On May 29, LA restaurants were given the OK to reopen for dine-in service. One month (and one COVID spike of epic proportions) later, they were ordered to shut down yet again. Outdoor dining, however, remains an option - so we made this guide. We’ll continue to update it as spots reopen around the city, and if there’s a patio you think needs to be included, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re looking for restaurants doing outdoor dining for the first time, check out our guide to LA Restaurants With New Patios And Outdoor Seating. For our full guide to the city’s takeout and delivery options, check out the Ultimate Los Angeles Delivery & Takeout Guide.
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Golden Road, the LA-bred, Budweiser-owned brewery in Atwater Village, has reopened their large front patio and side yard for dine-in. They’ve got an eclectic menu full of pub food, like carnitas poutine, BBQ short rib sandwiches, and fish & chips. First-come, first-served.
Mediterranean spot Momed is back open in Atwater Village. They’ve got a big patio where you’ll eat lamb and beef meatballs with pine nuts, feta, pomegranate seeds, and tomato ragu, and excellent chicken skewers with chickpea aioli and tzatziki.
One of the best new restaurants of the year, Hotville is a South LA spot serving hot chicken, mac & cheese, and pecan pie you absolutely need to try. They’ve got outdoor seating outside their storefront in their Baldwin Hills shopping center.
Comfort food spot Dulan’s on Crenshaw has an outdoor space where you can eat their fantastic fried chicken, mac and cheese, and oxtails smothered in gravy. Don’t even think about skipping the peach cobbler.
Crenshaw institution Earle’s Grille specializes in hot dogs and chili dogs, and has a huge menu of vegan options, too. They also have chili cheese fries, which you should obviously order, because you should always order chili cheese fries when you see them on a menu.
Coffee shop/market South LA Cafe has patio seating for you to sit each morning with your coffee and banana pecan muffin or butter croissant.
Bacari has an excellent outdoor dining room, covered with massive trees and hanging lamps. It’s tucked far enough back from busy West 3rd St. that it doubles as an impressive oasis, and the wine list - impressively large and just as full of affordable options - only helps. The menu of Mediterranean-ish small plates compliments both the surroundings and the wine very well.
West Third St. restaurant/tiny magical castle The Little Door reopens for outdoor dining on July 31st, with a new menu and a new chef. This romantic spot will continue to serve French and Mediterranean food, like herb-crusted lamb with fava bean pesto, and chicken breast with lovage and nectarines, alongside a serious French wine list. Reservations only.
Jose Andres’ Beverly Hills spot The Bazaar recently opened up a formerly event-only garden terrace for public dining at the SLS Hotel. They’re serving a menu of Spanish tapas, including options like stuffed piquillo peppers, chicken bechamel croquettes, and a whole bunch of jamón Ibérico. Make a reservation online.
Upscale watering hole Double Barrel is open with a massive selection of whiskey to drink on one of their two quiet patios. They’ve also got a wide range of barrel-aged whiskey cocktails, too. For food, they have shareable options like flatbreads and cheese boards, along with large plates of grilled meat. Call (310) 657-5040 for reservations.
Old-school Italian spot Il Cielo is open in Beverly Hills, with a big patio involving a lot of trees and Roman columns. They’ve got everything you’d expect at a spot like this: Bucatini all’Amatriciana, whole branzino, and lots of focaccia. Reservations recommended.
If your agent is insisting on meeting for the first time in months, chances are your lunch will be at Madeo, the high-end Italian spot in Beverly Hills. They opened up their patio on Camden for all the prosciutto e melone, fagioli e aragosta, and veal ravioli your wallet can handle.
Upscale chain Ocean Prime has reopened their huge Beverly Hills patio with all kinds of steakhouse classics, plus some stuff you might not expect (like sushi rolls). Make a reservation online.
Beverly Hills all-day spot Prospect Gourmand has sidewalk seating open on Robertson Blvd. near Wilshire. They’re open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, all with the same menu, which involves options like handmade fettuccine, tri-tip sandwiches, and steak frites. Reservations recommended - call (424) 777-0481.
Unless you count that time in April when you tried to scare a raccoon away from your chimney, you probably haven’t spent much time on rooftops lately. If you want to change that, The Rooftop By JG is back open at the Waldorf Astoria. Focus on the cocktails - we like the ginger margarita - which are ideal for drinking next to a pool and pretending the world isn’t on fire.
Eataly’s rooftop bar and restaurant Terra is open for patio dining on top of the Westfield Century City. They’re serving a huge menu that has handmade pastas and wood-grilled Italian classics, like branzino, slow-grilled eggplant, and prime beef with parmesan. Reservations required.
Downtown Culver City spot Akasha has reopened with three small dining patios. They’re serving their wide-ranging comfort food menu, which includes everything from cacio e pepe to chicken cauliflower fried rice, and one extremely tasty burger. Reservations online.
If you’re looking for a place to drink margaritas on a patio in Culver City, look no further than Amácita, the Tex-Mex spot on Culver Blvd. Oh, and don’t forget about their excellent nachos, queso, and frosé, either. Amácita is open for dinner from 3-9pm, with Super Nacho Happy Hour Tuesday-Sunday 3-6pm. Call for reservations - (424) 523-3300.
One of the newest additions to the Platform in Culver City, Bianca Bakery serves French pastries alongside housemade breads and pastas. Stop by for whichever of the tarts look good (our favorites are the pistachio or the chocolate ganache), some tomato and basil focaccia, and the gnocchi pomodoro. Any of them pair well with a glass of sauvignon blanc.
All-day spot Eat Drink Americano has set up a patio in their Arts District parking lot, and even installed overhead cloth tarps for shade. They’ve got salads, sandwiches, and flatbreads, plus a great cocktail selection.
The side patio at Culver City’s local BBQ spot Maple Block reopened last week for lunch, dinner, and brunch. It’s the best place to sit, because you can practically taste the scent of the peach wood burning in the restaurant’s smoker. If you’re there for lunch, get the smoked pork shoulder sandwich - topped with creamy coleslaw and sweet BBQ sauce. Otherwise, try the pork spare ribs for dinner.
This handmade pasta spot at the Helms Bakery complex in Culver City has a huge patio that’s ideal for physical distancing. Along with our favorites like tagliatelle Bolognese and spaghetti and clams, Pasta Sisters has also brought back their excellent (and seasonal) eggplant parmesan. They’re enforcing plenty of rules, like a new separate ordering system for dine-in and takeout, customer temperature checks, and an employee dedicated to finding appropriately-distanced seating.
Public School 310 in Culver City just expanded their outdoor seating. They’ve also got an impressive beer list to-go, plus wine, cocktails, and pub food like wings and pizza. Reservations available here.
This Brooklyn transplant actually reopened before their East Coast cousins, though they’re currently only accepting reservations for patio seating. That patio, however, is pretty nice - it spreads through the courtyard of Culver City’s Platform complex - and Roberta’s roster of pizzas (including the sweet-and-spicy Bee Sting and their savory, mega-cheesy Famous Original) is deep. They’ll also be debuting several new menu items as they ramp up to full dine-in service.
An Italian spot in Culver City, Ugo serves Neapolitan-style pizza and pasta on a newly expanded sidewalk patio. If you’re dining in right now, they’re running a 50% off special, which means pizzas under $10. Call for a reservation - (310) 204-1222.
An excellent restaurant in Downtown LA, Bäco Mercat has added window service to their patio. To order, you fill out a paper menu and bring it up to the window, and they’ll call your name to pick up your food. The shortened list of options has some of the greatest hits from their regular menu - including puffy bread with za’atar labneh, burrata-stuffed focaccia, and the tremendous Caesar Brussels sprouts.
Downtown LA spot Dama is back, with a massive patio in the Fashion District and some excellent Latin-inspired food. We especially like the large format meat plates here - including the crispy pork shank with hot pickled vegetables and lettuce cups, and a great roast chicken with tomatillo salsa and fries. Don’t leave without getting the buttered banana soft-serve sundae.
An art gallery, wine bar, and seafood spot in Downtown LA, High Tide is back open on the border of Little Tokyo and the Arts District. Order some oysters and a glass of LA’s best frozé, and watch the glassblower on the patio (from an appropriate distance).
Loqui is a great taco spot with locations in Culver City and the Arts District. The Arts District one has a large front patio, which is an ideal place to drink Mexican craft beer and eat tacos, made with their tremendous homemade flour tortillas.
Manuela, the all-purpose Downtown LA spot, will reopen on Thursday 7/9 for dine-in on their outdoor terrace and patio. They have some of our old favorites like country ham and biscuits and soft shell crab with jalapeño relish, alongside new options like a particularly interesting-looking barbecued king prawn dish. They’re open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch - reservations required.
Chinatown’s Oriel is an excellent place to go on a date. (If dates are still happening. We’re not entirely sure.) Regardless, when you’re at this French spot, you’ll find crispy, gooey French onion soup, endless bottles of great European wine, and cheese and charcuterie boards the size of your table. Call for reservations - (213) 253-9419.
Downtown LA’s all-purpose spot Red Herring is back, offering weekend brunch and BBQ takeout (10am-2pm) and a socially-distanced patio to eat it on. In addition to their food options - hot links, brisket, pulled pork, and all the BBQ fixings - they also have some great cocktails and a solid beer and wine selection.
Redbird, the DTLA restaurant in the rectory of an old cathedral, has three outdoor dining areas - a courtyard with a retractable roof, a secret garden in the middle of the building, and a patio overlooking the old church’s bell tower. It’s an upscale spot where you’ll eat green gazpacho with soft shell crab, bucatini with uni and lobster butter, and pork shank with rice grits. Reserve online.
A new spot in Downtown LA near Staples Center, Strada is an all-purpose restaurant with sidewalk seating on W. 9th St. They serve an eclectic menu involving ceviche, lobster ravioli, and an ahi tuna steak burger, and have a full bar. Reservations recommended.
Lolo in East Hollywood has one of the most underrated patios on the Eastside, thanks to its quiet setting and massive fig trees. The menu is keeping a tight focus to start, serving snacks and focaccia sandwiches at lunchtime, and at night, they’re doing housemade pastas - spaghetti with sungold tomatoes and eggplant, tagliatelle with mushrooms, and ricotta cavatelli with pepper ragu and pork meatballs. They’ve got an excellent wine selection, too, and are offering all bottles from their shop at retail price for dine-in (plus a $10 corkage).
Virgil Village’s natural wine bar Melody converted into a wine shop for much of the pandemic, and now, they’ve reopened their patio, too. Alongside their long wine and beer list, they’ve got weekly pop-ups from spots like Metztli Taqueria and Bun Buds. First come, first served.
The newest location of the quickly expanding Teddy’s Red Tacos, Teddy’s East LA is serving their signature red beef birria in quesadillas, tacos, and vampiros. Get the Deluxe Plate, if you know what’s good for you.
Guisados has reopened almost all of their locations, including the Echo Park outpost, with its back patio in the hills of Chavez Ravine. All the tacos are $3.50 or less, so you can really go crazy here and try a bunch of different stuff. Our favorites are the chicharrón - pork skin simmered in salsa verde - and the super-spicy chiles toreados, with four kinds of hot peppers.
One of our favorite bars in Echo Park has been doing limited seatings for more than a week now, but if you’re a little nervous about grabbing a burger and a beer inside, fear not: They’ve also got a small enclosed patio on the sidewalk, and they’re cocktails are just as delicious (and deadly strong) outside.
Highland Park vegan biergarten Hinterhof is back, with a huge patio and a bunch of plant-based versions of German pub food like sausages, pretzels, and schnitzel. They also have one of the best selections of German craft beers on tap in town. Plus, you should never turn down the opportunity to drink beer out of a glass boot.
Johnny’s is a Highland Park locals bar with a big back patio that just reopened, if you’re looking for a spot to eat tacos and drink beer. Nato’s Tacos is there Thursday through Sunday, and their potato tacos will go great with something from Johnny’s excellent tap list. They’ve got a full bar, too, if you’d prefer a cocktail.
Monte 52 is an inventive sandwich spot in the back of La Tropicana market in Highland Park, and they’ve reopened their sidewalk seating for diners. Nothing on the menu is over $11, and it’s hard to go wrong here. But if you really can’t decide, get the Cubano - it’s among the best versions of the sandwich in town.
Hollywood sports bar 3rd Base is back open, with a patio on Selma Ave. They’ve been running a bunch of alliterative promos (always the best kind) since reopening, like Taco & Tequila Tuesdays, and Wine, Whiskey, and Wing Wednesdays. Which is quite a combination. Reservations through their website.
Fairfax’s local Italian cafe, Angelini Alimentari, reopens their courtyard patio on June 12. Our order is always the prosciutto panini and some chocolate gelato, but they’ve got all kinds of sandwiches, salads, and pastas available. Next door, they’re also reopening the more formal Angelini Osteria.
Hollywood pizza spot L’Antica reopened their big patio in early June, with limited seating. If you’re headed there, we recommend sticking to the pizzas - our favorites are the Bianca and the Margherita. The original location in Naples is the pizza spot in Eat Pray Love, which are three things you’re probably trying to do a lot of right now.
Yamashiro, the massive Japanese restaurant in the Hollywood Hills, feels as much like a public garden as it does a restaurant, with their meticulously manicured courtyard patio. They’re reopening on June 19, and should be able to take care of your sake and spicy albacore-related needs.
La Brea’s biergarten is back open with their German comfort food and imported craft beer. It’s an ideal place to spend a Saturday, drink some doppelbocks, order a wurstplatte (sausage platter) and watch the recently resumed Bundesliga.
If you’re looking to cut loose, drink a dozen beers, rip a few cigs, and power through a seafood pancake or six, then Ddong Ggo is your spot. This no-frills Ktown party pavilion is open for business, and even though the patio can (and will) get smoky, if that’s your kind of scene, then this is exactly what you’ve been dreaming of after 475 days in quarantine.
Japanese spot Tokyo Hamburg reopened with outdoor seating in their parking lot in the heart of Koreatown. In addition to the hot-stone grill-your-own burgers we love, they’ve got an all-day Happy Hour that involves $4 beers and $1 oysters.
Both the dining room and patio at this Los Feliz restaurant are open. Located in two converted houses on Hillhurst, this is one of the best outdoor spaces out there — perfect for penning the next King Lear, or sweating through every fiber of your clothes. Plus, they have a really good eggs Benedict.
Los Feliz sidewalk spot Figaro Bistrot actually reopened in late May, with their French cafe food, and all kinds of European wines. Things can get expensive, but when you’re drinking a glass of pinot on an empty Vermont Avenue, you can’t be too mad about it.
In “normal” times, Fred 62 was a 24-hour diner on Vermont across from the Los Feliz 3. Since reopening, they’re a 17-hour diner (7am-midnight), which is still pretty useful. They’ve got plenty of sidewalk seating for eating diner classics like all-day omelettes, mac & cheese balls, and Juicy Lucys, along with some recently added pan pizzas.
In a neighborhood that knows good patios (Los Feliz), Home is one of our favorites. The leafy space on Hillhurst doesn’t exactly feel like a home, but it is a great place to hang with a few friends and burn an entire Thursday afternoon drinking mimosas and people-watching.
Los Feliz locals’ spot Little Dom’s has reopened their patio seating for nightly dinner and weekend brunch, both of which will involve wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, and, hopefully, martinis. Reservations required.
Another French cafe in Los Feliz, Loupiotte is the ideal place for a 2pm glass of wine when “work from home” isn’t going as well as you might have hoped. Pair it with some creamy polenta with mushrooms and a fried egg, or their excellent burger - made with gruyere and confit d’oignons (jammy onions) - and you’ll be very happy. They’ve got a partially-covered patio with a few tables off Vermont.
Los Feliz’s summer camp-themed Messhall has reopened for patio dining. Their all-day menu includes a fish fry, smoked ribs, and crab cakes, along with some really great cocktails and a few kinds of oysters. They’ve got an all-day menu weekday lunch and nightly dinner, and a weekend brunch menu. Reserve on their website.
A massive, two-level party spot on the marina in Long Beach, Ballast Point is among the best patios in the city, if you can handle the post-grads also taking up space here. You’ll watch boats on the harbor while you drink from the massive, all-Ballast Point beer list and eat wings and nachos.
Buried deep in the Malibu mountains at Topanga State Park is Inn Of The Seventh Ray, which has reopened for all-day dining. The leafy patio is an extremely pleasant place to spend a Saturday afternoon, especially with a cheese plate, some crispy shrimp cakes, and a glass of wine. Or three.
Home to one of the best views in LA, Malibu Farm has reopened their restaurant - or at least the patio portion of it - on the Malibu Pier, if you want to stop in for a brunch cocktail and those excellent berry-topped pancakes after a trip up PCH. Malibu Cafe (their sibling restaurant at the end of the Pier) is still closed.
The closest you came to dining by the water during quarantine was parking your car on the side of Silver Lake Reservoir and eating a snack pack of hummus and pretzel chips. If you’re looking to come back with a bang, Nobu Malibu is a great place to do it. They’ve got some of the best views of the Pacific in town, and - this is a scientific fact - no one has ever been mad about eating their yellowtail with jalapeño.
If you’ve driven on PCH before, then you’ve seen Reel Inn’s giant neon sign. This retro spot is full of red checkered picnic tables that you’ll fill up with seafood classics like fish and chips, fried calamari, and steamed mussels. No one has ever been mad about eating fish and chips with a pitcher of beer while looking at the ocean, so this is a great place to spend an afternoon.
My Lai is a family-run Vietnamese spot in Mar Vista that had the unfortunate luck of opening a few weeks before the shutdown began. But they’re back open, with a patio behind the restaurant and some tables out front, too, where you can eat bun vermicelli noodle salads, banh mis, and chicken and garlic rice. They’ve also got a build-your-own-bowl situation, if you prefer.
The Mar Vista cafe and wine bar has expanded their heated patio to maximize social distancing. Open from 10am-9pm daily, it’s a great place to grab a quick meal or a snack and - of course - a couple glasses of wine. Call ahead for a table - (310) 390-1500.
North Hollywood’s Fat Dog has reopened their huge patio. This is usually a place that’s packed with studio folks getting after-work drinks, but with most studios still working from home, things should be pretty calm here. Get the crab and Hollandaise-topped potato skins, and the short rib French dip with your beer or glass of wine.
One of our favorite bars in The Valley is back open, although, according to their Instagram, “space is extremely limited.” Make sure to email email@example.com for a table before you head over. Social-distancing rules remain in effect, though it’s not clear if you have to remain six feet away from the giant bulldog statue on the patio.
North Hollywood’s Pitfire Pizza opened a beer garden-style patio last fall, setting them up well for outdoor-only pandemic dining. Their wood-fired pizzas are where to focus your attention, particularly the Field Mushrooms, with enoki and cremini mushrooms and fontina cheese.
We can’t all live in the Palisades, but we can at least have dinner there every once in a while. And The Draycott is a great place to do that, especially on the patio full of wicker chairs and white tablecloths. The English pea dip with sourdough is a good place to start, and we also like the hanger steak frites with Bearnaise sauce. Things can get expensive quickly, so just keep that in mind.
The Raymond is an upscale American spot in an extremely impressive, nearly 150-year-old hotel in Pasadena. The food isn’t going to blow you away, but you’re really here to sit outside and drink a glass of wine on a beautiful patio for the first time in what feels like three years.
A good spot to grab a glass of wine and get some work done in Pasadena, Bodega’s patio is back open with pizzas, wine-drinking snacks like bacon-wrapped dates and cheese boards, and (of course) a huge wine list.
Another Pasadena spot, Luggage Room Pizzeria is a good place to go with a group and split some pies. They’ve got a bunch of options, all with inventive topping combinations, but our favorite is the Fallen Angel - house-made Italian sausage, basil, shaved fennel, and roasted peppers. As a bonus, Stone Pasadena is next door, and while they’re still closed for dine-in, you can order beers there and bring them over to drink with your meal at Luggage Room.
Another great Mexican spot, Maestro is an upscale Pasadena restaurant with a quiet patio in a busy part of Old Pas. Whether you’re there for brunch or dinner, it’s a great place to eat inventive spins on classic dishes like arrachera with chorizo chimichurri and chile poblano chickpea rice, or the seared dayboat scallops with huitlacoche rice. Get a barrel-aged mezcal cocktail or a watermelon margarita while you’re there.
An excellent Southern comfort food spot on Pico, My Two Cents has reopened their patio seating. Don’t think too hard about your order here - it’s going to involve the shrimp and grits, an incredible pork chop, and some excellent iced tea.
Bergamot Cafe is an ideal place for a quick, affordable weekday lunch. This daytime spot off Olympic in Santa Monica not only serves an excellent veggie burger - a black bean and corn patty topped with chipotle aioli and cheddar - and a killer roast beef and avocado sandwich, but nearly everything on the menu is $10 or less. And, if you’ve got the time, It’s also a fun, low-key place to drink outside for an extended lunch, thanks to their beer and wine list.
The classic Santa Monica hangout - located steps from the beach and basically, like, kinda behind the Pier? - reopens both their front and back patios on June 11, with the usual precautions in place (face masks required, no more than six per table, etc). You also have to order food, a rather clever way to skirt the state’s “bars must remain closed” mandate, though you would’ve anyway - Big Dean’s double cheeseburger is one of the best in the city.
Birdie G’s, the comfort food spot in Santa Monica, has expanded their patio for reopened dine-in. They’ve got a pared-down menu with options like wood-grilled morcilla sausage, matzo brei with duck and porcini mushrooms, and sliced beef tongue with potato waffles. Reservations highly recommended.
Formerly known as Bondi Harvest, Bluey’s is an Australian cafe in Santa Monica that’s open for patio dining 7am-9pm (8am-9pm on weekends). They’ve got a great breakfast plate involving eggs, bacon, Tabasco kale, roasted tomatoes, and avocado, along with a bunch of sandwiches (like coconut-marinated chicken) you’ll want to order, and a new dinner menu. Plus, the coffee is phenomenal. First-come, first-served.
Clubby steakhouse BOA is on the corner of Ocean and Santa Monica in one of the busiest parts of the Westside. They’ve got sidewalk seating for you to eat all the lobster tails and ribeyes you can afford. So, like, one of each, maybe. Reservations recommended.
Upscale spot Citrin - and the tasting counter in the back, Melisse - have reopened with an all-new, crossover restaurant in their recently-astroturfed parking lot. In addition to a four-course, $145 tasting menu, they’ll also have a la carte offerings like lobster Bolognese, lamb sugo, and truffle risotto. Reservations available online.
They took over the old Wilshire spot in Santa Monica last year, and remain one of the city’s best-kept secrets, thanks in no small part to their fantastic, tree-filled back patio. Now’s your chance to see it for yourself. While the Coastal Mediterranean menu’s not the most inventive (plenty of burrata, handmade pastas, and a raw bar), Fia makes the kind of crowd-pleasing food that absolutely anyone will enjoy. And, again, the patio …
Lunetta All Day is an (all day) spot in Santa Monica with three separate patios open for quarantine dining. Their breakfast and lunch menu includes sandwiches, salads, and bigger plates like steak frites, and at dinner they add options like house-made pasta. Make a reservation online.
Makai Lounge is a clubby spot on the corner of Ocean and Broadway in Santa Monica. They’ve reopened their patio for dine-in, with wide-ranging options like sushi rolls, shrimp skewers, and cheeseburgers.
On Fourth St. in Santa Monica, Massilia has a covered patio where they serve a mix of French, Moroccan, and Italian food. This means options like tagliatelle with morel mushroom cream sauce, couscous with merguez sausage and lamb, and pizza with prosciutto. No matter what, don’t skip the white Negroni, made with Aviation gin and Lillet.
One of the best places to eat on the Third Street Promenade, The Misfit is open daily for lunch, Happy Hour, and dinner. They’ve got burgers, sandwiches, salads, and stellar cocktails. Happy Hour until 6pm daily.
Santa Monica’s excellent French spot Pasjoli is back open, with a newly redesigned back patio and a pared-down menu that still includes many of our favorites. That means house-baked brioche with chicken liver mousse and shaved truffle, a caramelized onion tart with gruyere, and crispy duck breast with duck leg bread pudding. Walk-in only for lunch, reservations recommended for dinner.
Santa Monica Polish spot Solidarity has a secret back patio that’s a great place to eat pierogies and drink a few too many Warsaw Mules (made with Zubrowka). If you’re looking for something a bit bigger, the golabki (stuffed cabbage, beef, and jasmine rice) is one of our go-tos, but with comfort classics like schnitzel, stroganoff, and handmade gnocchi in mushroom cream sauce on the menu, you can’t go wrong.
Japantown noodle shop Marugame is back, opening their small patio on Sawtelle for anyone looking for fresh, handmade udon. Follow your heart when you order, but our favorite is the Mentai Kamatama - a briny bowl of noodles with spicy cod roe, onsen tamago (hot spring egg), and shredded nori. Follow it up with some Honeymee soft-serve, just down the street.
A classic spot on Sunset Blvd., this music and dance venue in Silver Lake has reopened their back patio for drinking and dining. The menu is all bar food - chicken wings, nachos, and an Impossible burger - which is ideal for eating alongside their super-strong margaritas. They’re requiring patrons to wear masks at all times when not dining, and highly recommend making reservations. For more information, check out their Instagram.
A Silver Lake locals’ spot that’s been around since 2000 (approximately 100 years in Silver Lake time), The Kitchen reopened their sidewalk seating for dining. The menu is mostly comfort food, which we all need a bit of right now - mac & cheese, meat loaf, and chicken pot pie, among many others. They’ve also got a small but very affordable beer and wine list.
Ma’am Sir might not have the biggest patio in town - it’s a parking-lot sized section of Sunset in front of their Silver Lake spot - but if you want to eat Filipino food outside, this is a great place to do it. They’re constantly changing the menu, but have recently been serving chicken-fried mushroom sandwiches, sisig burritos, and whole-cooked milkfish bento boxes.
You probably know Rockwell more for their burlesque shows than their food, but that shouldn’t stop you from going by for Happy Hour or brunch on the patio. They’ve got two levels of outdoor seating for you and your quarantine buddies to grab a table, order some cocktails, and split a BBQ chicken flatbread.
Spoke Cafe is a great Frogtown spot on the LA River Bike Path, serving sandwiches, coffee, beer, and wine. They’ve got a big, open patio, the best vegetarian burger in the city (house-made with smoked mushrooms and beets), and waffle fries that will take you directly back to middle school in the best way possible..
Jame might be the best place to eat pasta outside in the South Bay. This El Segundo strip mall spot has a covered patio where you can socially distance to drink some California reds alongside Caesar salads flavored with Calabrian chilies, crispy braised pork shank in lambrusco-mustard sauce, and some truly excellent pasta. Our favorite changes by the day, but you can’t go wrong with the beef cheek scarpinocc or spicy rigatoni alla vodka.
One of our favorite Oaxacan spots in town, South Bay’s Madre has opened back up, and that includes their sidewalk patio. Narrowing down your options isn’t easy, but the barbacoa de chivo (heavily spiced BBQ goat), costillas en salsa verde (spicy fried pork ribs), and estofado mole are our favorites here. Get as involved in the mezcal selection as you can - it’s the best we’ve seen in all of LA. Madre’s Palms location is open, too, with a small sidewalk patio.
Playa Provisions, the sprawling spot by the beach in Playa del Rey, has a couple small patios for you to socially distance on, and they’ve just turned their parking lot into an even bigger space for dining. We go straight for the patty melt when we’re here - it’s made with dry-aged beef and some really tremendous BBQ sauce. Their cocktails are good, too, and if you’re into whiskey, they’ve got one of the best selections in town.
Sausal is a modern Mexican spot in El Segundo with a front patio that’s great for kicking back, drinking a few margaritas, and snacking on some tacos. Food can get a bit pricey here, so we’re hoping their excellent Happy Hour returns as well.
The Anchor in Venice is a neighborhood hangout on Main St., with a large, recently expanded, patio. The best things here involve lobster (as is often the case) - the lobster roll with black truffle, lobster mac & cheese, and brunch lobster Benedict are all good bets. Call (310) 664-9696 for reservations.
The patio at Barrique feels like the backyard of the Venice bungalow you’ll probably never be able to afford. The candles, low light, and extensive Italian wine list make this a great place for your first date night in months (especially with the added privacy of socially distanced tables). Share some housemade pastas, like beef ravioli or Dungeness crab spaghetti, and some smoked duck, and you’ll walk out happy.
Venice’s Butcher’s Daughter is open 8am-10pm daily, serving vegetarian and vegan-friendly food on their Abbot Kinney patio. The all-day menu includes breakfast options, pizzas, and some larger plates - cliched as it is, though, our favorite thing here is the avocado toast, no matter what the time of day. They’re requiring masks while you’re not eating, have touchless payment, and hand sanitizing stations.
The exclusively plant-based Cafe Gratitude has reopened all of their LA locations (Arts District, Larchmont, and Venice) for patio dining. They’re open daily 11am-8pm, and weekend for brunch 9am-1pm, offering tacos, pizzas, sandwiches, and more.
A bright, sunny spot in Venice, Chulita has a patio and open-air dining room along Rose Ave. They serve Mexican-inspired plates like cauliflower al pastor tacos and esquites, and have a long, tequila- and mezcal-heavy cocktail list.
West Adams’ excellent Southern spot Alta has a huge back patio that’s tucked back from the busy street into a quiet residential neighborhood. They’re only open from 11am-6pm at the moment, but fortunately, they offer some of our favorite dinner items in the daytime: Pimento dip, black-eyed pea fritters, and perfectly crispy fried chicken.
Closed since 2015, Johnny’s Pastrami reopened in mid-June in West Adams, with new ownership from the Mizlala team and a new-ish name: Johnny’s West Adams. They’ve got a brick patio behind the restaurant with long wooden tables, where you can drink cocktails with house-made soda and eat all kinds of Jewish deli staples on the menu like matzo ball soup, potato knish, and, of course, pastrami sandwiches on rye. First-come, first-served.
Casual Middle Eastern spot Mizlala is a great place to grab an easy lunch in West Adams. They serve things like kefta, pargiyot chicken, and chicken shawarma as pita wraps, salads, or plates. There’s also an enclosed patio on West Adams Blvd.
40 Love is a sports bar on LA Cienega in Weho with plenty of outdoor space, bar food, beer, wine, and cocktails. All of this will be of particular interest to you now that sports are actually happening.
If you’re looking to hang out on a beautiful rooftop with a giant tree growing out of the middle of it, Catch is the spot for you. They’ve got everything from sushi rolls and filet mignon skewers, along with lots of vegan options. Reservations available on their website.
New England seafood spot Connie & Ted’s has reopened, and their huge patio on Santa Monica in Weho is a perfect spot to eat all the shellfish you couldn’t figure out how to shuck at home. The seafood is fresh and tremendous, so just trust your instincts here - especially if your instincts are telling you to get the New England seafood boil, with mussels, steamers, lobster, linguica, and corn on the cob.
Survey any ten celebrities at random about their favorite restaurant, and there’s a good chance you’ll hear Craig’s more than once. This Weho spot has sausage pizzas we’re very into, and some of our favorite free table bread around. Call (310) 276-1900 for reservations.
After a long hiatus, this train station-themed bar in Weho is back for dine-in and takeout service. And the best part? They’ve made their 4/20 Happy Hour menu available all-day long. Which means you no longer have to wait for the late afternoon to get discounted prices on smashburgers, French bread pizza, and mimosas. Or to get high, for that matter.
The rooftop at Weho spot EP & LP is back open with plexiglass barriers, cashless transactions, and “sanitation hosts” (which are not, contrary to what we thought, Westworld characters). They also have an all-new menu, a Southeast Asian-inspired selection of small plates that are all $8-$15, like three-pepper squid, fried crab curry, and twice-cooked BBQ pork belly.
Formosa Cafe, the recently-revived Old Hollywood haunt in Weho, has reopened for excellent cocktails and dim sum from the same chef as Little Fatty. Get some chile wontons and XO Fatty (chow fun) to go with whatever tropical cocktails you’re chugging. Their upstairs outdoor space is small, so we highly recommend making a reservation through their website.
Weho’s largely outdoor spot Gracias Madre has reopened their patio for dine-in, serving vegan Mexican cuisine and some excellent cocktails. They’ve got Happy Hour - with $7 house margaritas (get it spicy and with mezcal) and $8 nachos you should absolutely order - Monday-Friday, 4-6pm, dinner 4-10pm daily, weekend brunch Saturday & Sunday 11am-3pm. Reservations recommended.
Pre-COVID, Harlowe was our favorite place to drink too many draft cocktails on a Saturday night. But they’ve brought in a new chef (formerly of The Little Door) to open as a full restaurant, with Mediterranean food like pappardelle with tomato Pernod sauce and pesto, and Moroccan lamb stew with couscous and harissa. Reservations here.
Japanese-inspired spot Katana is in the heart of the Sunset Strip, and has a large patio in the middle of the restaurant. They’ve got robata, steaks, and lots of things involving truffle oil. Reservations recommended.
Argentine spot Lala’s is back open on Melrose in Weho, with a covered patio where they’re serving all kinds of grilled meats like pollo a la brasa, ribeyes, and NY strip steaks.
Even though we suspect no one is going to be riding any mechanical bulls anytime soon, you can still go to Saddle Ranch Chop House, the massive bar/restaurant in Weho. They’ve got multiple patios on the Sunset Strip, where they serve burgers, steaks, and strong, sweet margaritas. Reservations on their website.
Spartina is an Italian restaurant open for dining on their large patio in Weho, with handmade pastas and crunchy pizzas. They’ve got dinner every night, plus weekday lunch, and a weekend brunch that involves an excellent guanciale bacon and egg pizza. Reserve on their website.
Strings Of Life in Weho is a new all-day spot inspired by Australian cafes. This Melrose restaurant has a massive menu with all kinds of sandwiches, salads, and even Fairy Bread. First-come, first served.
Tacos Tu Madre has a few locations across the city, but the one in Weho is special for two reasons: They’ve got a big patio, and, more importantly, they’ve got a shiny new license to serve alcohol. That means you can suck down margaritas while you eat crispy shrimp tacos.
Zinque has several locations around town and they’re all open. That means the days of drinking too much rosé on their patio, snacking on tartines and their famous “Le Bowl,” and stumbling home on a Saturday night have returned. Hooray.
Westwood’s huge steakhouse STK reopened in the outdoor dining space (known as The Hideout) at the W. They’re doing lunch from 11am-3pm, and dinner from 3-10pm, with Happy Hour (including half-off cocktails, $10 wine glasses, and $2 oysters) 3-6:30pm. Make a reservation online.