When you enter Fia from the street, the first thing you’ll see is the patio. It’s gigantic—an incredible space in Santa Monica that’s cozy and romantic, filled with wooden furniture, aggressive string lighting, and enough pine trees to make you feel like you’re on the Mendocino coastline. It's one of the best outdoor spaces on the Westside. The Italian-ish food is just OK (we prefer what's being served inside, at their "sister" restaurant Fia Steak), but the plenty of burrata, raw bar, and pastas get the job done. Crowd-pleasing and easy on the eyes, Fia is on our short list for high-stakes dates and life celebrations .