The original Dominick's, a Rat Pack hang, opened in 1948, and the site's been reincarnated a few times since. Now the patio's big and has olive trees, and chef Brandon Boudet (101 Coffee Shop) is serving flavorful Italian fare: Italian wedding soup, arancini, ricotta gnocchi, a hanger steak with arugula and Parmesan, and a meatball sub. The gelati at dessert are house made, and the Prosecco flows at brunch.
Best Patio with Fireplace, August 2011
The perception that L.A. is blessed with balmy weather year-round is tested many a night (and day) as the temperature dips below 70 degrees. When that happens, we scramble for any warmth we can find. On the patio at Dominick's, the brick fireplace roars all day long. The partly covered courtyard boasts leafy trees that reach the roof. The vibe is especially relaxed on Sundays, when a three-course dinner costs $15: the quintessential cheap date that doesn't feel so cheap.