One of the many perks of Los Angeles living is the possibility of year-long al fresco dining. Heaters are key as the temperature continues to drop, especially after the sun goes down and the SoCal chill forces everyone to shiver or reach for a hoodie. The restaurants highlighted on this list have it all: daytime shade, evening warmth, and all-day vibes. Here now are 18 lovely outdoor dining patios in Los Angeles presented from north to south.Read More
18 Fantastic Outdoor Patios for Al Fresco Dining in Los Angeles
Daytime shade, evening warmth in Southern California dining rooms
The family-operated Casalena has multiple places to dine that are either outdoors or feel that way. There’s an atrium with vaulted skylights, a patio surrounded by lush greenery, a fully enclosed terrace with floor-to-ceiling glass, and a second-floor private sunroom.
Stationed on a second floor in Old Town Pasadena, Cafe Santorini opened 25 years ago with Mediterranean fare and a romantic patio that overlooks the One Colorado Courtyard.
Aside from a handful of rooms, Mírate is a multi-level, open-air restaurant with natural light and a canopy to protect diners from the elements. This is the second restaurant by chef Joshua Gil and partner Matthew Egan where Gil’s modern and personal takes on tacos, ceviches, mariscos, and a cochinita pibil are enjoyed in one of LA’s most stunning dining rooms.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Hollywood pizza hit Da Michele may have a famous name, but the nearly all-outdoor space and open view of the wood-fired oven keep customers returning for pizza, pasta, cocktails, or just to hang out. There’s also a sizeable patio at the Santa Barbara location as well.
Chef John Fraser has one of the city’s prettiest patios, which is surrounded by a jungle of foliage. This West Hollywood restaurant offers gorgeous dark wood family-style benches beneath heat lamps. No matter what’s ordered for the table, don’t skip on the milk bread.
Botanica Restaurant and Market
The two patios at Botanica are an oasis in the middle of Silver Lake. Only blocks away from the historic reservoir, the patios are bright, festive, and pairs perfectly with the Manila clams, zucchini gratin, or the coriander encrusted ribs.
Mother Tongue Restaurant
Michael Mina’s Los Angeles restaurant is stationed 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.
Koi Los Angeles
In early 2022, West Hollywood’s popular Koi reopened in the space next door and introduced 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 ambiance, it’s a solid mid-week al fresco dinner.
De Buena Planta - Plant-Based Mexican (Silver Lake)
Though the lone plant-based option on this map, De Buena Planta is also a specialist in cocktails. The spacious Silver Lake restaurant regularly books DJs to amp up the vibe. Go with a group, stake out a table, and take in the colors and vibe.
Directly on top of chef Evan Funke’s restaurant is Bar Funke. A second-story rooftop is a welcome sight in Beverly Hills, and this one exudes charm with cocktails, the full menu, and one hell of a view.
Dante Beverly Hills
In July 2023, NYC staple restaurant Dante opened on a rooftop in Beverly Hills. The views are a splendid look toward the Hollywood Hills complete with aperitivo-style cocktails and an Italian-meets-Mediterranean menu.
Benny Boy Brewing
Lincoln Heights’ casual brewery is the place to have a drink. There’s always plenty of seating, plus Benny Boy consistently books a rotating group of food pop-ups to accompany the house-made cider and beer.
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Chef Kris Tominaga creates Southern classics paired with California flavors at Manuela. This warehouse-like space and expansive patio inside Hauser & Wirth gallery is spacious, airy, and beautifully lit at night.
Sporting one of LA’s loveliest, and nearly fully enclosed outdoor dining spaces hidden away in the Arts District, world-famous chef Enrique Olvera’s LA restaurant serves polished, modern Mexican fare. Even on the coldest nights, this patio stays toasty thanks to the four walls encompassing the patio.
Alta Adams’ back patio keeps getting more lush with its overflowing plans, 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.
As one of LA’s single longest patio spaces, Juliet has handy outdoor seating facing Culver City’s busy Washington Boulevard while 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 menu fused with LA flair.
Bar Bohemien underwent an expansion this year. It’s got an excellent vantage point of Culver City. Drinkers can order food from the first-floor vendors like Go Go Bird, Ile Bistro, and Bang Bang Noodles and bring it upstairs to eat.
Hatchet Hall’s handy side patio works well for al fresco dining. No matter which chef is at the chef's helm, this Culver City restaurant continues its tradition of serving stellar seasonal Southern fare rain or shine under a massive canopy.