Food & Drink

The 17 Best New Patios in LA

Published On 07/10/2015 Published On 07/10/2015
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1. E.P. & L.P. 603 N LA Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

It's a bit hard to discern which is which at this two-for-one West Hollywood spot. Downstairs is E.P., an Asian restaurant that combines Thai cooking with Chinese, Fijian, and Vietnamese elements. Meanwhile, L.P. is the upstairs patio bar serving up street food small bites and killer cocktails surrounded by stunning views of the Hollywood Hills.

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2. Le Jardin 1430 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This chic lounge on Cahuenga and Sunset is basically on giant patio with this South of France vibe going on and two fire pits.

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3. House of Macau 1600 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028

This massive Asian spot has TWO patios, PLUS sidewalk dining, so you can pretty much be guaranteed Chinese BBQ pork and salt & pepper shrimp outdoors on a nice night.

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4. Running Goose 1620 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This super legit Hollywood spot has an eclectic menu but with a distinct Central American theme. They grow their own veggies and herbs right next to a new hanging-light-lit patio, so you know it's an ultra-fresh type of place with items like spot prawn with cherry tomato and chili de arbol, on grilled baguette.

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5. Maradentro 11929 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604

The dudes behind Mercado and Yxta's newest project is... wait for it... a Mexican concept (!!!), only this time leaning more seafood-centric (think lobster tacos and oysters con queso).

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6. Idle Hour 4824 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Originally built as a tap room in 1941, Idle Hour has been refurbished and reopened into a shining example of what every bar shaped like a giant whiskey barrel should be. Cocktails on tap, a top-notch patio out back, and even a separate private party annex that's shaped like a giant, pipe-smoking bulldog (everything is shaped like something!!) take this Vineland drinking destination to the next level.

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7. Terrine 8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Nostalgic French fare is given the expansive brasserie and a fairytale garden it deserves in Terrine, with chef Kris Morningstar masterminding elegant chicken confit salad, garlic-butter bathed escargots and a steak frites with smoked bone marrow that can be paired with an impressive French wine list. The namesake terrine, made with foie gras and served with apricot compote, proves worthy of the honor. Yet, a visit is utterly incomplete without sampling the charcuterie boards: with truffled chicken liver, terrine de campaign, liverwurst, andouille sausage and smoked beef deckle arranged with pickled morsels on a sturdy wooden disc. Dreamy and casual, the dining room is filled with bistro chairs, distressed brick and umber-hued leather banquettes with ornate mirrors propped behind them. The best part awaits behind an archway in the back, revealing an outdoor lounge with a giant illuminated tree as the centerpiece. The spot is more than an ideal perch for star-gazing, a well-balanced classic cocktail by Ryan Wainwright making you question your balance.

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8. Baltaire 11647 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Baltaire is the first steakhouse of its kind in Brentwood, with a 35-day dry aged cote-de-beouf and a monstrous shellfish platter that's sure to keep you coming back for more. This spot is great for special occasions, and if the ‘rents are in town, they won’t mind footing the bill at this classy steakhouse. For extra fancy-pants flair, order its incredible Greek salad or Dover sole -- both are proudly prepared tableside.

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9. Mare 7465 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Eric Greenspan’s Melrose restaurant isn’t just coastal, it’s European coastal. Home to one of the best g-damn patios in LA, the seafood spot is cleverly tucked behind Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese and is decked out with twinkling lights, candles, and SoCal flora. Maré's focused menu appeals to surf-and-turf lovers, featuring dishes like branzino with fig-pomegranate glaze and skirt steak with oregano and sea urchin butter.

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10. Redbird 114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Located in a refurbished church, Neal Fraser's Downtown LA restaurant is the ultimate high-end date spot. Redbird's food is next-level creative, like the signature Rabbitchetta dish, aka rabbit wrapped in porchetta. Aside from the gorgeous open-air dining room, there's also a beautiful outdoor patio for those SoCal nights.

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11. Pez Cantina 401 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

This Downtown Mexican restaurant, helmed by a former Patina dude and his Mexico-born wife, serves up traditional dishes like ceviches, chicharron chilaquiles, and tacos stuffed with everything from carne asada to crispy sweetbreads.

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12. Birch 1634 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Birch might be the most adventurous restaurant ever to hit the neighborhood, blending together influences and flavors from all over the world (think scallop sashimi and rabbit baklava). As a bonus, you'll find a collection of inspired, market-forward cocktails with ingredient combinations like black lime and white tea rum, frankincense and irish whiskey, or vodka and pinecone.

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13. Vespaio 225 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

From the team that brought you Ago came Vespaio, a Downtown Italian restaurant with a beautiful patio for dining al fresco on interesting takes on classics, like tagliatelle verdi with old fashioned beef & porcini ragu.

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14. Catch & Release 13488 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

This restaurant is "ocean-to-table" and makes you feel like you're in a particularly chic sailor shack. Try the bacon-abetted cod chowder and roasted scallops w/ charred spring onions.

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15. Cassia 1314 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

From the team behind the now-shuttered Spice Table, in collaboration with the team behind Rustic Canyon, Cassia is a Vietnamese-French bistro in Santa Monica. Cassia is housed in an open and lofty space, with sleek wooden tables and communal dining areas, an open hearth, and an outdoor patio. French tradition is expressed through the chilled seafood bar, and fused dishes include the pot au feu — a hybrid French stew and Vietnamese pho — with a chile-laden bone marrow broth, charcuterie fried rice, or any of the numerous cocktails crafted with a tropical bent, bearing in mind the heat of Vietnamese cuisine.

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16. Broken Spanish 1050 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

One of two Mexican spots headed by lauded chef Ray Garcia, this hip spot is date friendly complete with a killer cocktail list.

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17. The Fat Dog 801 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

This West Hollywood hangout wouldn't be living up to its name if it didn't have a dog-friendly patio and glutenous American dishes in portions one could only describe as "challenging." Hot dogs and hamburgers piled high with pickles, onions, and potato chips are about the size of your head but go down smooth with a local craft beer from a rotating draft selection. Even the bloody Mary brunches exceed breakfast fantasies with cast iron baked eggs with house chorizo, short rib hash with poached eggs, and brioche bread pudding French toast with Nutella. Yes, please.