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300+ LA Restaurants Open For Outdoor Dining

A running list of reopened LA restaurants with outdoor spaces, organized by neighborhood.

Updated April 16th, 2021

On January 29th, 2021, LA restaurants were given the OK to reopen for outdoor dining. That means sidewalks, parking lots, and alleyways can once again be transformed into restaurant patios with restrictions, and if you so choose, you can be eating on them. This cumulative directory, broken down by neighborhood, is meant to highlight all the places where you can be eating outside right now in LA. We’ll continue to update it as spots reopen around the city, and if there’s a patio you think needs to be included, email us at losangeles@theinfatuation.com.

If you’re looking for restaurants doing outdoor dining for the first time, check out our guide to LA Restaurants With New Patios And Outdoor Seating. For our full guide to the city’s takeout and delivery options, check out the Ultimate Los Angeles Delivery & Takeout Guide.



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Atwater Village

Golden Road Brewing

$$$$ 5410 W San Fernando Rd

Golden Road, the LA-bred, Budweiser-owned brewery in Atwater Village, has reopened their large front patio and side yard for dine-in. They’ve got an eclectic menu full of pub food, like carnitas poutine, BBQ short rib sandwiches, and fish & chips. First-come, first-served.


$$$$ 3245 Casitas Ave

Mediterranean spot Momed is back open in Atwater Village. They’ve got a big patio where you’ll eat lamb and beef meatballs with pine nuts, feta, pomegranate seeds, and tomato ragu, and excellent chicken skewers with chickpea aioli and tzatziki.

Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw

Earle's on Crenshaw

$$$$ 3864 Crenshaw Blvd

Crenshaw institution Earle’s Grille specializes in hot dogs and chili dogs, and has a huge menu of vegan options, with free COVID-19 testing on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Hotville Chicken

$$$$ 4070 Marlton Ave

One of our best new restaurants of 2020, Hotville is a South LA spot serving hot chicken, mac and cheese, and pecan pie you need to try. They’ve got outdoor seating outside their storefront in their Baldwin Hills shopping center that’s officially reopened.

South LA Cafe

$$$$ 1700 Browning Blvd,

Coffee shop/market South LA Cafe has patio seating for you to sit each morning with your coffee and banana pecan muffin or butter croissant.

Beverly Grove


$$$$ 8700 W 3rd St

With an aesthetic that reads closer to a farmhouse in the French countryside than a restaurant across the street from a hospital, AOC’s patio is one of the most iconic in town. Make a reservation so you can, once again, be dining on it.

Bacari W. 3rd

$$$$ 8030 W 3rd St

Bacari has reopened with an excellent outdoor dining room, covered with massive trees and hanging lamps. It’s tucked far enough back from busy West 3rd St. that it doubles as an impressive oasis, and the wine list - impressively large and just as full of affordable options - only helps. The menu of Mediterranean-ish small plates compliments both the surroundings and the wine very well.

Bao Dim Sum House

$$$$ 8256 Beverly Blvd.

The Beverly Grove dim sum house has reopened their sidewalk patio along Beverly Blvd. It’s tented with string lights for when it gets dark.

Della Terra

$$$$ 7675 Beverly Blvd

The neighborhood Italian spot by The Grove has always had a nice wrap-around front patio, but they’re offering their parking lot as an outdoor dining option as well.

Escuela Taqueria

$$$$ 7450 Beverly Blvd

This neighborhood taqueria quietly moved a few blocks down the street in 2020 to a new space with a great wrap-around patio that’s officially reopened.

Haute Mess

$$$$ 7673 Beverly Blvd

Haute Mess is a new-ish market/cafe/wine shop in Beverly Grove with excellent sandwiches. Their sidewalk patio right on Beverly Blvd. has officially reopened.

Jar Restaurant

$$$$ 8225 Beverly Blvd

The long-standing steakhouse in Beverly Grove is known for its giant plates of meat (the pot roast is legendary) and its 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.

Kings Road Cafe

$$$$ 8361 Beverly Blvd

Home to our favorite (and strongest) coffee in the neighborhood, King’s Road is the perfect place for a casual weekday breakfast when you simply can’t fathom eating another sad bowl of cereal alone on the couch.


$$$$ 8114 Beverly Blvd

This Beverly Grove French bistro 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.


$$$$ 8385 Beverly Blvd

Home to some of our favorite sushi in the city, this upscale omakase bar in Beverly Grove is reopening their tented patio area on February 1st.


$$$$ 8142 W. 3rd Street

Oste is one of our favorite new restaurants in LA, thanks to its delicious pinsa, a Roman-style flatbread that comes topped with everything from pesto and goat cheese to potatoes and rosemary.


$$$$ 8020 Beverly Blvd

Made famous by countless movies, this classic Beverly Grove diner has reopened for outdoor dining. Current hours are 8am-10pm. Your hangover already thanks you.


$$$$ 7605 Beverly Blvd.

Located across the street from The Grove, this beloved neighborhood Italian spot has reopened their wrap-around sidewalk patio going along Beverly Blvd. Expect a lot of pasta and even more red wine.


$$$$ 8048 W. 3rd. Street

Theía is a Greek restaurant on West Third St, serving entrees like lamb burgers with pita buns, littlenecks with capers and white wine, or whole-roasted loup de mer. Outdoor dining reopens on February 6th.

Beverly Hills

Fogo de Chão

$$$$ 133 N La Cienega Blvd

Relive your middle school fantasies with a visit to this over-the-top Brazilian steakhouse chain in Beverly Hills. They have reopened outdoor dining with a massive new patio in the adjacent parking lot. Bring on the meats.

Il Cielo

$$$$ 9018 Burton Way

Old-school Italian spot Il Cielo is open in Beverly Hills, with a big patio involving a lot of trees and Roman columns. They’ve got everything you’d expect at a spot like this: Polpette, bucatini all’Amatriciana, chicken milanese, and lots of focaccia. Reservationsrecommended.

Lawry's The Prime Rib

$$$$ 100 N LA Cienega Blvd

The landmark 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. Book your reservations here.


$$$$ 129 N LA Cienega Blvd

When it comes to sushi in LA, it doesn’t get any more classic than Matsuhisa. And now, this Beverly Hills institution has reopened for outdoor dining with a massive tent in their adjacent parking lot and tables going along the sidewalk. Call (310) 659-9639.


$$$$ 419 N Canon Dr

Mírame has reopened for outdoor dining serving Mexican dishes in the Beverly Hills-iest part of Canon Dr. You can expect options like albacore tuna asada, lamb barbacoa quesadillas, and corn-stuffed whole hens. Reservations here.


$$$$ 9960 Santa Monica Blvd.

Coastal Italian spot Nerano in Beverly Hills has a redesigned back patio, where you can eat tons of fresh seafood like calamari and branzino, as well as pasta and Neapolitan pizza.

Prospect Gourmand

$$$$ 272 S La Cienega Blvd

Beverly Hills all-day spot Prospect Gourmand has sidewalk seating open on Robertson Blvd. near Wilshire. They’re open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, all with the same menu, which involves options like handmade fettuccine, tri-tip sandwiches, and steak frites. Reservations recommended - call (424) 777-0481.

Rooftop By JG

$$$$ 9850 Wilshire Blvd

The Rooftop By JG is back open at the Waldorf Astoria. Focus on the cocktails - we like the ginger margarita - which are ideal for drinking next to a pool and pretending the world isn’t on fire.


$$$$ 176 N Canon Dr

The iconic fine-dining spot in Beverly Hills has reopened their outdoor seating on their Canon Dr. sidewalk, where you can eat smoked salmon pizza and spicy tuna tartare cones. Reservations here.

Sugarfish Beverly Hills

$$$$ 212 N Canon Dr

LA’s most popular casual sushi bar has reopened for outdoor dining at its MDR, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Calabasas, Pasadena, and MB locations.

Sushi Tama

$$$$ 116 N Robertson Blvd.

Sushi Tama is one of our favorite new sushi spots in town and is currently open for outdoor dining for both lunch and dinner.

The Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills

$$$$ 9882 Santa Monica Blvd

A great place for afternoon tea, (take that, Infatuation London), the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills has reopened for outdoor dining. Your extremely British meal will involve scones, cucumber sandwiches, and a whole lot of champagne. Reservations here



$$$$ 11647 San Vicente Blvd

Baltaire is a Brentwood steakhouse that’s reopened for outdoor dining. All the food is solid, but whether you’re there for Happy Hour or not, you should definitely get a gin martini, involving house-stuffed blue cheese olives. Reservations here.

Jon & Vinny’s

PizzaItalian  in  Brentwood
$$$$ 11938 San Vicente Blvd

The massively popular Italian spot has reopened with a big back patio filled with umbrellas and bright green booths. Reservations are definitely recommended.

SUGARFISH by sushi nozawa

$$$$ 11640 San Vicente Blvd

LA’s most popular casual sushi bar has reopened for outdoor dining at its MDR, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Calabasas, Pasadena, and MB locations.


$$$$ 11633 San Vicente Blvd

Toscana is a family-run Italian restaurant with a big menu serving everything from antipasti to pizza to big plates of meat. Their outdoor dining is also open for weekday lunch.



American  in  Burbank
$$$$ 1250 E Harvard Rd

When it comes to epic restaurant views, it doesn’t get any better than the ones you’ll find at Castaway. Looking out over the SFV, this upscale Burbank restaurant has reopened their sprawling patio with plenty of fire pits to keep you warm.

Century City

Din Tai Fung

$$$$ Westfield Century City

Both the Glendale and Century City locations of this famous dumpling house have reopened for outdoor dining. Be sure to snag a reservation beforehand.


$$$$ 10250 Santa Monica Blvd

Eataly’s rooftop bar and restaurant Terra is open for Italian patio dining on top of the Westfield Century City. They’re serving a huge menu that has handmade pastas and wood-grilled Italian classics, like branzino, slow-grilled eggplant, and prime beef with parmesan. Reservations required).


Angry Egret Dinette

$$$$ 970 N Broadway Ste 114

Experience some of the best new sandwiches in LA on this tiny shop’s new outdoor dining space in Chinatown.

Angry Egret Dinette

$$$$ 970 N Broadway Ste 114

Experience some of the best new sandwiches in LA on this tiny shop’s new outdoor dining space in Chinatown.


KoreanFusion  in  Chinatown
$$$$ 1725 Naud St.

The upscale Korean restaurant has reopened for outdoor dining Wednesdays through Sundays. We definitely recommend snagging a reservation beforehand.

Philippe The Original

FrenchDeli  in  Chinatown
$$$$ 1001 N Alameda St

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.

San Antonio Winery

$$$$ 737 Lamar St

San Antonio Winery’s on-site restaurant is back open for drinking and dining, with a sprawling outdoor dining room, and an Italian-American menu with pastas, grilled meats, and sandwiches.

Culver City

Bianca Restaurant

$$$$ 8850 Washington Blvd

Bianca Bakery at the Platform has reopened for outdoor dining. Stop by for whichever of the tarts look good (our favorites are the pistachio or the chocolate ganache), some tomato and basil focaccia, and the gnocchi pomodoro. Any of them pair well with a glass of sauvignon blanc.

Cafe Vida - Culver City

$$$$ 9755 Culver Blvd

Cafe Vida has reopened for outdoor dining with a huge menu, including all-day breakfast, a bunch of burgers, and plenty of salads.

Dear John's

$$$$ 11208 Culver Blvd

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.

Father's Office

$$$$ 3229 Helms Ave

The Culver City location of this excellent burger and beer bar has reopened their expansive front patio for outdoor dining.

Hatchet Hall

$$$$ 12517 W Washington Blvd

Built over an adjacent parking lot, Hatchet Hall’s massive patio has officially reopened. With picnic tables, umbrellas, string lights, and fantastic Southern food, you’ll have all you need for an all-day hang. Walk-ins only.

Jackson Market and Deli

$$$$ 4065 Jackson Ave

Located on a hidden residential street, Jackson Market serves as deli, apothecary, wine shop, snack bar, and probably a few other things we don’t even know about. Consider it one of Culver’s best-kept secrets, and that’s before we even mention their incredible back patio, which is now open on weekends only for their pizza pop-up.


$$$$ 8850 Washington Blvd.

Loqui is a great taco spot with locations at Platform in Culver City and the Arts District. Their reopened patio is an ideal place to drink Mexican craft beer and eat tacos made with their tremendous homemade flour tortillas.

Maple Block Meat Co.

BBQ  in  Culver City
$$$$ 3973 Sepulveda Blvd

The side patio at Culver City’s local BBQ spot Maple Block has reopened for lunch, dinner, and brunch. It’s the best place to sit, because you can practically taste the scent of the peach wood burning in the restaurant’s smoker. If you’re there for lunch, get the smoked pork shoulder sandwich - topped with creamy coleslaw and sweet BBQ sauce. Otherwise, try the pork spare ribs for dinner.


$$$$ 8820 Washington Blvd

We know you’ve been wondering where to go for gin and tonics while watching trains go by, but fear not: Margot has returned. This Culver City rooftop spot on top of the Platform is back open for dinner. Reserve here.

Meet in Paris

$$$$ 9727 Culver Blvd

French bistro Meet In Paris has taken one more step toward going full Parisian with the reopening of their sidewalk patio, where you can drink wine and order one of the 12 different kinds of moules frites on the menu.

Moto Ramen

$$$$ 11172 Washington Blvd

The tonkotsu specialists in Culver City have reopened with a small front patio right on Washington Blvd.

Pasta Sisters Culver City

$$$$ 3280 Helms Ave

This handmade pasta spot at the Helms Bakery complex in Culver City has a huge patio that’s ideal for physical distancing. Along with our favorites like tagliatelle Bolognese and spaghetti and clams, Pasta Sisters has also brought back their excellent (and seasonal) eggplant parmesan.


JapaneseIndianThaiSouthern  in  Culver City
$$$$ 3850 Main Street, Suite A

This American Southern/Asian restaurant has reopened their prime Culver City space for outdoor dining. Reservations available online.

Public School 310

$$$$ 9411 Culver Blvd

Public School 310 in Culver City has reopened their outdoor seating. They’ve also got an impressive beer list to go, plus wine, cocktails, and pub food like wings and pizza. Reservations available here.


$$$$ 8850 Washington Blvd

The famed pizzeria has reopened their extensive patio at the Platform in Culver City. Now, you can finally eat their incredible Bee Sting pizza with an even better shot of getting stung by a real bee.

Rush Street

$$$$ 9546 Washington Blvd

Culver City is well known for its sports bars, and Rush Street might be our favorite in the area. This Chicago-centric spot has multiple covered patios and a rooftop space, plus $20 bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys on Sundays.


$$$$ 3865 Cardiff Ave

An Italian spot right in downtown Culver City, Ugo serves Neapolitan-style pizza and pasta on prime a sidewalk patio. Don’t leave without getting some gelato as well.

Downtown LA

Bar Amá

$$$$ 118 W. 4th St.

The excellent Tex-Mex spot in the Historic Core is back open for outdoor dining. The alleyway patio has string lights, canopies, and plenty of foliage.


$$$$ 500 Mateo St

Starting March 11th, the tremendous Mediterranean spot in the Arts District will be reopening for outdoor dining. Get ready for a lot of lamb neck shawarma.


$$$$ 2121 E. 7th Pl.

The seminal Italian restaurant in the Arts District is reopening March 11th. Reservations are now open, and we recommend securing one now before it’s all booked up.

Broken Shaker

$$$$ 416 W 8th St

Broken Shaker in Downtown LA has everything you want in a rooftop: Great views, a pool to stare at, and some really excellent cocktails. The food menu is a bit all over the place, but if you get the crispy, twice-fried chicken wings, you won’t be disappointed. Plus, what you’re really there for are the tiki-themed drinks, especially the Sunsetland - guava, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, with your choice of booze. Reservations highly encouraged

Cafe Gratitude

$$$$ 300 S Santa Fe Ave Ste A

All locations of this plant-based restaurant (Larchmont, Arts District, and Venice) are now reopened for outdoor dining. The only question now is are you Grateful?

Chado Tea Room

$$$$ 369 E 1st St

All locations of Chado Tea (DTLA, Hollywood, Pasadena, and Torrance) are open for outdoor dining. Expect your quintessential afternoon tea experience with plenty of tasty sandwiches like smoked salmon and egg salad.

Chichen Itza Restaurant

$$$$ 3655 S Grand Ave #C6

Located inside Mercado La Paloma, Chichen Itza serves up tremendous Yucatan specialties like cochinita pibil and longaniza asada. They are now open for outdoor dining on the market’s sprawling outdoor patio on their adjacent parking lot.

Dama Fashion District

$$$$ 612 E 11th St

With a wrap-around patio that feels like you’re hanging out in a beachside mansion in Cuba, Dama has one of the most idyllic patios Downtown. The Latin-inspired food and drinks menu only adds to the appeal. Reservations here.


$$$$ 2132 E 7th Pl

The new upscale Mexican spot from chef Enrique Olvera has reopened in the Arts District. Damian is one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year, so snagging a reservation now would be a very good idea.


$$$$ 2117 Violet St

The casual taco window in the Arts District (and sister restaurant to the upscale Damian) is open now for outdoor dining. Currently operating hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from noon-7pm, and Friday and Saturday from noon-9pm. Get the suadero tacos.

Garcons De Cafe

$$$$ 541 S Spring St

Located inside the Spring Arcade, this tiny French wine bar and cafe has reopened with an adorable front patio.


$$$$ 3655 S. Grand Ave

This tiny vendor inside Mercado La Paloma serves some of the freshest seafood in the city. Now, you can have all the scallop ceviche and uni tostadas you want on market’s big outdoor patio.

KazuNori Hand Roll Bar

$$$$ 421 S Main St

All four LA locations (Downtown, West Hollywood, Westwood, Santa Monica) of the popular hand roll chain have reopened their patios.


$$$$ 818 E Third St

Taco spot Loqui is back with their excellent handmade flour tortillas, Mexican craft beer, and a great patio tucked away from the street in the Arts District.


$$$$ 907 E 3rd St

Manuela, the all-purpose Downtown LA spot, has reopened for dine-in on their outdoor terrace and patio. They have some of our old favorites like country ham and biscuits and soft shell crab with jalapeño relish. They’re open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch - reservations required.


$$$$ 448 S Hill St

Perch in Downtown LA has two separate patios on the 15th and 16th floors of a building overlooking Pershing Square, where you can sit amidst fire pits, stare out over the city, and eat dinner from their French-leaning menu. They’re open for dinner seven days a week and weekend brunch from 11:30am-3:30pm. Reservations can be made here.

Pez Cantina

$$$$ 401 South Grand Ave

Pez Cantina is a Mexican seafood spot right in the center of Downtown LA. You’ll be happy with their cocteles and ceviches, but their excellent (and notably strong) cocktails are probably the real reason you’re back on their patio.


$$$$ 1060 S. Broadway, Rooftop

Pilot is the rooftop restaurant at Downtown LA’s Hoxton hotel. They’ve got an open air dining room where they serve Mediterranean food, cocktails, and wine. Reserve here.

Rappahannock Oyster Bar

$$$$ 787 Alameda St

Located inside The RowDTLA, you can’t miss this casual oyster bar as it occupies the most prime corner in the whole place. Sitting out on their sunny patio with a tray of oysters and lobster rolls is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon.


$$$$ 114 E 2nd St

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.


$$$$ 1124 San Julian St

The upscale Italian restaurant in the Fashion District has reopened their expansive front patio. We definitely recommend snagging a reservation beforehand.


$$$$ 825 W 9th S

A new spot in Downtown LA right by the Staples Center, Strada is an all-purpose restaurant with sidewalk seating on W. 9th St. They serve an eclectic menu involving ceviche, lobster ravioli, and an ahi tuna steak burger, and have a full bar. Reservations recommended).

The Escondite

$$$$ 410 Boyd St

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 Factory Kitchen

$$$$ 1306 Factory Place

The longstanding Italian spot in the Arts District has reopened for outdoor dining. Their massive new patio has plenty of shade during the day and string lights for nightly ambiance.

The Ace Hotel in DTLA has one of biggest rooftops in the city - and they’re back open with an all-day menu including tacos, charcuterie, and other small plates that are ideal to go along with their cocktail list. There’s also a pool up there, though we suspect no one’s going to be getting in any time soon. Reservation only.

Eagle Rock


$$$$ 4374 Eagle Rock Blvd

Chifa is a new Chinese/Peruvian restaurant and one of our favorite new restaurants in LA. They have opened their new heated outdoor seating area in their back parking lot. Be sure to order the si yao chicken.

East Hollywood

Lolo Wine Bar

$$$$ 5140 Sunset Blvd

Lolo in East Hollywood has one of the most underrated patios on the Eastside, thanks to its quiet setting and massive fig trees. The menu is keeping a tight focus to start, serving snacks and focaccia sandwiches at lunchtime, and at night, they’re doing housemade pastas - spaghetti with sungold tomatoes and eggplant, tagliatelle with mushrooms, and ricotta cavatelli with pepper ragu and pork meatballs. They’ve got an excellent wine selection, too, and are offering all bottles from their shop at retail price for dine-in service (plus a $10 corkage).


$$$$ 751 N Virgil Ave

Virgil Village’s natural wine bar Melody converted into a wine shop for much of the pandemic, and now, they’ve reopened their patio, too. Alongside their long wine and beer list, they’ve got weekly pop-ups as well. First come, first served.

Echo Park

Lady Byrd Cafe

$$$$ 2100 Echo Park Ave.

In what might be the most unique patio set up in town, Lady Byrd Cafe 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.


Bar FoodBar  in  Echo Park
$$$$ 1534 Sunset Blvd

One of our favorite bars in Echo Park has reopened for limited seating on their enclosed sidewalk patio. They’re open until 11pm and have several new menu items including wings.

Taix French Restaurant

French  in  Echo Park
$$$$ 1911 W Sunset Blvd

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.


Sushi Bar

Sushi  in  Encino
$$$$ 16101 Ventura Blvd #242

The high-end omakase spot in Encino has reopened for outdoor dining. Weekly hours are Wednesday through Sunday with seatings at 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm. Make your reservation here.


Angelini Alimentari

$$$$ 7317 Beverly Boulevard

Fairfax’s local Italian cafe, Angelini Alimentari, has reopened their large sidewalk patio. Our order is always the prosciutto panini and some chocolate gelato, but they’ve got all kinds of sandwiches, salads, and pastas available. Next door, they’re also reopening the more formal Angelini Osteria.

Angelini Osteria

$$$$ 7313 Beverly Blvd

Located directly next to door to Alimentari, Angelini Osteria is the upscale sister restaurant serving pasta, pizza, and big plates of delicious meat. They have also reopened their expansive sidewalk patio.

Berkshire House

$$$$ 143 N La Brea Ave

The large sports bar on La Brea reopened 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.

Blu Jam Café

$$$$ 7371 Melrose Ave

The two things we can all depend on in life are taxes and a line outside Blue Jam Cafe. The massively-popular brunch spot has a big front patio going down Melrose.

EAK Ramen

Ramen  in  Fairfax
$$$$ 7455 Melrose Ave

One of the most underrated ramen spots on Melrose, EAK has reopened both their front sidewalk patio and hidden back patio.

El Coyote

Mexican  in  Fairfax
$$$$ 7312 Beverly Blvd.

With massive tents taking over the adjacent parking lot, the most famous Mexican restaurant in LA is back open for outdoor dining in a big way. Get ready for margaritas, enchilada platters, and then more margaritas.

Fratteli Cafe

$$$$ 7200 Melrose Ave.

If you’re roaming around Melrose in the morning and looking for a low-key spot to grab some breakfast and get some work done, Fratelli’s patio is a fantastic option.

Lala's Argentine Grill

$$$$ 7229 Melrose Ave

Argentine spot Lala’s is back open on Melrose, with a covered patio where they’re serving all kinds of grilled meats like pollo a la brasa, ribeyes, and NY strip steaks.


$$$$ 7507 Melrose Ave

NoMoo is an all-vegan burger spot with a front patio that opened in the original Johnny Rockets (major RIP) space on Melrose. It’s a great meatless option to keep in mind if you’re wandering the neighborhood on the weekends.

Petty Cash

Mexican  in  Fairfax
$$$$ 7360 Beverly Blvd.

Fans of the cauliflower nachos rejoice, Petty Cash has reopened for both takeout and outdoor dining. Their front patio on Beverly Blvd. is one of the most expansive in the neighborhood.


$$$$ 7315 Melrose Ave

Ronan is officially back open for outdoor dining. That’s great news for anyone who wants excellent wood-fired pizza and a plate of burrata that’ll ruin all other plates of burrata.

Tacos 1986

$$$$ 7235 Beverly Blvd

Tacos 1986’s La Brea outpost opened in April of 2020, right at the start of the pandemic. So we’d forgive you for not knowing about this Beverly Blvd. spot. But, like their DTLA, Westwood, and Burbank locations, they serve great adobada tacos and mulitas, and unlike those other spots, this one has a patio out front.


German  in  Fairfax
$$$$ 345 N LA Brea Ave

La Brea’s biergarten is back open with their German comfort food and imported craft beer. It’s an ideal place to spend a Saturday, drink some doppelbocks, order a wurstplatte (sausage platter) and watch the recently resumed Bundesliga.


Carousel Restaurant

$$$$ 304 N. Brand Blvd

Both the Glendale and East Hollywood locations of this Armenian institution is back open for outdoor dining.

Din Tai Fung

ChineseDim Sum  in  Glendale
$$$$ 177 Caruso Ave.

Both the Glendale and Century City locations of this famous dumpling house have reopened. Be sure to snag a reservation beforehand.

Glendale Tap

$$$$ 4227 San Fernando Rd

Glendale Tap is a tremendous spot for craft beer lovers in a quiet part of Glendale. They’ve got a low-key patio, where you’ll find people sampling from their 25+ beer taps and food vendors (including the excellent Kuya Lord) popping up on weekends).

Golden Road Brewing

$$$$ 5410 W San Fernando Rd

Golden Road, the LA-bred, Budweiser-owned brewery in Atwater Village, has reopened their large front patio and side yard for dine-in. They’ve got an eclectic menu full of pub food, like carnitas poutine, BBQ short rib sandwiches, and fish & chips. First-come, first-served.

Raffi's Place

$$$$ 211 E Broadway

When it comes to eating outside in Glendale, it doesn’t more fun than Raffi’s Place. The iconic Middle Eastern restaurant’s sprawling patio is officially back open.

Highland Park


$$$$ 5918 N Figueroa St

One of our favorite date spots in Highland Park, Hippo has reopened their big back patio. Expect great food, great wine, plenty of heat lamps, and even the iconic orange graphic wall that was inside. Reservations encouraged.


$$$$ 5629, 1/2 N Figueroa St

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.


3rd Base

$$$$ 1562 N Cahuenga Blvd

Hollywood sports bar 3rd Base is back open with a patio on Selma Ave. Expect a menu of typical bar food, plus brunch and several different specials throughout the week. Reservations through their website.


$$$$ 1652 N Cherokee Ave

Hollywood spot Boardner’s has been around since 1942, so it’s safe to say they know how to weather a storm. They’ve reopened their patio for outdoor dining with plenty of weekday drink specials.

Cento Pizzeria

$$$$ 911 N. Sycamore Ave.

Popping up Thursday through Sunday inside Tartine Sycamore, Cento Pizzeria is dishing out bubbly-crusted Neapolitan pizza with toppings that can range from birria to potatoes to butternut squash puree.

Chado Tea

$$$$ 6801 Hollywood Blvd Suite #209

All locations of Chado Tea (DTLA, Hollywood, Pasadena, and Torrance) are open for outdoor dining. Expect your quintessential afternoon tea experience with plenty of tasty sandwiches like smoked salmon and egg salad.


$$$$ 7533 W Sunset Blvd

The longstanding American spot on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood has reopened their patio for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Expect a wide-ranging menu filled with salad, sandwiches, pizza, and more.

Electric Owl

$$$$ 1451 N Gardner St.

This excellent train station-themed bar in Hollywood is back for dine-in and takeout service. They’re running limited hours right now - Thursday through Sunday from 11:30am-3:30pm - but that’s still plenty of time to get their burger, which is one of our favorites in the city.

Formosa Cafe

$$$$ 7156 Santa Monica Blvd.

The landmark drinking hole in Hollywood has reopened their rooftop patio for dinner from 5-9:30pm daily. Walk-ins are welcomed, but reservations are encouraged. Weekend brunch will be returning shortly.

Gigi’s Hollywood

French  in  Hollywood
$$$$ 904 N Sycamore Ave

Gigi’s on Sycamore had the unfortunate luck of opening up only a few weeks before December’s stay-at-home order. After some retooling though, they will officially be reopening for outdoor dining on March 3rd with a revamped menu and space.


$$$$ 5722 Melrose Ave

The excellent prix-fixe spot in Hollywood has reopened their string-lit back patio for outdoor diners.


$$$$ 1999 N. Sycamore Ave.

Located behind Yamashiro overlooking the Hollywood hills, this Japanese wine bar has one of our favorite patios in the entire city, period. It’s the kind of place you come for snacks and a drink, and end up staying all night, because you simply couldn’t fathom the idea of leaving.

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

Pizza  in  Hollywood
$$$$ 1534 N McCadden Pl

Hollywood pizza spot L’Antica has reopened their big patio. If you’re headed there, we recommend sticking to the pizzas - our favorites are the bianca and the margherita. The original location in Naples is the pizza spot in Eat Pray Love, which are three things you’re probably trying to do a lot of right now.

Mama Shelter

$$$$ 6500 Selma Ave

The Hollywood hotel rooftop is back open serving Mediterranean food and excellent cocktails all day long. The weekends just got a bit more fun.

Osteria Mamma

$$$$ 5732 Melrose Ave

One of the most underrated Italian restaurants in LA, Osteria Mamma has two outdoor dining spaces - a 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.

Osteria Mozza

$$$$ 6602 Melrose Ave

Osteria Mozza’s “Piazza” has now reopened. With black and white checkered flooring, string lights, and plenty of foliage, this two-story outdoor dining space is one of the more impressive new patios around.

SUGARFISH | Hollywood

Sushi  in  Hollywood
$$$$ 6115 W Sunset Blvd #170

LA’s most popular casual sushi bar has reopened for outdoor dining at its MDR, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Calabasas, Pasadena, and MB locations.

The Cat & Fiddle

$$$$ 742 N Highland Ave

The Cat and Fiddle has one of the nicest patios in Hollywood, and they’re officially back open for socially distanced dining, serving British pub classics like fish anbd chips, bangers and mash, and Sunday Roast specials. Reservations here.

Toi On Sunset

$$$$ 7505 1/2 Sunset Blvd.

The neighborhood, rock-n-roll themed Thai spot has reopened with a tiny sidewalk patio going along Sunset Blvd. Favorite dishes include their pad thai, panang nuah, and tom kha soup.

Yamashiro Hollywood

$$$$ 1999 N Sycamore Ave

Yamashiro, the massive Japanese restaurant in the Hollywood Hills, feels as much like a public garden as it does a restaurant, with their meticulously manicured courtyard patio. They’re reopening on February 3rd, and should be able to take care of your sake- and spicy albacore-related needs.


BCD Tofu House

Korean  in  Koreatown
$$$$ 3575 Wilshire Blvd

The late-night spot in Koreatown has reopened their large patio complete with awnings, string lights, and gallons of tofu stew.

Chef Kang Sul Box

$$$$ 3881 Wilshire Blvd.

Opening just before the start of quarantine in 2020, 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 that’s officially reopened.

Chosun Galbee

Korean  in  Koreatown
$$$$ 3330 W Olympic Blvd

Korean BBQ spot Chosun Galbee has reopened their jungle-like patio. They’ve even still got grills at tables outdoors, so you can cook your own gui, galbee, and bulgogi. And don’t skip the bibim nengmyun, excellent spicy cold noodles.

Dan Sung Sa

$$$$ 3317 W 6th St

Few places have our late-night heart quite like Dan Sung Sa, the seminal Ktown drinking tavern. While we dream of the day we can once again be inside eating cheese corn and pounding soju, their outdoor patio will certainly suffice in the meantime.

Ddong Ggo

Korean  in  Koreatown
$$$$ 528 S Western Ave

Walking into this massive beer garden at 11pm on a Saturday feels like you’ve stepped into the best party in town. Everyone is drinking pitchers of beer and smoking cigarettes, and the only time they take a break from either is when a gigantic kimchi pancake hits the table. They’re currently open from 5pm-2am daily, walk-ins encouraged.

Myung Dong Kyoja (명동교자)

Korean  in  Koreatown
$$$$ 3630 Wilshire Blvd

Winter is in full-swing in LA, so that means it’s time to be ordering kalguksu from Myung Dong Kyoja. The popular soup specialist in Koreatown has reopened their makeshift sidewalk patio.


$$$$ 3515 Wilshire Blvd.

The casual spot inside The Line hotel has reopened for terrace dining for both dinner and weekend brunch.

Parks BBQ

Korean  in  Koreatown
$$$$ 955 S Vermont Ave

There are countless great KBBQ spots in Koreatown, but Parks will always be among our favorite. High-quality meat, tasty banchan, and big combo meals to accommodate any level of hunger.

Quarters Korean BBQ

$$$$ 3465 W 6th St # C-130

Korean BBQ spot Quarters might not be able to cook at your tables outside, but they’re still serving up some high-quality grilled meats on their recently-built patio. The Combo 2 is our favorite here - it serves three easily, and includes their excellent beef jowl and seasoned boneless short rib.

Toe Bang

$$$$ 3465 6th Street #110

It’s midnight, and you want to go eat bar food and get drunk. Where do you go? The answer (both before and during quarantine) has always been Toe Bang. This Koreatown party spot is a great place to load up on soju, and eat kimchi pancakes and spicy rice cakes on their popular front patio.

Tokyo Hamburg

$$$$ 600 S New Hampshire Ave.

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.


Café Gratitude

$$$$ 512 Rose Ave

All locations of this plant-based restaurant (Larchmont, Arts District, and Venice) have reopened for outdoor dining. The only question now is are you Grateful?

Little Ethiopia

Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant & Market

$$$$ 1036 S Fairfax Ave.

The market/restaurant on Fairfax has a tiny front patio perfect for a quick lunch.

Rosalind's Ethiopian Restaurant

$$$$ 1044 S Fairfax Ave

The classic spot on Fairfax is back open for outdoor dining on their front patio.

Long Beach

Ballast Point Tasting Room

$$$$ 110 N Marina Dr

A massive, two-level party spot on the marina in Long Beach, Ballast Point is among the best patios in the city, if you can handle the post-grads also taking up space here. You’ll watch boats on the harbor while you drink from the massive, all-Ballast Point beer list and eat wings and nachos.


$$$$ 204 Orange Avenue

Ellie’s is a neighborhood Italian spot and home to our favorite pasta Long Beach. They have also reopened for weekend brunch as well.

Noble Bird

$$$$ 6460 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste 125

Noble Bird is a Long Beach spot specializing in - you guessed it - rotisserie chicken. Due to Long Beach having its own health department., their huge patio has been open for a bit, and they’re serving a long list of California beers and wines to drink with your roast chicken.

Los Feliz

Alcove Cafe & Bakery

$$$$ 1929 Hillhurst Ave.

Located in two converted houses on Hillhurst, this is one of the best outdoor spaces out there — perfect for penning the next King Lear and eating salad in the daylight.

Bar Covell

$$$$ 4628 Hollywood Blvd.

A Los Feliz staple, Bar Covell has converted into a sidewalk wine bar, serving a tremendous list of wines by the bottle or glass (although they’ve had to pause their generous sample-before-you-commit policy). You can also expect cheese and charcuterie plates, tuna melts, and croque monsieurs - in other words, ideal snacks to go with a bottle of something light and French.

Figaro Bistrot

French  in  Los Feliz
$$$$ 1802 N Vermont Ave

Los Feliz sidewalk spot Figaro Bistrot has officially reopened, with their French cafe food, and all kinds of European wines. Things can get expensive, but when you’re drinking a glass of pinot on an empty Vermont Avenue, you can’t be too mad about it.

Home Restaurant

$$$$ 1760 Hillhurst Ave

In a neighborhood that knows good patios (Los Feliz), Home is one of our favorites. The leafy space on Hillhurst doesn’t exactly feel like a home, but it is a great place to hang with a few friends and burn an entire Thursday afternoon drinking mimosas and people watching.

Little Dom's

$$$$ 2128 Hillhurst Ave.

Los Feliz locals spot Little Dom’s has reopened their patio seating for nightly dinner and weekend brunch, both of which will involve wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, and, hopefully, martinis. Reservations required.

Loupiotte Kitchen

FrenchBrunch  in  Los Feliz
$$$$ 1726 N Vermont Ave

Another French sidewalk cafe in Los Feliz, Loupiotte is the ideal place for a 2pm glass of wine when “work from home” isn’t going as well as you might have hoped. Pair it with some creamy polenta with mushrooms and a fried egg, or their excellent burger - made with gruyere and confit d’oignons (jammy onions) - and you’ll be very happy. Walk-ins only for breakfast and lunch, reservations for dinner.

Messhall Kitchen

$$$$ 4500 Los Feliz Blvd.

Los Feliz’s summer camp-themed Messhall has reopened for patio dining. Their all-day menu includes a fish fry, smoked ribs, and crab cakes, along with some really great cocktails and a few kinds of oysters. They’ve got an all-day menu weekday lunch and nightly dinner, and a weekend brunch menu. Reserve on their website.

Sogo Roll Bar

JapaneseSushi  in  Los Feliz
$$$$ 4634 Hollywood Blvd

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.


Inn of the Seventh Ray

American  in  Malibu
$$$$ 128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd

Buried deep in the Malibu mountains at Topanga State Park is Inn Of The Seventh Ray, which has officially reopened for all-day dining. The leafy patio is an extremely pleasant place to spend a Saturday afternoon, especially with a cheese plate, some crispy shrimp cakes, and a glass of wine. Or three.


JapaneseSushi  in  Malibu
$$$$ 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy

The closest you came to dining by the water during quarantine was parking your car on the side of Silver Lake Reservoir and eating a snack pack of hummus and pretzel chips. If you’re looking to come back with a bang, Nobu Malibu is a great place to do it. They’ve got some of the best views of the Pacific in town, and - this is a scientific fact - no one has ever been mad about eating their yellowtail with jalapeño.

Reel Inn

Seafood  in  Malibu
$$$$ 18661 Pacific Coast Highway

If you’ve driven on PCH before, then you’ve seen Reel Inn’s giant sign, flashing neon fish at oncoming traffic. This retro spot is full of red checkered picnic tables that you’ll fill up with seafood classics like fish and chips, fried calamari, and steamed mussels. No one has ever been mad about eating fish and chips with a pitcher of beer while looking at the ocean, so this is a great place to spend an afternoon.

Saddle Peak Lodge

American  in  Malibu
$$$$ 419 Cold Canyon Rd

In the rolling hills of the Santa Monica Mountains is Saddle Peak Lodge, a beautiful spot with lots of space on the patio to eat elk steaks, 16-ounce ribeyes, and bison short rib. Reservations here.

The Old Place

AmericanSteaks  in  Malibu
$$$$ 29983 Mulholland Hwy

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. Then find a seat in their ample outdoor dining.

Mar Vista

Rustic Kitchen

$$$$ 3523 S Centinela Ave

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.

Marina Del Rey

Beachside Restaurant and Bar

$$$$ 14160 Palawan Way

If you’re looking for a place with a view, there aren’t many better spots than Beachside, at Marina del Rey’s Jamaica Bay Inn. They’re doing daily brunch and dinner, with an outdoor dining room directly on the Marina.

Locanda Positano

$$$$ 4059 Lincoln Blvd

This small, very solid Italian spot on Lincoln Blvd. has reopened their patio with a new al fresco dining menu, too. Oh, and they post pics like this.


$$$$ 822 Washington Blvd

Nueva took the place of beloved bottomless brunch destination Sunny Spot on Washington in Marina del Rey during the pandemic, but didn’t miss a beat. Their huge outdoor dining room will be filled in no time with people looking for tacos, ceviches, and mezcal-based cocktails. Don’t worry, they’re doing brunch, too.

SUGARFISH | Marina del Rey

$$$$ 4722 1/4 Admiralty Way

LA’s most popular casual sushi bar has reopened for outdoor dining at its MDR, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Calabasas, Pasadena, and MB locations.

Sapori Italian Restaurant

$$$$ 13723 Fiji Way

This quaint Italian restaurant has reopened with an intimate patio right on the marina and a menu full of house-made pasta.

Whiskey Red's

$$$$ 13813 Fiji Way

The popular waterside restaurant in MDR has reopened. You can expect solid seafood, tons of fire pits, and epic sunset views.


Gish Bac

$$$$ 4163 W Washington Blvd

Home to some of our favorite barbacoa in LA, Gish Bac has reopened their tented back patio. It comes complete with abundant shade, potted plants, and colorful fiesta banners.



$$$$ 6245 Wilshire Blvd #101

All four LA locations (Downtown, West Hollywood, Westwood, Santa Monica) of the popular hand roll chain have reopened their patios.

Met Him At A Bar

$$$$ 801 South La Brea Ave

The neighborhood pasta spot on La Brea has reopening for outdoor dining. We like the small bites best, like the arancini and the prosciutto and burrata board, and then washing it all down with a lot of wine.


$$$$ 624 S La Brea Ave

One of LA’s most recognizeable restaurants, Republique has not one, but two patios that have reopened. The first one is set up along the front on La Brea and can be utilized during their Cafe hours from 8am-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.

The Pop-Up At Kimpton Hotel Wilshire

$$$$ 6317 Wilshire Blvd

If you’re the kind of person that (even prior to the pandemic) only ventured to rooftops if you were guaranteed ample personal space, this is the spot for you. The Pop-Up at Hotel Wilshire has fantastic views and solid bar food, but most importantly, is one of the few rooftops in town that everybody kind of forgets about. Open weekdays from 3-8pm, weekends 11am-8pm. Walk-ins only.


$$$$ 6245 Wilshire Blvd

Uovo’s locations in Santa Monica and Mid-Wilshire are both reopened for sidewalk seating with a pasta-heavy menu, and a $32/person tasting menu that includes an appetizer, three pastas, and a dessert.

North Hollywood

Idle Hour Bar

$$$$ 4824 Vineland Ave

It doesn’t get anymore architecturally significant than this barrel-shaped bar in North Hollywood. The historic drinking hole has reopened for outdoor dining at night with brunch service on the weekends.

Pitfire Pizza

$$$$ 5211 Lankershim Blvd

North Hollywood’s Pitfire Pizza opened a beer garden-style patio last fall, setting them up well for outdoor-only pandemic dining. Their wood-fired pizzas are where to focus your attention, particularly the “Field Mushrooms,” with enoki and cremini mushrooms and fontina cheese. All locations citywide have reopened.

The Front Yard

$$$$ 4222 Vineland Ave

The Front Yard is the all-day restaurant at The Garland Hotel and home to one of our favorite patios in The Valley.

Pacific Palisades

The Draycott

$$$$ 15255 Palisades Village

We can’t all live in the Palisades, but we can at least have dinner there every once in a while. And the Draycott is a great place to do that, especially on the patio full of wicker chairs and white tablecloths. The English pea dip with sourdough is a good place to start, and we also like the hanger steak frites with bearnaise sauce. Things can get expensive quickly, so just keep that in mind.


1886 Bar at The Raymond

$$$$ 1250 S Fair Oaks Ave

The Raymond is an upscale American spot in an extremely impressive, nearly 150-year-old hotel in Pasadena. The food isn’t going to blow you away, but you’re really here to sit outside and drink a glass of wine on a beautiful patio for the first time in what feels like three years.

Bone Kettle

$$$$ 67 N Raymond Ave

Bone Kettle is a great Indonesian spot in Old Town Pasadena with some excellent nasi goreng, bone broth with top sirloin, and massive beef ribs. Their sidewalk patio has reopened. Reserve a table here.

Chado Tea Room

$$$$ 79 N Raymond Ave

All locations of Chado Tea (DTLA, Hollywood, Pasadena, and Torrance) are open for outdoor dining. Expect your quintessential afternoon tea experience with plenty of tasty sandwiches like smoked salmon and egg salad.


Mexican  in  Pasadena
$$$$ 110 E Union St

Another great Mexican spot, Maestro is an upscale Pasadena restaurant with a quiet patio in a busy part of Old Pas. Whether you’re there for brunch or dinner, it’s a great place to eat spins on classic dishes like arrachera with chorizo chimichurri or chile poblano chickpea rice. Pasadena has their own health department, so their sidewalk patio is already open.

SUGARFISH by sushi nozawa

$$$$ 146 S Lake Ave

LA’s most popular casual sushi bar has reopened for outdoor dining at its MDR, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Calabasas, Pasadena, and MB locations.

The Luggage Room Pizzeria

Pizza  in  Pasadena
$$$$ 260 S Raymond Ave

Luggage Room Pizzeria is a good place to go with a group and split some pies. They’ve got a bunch of options, all with inventive topping combinations, but our favorite is the “Fallen Angel” - house-made Italian sausage, basil, shaved fennel, and roasted peppers. As a bonus, Stone Pasadena is next door, and while they’re still closed for dine-in, you can order beers there and bring them over to drink with your meal at Luggage Room.

Playa Del Rey

Playa Provisions

$$$$ 119 Culver Blvd

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.

San Fernando

Truman House Tavern

$$$$ 911 San Fernando Rd

San Fernando’s Truman House Tavern has reopened for patio dining with a great selection of craft cocktails and local beer on tap. They’ve got everything you’d expect from a good tavern, like fish and chips, plenty of burgers, and mac and cheese topped with bacon bits.

Santa Monica

BOA Steakhouse

$$$$ 101 Santa Monica Blvd

Clubby steakhouse BOA is on the corner of Ocean and Santa Monica in one of the busiest parts of the Westside. They’ve got sidewalk seating for you to eat all the lobster tails and ribeyes you can afford. So, like, one, maybe. Reservations recommended.


$$$$ 1601 Montana Ave

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. Their wrap-around patio is officially reopened.

Big Dean's Ocean Front Cafe

$$$$ 1615 Ocean Front Walk

The classic Santa Monica hangout - located steps from the beach - has reopened both their front and back patios. You also have to order food, a rather clever way to skirt the state’s “bars must remain closed” mandate, though you would’ve anyway - Big Dean’s double cheeseburger is one of the best in the city.

Birdie G’s

$$$$ 2421 Michigan Ave

The upscale comfort food spot off is officially back for outdoor dining with a menu filled with old favorites, plus some new dishes like gold bars (stuffed potato latkes) and cardoon kugel. Make a reservation here.

Blue Plate Oysterette

$$$$ 1355 Ocean Ave

The popular oyster bar on Ocean Ave. is officially reopen for outdoor dining. Tables will be hard to come by, so we recommend snagging a reservation beforehand here.

Bodega Wine Bar

$$$$ 814 Broadway

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.


$$$$ 1511 Montana Ave

This gluten-free bakery on Montana Ave. has reopened their outdoor patio. They also serve tea and coffee, completing your morning al fresco extravaganza.


$$$$ 700 Wilshire Blvd.

The rooftop restaurant at The Proper Hotel has officially reopened for outdoor dining. The Mediterranean spot will be serving dinner nightly, as well as all-day brunch seven days a week.


$$$$ 1314 7th St

The upscale Southeast-Asian spot in Santa Monica has reopened their expanded side patio for outdoor dining. It’s great news for anyone who’s missed their laksa as much as we have. Make a reservation here.

Chez Jay

$$$$ 1657 Ocean Ave

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.

Chinois On Main

$$$$ 2709 Main St

Open since 1983, Wolfgang Puck’s Santa Monica staple Chinois On Main serves what they call Chinese-French fusion cuisine. Their limited outdoor seating has reopened. Reserve a table here.

Esters Wine Shop & Bar

$$$$ 1314 7th St.

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 spring, it’s here.


$$$$ 2454 Wilshire Blvd

Fia took over the old Wilshire spot in Santa Monica last year, and remains one of the city’s best-kept secrets, thanks in no small part to their fantastic, tree-filled back patio. While the Coastal Mediterranean menu’s not the most inventive (plenty of burrata, handmade pastas, and a raw bar), Fia makes the kind of crowd-pleasing food that absolutely anyone will enjoy. And, again, the patio


$$$$ 1610 Montana Ave

Both the Santa Monica and Venice locations of this neighborhood Italian spot have reopened for lunch from 11am-4pm and dinner from 4-10pm (10:30pm on the weekends). Book a reservation here.

Gilbert's El Indio

$$$$ 2909 Pico Blvd.

Gilbert’s El Indio has been serving Mexican classics on Pico in Santa Monica for almost 50 years - and the pandemic hasn’t slowed them down. Their patio has reopened for combo platters, margaritas, and more.

Giorgio Baldi

$$$$ 114 W Channel Rd

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.

Golden Bull Restaurant

$$$$ 170 W Channel Rd

Open since 1949, The Golden Bull is a Santa Monica classic and has been a post-beach hangout spot for decades. Now, you can do that on their expansive which comes complete with heat lamps, shading, and tons of string lights.

Good Boy Bob Coffee

$$$$ 2058 Broadway

Good Boy Bob has some of our favorite coffee in Venice with a solid food menu filled with tartines, salads, and other snacks.


$$$$ 1014 Wilshire Blvd

When it comes to finding a casual, quality breakfast in Santa Monica, Huckleberry should always be one of your first choices. Open from 8am-3pm, their new outdoor dining space is spacious with plenty of shade to keep out the morning sun.


$$$$ 120 Broadway Ste 104

All four LA locations (Downtown, West Hollywood, Westwood, Santa Monica) of the popular hand roll chain have reopened their patios.


MexicanBar  in  Santa Monica
$$$$ 217 Broadway

The Santa Monica cocktail bar just opened up an outdoor seating area along the front sidewalk. All the tables are eight feet apart, making it a great option for some al fresco drinking and tacos courtesy of Barbakush in East LA.


$$$$ 2420 Pico Bouelvard

This casual Santa Monica spot has officially reopening for outdoor dining with both a limited a la carte menu, as well as a set menu. The astroturfed patio comes with heat lamps, foliage, and string lights.

Milo And Olive

PizzaPastaItalian  in  Santa Monica
$$$$ 2723 Wilshire Blvd.

Milo & Olive has reopened their spacious back patio, which means plenty of pizza and even more string lights. Reservations encouraged.


$$$$ 2732 Main St

One of our best new restaurants of 2019, this upscale French restaurant in Santa Monica is back for outdoor dining. They’re offering dinner service Wednesday through Sunday, as well as weekend brunch. Book a reservation here.

Rustic Canyon

$$$$ 1119 Wilshire Blvd.

The Santa Monica staple has reopened their outdoor dining space with new guidelines that include temperature checks, masking, and one household per table. Beyond that, expect excellent wine and market-driven dishes.

Rustic Kitchen

$$$$ 3523 S Centinela Ave

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.


$$$$ 1920 Santa Monica Blvd

The all-day canteen is now open for outdoor dining Tuesday-Friday, 11:30am-8pm and Saturdays 10am-8pm. Head over on Tuesdays for $3.50 tacos and $8 tacos.


$$$$ 1414 Lincoln Blvd

Santa Monica Polish spot Solidarity has a secret back patio that’s a great place to eat pierogies and drink a few too many Warsaw Mules (made with Zubrowka). If you’re looking for something a bit bigger, the golabki (stuffed cabbage, beef, and jasmine rice) is one of our go-tos, but with comfort classics like schnitzel, stroganoff, and handmade gnocchi in mushroom cream sauce on the menu, you can’t go wrong.

Sonoma Wine Garden

$$$$ 395 Santa Monica Pl

This massive spot on the dining deck of the Santa Monica Place mall has been doing outdoor dining for more than a decade, and they’ve reopened for weekend brunch and nightly dinner, with an updated menu that includes pizzas, pastas, oysters, and burgers.

Stella Barra

$$$$ 2000 Main St

The Santa Monica location of this popular pizza spot has reopened for outdoor dining, guaranteeing good pie and even better wine. Reserve a table here.


$$$$ 118 Entrada Drive

This Mexican cantina in Santa Monica has always had one of our favorite spaces in the neighborhood, and with their new front patio a block from the beach, we’ll double-down on that statement. Because at the end of the day, margaritas by the ocean are always a very good thing.

Tar & Roses

$$$$ 602 Santa Monica Blvd.

Located in downtown Santa Monica, Tar & Roses is one of the most popular restaurant in the neighborhood. For good reason too - their oxtail dumplings and strawberry ricotta tostada are legendary. Outdoor dining starts March 3rd. Make reservations here.


$$$$ 1320 2nd St A

Uovo’s locations in Santa Monica and Mid-Wilshire have reopened for sidewalk seating with a pasta-heavy menu, and a $32/person tasting menu that includes an appetizer, three pastas, and a dessert.