On of July 1, LA restaurants were ordered to end indoor dining, which means some of the city’s great patios have come back to life. And thanks in part to the new LA Al Fresco program, restaurants that once had limited or no outdoor seating are getting creative, opening new patios and al fresco dining options on sidewalks, in parking lots, and even on some streets. We’ll keep updating this list as more restaurants open up outdoor spaces, and if you know of any spots in your neighborhood with new patios, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll work on adding them as quickly as possible.
101 North Eatery & Bar
Located in Westlake Village, 101 North Eatery is an American bar/restaurant featuring daily meal specials, seasonal craft cocktails, and now, two big patios with lots of shade and plenty of space to socially distance.
The famous West Hollywood gay bar has added to their already plentiful outdoor seating with a new concept called Abbey Road - a lush, shaded patio taking over an old alleyway.
The Silver Lake comfort food spot has set up a small outdoor dining area running along Sunset Blvd. Now you can enjoy their smoked ribs, hot catfish sandwich, and perhaps the most delicious biscuit on the planet while soaking up some rays.
Known for their lasagna, truffles, and waitstaff who’ll speak Italian directly back to you, Angelini Osteria is one of our favorite places to eat pasta in Beverly Grove. And now, you can enjoy it al fresco, with a new patio going down their sidewalk - plus private outdoor cabanas.
Bar Restaurant, one of our favorite new restaurants to open in the past year, has reopened as “Bar Restaurant Valet Parking,” with seating on their patio as well as a brand new dining space in their parking lot. There’s string lights, tons of foliage, and old menu favorites like the cured ham and moules frites.
Located on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica, Bardonna is an all-day cafe specializing in salads, sandwiches, and a brunch menu that’s available every day until close. There’s now outdoor seating wrapped around the entire exterior, too.
Bavel has always had a nice patio, but now they’ve expanded their outdoor dining options even further. All that means for you is more chances to snag a table and eat our favorite Middle Eastern food in the city.
The iconic late-night spot in Koreatown has an expanded patio with awnings, string lights, and gallons of tofu stew.
The large sports bar on La Brea just opened one of the coolest new patios in the city. Taking over the parking lot next door, this new massive space is filled with astroturf, long picnic tables, and string lights covering the entire patio. Also, there are weekly specials that include 25-cent wings on Wednesdays and BOGO late night Happy Hour.
The iconic Italian restaurant in the Arts District has reopened their normal patio, and added a brand new tented area in their parking complete with foliage, string lights, and rugs.
One of our favorite restaurants of 2019, Birdie G’s in Santa Monica has reopened with an expanded outdoor space in the front corridor that wraps around to the back of the restaurant. They have a new seasonal menu (with plenty of old favorites), hand sanitizing stations, and virtual menus you can access through your phone as well.
The famed Silver Lake bar has opened a big outdoor area for both eating and drinking. Expect picnic tables, string lighting, and two big white tents to block out the sun.
The Blue Dog Beer Tavern
One of our favorite places to grab a burger and beer in The Valley, Blue Dog Tavern has an expanded sidewalk dining area - on top of their existing wrap-around patio.
Bodega is a casual wine bar in Santa Monica with a large sidewalk patio going down Broadway that includes potted plants and a trellis-like roof to cut out the midday sun.
Bone Kettle is a fantastic Indonesian restaurant in Pasadena and home to some of our favorite food in the neighborhood. Take advantage of the menu now on their new sidewalk patio going along N. Raymond Ave.
Caravan Swim Club
If all you’ve wanted to do this summer is drink and hang out by the pool, Caravan Swim Club is your best bet. Located in The Hotel June in Westchester - adjacent to LAX - expect tons of space (it’s two levels), great views, and an all-day menu featuring everything from shrimp tacos to Italian delis sandwiches.
The classic Mexican restaurant in Sherman Oaks is offering not one, but two different al fresco dining areas. They’ve taken over the back parking lot and filled it with socially distant tables, string lighting, and big white tents for shade.
If you’ve missed Casita’s atmosphere and lethally strong margaritas as much as we have, good news - the iconic Mexican restaurant in Silver Lake is back open with not one, but three new outdoor patios. All the tables are six-feet apart, there are string lights hanging everywhere, and tons of umbrellas for shade. In other words, this is the ideal atmosphere for one too many margaritas.
One of our favorite restaurants of 2019, Ceviche Project is back open with a front sidewalk patio ideal for a low-key date night.
The classic Santa Monica dive bar is back with a new patio in its parking lot, plus a recently renovated back porch as well. Though the quirky, nautical-themed interior will forever be one of our favorite places to drink on the Westside, being able to eat a buttered steak and lobster in their back parking lot is equally as odd... and exactly what we want at a place like Chez Jay.
Chef Kang Sul Box
Opening just before the start of quarantine, Chef Kang Sul Box has managed to build a massive following even in the midst of a global pandemic - a testament to their excellent Korean gastropub menu. The space on Wilshire has a large wrap-around patio with every table covered by a tent to keep out the sun.
We love Chez Tex simply for being the kind of casual, easy-to-get-into neighborhood bistro that’s often hard to find in Venice. Their excellent, snack-filled menu doesn’t hurt either. And though the space is small, they’ve reconfigured the tables inside and have added sidewalk seating out front. Ocean breeze, good wine, and a charcuterie plate? See you there.
Clearman's North Woods Inn
Located in La Mirada, Clearman’s is a lodge-inspired American restaurant with a massive menu filled with everything from bone-in ribeyes to pastrami sandwiches to lobster tails. They just opened a massive new covered outdoor dining area with astroturf, string lights, and a view of the rock fountain.
It was only a matter of time before this excellent New England-style seafood spot in West Hollywood took over their front parking lot with a patio, and we’ve arrived at that moment. Filled in with astroturf, umbrellas, string lighting, and more, it’s an ideal ambience for an outdoor boil.
The all-day vegan restaurant in Echo Park has brand new sidewalk seating going along both Echo Park Ave. and Delta St.
One of LA’s vegan institutions, Crossroads has long been a fantastic option for a meatless date night. And now, the upscale West Hollywood restaurant has built out a new side patio on Sweetzer Ave., assuring your dinner will be both outdoors and socially distant. The artichoke oysters, spinach lasagna, and spicy meatball pizza are some of our favorite dishes.
We just ate on Dan Tana’s massive new wraparound patio - check out our first Reopening Report: Dinner At Dan Tana’s. With astroturf, umbrellas, and string lighting, it’s certainly a different energy than the old-school interior, but as far as being socially distant is concerned, it’s an incredible option. Besides, after a few rounds of martinis and chicken parm, we couldn’t tell the difference anyway.
The classic Culver City steakhouse has moved their Old Hollywood aesthetic outside - and onto a new patio in their parking lot. On top of string lights and astroturf, there’s also a mural of the interior dining room going along the walls, so you actually feel like you’re inside the place. Except you’re outside - even better.
The upscale dinner-and-drinks spot in West Hollywood is bringing their scene-y atmosphere outside with a fantastic new patio that includes plush chairs, carpeting, and wall art lining the perimeter.
The neighborhood Italian spot in Beverly Grove has always had a nice wrap-around front patio, but they’re offering their parking lot as an outdoor dining option as well.
Not only does Dudley Market serve some of our favorite seafood in Los Angeles, this neighborhood spot also has a fantastic location one block off the Venice boardwalk - which is exactly why we’re so excited about their new outdoor patio. If eating fresh-caught seafood while staring at the ocean isn’t on your “Things I Enjoy In Life” list, perhaps you need to reconsider some things.
Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen
The classic Southern spot on Crenshaw serves some of the best soul food you’ll find in LA. Now, you can enjoy it all in their outdoor dining area. Dulan’s On Crenshaw is also open for outdoor dining.
Earle's on Crenshaw
You aren’t going to find many chili dogs in LA better than the ones served at Earle’s Restaurant, so head to Crenshaw right now and take advantage of their sidewalk patio.
The famous Mexican restaurant on Sunset in Hollywood has expanded their existing back patio into the parking lot, which means more available tables - and even more flaming margaritas.
Slowly but surely, the iconic Mexican restaurant on Beverly Blvd is springing back to life. They’ve now reopened their existing front patio for dine-in, and added a row of extra tables going down the sidewalk.
The upscale cocktail bar in West Hollywood has recently transformed their parking lot into a new patio filled with benches and umbrellas. And if some of the best-made craft cocktails in the neighborhood aren’t enough to lure you in, they’re also offering a mobile haircutting service on the weekends, and tremendous wood-fired pizzas every day.
One of our favorite downtown bars, The Escondite has converted their parking lot into “Skidrokyo Beach,” complete with Adirondack chairs, umbrellas, and excellent views of the Downtown skyline.
The Santa Monica wine bar has always had a great patio, but after expanding along 7th St., it’s even greater (both literally and figuratively). If you want to know where we’ll be sipping wine, eating charcuterie, and remaining socially distant this summer, it’s here.
The Front Yard already had one of The Valley’s best patios and they just expanded the space to include even more socially distant seating. Also, you can expect air purifiers, sanitizer wipes, and pens you can take home after signing the check.
The upscale Italian restaurant in Santa Monica Canyon is famous for its celebrity clientele and a cramped interior where tables are essentially up against each other. Fast-forward to today, and Giorgio Baldi has a new, socially distant parking lot patio with astroturf, hedges, and (hopefully) some very drunk celebrities.
Home to some of our favorite barbacoa in LA, Gish Bac has opened a new tented back patio with abundant shade, potted plants, and colorful fiesta banners.
The famous drag bar in West Hollywood has taken over an adjacent parking lot along Santa Monica Blvd. and named it the “Outdoor Oasis.” With astroturf, umbrellas, and plenty of drag queens, the name is quite fitting.
The Downtown Yakitori spot has a new patio space out front with tables, umbrellas, heaters, and a separate astroturfed area for lounging.
Hatchet Hall is a modern Southern restaurant in Culver City with excellent food and a big new patio (in their old parking lot) to ensure a very socially distant meal. On top of a new patio, they’ve also changed up their service bit. It’s walk-in only, everyone orders at the bar, and you seat yourself.
Haute Mess is a fairly new market/cafe/wine shop in Beverly Grove with excellent sandwiches. They currently have a new front sidewalk patio right on Beverly Blvd.
Home to some of our favorite Nashville-style hot chicken in LA, Hotville has an expanded patio for all your outdoor dining needs. And no matter how much chicken you end up ordering, be sure to leave some room a hot fish sandwich and their absolutely tremendous mac & cheese.
Ichijiku is a new neighborhood sushi bar in Highland Park with incredibly fresh fish (get the branzino nigiri) and an excellent back patio. Expect foliage, awnings, and socially distant picnic tables, each adorned with their own bottle of hand sanitizer.
The long-standing steakhouse in Beverly Grove is known for their giant plates of meat (the pot roast is legendary) and their windowless brick facade that feels like the entrance to a secret society. Now, they’re opening things up with a new side patio on Harper Ave. that offers the same great menu, but in a safe al fresco setting.
The classic West LA diner is now offering outdoor seating going along Pico Blvd. That means you can now order excellent biscuits and coffee, flip open the newspaper, and grumble along with the rest of the patrons there.
The popular sports bar in Highland Park just debuted a brand new remodeled backyard patio with a full bar and a limited taco menu.
One of the most underrated restaurants in Hollywood, this upscale Californian spot on Melrose recently reopened for the first time since the pandemic with a brand new back patio adorned with string lights, potted plants, and white fencing to give it a finished look.
All four LA locations of the popular hand roll chain now have sidewalk patios perfect for all your outdoor dining needs.
One of the best restaurant spaces that everybody always forgets about, La Boheme is an American/Mediterranean spot in West Hollywood that recently filled-in their side parking lot with a patio. Expect astroturf, big cushy chairs, and plenty of foliage.
Lady Byrd Cafe
In what might be the most unique patio set up in town, Lady Byrd Cafe (in the old Pollen space in Echo Park) has placed plant-filled greenhouses around every table, ensuring minimal germ exposure and maximum English garden aesthetics. Couple that with a menu that includes sandwiches, pasta, and pastries, and this new all-day cafe is as good of an al fresco dining situation as you’ll find this summer.
The Santa Monica cocktail bar just opened up an outdoor seating area along the front sidewalk. All the tables are six feet apart, making it a great option for some al fresco drinking and tacos courtesy of Barbakush in East LA.
The iconic Beverly Hills steakhouse has taken over a portion of their parking lot and built a fenced-in, string-lit patio called The Silver Cart Terrace. Expect a full menu, a lot of hand sanitizer, and of course, the legendary prime rib carts.
Home to some of our favorite tacos in town, both locations of Loqui (Culver City and the Arts District) have large patios filled with picnic tables and umbrellas.
Madre’s location in Palms/Culver City set up a few tables out front of their main dining room. It’s not a huge new space, but it’s a great option if you want al fresco dining and some excellent Oaxacan food.
Home to some of our favorite BBQ on the Westside, Maple Block in Culver City has an expanded patio in their parking lot with plenty of umbrellas and bales of straw lining the perimeter for some nice country ambience.
Marino Ristorante is an Italian restaurant on Melrose in Hollywood that’s as close to a neighborhood date spot that the neighborhood has. Though their interior dining room is open, we recommend taking advantage of their massive new back patio. With twinkling string lights and a giant tree providing some shade, it’s the ideal setting for a glass wine and some pasta.
This comfy spot in Beverly Grove is back with an expanded sidewalk seating area - perfect for having a few glasses of wine and some wine-adjacent finger foods that are much better than any wine-adjacent finger foods should ever be (both the white anchovy and jamon tomato toasts are particularly great). For more information, check out their Instagram.
Home to some of our favorite sushi in the city, this upscale omakase bar in Beverly Grove now has a tented patio in their parking lot with tons of ambient string lights.
House of Meatballs
As the name suggests, this Westwood restaurant is all about one thing - high-end sushi. JK, it’s meatballs. And you can get it a la carte, on flatbread, in a sandwich, or with pasta, and enjoy it all on one of their two outdoor dining spaces.
For the first time ever, Milo and Olive is offering outdoor sidewalk seating. That means that whether you come for a cup of coffee in the morning or wine and our favorite pizza on the Westside at night, you can do so in the comfort of the outdoors.
Summer’s permanent heatwave has arrived, so the time is now to be ordering cold noodles from Myung Dong Kyoja. The popular soup specialist in Koreatown has a makeshift sidewalk patio going down Harvard Ave. with several tables and umbrellas.
Nerano is a fancy restaurant in Beverly Hills that specializes in coastal Italian cuisine. That means you should come ready to eat tons of fresh seafood like octopus and branzino, as well as pasta and Neapolitan pizza. The new patio takes over their former rear patio, offering a sprawling space with trees, string lights, and plenty of space in between tables.
The upscale restaurant in West Hollywood has recently reopened for the first time since quarantine with a brand new backyard space that seats up to 28 people. Expect tons of foliage, string lights, and tasty wood-fired pizza.
Looking to get out of the city for the day? Head up to The Old Place in the Santa Monica Mountains and enjoy one of our favorite restaurant settings in LA. The historic saloon has shifted to a takeout-only window with a menu that includes cinnamon rolls for breakfast, sandwiches during lunch, and giant sirloin steaks at dinner. Eat it all on any part of their outdoor property that you can find.
One of the most underrated Italian restaurants in LA, Osteria Mamma has two new outdoor dining spaces - sidewalk seating out front, and a full patio in the back parking lot. The patio comes with both a canopy and heaters, so whether the sun is up or down, you’ll be taken care of.
It’s getting to that point in the summer where the heat wave is permanent, making it the perfect time to head down to Gardena for some cold soba noodles at Otafuku. The family-run Japanese restaurant has put several tables in their back parking lot for al fresco dining.
The classic diner is open daily from 8am-3pm with full-service outdoor dining (and takeout, too). Their new parking-lot space features plenty of socially distanced tables, umbrellas, and music, as well. For more information, check out their Instagram.
The Culver City location of Pasta Sisters has expanded their patios to include the adjacent sidewalk. It’s important to note that they are not allowing any groups over six people and tap water service has been suspended. They also have their food truck up and running if you’re still not ready to dine-in.
The Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills
The famed Beverly Hills hotel has opened a new outdoor dining concept called “Le Petite Belvedere,” which is located in the hotel’s garden terrace and serves brasserie-style food.
Though Trois Mec has closed, Petit Trois - one of our favorite French restaurants in the city - has reopened. With a massive new parking lot patio, it’s now probably three times its original space, with plenty of socially distant tables, umbrellas, and potted plants. Petit Trois’ outpost in Sherman Oaks is also open, with a large sidewalk patio going along Ventura Blvd. At long last,
The Beverly Grove cantina has reopened for both dine-in and takeout with a brand new outdoor space going along Beverly Blvd. They have a slightly revised food menu featuring new tacos and bar snacks, but don’t worry, their famous cauliflower nachos is definitely still available. Plus, all their margaritas are back and available to-go as well.
Philippe’s is one of LA’s oldest restaurants, and the birthplace of the French dip sandwich. And now, the iconic French deli in Chinatown has taken over two separate parking lots for outdoor dining. Each patio includes plenty of shade, socially distant tables, and a beverage station selling beer, wine, and soda.
Located in Northridge, Pho 22 has very good pho, a friendly waitstaff, and a new little patio front with plenty of umbrellas.
Located just a few blocks from the beach in PDR, Playa Provisions has always been home to one of our favorite patios on the Westside. Now, you can get even more of it, as they’ve expanded outdoor dining to their parking lot, adding socially distant tables, umbrellas, and astroturf beneath your feet. If you’re there in the morning, we love the breakfast sandwich and churro bites, but at dinnertime, the patty melt is our go-to order.
Post Script is a brand new patio restaurant in Venice from the chef behind Yours, Truly. It occupies the expansive parking lot next to The Brig on Abbot Kinney and features one of the more elaborately-designed tents in LA.
Located in Koreatown, there are very few restaurants in LA as iconically Old Hollywood as The Prince. While we’ll have to wait to eat inside their dimly lit interior, they’ve added a massive new tented patio in the back parking lot with lots of string lights and foliage.
The all-vegan Italian wine bar in West Hollywood has a massive sidewalk patio complete with plexiglass screens at each table for added comfort and safety..
In addition to their long-standing courtyard space, Redbird in Downtown has added not one, but two new outdoor spaces - the Redbird garden and the lounge on the Vibiana courtyard.
One of LA’s most iconic restaurants, Republique has opened not one, but two new patios. The first one is set up along the front on La Brea and can be utilized during their Cafe hours from 9am-2pm. The second patio is in their side parking lot, and includes newly constructed walls and string lights for plenty of ambience. This patio is available during both cafe and dinner hours.
Rustic Canyon has been one of Santa Monica’s best dinner spots for years now, and with new and expanded seating along the sidewalk, you can safely take advantage of this classic spot all summer. Expect seasonal summer dishes to be added each night.
Rustic Kitchen Market & Café
The cafe/market/wine bar in Mar Vista has a new heated patio. Groups over six people are not allowed, and it’s recommended to call ahead as seating is limited. (310) 390-1500.
While the mechanical bull is probably on sabbatical until at least next year, the famed Saloon on The Sunset Strip has reopened to include multiple new patios, lots of string lights, and of course, their famous cotton candy.
The popular Italian restaurant in Venice has taken over their side parking lot to create a brand new outdoor dining space that includes socially distant tables, astroturf, umbrellas, and plenty of foliage.
Severance Wine bar is one of our favorite places to grab a quick glass of wine on Melrose, and now, you can do so outside on their brand new outdoor rear patio.
One of our favorite boutique hotels on the beach, Shutters has gotten into the al fresco game with a new outdoor dining space spread throughout their courtyard.
Since Sogo’s opening, their front patio area has been used for people to wait around until a seat became available at the bar inside. Now, the Los Feliz sushi spot has converted the space into dining, meaning you can enjoy their simple, fresh hand rolls while remaining outside and socially distant.
The popular pub in Santa Monica has reopened with a gigantic back patio that used to be their parking lot. Expect picnic tables, astroturf, a lot of day drinking, and plenty of Celtics and Red Sox fans when sports come back (sigh).
South LA Cafe
On top of selling an array of different groceries, this neighborhood cafe/coffee shop has excellent pastries, salads, coffee, and toasts across the board. Enjoy it all on their outdoor dining space.
If you’ve been craving Spago’s salmon pizza lately, you’re in luck. The Beverly Hills institution is back with a giant sidewalk patio going along Canon Dr. and dead-ending at Wilshire’s subway construction. There’s a big colorful wall there, so it’s a lot more appealing than it sounds.
The Marina del Rey location of the popular sushi chain has an expansive front patio with big umbrellas and a fountain for ambiance.
Home to one of the most iconic dishes in LA - the galbi jjim - Sun Nong Dan is a Koreatown institution that’s known for excellent food and long lines of people waiting to eat it. We can’t promise you there won’t still be lines, but at least now there’s outdoor seating running along the sidewalk.
Sushi Fumi has taken over a huge stretch of sidewalk on La Cienega to bring some of our favorite affordable sushi in West Hollywood to the people.
One of our favorite sushi restaurants in the entire city, Sushi Note has now moved outdoors, with a brand new sidewalk patio going along Ventura Blvd. And unlike their takeout operation, the full menu is once again available. Get ready for a lot of premium sushi and even more wine.
The high-end sushi restaurant in Pasadena has taken full advantage of their massive front courtyard with ample new seating (for groups of many different sizes) as well as umbrellas and foliage.
Tacos Tu Madre
With four locations across LA, Tacos Tu Madre is one of the more well-known Mexican chains in town. Their menu is full of healthy-ish bowls, plant-based tacos, and a breakfast burrito you’ll be thinking about all week. Every location is now offering outdoor seating, including West Hollywood’s expanded patio.
The classic French restaurant in Echo Park is now offering outdoor dining in their parking lot. The set up includes umbrellas, potted plants, and a lot of steak-frites. lol
This Mexican-Burmese-Indian cantina in Santa Monica has always had one of our favorite spaces in the neighborhood, and with their brand new front patio a block from the beach, we’ll double-down on that statement. Because at the end of the day, drinking margaritas and eating masala tacos by the ocean is a combination you can’t really pass up.
Located in Koreatown, Tokyo Hamburg is a lively restaurant with excellent Japanese bar food and a DIY smashburger situation you simply have to experience. And now, with a new patio out front, you can. Expect picnic tables, astroturf, and umbrellas.
Located in the Arts District, Tony’s Saloon is one of the original watering holes in the neighborhood. They’ve recently reopened and expanded their patio to include the entirety of their large back parking lot. There are socially distant picnic tables, virtual menus, and red and green cards that you flip to signal to the waitstaff that you’re ready to order.
This neighborhood Italian restaurant in Brentwood is opening a brand new, multi-level patio on July 30th. The patio will run along both San Vincente and Darlington, and will offer socially distant tables, shading, and more. It will be open for both lunch and dinner.
The tiny noodle bar on Sawtelle has a tiny new tented patio out front assuring plenty of shade and even more premium sushi.
Both the Santa Monica and Mid-Wilshire locations of this casual pasta bar have new sidewalk patios with string lights, foliage, and tons of shade.
Replacing the old MTN space on Abbot Kinney in Venice, Valle is an upscale Oaxacan restaurant with a new side patio for ideal al fresco dining. The menu has everything from lamb barbacoa tacos to ceviche to vegetarian tlayuda.
Located in Toluca Lake, Verse is a new-ish supper club-style restaurant with an even newer sidewalk patio that seats over 50 people. They officially open on 9/8 for dining, so expect string lights, foliage, and very comfy chairs.