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The 17 Best New Patios in LA

Published On 07/10/2015 Published On 07/10/2015
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It's July, and according to the Los Angeles Summer Rulebook Which Is A Real Thing Shut Up Dude, you're required by law to be sitting outside, eating a burger (or something equivalent, like a lobster roll), and drinking a beer. Here are the 17 best new places to do that in LA.
 

E.P. & L.P.

Beverly Hills
This absolutely stunning rooftop deck has quickly become a must-hit spot thanks to incredible views, drinks from a former Hemingway's guy, and a menu full of late-night, Asian-influenced, small-bite eats like nachos w/ chicken simmered in coconut cream, and a soft-shell crab bun with spicy mayo.

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Le Jardin

Hollywood
This velvet rope lounge is essentially one giant drinking patio that's got the whole South of France vibe going on, with olive trees, tile paving, and two fire pits.
 

House of Macau

Hollywood
This massive, literally just-opened Asian spot has TWO patios, PLUS sidewalk dining, AND a huge fire pit area to eat Chinese BBQ pork and salt & pepper shrimp.

Running Goose

Running Goose

Hollywood
The latest actually legit edition to Hollywood's food scene is growing its own veggies and herbs right next to a new hanging light-lit patio, which means ultra-freshness in dishes like spot prawns with cherry tomato and chili de arbol on grilled baguette.
 

Maradentro

Studio City
This freshly minted seafood-focused Mexican restaurant from the guy behind Mercado's patio may not be the most impressive in the city, but like you've heard your whole life, size doesn't matter, especially when you're sitting there drinking a margarita and dipping chips into guacamole with lobster and bacon.

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Idle Hour

North Hollywood
Remember a few months ago, when we told you about this amazing bar with an amazing patio located in a GIGANTIC WHISKEY BARREL? Well, now it's also serving lunch and brunch out there, including short ribs and grits on weekends and pulled pork wraps all week.

Terrine

Terrine

Mid-Wilshire
In the six months or so since this Mid-City restaurant opened, its gorgeous patio has become one of the city's best places to seal a deal, both romantically and business... ally. Bonus: it also recently launched a decadent lunch, which includes a massive burger topped with "optional" foie gras.

Baltaire

Baltaire

Brentwood
This upscale steakhouse has one of the most impressive new outdoor dining areas in LA: 2,500 sprawling square feet, all of which provide a perfect venue for eating A5 Japanese Wagyu in.

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Maré

Mid-Wilshire
This all-patio, sorta secret restaurant (you need to enter through Greenspan's Grilled Cheese and walk through the back) is serving big ol' bowls of mussels, clams, and whole branzino.

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Redbird

Downtown
Neal Fraser's Downtown mecca's main room is a gorgeous open-air space, with foliage, comfy seating, and superlative food, including the signature Rabbitchetta.

Pez Cantina

Pez Cantina

Downtown
From the dude behind Milk, this loaded-with-umbrellas patio offers a Mexican seafood-leaning menu that includes a grilled swordfish and eggs weekend brunch and shrimp aguachile for dinner.
 

Birch

Hollywood
The new one from the Waterloo & City guy is serving up New American deliciousness like grilled lamb belly with pine nuts that you're required (by us) to eat on Birch's brick-laden alleyway patio.

Vespaio

Vespaio

Downtown
MORE new Downtown patios? Yep: this one is attached to a new Italian restaurant in the Emerson from the Ago frontman, serving up interesting Boot fare like tagliatelle verdi w/ old-fashioned beef & porcini ragu.
 

Catch & Release

Marina Del Rey
The new seafood spot in the former Paiche space has a sort of indoor/outdoor patio deal going on, with windowsill planters and overhead heaters to go along with sustainable fish & chips.

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Cassia

Santa Monica
The Westside's new Asian mecca from the Spice Table dude comes correct with killer outdoor seating not too far from the ocean. Get the Kaya toast and white Singaporean white pepper crab.
 

Broken Spanish

Downtown
Ray Garcia's new Mexican hotspot in the old Riviera space upgraded the sorta stuffy back room by knocking out a wall and installing a retractable floor-to-ceiling window that gives you full-on breeziness while you down killer green Clamato-abetted red snapper.

Fat Dog

The Fat Dog

North Hollywood
The new NoHo location of this Fairfax favorite gives Valley residents some big time bragging rights over their over-the-hill neighbors. That's because this Fat Dog has a 1,000sqft patio, plus cocktails from acclaimed barman Matt Biancaniello.

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Jeff Miller is the LA editor of Thrillist, and is definitely outside at one of these spots right now. Find him at @jeffmillerla on Instagram and @ThrillistLA on Twitter.

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1. E.P. & L.P. 603 N LA Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

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 (Hollywood)

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 (Hollywood)

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 (Hollywood)

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 (East Valley)

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 (Mid Wilshire)

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 (Brentwood)

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 (Hollywood)

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 (Downtown)

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 (Downtown)

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 (Hollywood)

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 (Downtown)

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 (Marina Del Rey)

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 (Santa Monica)

From the chef that brought you now closed Spice Table, Cassia is making waves of its own. We're talking Chinese bacon fried-rice and whole Singaporean white-pepper crab.

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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 (West Hollywood)

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.

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