The pandemic is slowly loosening its grip on our lives–and lots of us are going out to celebrate. For many, that means outdoor dining on a beautiful patio, and L.A. restaurants offer plenty to choose from. Be sure to follow the region’s latest reopening details and safety protocols, as the situation continues to evolve.
L.A.’s Best Outdoor Dining
This new concept from H.wood Group sits atop the famed Beverly Hilton hotel. A culinary team including Chefs Michael Teitch, David Johns, and Burt Bakman turns their attention to upscale Mediterranean fare. 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.
Frogtown hotspot Salazar is back, so you can enjoy tacos and cocktails in its stylish, desert-inspired outdoor dinning area. One thing that’s changed since the pre-pandemic days: You can now book a reservation in advance, rather than walking up and waiting. 2490 Fletcher Dr, Frogtown.
LA Cha Cha Chá
This buzzy, brand new patio comes from the team behind Mexico City’s Terraza Cha Cha Cha. The kitchen here is helmed by Chef Alejandro Guzman, formerly of Le Comptoir; cocktails come from Bryan Tetorakis of Cole’s and the Varnish. 812 E. 3rd St., Arts District.
Situated atop the Eataly complex in Century City, Terra’s expansive, twinkle-light-lit terrace offers ample space to spread out, take in the city views, sip a cocktail, and dine on wood-oven Italian fare. After your big meal out, Eataly is open to stock up on groceries for more cooking at home. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City.
The parking lot at Tallula’s is now a festive, full-service patio with tables spread out from one another. You can almost hear the ocean waves as you down your margaritas and entire sheet pans of nachos. The restaurant’s health procedures have earned it the new GTHR SAFE certification, indicating they’re upholding standards set by safety experts. 118 Entrada Dr., Pacific Palisades.
Post & Beam
Post & Beam pivoted to a fun but basic takeout menu during the pandemic. Now they’ve reopened with a tented patio, new Chef de Cuisine Martin Draluck (formerly of Hatchet Hall and Milo+Olive) and are returning to their full menu of Southern-accented fare. 3767 Santa Rosalia Dr., Baldwin Hills.
Opening a restaurant amid pandemic was risky, but the team at Nueva gave it a shot. Outdoors, you’ll find a cheery and colorful patio; indoors the staff preps modern Mexican dishes in a kitchen large enough to allow for some distancing, and outfitted with a state-of-the-art indoor air filtration system. 822 Washington Blvd., Venice.
The Waterfront Venice
This beachy-chic spot has has reopened its sunny patio so you can nibble on relaxed all-day bites and sip a glass of rosé (or CBD-infused kombucha, if you prefer). Guests will have their temperatures checked upon arrival, and must agree to provide info for contact tracing, just in case it comes up. 205 Ocean Front Walk, Venice.
Alcove Cafe & Big Bar
The most popular patio restaurant in Los Feliz (maybe the world?) has spaced out its tables and welcomed back eager guests. Enjoy casual fare from breakfast through late night, along with inventive cocktails crafted by an experienced staff. 1927 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz.
Bar Restaurant had only officially opened in the former Malo space a handful of months before the pandemic arrived, but they quickly adapted to changing times. Now the attached parking lot has become one of the larger dining patio spaces in the neighborhood. 4326 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake.
BOA’s Sunset Strip location has adapted an outdoor space into “BOA Garden,” a super-elegant dining patio, with full-height hedges, large-scale florals, and real tables and chairs (nothing folding or plastic in sight). 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.
Located on the main plaza of open-air shopping center Platform, Roberta’s has a sizable patio for sharing some pizzas and glasses of wine. If you feel like staying home, you can pick-up DIY pizza kits, too. 8820 Washington Blvd., Culver City.
The Bamboo Club
A tiki bar with far-above-average food, the Bamboo Club has moved its tropical party outside to a large, disco-ball-decked, open-sided tent that can accommodate spaced-out tables. 3522 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach.
Anajak Thai Cuisine
Anajak Thai Cuisine puts out just a single table for on-premise service, so groups of two to six can enjoy the space without interacting with other customers, you just have to commit to buy at least two bottles from their interesting natural wine list along with your food order. Book ahead via Instagram. 14704 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Luckily for this Italian import, a twinkling, tree-dotted patio has been the centerpiece of its dining area since opening in 2019, complete with a window that allows the pizzaiolos to serve outdoor guests straight from the wood oven. 1534 N. McCadden Pl., Hollywood.
Blue Streak at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Enjoy a meal with a view of the beach, gathered around your personal fire pit on the terrace at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel’s restaurant, Blue Streak. Be sure to reserve in advance. 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.
Dan Tana’s knows it just wouldn’t be the same without the checkered tablecloths and kitschy red booths–so they literally rolled out some carpet and dragged the whole operation outdoors, booths and all. Old Hollywood, pandemic style. 9071 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.
Inn of the Seventh Ray
This classic, landmark L.A. restaurant wasn’t going to let a little pandemic stop it. Conveniently, the whimsical garden setting has been a signature selling point since it opened nearly a half-century ago. 128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd., Topanga.
Nobu Malibu and its incomparable, rap-lyric-inspiring waterfront setting are ready to welcome you back. The patio practically hovers over the beach. Sushi also available. 22706 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu.
Snack on some excellent fries while lounging on the leafy back patio at this West Hollywood staple. At night, fairy lights in the trees create an enchanted garden feel. 7984 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.
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