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Envision this: Your favorite food. Your desired cocktail or glass of wine. The sun, the moon and the stars above. BLISS. There is nothing better than outdoor dining and LA is the perfect place to experience it. So grab your guy, your girl or your best friend and try some of these fabulous al fresco destinations. You will not be disappointed!
22706 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
What’s better than sitting outside dining on your favorite food? Dining outside overlooking the ocean enjoying some of the best Japanese food around. Offering a truly exceptional view of the Pacific just steps from the crashing waves, Nobu Malibu features a patio that rivals them all. Circular tables span the length of the patio giving anyone dining here a great outdoor experience. So, wherever you’re sitting at the table, you can be sure you have a view of the beautiful blue water with the sun or stars above you. The restaurant also features a Japanese garden as if the view wasn’t good enough! Add to that the outstanding menu selection including items like a king crab salad, mini tacos, as well as a sushi menu, and this is undoubtedly a winning combination.
8700 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
When AOC moved their restaurant location in 2012, one of the best things to change was the addition of a fabulous outdoor patio which is easily the focal point for diners at this Californian wine bar. Offering small plates, tapas and great cocktails, a wide open space awaits you as you walk inside, giving patrons a beautiful space to grab brunch, lunch or dinner. It’s a great place to grab a drink too. What makes AOC great is that is that even if you get seated inside, it will feel as if you’re seated outside. The lack of doors and open nature of the restaurant make this Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne restaurant easily one of the best patio dining experiences around.
Le Petit Four
8654 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
If you like the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, then heading to the Sunset Plaza to dine is the place to be. Add to that the beautiful outdoor patio that overlooks the Sunset Strip and you have one of LA’s top French restaurants, Le Petit Four. A favorite celeb hangout, Le Petit Four features a truly international menu including items like steak au poivre, a boudin noir, as well as chicken marsala, pizza and other international selections. What’s even better about this restaurant is the parking is free.
8221 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
If you haven’t had a chance to visit one of LA’s most historic and storied hotels, you’re certainly missing out. Yes, the hotel is a treasure, but what locals come for is the beautiful outdoor patio. It lives up to all of the hype it gets. The garden terrace, which feels as if you’re sitting amongst a truly lush Californian inspired garden is what it’s all about here. Grab some wine, a cocktail, some of their delicious food, or just grab a seat. Whether you decide to drink, dine, do both or just enjoy the scenery, it’ll be well worth it.
Shutters on the Beach
Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
For a terrific casual dining experience that overlooks Santa Monica Beach and the boardwalk, Coast at Shutters On The Beach Hotel is the right way to go. Breathe in the ocean air as you sip on chilled Pinot Grigio wine, and dine on Californian food. Popular for brunch because of the view, patrons dine on everything from fresh baked muffins and salads, to corned beef hash, eggs Benedict and steak & eggs.
113 N Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
If you want to be seen, and also see the city’s wealthiest residents along with some of the world’s top celebrities, then visiting Robertson Boulevard famous Ivy Restaurant. The street, which is known for its boutique designer stores and shops might just be even more well known thanks to this restaurant. Nestled in the center of all that Robertson Blvd offers, The Ivy is quaint, cozy and intimate and features one of the best dining patios you’ll find anywhere in the city. With a shabby chic decor, you might feel as if you’re in a quaint cottage somewhere in the English countryside as well. Enjoy favorite items here like their lobster ravioli or lobster tacos served with fresh guacamole, red cabbage slaw, black beans and Mexican rice. Whatever you choose to eat, make sure to wait to sit out on the patio. It’s well worth the extra time! The Ivy also offers a second location too. Right on Ocean Ave in Santa Monica, this location offers a fabulous patio experience that will leave you satisfied and wanting more.
8565 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA
Trendy? Indeed. Good food? Yes. Amazing. Check. Organic? Absolutely. Busy? Always. Urth Caffe is an LA Phenomenon. Yes, it can get crowded, and you’ll most likely have to wait in line to order your food, but the food is well worth it. More than the food, people come from the ambience which is set by its great outdoor patios no matter what location you choose to visit.
The Little Door
8164 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
It’s not a shock to hear that The Little Door is often said to be one of the most romantic restaurants around. In fact, this restaurant exudes romance partly because the entire restaurant sits under the stars. The patio is divine and offers a gorgeous fountain, koi pond and candelabras to take your experience to another level. So, if you’re looking for a romantic night out, or a place to impress, The Little Door will fill those needs. The menu here is diverse, and satisfying to any taste too.
3626 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
You might not have a literal cliff’s edge view, but the patio restaurant, which sits in Silver Lake, offers a calming environment to dine under the sun and stars. As a local favorite, diners sit around a huge Ficus tree which sits in the middle of the double-level patio, and dine on items like ocean trout, duck, venison, and other delicious options. Its a great place to take a date, as the ambience here is second to none and the drinks are pretty great too.
La Piazza Restaurant Italiano
189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Find amore at the Grove when the dancing fountain plays the classics of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and so many more. This outdoor shopping destination in the Fairfax District is chock full of dining choices, yet La Piazza Restaurant Italiano is the very best spot to take in all that the Grove has to offer. Sip on wine, dip bread in olive oil and taste the delicious pasta’s here, all while taking in the view of people passing by at the Grove. The patio here sits right in the middle of all the action too. And, with your choice of a lower level patio or a balcony patio, you can be sure that you’ll enjoy your meal outdoors no matter where you sit.