Written By: Bobby Navarro 9 of Our Favorite Patios in LA
Guest Blogger: www.100eats.com
The sun is shining and there is hardly any reason to be inside. Summer is one of the busiest seasons for major metropolis cities, and Los Angeles is no exception. Business professionals vacation here, models and actors are out and about (in as little clothes as the law allows), and herds of tourists gallivant through the city as if they own it. When it comes to dining in the summertime, restaurants tend to fill from the outside in because the SoCal sun is just too tempting to pass up. Not to mention the warm summer nights that make al fresco dining in L.A. almost too good to be true. Here are some of our favorite spots for that “it’s-what’s-outside-that-also-counts” attitude.
Sharing the same location as E.P. (an Asian inspired eatery) on the glamorous corner of La Cienega and Melrose, this spot boasts a beautiful rooftop view of the Hollywood basin. Serving Asian-inspired street food straight from downstairs and craft cocktails, it’s the perfect place to nosh and drink. Waited past the summer to visit? No problem, they have a firepit to keep you warm on those chilly nights. If you’re looking for something more private, there is Frankie’s, a secluded section of L.P. serving their finest craft cocktails and normally reserved for special drinking occasions. Whether you’re looking for a quick drink and snack, or a cool venue for your next event, this spot has it all.
Ocean Prime – Beverly Hills
9595 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
With locations across the country (and two more opening up this year!) this chain has stood the test of time. Located on Wilshire Boulevard, it’s a hop, skip, and a jump away from Rodeo Drive. Ocean Prime Beverly Hills is an upscale location where fashionable attire is required and a jacket/dress and heels is suggested. You can surf, turf, dessert, or drink the night away in style at this exquisite location. Enjoy the luxurious patio for lunch or dinner—a perfect spot all summer long!
Messhall – Los Feliz
4500 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Conveniently located just north of Downtown L.A., and just east of Hollywood, you can enjoy the L.A. scene without all the traffic. This is a great all-around place, with weekly specials, weekend brunch, and even a happy hour! Sporting a great oyster and raw bar, stocked with great seafood (check out their Tuesday special, $1 oysters!), Messhall has something to offer every day of the week. The weekend brunch has Stumptown coffee from Portland and a hip menu with names like C-3 bomber and Lemon Grenade. With a comfy, kick-back kind of name, you can come as you are to enjoy fine dining at café pricing.
Eveleigh – West Hollywood
8752 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
This is the treehouse that you wanted your dad to make. Right along the Sunset Strip lives a rustic, worn wood, nature-centric eatery. Past the main dining room and main bar there is a patio area that puts you in the middle of the canopies of the surrounding brush. The retractable roof makes you truly part of nature as you take nibbles at your lamb meatballs, and sip on some of your favorite crafted cocktails, like the Lucky Louie and Oaxacan Phoenix.
ONative Knowledge: Garrett Mikell is one of the most kick-ass bartenders in L.A., and he is at the helm of The Eveleigh program.
Cliff’s Edge – Silverlake
3626 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
A huge ancient ficus tree spreads its leafy green wings over the two-level patio of Cliff’s Edge. The branches twist and turn and stretch over diners as they enjoy some flavor-filled Californian fare by the incredible Chef Vartan Abgaryan. The outside dining space is a mesh of Parisian class with Polynesian flair, a perfect candlelit atmosphere to enjoy the $1 oysters outside on a beautiful Thursday evening.
The Little Door – West Hollywood
8164 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Off of 3rd Street there is a nondescript wooden door camouflaged by a sea of small vines, bushes and branches. Beyond the entrance, endless flickers of candlelight cover every inch of the restaurant with the night sky as the only ceiling. Each dish is a timeless preparation of French cuisine—perfectly roasted fish, sauces flavored to perfection, and classic inspirations in the art of plating. The grilled marinated loup de mar with the saffron espelette sauce is great to feed to your boo on a romantic summer night.
Terrine – Beverly Hills
8265 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
The stone floor above you and the perfectly manicured tree canopy make the patio at Terrine an earth toned backdrop chef/owner Kris Morningstar’s culinary artistry. Morningstar is no stranger to outdoor dining, and capitalizing on such a magnificent garden has brought much acclaim to this new Californian-meets-French bistro. Have one of their rosy pink and bubbly creations on a warm summer’s eve, the Rosa Spritz, alongside their roasted octopus dish—a winning combination.
Perch – Downtown Los Angeles
448 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Nestled on the 16th floor with an outdoor patio overlooking Pershing Square, Perch is the perfect Downtown hangout, complete with fire pits, vibrant tile floors, and live music. This French-inspired bistro is perfect to enjoy the Downtown L.A. skyline with craft cocktails and good friends. With over 25 wines by the glass, craft beers, and rare cognacs or French cordials, you could visit Perch every day (or night) and try something completely different. Whether you order stand-alone dishes or sharable items, it’s a great location to bring friends and hang outdoors in the summer air.
Nobu – Malibu
22706 Pacific Coast Hwy,
Malibu, CA 90265
A legendary surf and turf restaurant overlooking the Malibu coastline! Inspired by Iron Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, the restaurant opened in October 1999 but recently moved to its current location alongside Pacific Coast Highway. This upscale location recommends reservations—Nobu takes reservations up to a month in advance. With a massive breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drink menu, this is an amazing spot to plan a nice meal any time of day, any day of the year. In addition to the sushi bar and dining room, the outside terrace directly overlooks the Pacific. Matsuhisa’s Nobu offers all the classic sushi favorites along with his signature dishes: tiradito (think Peruvian sashimi), yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, and black cod miso soup. With the heart of an Iron Chef, the soul of Malibu, and a soundtrack of crashing waves, Nobu is a must try for any foodie seeking exquisite open-air dining.