One of the many perks of living in Los Angeles is the possibility of year-long al fresco dining. But with cooler temps on the horizon, the availability of heaters when nightfall hits is imperative. The restaurants highlighted on this list have it all: daytime shade, evening warmth, and all-day vibes. Here now are 17 lovely outdoor dining patios in Los Angeles.Read More
17 Fantastic Outdoor Patios for Al Fresco Dining in Los Angeles
Daytime shade, evening warmth, and all-day vibes
Founded by a few European restaurant vets, this stylish Venice restaurant offers high-end takes on familiar fare, from citrus and fennel salads to pasta to easy wood-grilled meats and fish. This is a menu that won’t challenge diners and should work for the pickiest of palates. Throw in one of the Westside’s coolest, and at times, warmest, patios, and you have a terrific place for al fresco dining in Venice.
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Longtime Culver City restaurant Hatchet Hall has always had a handy side patio that works for al fresco dining. Chef Wes Whitsell continues the restaurant’s tradition of serving stellar seasonal Southern fare.
One of the best patios (and a low-key celebrity favorite) in Beverly Hills, this patio is essentially attached to its main dining room, making this perch an ideal place for wide plates of freshly grilled whole fish and other Greek-inspired salads and sides.
Chef John Fraser’s vegetable-centric cooking is served outside underneath Ardor’s veritable jungle of foliage. This West Hollywood restaurant offers gorgeous dark wood family-style benches beneath plenty of heat lamps.
One of LA’s single longest patio spaces, the newish Juliet in Culver City has handy outdoor seating facing busy Washington Boulevard serving fare from morning to evening. The brunch scene might be even better for the patio, but the space works at all times for the Parisian bistro fare fused some LA sensibilities.
Koi Los Angeles
Popular Japanese restaurant Koi has reopened in the space next door, boasting a fully covered outdoor patio to the side with plush banquettes and moody lighting. The expansive menu offers tempura shrimp, rolls, and terrific shareable Japanese entrees like miso black cod. Koi is perhaps more famous for its celebrity clientele, but given its location and updated ambience, it’s a solid mid-week al fresco dinner.
Alta Adams’ back patio is back in business, and chef Keith Corbin is at the helm turning out some of LA’s most stellar comfort food. The parklet is also a heated oasis to take in oxtails and rice.
Mother Tongue Restaurant
Michael Mina’s newest Los Angeles restaurant opened last year above a 75,000-square-foot five-story fitness club in Hollywood. Relevantly, the 1,500-square-foot patio can host up to 60 guests digging into the Asian-, South American-, and Middle Eastern-inspired fare.
Post & Beam
Post & Beam chef/owner John Cleveland made some recent changes at Post & Beam. He hired Hatchet Hall veteran Martin Draluck as chef de cuisine and revamped the patio into a stunning oasis. They’ve also added a regular dinner series called Black Pot Supper Club, which celebrates historic foods from the Black community.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Hollywood pizza hit Da Michele may have a famous name, but it’s the nearly all-outdoor space and open view to the wood-fired oven that has customers coming back.
Offering a truly Tulum-level of lush greenery in the heart of Hollywood, Wes Avila’s Ka’Teen serves modern Mexican food with an inordinate amount of heating to keep diners warm during breezy LA nights. Sip on the well-shaken cocktails and dig into a platter of well-roasted cochinita pibil.
Executive chef Brandon Kida opened Gunsmoke in late July and already diners are big fans of the tucked-away patio and Kida’s blend of Japanese, French, Mexican, and Filipino cuisines. Try the mushroom “escargot” with a perfect, crisp baguette.
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With open air but nearly fully outdoor dining areas sprawled across multiple areas, the second restaurant from chef Joshua Gil and partner Matthew Egan features warm lounge-style seating that befits the resort fare of tacos, ceviches, and more at this popular Los Feliz restaurant.
Bacari Silverlake + Bar Bacari
Bacari took over the former Cliff’s Edge space — and its incredible patio — to offer its wide menu of Italian small plates and excellent wines by the glass.
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Cabra Los Angeles
Taking over a swanky rooftop of the Hoxton hotel, Chicago chef Stephanie Izard brings her restaurant Cabra to Downtown LA, serving ceviches, cocktails, and Peruvian-inspired dishes on a heated patio. The wraparound views are just the icing on the cake.
Sporting one of LA’s loveliest, and nearly fully-enclosed outdoor dining space hidden away in the Arts District, world-famous chef Enrique Olvera’s LA restaurant serves polished, modern Mexican fare featuring some local flavors, from hisbicus to al pastor. Even on the coldest nights, this patio will stay toasty thanks to the four walls encompassing the space.
This lovely outdoor patio has subtle heating elements and a nice cover to keep the temperature constant. On the menu, there’s everything from hearty Midwestern-inspired pastas to gorgeous cheeses.