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 email@example.com, and we’ll work on adding them as quickly as possible.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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. In addition to a tiny patio out front, they’ve also opened a separate dining option in the back parking lot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.