Starting January 29th, 2021, LA restaurants have been given the OK to reopen for outdoor dining, which means some of the city’s great patios have come back to life. Thanks in part to the LA Al Fresco program established in 2020 though, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll work on adding them as quickly as possible.
To find out which restaurants have reopened for outdoor dining in your area, be sure to check out our guide to LA Restaurants That Have Reopened For Outdoor Dining, which is broken down by neighborhood.
101 North Eatery & Bar
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 famous West Hollywood gay bar has added to their already plentiful outdoor seating with a new concept called Abbey Road - a lush, shaded patio taking over an old alleyway.
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.
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.
The iconic late-night spot in Koreatown has an expanded patio with awnings, string lights, and gallons of tofu stew.
The large sports bar on La Brea just opened 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 like the $4 Happy Hour that runs daily from 5-8pm.
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 Blue Dog Beer Tavern
One of our favorite places to grab a burger and beer in The Valley, Blue Dog Tavern has an expanded sidewalk dining area - on top of their existing wrap-around patio.
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.
Bone Kettle is a fantastic Indonesian restaurant in Pasadena and home to some of our favorite food in the neighborhood. Take advantage of the menu now on their new sidewalk patio going along N. Raymond Ave.
This romantic Italian spot in Rustic Canyon typically masters the art of the candlelit dinner in an otherwise dark little room. But now they’ve put out a handful of tables on the sidewalk, serve the same great pastas, and still put a candle on the table. If you listen close enough, you can hear the ocean.
Caravan Swim Club
If all you’ve wanted to do this summer is drink and hang out by the pool, Caravan Swim Club is your best bet. Located in The Hotel June in Westchester - adjacent to LAX - expect tons of space (it’s two levels), great views, and an all-day menu featuring everything from shrimp tacos to Italian delis sandwiches.
The classic Mexican restaurant in Sherman Oaks is offering not one, but two different al fresco dining areas reopening February 22nd. 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.
Chef Kang Sul Box
Opening just before the start of quarantine, 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 with every table covered by a tent to keep out the sun.
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.
It was only a matter of time before this excellent New England-style seafood spot in West Hollywood took over their front parking lot with a patio, and we’ve arrived at that moment. Filled in with astroturf, umbrellas, string lighting, and more, it’s an ideal ambience for an outdoor boil.
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.
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 upscale dinner-and-drinks spot in West Hollywood is bringing their scene-y atmosphere outside with a fantastic new patio that includes plush chairs, carpeting, and wall art lining the perimeter.
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.
Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen
The classic Southern spot on Crenshaw serves some of the best soul food you’ll find in LA. Now, you can enjoy it all in their outdoor dining area. Dulan’s On Crenshaw is also open for outdoor dining.
Earle's on Crenshaw
You aren’t going to find many chili dogs in LA better than the ones served at Earle’s Restaurant, so head to Crenshaw right now and take advantage of their sidewalk patio.
The famous Mexican restaurant on Sunset in Hollywood has expanded their existing back patio into the parking lot, which means more available tables - and even more flaming margaritas.
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 and different restaurant pop-ups through the week.
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 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. Reopening March 10th.
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.
Home to some of our favorite barbacoa in LA, Gish Bac has opened a new tented back patio with abundant shade, potted plants, and colorful fiesta banners.
The Golden Bull is one of the few places we can confidently say is, well, thriving right now. They did away with their parking lot, and rolled out the astroturf, heat lamps, and string lights. The setup is now a socially distanced paradise. We’re not the only ones who have caught on, so definitely make a reservation before visiting this American spot by the beach in Rustic Canyon.
The famous drag bar in West Hollywood has taken over an adjacent parking lot along Santa Monica Blvd. and named it the “Outdoor Oasis.” With astroturf, umbrellas, and plenty of drag queens, the name is quite fitting.
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. They currently have a new front sidewalk patio right on Beverly Blvd.
Home to some of our favorite Nashville-style hot chicken in LA, Hotville has an expanded patio for all your outdoor dining needs. And no matter how much chicken you end up ordering, be sure to leave some room a hot fish sandwich and their absolutely tremendous mac & cheese.
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.
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.
All four LA locations of the popular hand roll chain now have sidewalk patios perfect for all your outdoor dining needs.
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.
Lady Byrd Cafe
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.
The iconic 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.
Home to some of our favorite tacos in town, both locations of Loqui (Culver City and the Arts District) have large patios filled with picnic tables and umbrellas.
The West Hollywood location of this excellent Oaxacan restaurant has now reopened for outdoor dining. The large sidewalk patio is tented with tons of string lights and heat lamps.
Home to some of our favorite BBQ on the Westside, Maple Block in Culver City has an expanded patio in their parking lot with plenty of umbrellas and bales of straw lining the perimeter for some nice country ambience.
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.
Home to some of our favorite sushi in the city, this upscale omakase bar in Beverly Grove now has a tented patio in their parking lot with tons of ambient string lights.
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.
Summer’s permanent heatwave has arrived, so the time is now to be ordering cold noodles from Myung Dong Kyoja. The popular soup specialist in Koreatown has a makeshift sidewalk patio going down Harvard Ave. with several tables and umbrellas.
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.
The upscale restaurant in West Hollywood has recently reopened for the first time since quarantine with a brand new backyard space that seats up to 28 people. Expect tons of foliage, string lights, and tasty wood-fired pizza.
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. Eat it all on any part of their outdoor property that you can find.
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 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 famed Beverly Hills hotel has opened a new outdoor dining concept called “Le Petite Belvedere,” which is located in the hotel’s garden terrace and serves brasserie-style food.
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.
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.
The all-vegan Italian wine bar in West Hollywood has a massive sidewalk patio complete with plexiglass screens at each table for added comfort and safety..
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.
One of LA’s most iconic restaurants, Republique has opened not one, but two new patios. The first one is set up along the front on La Brea and can be utilized during their Cafe hours from 9am-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.
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.
Rustic Kitchen Market & Café
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.
While the mechanical bull is still on sabbatical, the famed Saloon on The Sunset Strip is reopening February 17th to include multiple new patios, lots of string lights, and of course, their famous cotton candy.
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.
One of our favorite boutique hotels on the beach, Shutters has gotten into the al fresco game with a new outdoor dining space spread throughout their courtyard.
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.
Sorry Not Sorry
Sorry Not Sorry is a new rosé and beer garden in West LA with a food menu that includes everything from Cobb salads to jackfruit tacos and a massive patio ideal for day drinking.
On top of selling an array of different groceries, this neighborhood cafe/coffee shop has excellent pastries, salads, coffee, and toasts across the board. Enjoy it all on their outdoor dining space.
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.
The Marina del Rey location of the popular sushi chain has an expansive front patio with big umbrellas and a fountain for ambiance.
Sushi Fumi has taken over a huge stretch of sidewalk on La Cienega to bring some of our favorite affordable sushi in West Hollywood to the people.
One of our favorite sushi restaurants in the entire city, Sushi Note has now moved outdoors, with a brand new sidewalk patio going along Ventura Blvd. And unlike their takeout operation, the full menu is once again available. Get ready for a lot of premium sushi and even more wine.
Tacos Tu Madre
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.
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. lol
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 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.
This neighborhood Italian restaurant in Brentwood is opening a brand new, multi-level patio on July 30th. The patio will run along both San Vincente and Darlington, and will offer socially distant tables, shading, and more. It will be open for both lunch and dinner.
The tiny noodle bar on Sawtelle has a tiny new tented patio out front assuring plenty of shade and even more premium sushi.
Both the Santa Monica and Mid-Wilshire locations of this casual pasta bar have new sidewalk patios with string lights, foliage, and tons of shade.
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.