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Where To Eat Outside In West Hollywood

21 Weho restaurants where you can eat outside today.

If you’ve driven through West Hollywood recently, you’ve probably noticed that people there really like eating outside - and they won’t let a little pandemic stand in the way of that. If you’re looking to join them, we’ve picked some of our favorite Weho spots with outdoor dining and patios, so you can spread out, bask in weekend-brunch glory, maybe have a mai tai (or a tequila shot), and most definitely do a little celebrity watching.

We’ll continue to update it as spots reopen around Weho, and if there’s a patio you think needs to be included, email us at losangeles@theinfatuation.com.

We’ve also got a full neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to LA Restaurants Where You Can Eat Outside Today, and a running list of some of The Most Unique Outdoor Dining Options In LA.

The Spots

40 Love

40 Love is a sports bar on LA Cienega in Weho with plenty of outdoor space, bar food, beer, wine, and cocktails. All of this will be of particular interest to you now that sports are actually happening.

If you’re looking to hang out on a beautiful rooftop terrace with a giant tree growing out of the middle of it, Catch is the spot for you. They’ve got everything from sushi rolls and filet mignon skewers, along with lots of vegan options. Reservations available on their website.

New England seafood spot Connie & Ted’s has reopened, and their huge patio on Santa Monica in Weho is a perfect spot to eat all the shellfish you couldn’t figure out how to shuck at home. The seafood is fresh and tremendous, so just trust your instincts here - especially if your instincts are telling you to get the New England seafood boil, with mussels, steamers, lobster, linguica, and corn on the cob.

Survey any ten celebrities at random about their favorite restaurant, and there’s a good chance you’ll hear Craig’s more than once. This Weho spot has sausage pizzas we’re very into, some of our favorite free table bread around, and plenty of outdoor space with socially distanced tables. Call (310) 276-1900 for reservations.

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.

After a long hiatus, this train station-themed bar in Weho is back for dine-in and takeout service. And the best part? They’ve made their 4/20 Happy Hour menu available all-day long. Which means you no longer have to wait for the late afternoon to get discounted prices on smashburgers, French bread pizza, and mimosas. Or to get high, for that matter.

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 rooftop at Weho spot EP & LP is back open with plexiglass barriers, cashless transactions, and “sanitation hosts” (which are not, contrary to what we thought, Westworld characters). They also have an all-new menu, a Southeast Asian-inspired selection of small plates that are all $8-$15, like salt-and-pepper calamari, crab curry buns, and twice-cooked BBQ pork belly.

Formosa Cafe, the recently revived Old Hollywood haunt in Weho, has reopened for excellent cocktails and dim sum from the same chef as Little Fatty. Get some chile wontons and XO Fatty (chow fun) to go with whatever tropical cocktails you’re chugging. Their upstairs outdoor space is small, so we highly recommend making a reservation through their website.

Weho’s largely outdoor spot Gracias Madre has reopened their patio for dine-in, serving vegan Mexican cuisine and some excellent cocktails. They’ve got Happy Hour - with $7 house margaritas (get it spicy and with mezcal) and $8 nachos you should absolutely order - Monday-Friday, 4-6pm, dinner 4-10pm daily, weekend brunch Saturday & Sunday 11am-3pm. Reservations recommended.

Pre-COVID, Harlowe was our favorite place to drink too many draft cocktails on a Saturday night. But they’ve brought in a new chef (formerly of The Little Door) to open as a full restaurant, with Mediterranean food like pappardelle with tomato Pernod sauce and pesto, and Moroccan lamb stew with couscous and harissa. Reservations here.

Harriet's Rooftop

Rooftop spot Harriet’s has reopened on the Sunset Strip. The food and cocktails are decent, but what you’re really there for are some incredible views of the city from the Hollywood Hills. Call for reservations - (424) 281-1860.

Katana Robata

Japanese-inspired spot Katana is in the heart of the Sunset Strip, and has a large patio in the middle of the restaurant. They’ve got robata, steaks, and lots of things involving truffle oil. Reservations recommended.

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.

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

Even though we suspect no one is going to be riding any mechanical bulls anytime soon, you can still go to Saddle Ranch Chop House, the massive bar/restaurant in Weho. They’ve got multiple patios on the Sunset Strip, where they serve burgers, steaks, and strong, sweet margaritas. Reservations on their website.

Spartina is an Italian restaurant open for dining on their large patio in Weho, with handmade pastas and crunchy pizzas. They’ve got dinner every night, plus weekday lunch, and a weekend brunch that involves an excellent guanciale bacon and egg pizza. Reserve on their website.

Strings Of Life in Weho is a new all-day spot inspired by Australian cafes. This Melrose restaurant has a massive menu with all kinds of sandwiches, salads, and even Fairy Bread. First-come, first served.

Tacos Tu Madre has a few locations across the city, but the one in Weho is special for two reasons: They’ve got a big patio, and, more importantly, they’ve got a shiny new license to serve alcohol. That means you can suck down margaritas while you eat crispy shrimp tacos.

Zinque has several locations around town and they’re all open. That means the days of drinking too much rosé on their patio, snacking on tartines and their famous “Le Bowl,” and stumbling home on a Saturday night have returned. Hooray.

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photo credit: David Higgs

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