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Hinoki and the Bird
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Lakeside Cafe
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Toe Bang
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1. The Polo Lounge 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Tucked away in the Beverly Hills Hotel, The Polo Lounge is an iconic restaurant in on Sunset Blvd. with Old Hollywood glitz and glamor. The elegant art-deco theme of the hotel carries through to the restaurant and its pink,floral-heavy patio. With over 75 years of service under its belt, The Polo Lounge remains at capacity on a daily basis, full of Hollywood hotshots and industry movers and shakers. You’re here to see and to be seen, but also to enjoy the classic American dishes that have aided in making the landmark restaurant what it is today.

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2. Hinoki & The Bird 10 W Century Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90067

At Hinoki & The Bird, executive chef Brandon Kida spotlights travel-inspired cuisine at this modern, Californian restaurant. Cosmopolitan dishes -- such as Japanese curry arancini, Jerusalem artichoke soup, and Scottish salmon -- create a global menu with healthful sensibilities.

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3. Perch 448 S Hill, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This bar-centric restaurant from the Must guys is so laden with foliage and lounge chairs, it's like a rooftop version of Disney's Tiki Room; and if that's not enough to get you in there, Perch also has French grub like rabbit rillette with braised plums, candied kumquat & vanilla shallot marmalade; pork confit cassoulet with pork belly & cracklings; and the three-mini-club platter called "Duck, Duck, Goose."

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4. The Lost Knight 1538 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Inspired by British pubs, The Lost Knight is an Echo Park favorite for tons of reasons: a rotating craft beer list that highlights US and UK brews, a live performance space popular with local bands, and an intimate, brick-lined rooftop patio. There's plenty of food, and the pub-style menu features fish and chips, burgers, and extra thick, hand-cut, twice-cooked fries topped with anything from cheddar and blue cheese to tikki masala and Sriracha honey glaze.

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5. Lakeside Cafe 16817 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

The Lakeside Cafe serves food free of antibiotics and hormones in a beautiful, natural setting. The water views while dining will make you forget about traffic for a while.

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6. Golden Road Brewing 5410 W San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Golden Road is the perfect place for anyone who loves drinking while playing games, because they've got giant Jenga, ping pong, and more, plus tons of outdoor seats, and some of LA's best local beer that's brewed right there. Enjoy a pint with some of the venue's delectable globally-inspired pub fare.

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7. Trails Cafe 2333 Fern Dell Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068

This secluded lunch spot is nestled comfortably in the trees along one of the many Griffith Park trails. You can expect great sandwiches and tons of vegetarian options.

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8. Good Times at Davey Wayne's 1611 N El Centro Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028

Straight out of The Brady Bunch set, this 70's living room-themed Hollywood bar is decked out with hammocks, an Airstream Trailer, and a DJ spinning Bee Gees-esque beats. It's hard to tell what's cooler: the epic secret entrance through a refrigerator door or the no-cover. Weekend nights usually draw the biggest lines, but Good Times is open on weekend afternoons, aka the perfect time to kick back on the patio and order up some Tex-Mex street food and craft cocktails.

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9. Toe Bang 3465 W 6th St #110, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Toe Bang is an outdoor restaurant serving Korean barbecue. Get the lunch special which will only cost you a cool $10.

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10. 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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11. The Attic 3441 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803

The Attic was founded on a menu full of Southern creature comforts like shrimp and grits, chicken-fried steaks, and jambalaya. But the standout here isn't the Monte Christo French Toast or Chicken and Waffles, no, your eye is immediately drawn to the section of the menu labeled “Mac ’n’ Cheetos.” All four options (OG Mac, Hey Shorty, Reggae, Jalo Bac) are served as follows: pasta, Cheddar, mozzarella, and Jack cheeses topped with Flaming Hot Cheetos crumbles and green onions. Let’s review. The OG Mac will come with smoked bacon and Flaming Hot Cheetos. The Hey Shorty will come with slow-braised short rib, and Flaming Hot Cheetos. The Jalo Bac will come with jalapeños, candied cayenne bacon… and Flaming Hot Cheetos. Welcome to The Attic, where your favorite bag of chips makes its way into your favorite childhood, cheesy pasta. What more could you possibly want?

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12. Big Bar 1927 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Big Bar's actually, well, a tiny little bar attached to the massive outdoor patio at the Alcove Cafe. It has a European feel thanks to a room-length, extra-wide marble bar, antique-looking oak cabinets, and custom-made, metal chandeliers.

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13. Malibu Seafood 25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Malibu Seafood is a roadside seafood shack on the Pacific Coast Highway that's equal parts fish market and patio cafe. Order filets of Chilean sea bass and wild Alaskan salmon to-go, or sit at one of the picnic tables for a feast of clam chowder, deep-fried Fish & Fries, and grilled swordfish. Seafood is the sole focus here, but there is a grilled chicken sandwich (and sides like thick-cut fries, rice pilaf, and a baked potato) for the anti-pescatarians.

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14. The Hotel Wilshire 6317 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Hotel Wilshire's got a modern, cozy interior, and a fantastic rooftop with a pool and a dazzling view of the city.

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15. 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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16. The Bungalow 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

This sprawling, indoor/outdoor lounge at the Fairmont Santa Monica is rustic, bougie-in-a-good-way, and straight-up charming. The beautifully designed patio is decked out with lanterns and close enough to the beach (aka, right across the street) to catch the ocean breeze. Accouterments like a fire pit and ping pong table make The Bungalow a great place to start the night with a few happy hour drinks.

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17. Edendale 2838 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

This bar, restaurant, and event space has a beautiful outdoor patio perfect for chilling in this hipster neighborhood. They serve dinner, late night, and brunch.

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18. The Strand House 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

The Strand House is a Manhattan Beach-based eatery, drawing crowds of LA's affluent with four floors of patio dining, with a menu from the team behind Grace and Gjelina. The food is veggie- and seafood-centric, there are thin-crust pizzas, charcuterie plates, and protein-heavy entrees like spiced New Zealand lamb rack and prime beef filet that are perfectly complemented by fire-roasted baby root vegetables, a glass of Napa Valley Cabernet, and a stunning view of the sprawling beach down below.

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19. The Venice Whaler 10 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

A Venice landmark, this beachside spot has been serving up market-fresh dishes and high-quality craft cocktails since the '40s. Be sure to try the fish tacos, or split some of their small bites or an artisan pizza with your group -- a group you should also convince to join in the Whaler's Monday night karaoke. While you're there, you'll want to head up to the second-floor patio bar for some gorgeous ocean views, particularly at sunset.

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20. Palihouse 8465 Holloway Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Palihouse West Hollywood is a self-described "urban lodge" that falls somewhere between a boutique hotel and a luxury apartment building. The ritzy hotel near the Sunset Strip is meant for extended stays, but its rooftop cocktail lounge is open to anyone. The outdoor space is romantic but under-the-radar, so it's kind of the perfect place for a first date.