feta and fried egg is a must. For a sweet treat, you can’t go wrong with the Lemon and Ricotta Pancakes with honey blueberry sauce drizzled on top. Notable cocktails include the Blueberry Lemonade or Fresita (sparkling wine infused with strawberries). Brunch is available on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
822 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
If the long workweek has put you in a state of wanderlust, head to this bright and playful “cookshop.” Sunny Spot offers a mash-up of Caribbean tropic flavors that feel like vacation on a plate. For a sweet escape, the Banana French Toast with maple syrup and rum crème is sure to satisfy. Want to make the most of your “cheat day?” Go for the Mofongo with eggs, ripe plantains and applewood bacon. Complete your workweek escape with a bottomless Rum Punch and smile as you bask in the rays of the sun. Brunch is offered on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
523 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
You can just feel the soul at this local neighborhood spot on beloved Rose Avenue. Many recipes are by Oscar’s mom so you can expect an authentic, homemade feel to the food. Check out the beer batter waffles with caramelized peaches, applewood bacon, braised pork belly and organic eggs for a savory sweet combo. As for drinks, trade in your tame cup of caffeine for a Mexican coffee or a go-to mimosa for a shot of Vitamin C with your alcohol. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
8752 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
If you crave country charm and comfort with a touch of chic, this is where you go to eat brunch in a patio that people can’t stop talking about. An array of seasonal menu items is available, like the “Bubble & Squeak” made with corned brisket, fingerling potato hash, kale and Scotch egg. Come for the food, but stay for the pitchers of Eveleigh Lemonade (chamomile-infused tequila, Cocchi Americano, Combier, lemon juice and honey) or the Mia Farrow (Gin, Campari, rosemary and fresh lemon). Cheers to the weekend! Brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Check out her other articles on CBS L.A. She also covers fitness on Examiner. Follow her on Twitter.