1802 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
It doesn’t get more French than this in L.A. Bistro tables along with red-and-white rattan chairs transform Vermont Avenue into Rue-Saint Jacques. Include a croissant amandine, a café au lait, and a paper (or your Apple news feed) for a très belle morning. At dinner sub in escargots and moules frites.
1314 7th St., Santa Monica
Passersby might gawk at your massive seafood platter from the raw bar, with its sambal-spiked oysters and chile-coated prawns, but you’ll be too busy relishing each bite to notice. Save for a few potted plants, the corner sidewalk seating area is spartan. You’re here, though, for the spicy seafood laksa and the uni-topped egg custard served with whiffs of the Santa Monica breeze.
Joan’s on Third
8350 W. 3rd St., Beverly Grove.
Who hasn’t strolled by this stretch of 3rd Street and not thought about filching a nugget of tarragon chicken salad from someone’s plate? The sidewalk patio at Joan’s is the quintessential place for postjog granola or preshopping meat loaf—but really, any time is the right time for this meat loaf.
400 S. Main St., downtown
Josef Centeno’s most quietly awesome restaurant—once Pete’s Café—is also home to one of downtown’s secretly superior patios. Tables are separated from Main Street’s foot traffic by a few planter boxes. Brown butter-drenched chicken schnitzel and grilled “crudités” with house-made ranch dressing are just the kind of approachably tasty food you want to eat outside.
Grand Central Market
317 S. Broadway, downtown
A glorified median along Hill Street acts as L.A.’s ultimate outdoor culinary destination. Bring your handmade pasta from Knead & Co., vegetable-packed falafel wrap from Madcapra, or drippy sandwich from Egg Slut to a table beneath one of the red umbrellas for an enviable smorgasbord. You’ll have to keep the beer and wine inside, but a turmeric-nut milk latte from G&B Coffee will have your head spinning in a different way.