Cliff’s Edge

Best Patio, August 2014

The terraced garden at Cliff’s Edge is a riot of bougainvillea and palm fronds anchored by the spreading limbs of a 70-year-old ficus tree. The tables seem to be there at the whim of nature, as if tendrils could easily shoot out from the plants and reclaim the space. The banquettes are strewn with cushions upholstered in vibrant paisley prints, and with dishes like a summery sour plum gazpacho, chef Vartan Abgaryan’s menu adds an element of fine-tuned excellence amid the encroaching greenery. Savvy Los Angeles diners know their patios (A.O.C., Sofi, Michael’s), each of which is site-specific in its own way, but Cliff’s Edge goes one step further by inviting us to take our time in what’s not wholly tamed.


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