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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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1. E.P. & L.P.603 N LA Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood
2. Le Jardin1430 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles
3. House of Macau1600 Vine St, Hollywood
4. Running Goose1620 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles
5. Maradentro11929 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City
6. Idle Hour4824 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
7. Terrine8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles
8. Baltaire11647 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles
9. Mare7465 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
10. Redbird114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles
11. Pez Cantina401 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles
12. Birch1634 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood
13. Vespaio225 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles
14. Catch & Release13488 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey
15. Cassia1314 7th St, Santa Monica
16. Broken Spanish1050 S Flower St, Los Angeles
17. The Fat Dog801 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
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.
This chic lounge on Cahuenga and Sunset is basically on giant patio with this South of France vibe going on and two fire pits.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of two Mexican spots headed by lauded chef Ray Garcia, this hip spot is date friendly complete with a killer cocktail list.
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.