Now that summer is in full swing, it is the perfect time to dine al fresco. As Angeleno’s, we have been doing this for the better part of a year. With so many restaurants still offering outdoor dining, why not enjoy the fresh air. This week’s LA Eats shines a spotlight on our favorite restaurants for outdoor dining.
Los Angeles Outdoor Dining
Location: 8700 W 3rd St. | Los Angeles
Venture to the French countryside at A.O.C., for outdoor dining that dishes out delicious chicken in a serene setting. While A.O.C. might count as a partially outdoor restaurant, it still fully counts as the perfect al fresco option. Step into this open-air space and enjoy Suzanne Goin’s vibrant small plates and shareable dishes for the perfect lunch or dinner.
Location: 5137 York Blvd. | Los Angeles
Get ready to immerse yourself in vibrant Latin culture as Nativo brings an authentic-chic Guadalajara experience to its bar & restaurant in East L.A. The space of this outdoor dining option is colorful and the food superb. If you are seeking to diversify your surroundings and your tastebuds, look no further than Nativo.
Location: 37 S El Molino Ave. | Pasadena
“Saso, a play on the Basque word itsaso for ocean, combines the heritage, the love for the sea, and the bounty of three coastal landscapes under one roof.” It becomes clear upon stepping into Saso, that every detail was considered for this vibrant coastal bistro. Enjoy Whole Fish Basquaise, local catch from the josper topped with garlic crisp, chili, and premium olive oil. Either way, you will feel whisked away at the Pasadena Playhouse’s delectable outdoor dining establishment.
Westside and Beach Communities Outdoor Dining
Location: 500 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach
When it comes to outdoor dining near the beach, Kincaid’s is not just ideal, it is a MUST. The Redondo Beach “Fish, Chop and Steak House” provides fantastic ocean views and elegant fine dining in a truly relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy specialties like the Almond Crusted Sea Scallops or Rock Salt Roasted Prime Rib.
Location: 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
Abbott Kinney has no shortage of healthy and delicious outdoor dining options. At the top of that list is Plant Food + Wine. The restaurant offers Vegan fare so good, you’ll forget it is all plant-based. Focused on locally sourced ingredients, PFW’s menu brings together a rich array of tasty options.
Location: 4360 Tujunga Ave, Studio City
If you are looking for a bustling gem in Studio City, Aroma Coffee & Tea serves as the perfect option. With delicious coffee and a vast selection of desserts, Aroma Coffee makes for the best spot for those seeking a breakfast bite or afternoon pick-me-up. Likewise, enjoy the California fresh air at this outdoor dining option in Studio City.
San Fernando Valley Outdoor Dining
Location: 1250 E Harvard Rd. | Burbank
With stellar, sweeping views of the Valley, Downtown, and beyond, Castaway in Burbank is an idyllic outdoor dining experience. For example, enjoy savory steaks, whole roast fish, impressive charcuterie boards, and luscious pasta.
Location: 17499 Ventura Blvd. | Encino
Whether you are looking to dine for one, as a group, or for a date night, there’s nowhere more special than Mora Italiano. The ambiance offers a sophisticated and modern setting, while the food sweeps you away on a culinary journey through Italy.
Location: Sherman Oaks
Make your way to the Garden Cafe for delightful outdoor dining in Sherman Oaks. Likewise, the restaurant offers enjoyable options for breakfast and brunch, set against a peaceful al fresco setting. From out-of-this-world banana French toast to straight from the wood-fired oven pizza, Garden Cafe has something for everyone.
Conejo Valley Outdoor Dining
Location: Westlake Village
A family-owned and operated restaurant, Finney’s offers both upscale and casual dining options. With local and seasonal ingredients, you’ll feel right at home in this Westlake Village favorite. For example, enjoy delectable starters like their Bacon Deviled Eggs or tasty tacos, like the Crispy Cauliflower.
Location: 120 Promenade Way | Thousand Oaks
One can never go wrong with a visit to The Grill on the Alley. The beloved restaurant has been a destination for locals seeking meat-centric American fare. What even better, is that the Westlake Village restaurant offers outdoor dining, which creates the perfect setting for an alfresco meal.
For outdoor dining in a buzzy atmosphere, Rumfish y Vino in Ventura offers the perfect setting. Make your way to this gastropub featuring Central American plates & inventive cocktails. Likewise, their stylish patio setting and carefully crafted menu makes this a must for locals and tourists alike.