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A Handy Guide to Al Fresco Dining in Los Angeles

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One of L.A.'s great strengths is the nearly year-round sunny weather, which makes for a perfect place to enjoy meals al fresco, or outdoors. Thusly, many restaurants dedicate a large part of their floorspace to accommodating patios. It also doesn't hurt that a lot of the market-driven cooking and freshly-shaken cocktails are conducive to dining under the sun (under umbrellas) or even under the stars late into the night. Below, Eater presents a handy guide to the best al fresco dining in Los Angeles.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sirena

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8265 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 852-7000
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Reminiscent of the former glory of Pane e Vino, this lovely patio behind Sirena is one of the best new places to dine al fresco in the city. There have been some chef changes of late so the food might be a little uneven - best to stick with tried and true classics like grilled octopus salad or whole roasted branzino.

2. Mr Chow Malibu

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(310) 456-7600
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The second outpost of Mr. Chow's LA operation, this terrific setting for high-end Chinese has a great patio to enjoy outdoor dining throughout the summer. They also serve lunch on the weekends for the summer.

3. Venice Beach Wines

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529 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 606-2529
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This local favorite has a swell patio that overlooks Rose Avenue, one of the most happening blocks in the city. This wine bar is a great place to nosh on small bites while sipping a glass of beer or wine.

8700 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 859-9859
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After taking over the previous spot Il Covo, AOC now has one of the most charming patios in the city, a completely enclosed area that feels like an Italian villa, not the middle of the city. Chef Suzanne Goin is still preparing market-fresh cuisine like wood-fired clams while sommelier Caroline Styne pairs them with terrific glasses of wine.

5. Alcove Cafe & Bakery

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1929 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-0100
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This popular eatery in Los Feliz has an expansive patio that's great during the day or even late into the evening. The food and baked goods are probably a little unremarkable but with such a nice place to sit it's hard to complain.

6. Chosun Galbee

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3330 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 734-3330
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While not quite as open as a traditional patio, this outdoor part of Chosun Galbee is great for Korean barbecue fans that would rather not smell like smoke at the end of the meal. Hanbok-wearing servers come around and prepare the grilled meats right before your eyes.

7. The Sycamore Kitchen

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143 S LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-0151
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Though surrounded by brick wall and concrete, this patio is a great place to enjoy coffee or tea and some of the best baked goods and sandwiches in the city, all conceived by the Hatfield's crew. The turkey sandwich and double BLT-A are especially worth ordering.

8. Sadie Kitchen and Lounge

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1638 N Las Palmas Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 467-0200
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Though the great cocktails by barman Giovanni Martinez are great enjoyed next to the bar, the patio is really where the action is at Sadie. The southern shrimp & grits and 8oz Sadie burger are menu standouts, along with the Tuscan black kale salad with butternut squash and blueberries.

9. A-Frame

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12565 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90066
(310) 398-7700
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Roy Choi's ode to Hawaiian and Asian cuisine was inspired by picnic dining, and the dishes follow suit by being finger-friendly courses that are best consumed by your hands. The swordfish tacos, beer-can roasted chicken (fried chicken on the weekends), and hoisin ribs are the best things to get, in addition to the fantastic double-patty burger.

10. Paichẽ

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13488 Maxella Ave
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 893-6100
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Ricardo Zarate's newest venture, an homage to the fusion of Japanese and Peruvian flavors, sits just a stone's throw away from the ocean, where cool breezes will make the patio one of the best places in the city this summer.

11. Café Gratitude

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639 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 580-6383
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Both the Rose Ave and this Larchmont location of Cafe Gratitude boast great patios, where diners can dig into a homemade veggie burger or a macriobiotic bowl with sea vegetables. Wash it down with a freshly made glass of juice.

12. Wilshire Restaurant

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2454 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 586-1707
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Another one of the great enclosed patio spaces in the city, Wilshire Restaurant has a magical evening ambiance, where diners can enjoy chef Nyesha Arrington's cuisine. Her strength is seafood, with things like the hamachi crudo with ponzu and yuzu koshu, or the loup de mer with golden raisins.

13. Little Next Door

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8142 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 951-1010
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This cute French bistro on West Third feels a bit like Paris, a little more casual than the Little Door. There's escargot, charcuterie, Nicoise salads, and moules frites, all paired with champagne or other beverages for a great summer night's dinner.

14. Goldie's

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8422 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 677-2470
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The patio sits to the side of this design-minded restaurant on West Third, where every market-driven dishes can be enjoyed from morning until evening. There's bircher muesli for breakfast, diver scallops with kohlrabi for lunch, and hand cut tagliatelle with dungeness crab for dinner, along with great cocktails.

15. Sunny Spot

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822 Washington Blvd
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 448-8884
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Roy Choi's take on Jamaican cuisine is a great place to enjoy a meal under the sun. The brunch has a delicious spicy shrimp and grits while dinner features things like jerk chicken, baby back ribs, and roasted lamb. Cocktails are stellar too, with the Death in the D.R. boasting Dominican rum, lime, honey, absinthe, and champagne.

16. Dominick's

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8715 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 652-2335
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Chef Brandon Boudet's old-school Italian, with pastas like spaghetti and meatballs or whitefish picatta are great when enjoyed in the confines of Dominick's patio.

17. Il Cielo

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9018 Burton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 276-9990
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Arguably one of the most enjoyable patios in the city, the romantic ambiance tends fills up quickly with diners on dates. There are even rose petals and candles galore.

18. Drago Centro

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525 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 228-8998
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A recent addition to this large Italian restaurant in the Financial District, the patio is a congenial place to enjoy happy hour or a casual lunch with co-workers. The pastas are all handmade and the cocktails are worth ordering in twos.

19. Barney Greengrass

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9570 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 777-5877
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Perched over Beverly Hills, this underrated aerie has great smoked and cured fish, like the white fish or lox, especially when placed over bagels and spread with cream cheese. There's a near unobstructed view of the Hollywood Hills that makes this a great al fresco spot.

20. Polo Lounge

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9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 887-2777
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Newly redesigned and updated for this century, Polo Lounge is still one of the ultimate places in LA to see and be seen.

21. Scarpetta

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225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-7970
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Located on the edge of a fully conceived park in the middle of the Beverly Hills Triangle, this patio at Scott Conant's Scarpetta makes the hours waste away, with glasses of prosecco and bites like burrata with roasted cauliflower, yellowtail crudo, and of course the signature spaghetti as the perfect companions.

22. Perch

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448 S Hill St 13th F
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 802-1770
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This restaurant and lounge towering over Pershing Square in Downtown is one of the most remarkable places to enjoy an outdoor drink or dish in the city.

23. Eveleigh

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8752 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 239-1630
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Still a hot spot on the Sunset Strip, the quality of the cocktails never seem to wane here, with a constant flow of innovative bartenders mixing and shaking behind the bar. The food is pretty good too.

24. Ray's & Stark Bar

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5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6180
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A tremendous spot to enjoy a midsummer night's dinner (or a midday lunch), Ray's presents chef Kris Morningstar's elegant, simple comfort fare in constant view of museum-goers.

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1. Sirena

8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Reminiscent of the former glory of Pane e Vino, this lovely patio behind Sirena is one of the best new places to dine al fresco in the city. There have been some chef changes of late so the food might be a little uneven - best to stick with tried and true classics like grilled octopus salad or whole roasted branzino.

8265 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

2. Mr Chow Malibu

Malibu, CA 90265

The second outpost of Mr. Chow's LA operation, this terrific setting for high-end Chinese has a great patio to enjoy outdoor dining throughout the summer. They also serve lunch on the weekends for the summer.

3. Venice Beach Wines

529 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

This local favorite has a swell patio that overlooks Rose Avenue, one of the most happening blocks in the city. This wine bar is a great place to nosh on small bites while sipping a glass of beer or wine.

529 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

4. AOC

8700 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

After taking over the previous spot Il Covo, AOC now has one of the most charming patios in the city, a completely enclosed area that feels like an Italian villa, not the middle of the city. Chef Suzanne Goin is still preparing market-fresh cuisine like wood-fired clams while sommelier Caroline Styne pairs them with terrific glasses of wine.

8700 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

5. Alcove Cafe & Bakery

1929 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

This popular eatery in Los Feliz has an expansive patio that's great during the day or even late into the evening. The food and baked goods are probably a little unremarkable but with such a nice place to sit it's hard to complain.

1929 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

6. Chosun Galbee

3330 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

While not quite as open as a traditional patio, this outdoor part of Chosun Galbee is great for Korean barbecue fans that would rather not smell like smoke at the end of the meal. Hanbok-wearing servers come around and prepare the grilled meats right before your eyes.

3330 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

7. The Sycamore Kitchen

143 S LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Though surrounded by brick wall and concrete, this patio is a great place to enjoy coffee or tea and some of the best baked goods and sandwiches in the city, all conceived by the Hatfield's crew. The turkey sandwich and double BLT-A are especially worth ordering.

143 S LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

8. Sadie Kitchen and Lounge

1638 N Las Palmas Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028

Though the great cocktails by barman Giovanni Martinez are great enjoyed next to the bar, the patio is really where the action is at Sadie. The southern shrimp & grits and 8oz Sadie burger are menu standouts, along with the Tuscan black kale salad with butternut squash and blueberries.

1638 N Las Palmas Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028

9. A-Frame

12565 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

Roy Choi's ode to Hawaiian and Asian cuisine was inspired by picnic dining, and the dishes follow suit by being finger-friendly courses that are best consumed by your hands. The swordfish tacos, beer-can roasted chicken (fried chicken on the weekends), and hoisin ribs are the best things to get, in addition to the fantastic double-patty burger.

12565 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90066

10. Paichẽ

13488 Maxella Ave, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Ricardo Zarate's newest venture, an homage to the fusion of Japanese and Peruvian flavors, sits just a stone's throw away from the ocean, where cool breezes will make the patio one of the best places in the city this summer.

13488 Maxella Ave
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

11. Café Gratitude

639 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Both the Rose Ave and this Larchmont location of Cafe Gratitude boast great patios, where diners can dig into a homemade veggie burger or a macriobiotic bowl with sea vegetables. Wash it down with a freshly made glass of juice.

639 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

12. Wilshire Restaurant

2454 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Another one of the great enclosed patio spaces in the city, Wilshire Restaurant has a magical evening ambiance, where diners can enjoy chef Nyesha Arrington's cuisine. Her strength is seafood, with things like the hamachi crudo with ponzu and yuzu koshu, or the loup de mer with golden raisins.

2454 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403

13. Little Next Door

8142 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

This cute French bistro on West Third feels a bit like Paris, a little more casual than the Little Door. There's escargot, charcuterie, Nicoise salads, and moules frites, all paired with champagne or other beverages for a great summer night's dinner.

8142 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

14. Goldie's

8422 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

The patio sits to the side of this design-minded restaurant on West Third, where every market-driven dishes can be enjoyed from morning until evening. There's bircher muesli for breakfast, diver scallops with kohlrabi for lunch, and hand cut tagliatelle with dungeness crab for dinner, along with great cocktails.

8422 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

15. Sunny Spot

822 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Roy Choi's take on Jamaican cuisine is a great place to enjoy a meal under the sun. The brunch has a delicious spicy shrimp and grits while dinner features things like jerk chicken, baby back ribs, and roasted lamb. Cocktails are stellar too, with the Death in the D.R. boasting Dominican rum, lime, honey, absinthe, and champagne.

822 Washington Blvd
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

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16. Dominick's

8715 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

Chef Brandon Boudet's old-school Italian, with pastas like spaghetti and meatballs or whitefish picatta are great when enjoyed in the confines of Dominick's patio.

8715 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048

17. Il Cielo

9018 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90211