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LA’s Best Outdoor Patios by Neighborhood

Discover paradise on a patio with 19 of our favorite outdoor dining spots in LA.

by Los Angeles Bucket List


Who’s ready to enjoy the great outdoors? In Los Angeles, that sometimes means booking your brunch reservation outside. 

We’ve rounded up 19 of the top patios and outdoor bars for your next alfresco dining experience and we organized it all by neighborhood

Some come with heated options for those cooler nights, while others offer stunning views. Whether it's sharing a beer with friends outside the barrel-shaped Idle Wild,  dinner under Alta Ama’s new vine canopy, or trying out the swanky new patio of Beverly Hills Spago—there is an outdoor dining spot for everyone. 

Keep reading for Bucket Lister’s guide on outdoor seating in all the main neighborhoods of LA:

NoBu Malibu

Neighborhood: Malibu

'Dinner with a view' feels like a massive understatement when it comes to NoBu. The high end seafood spot located right on the ocean is a Malibu gem for world-renowned  sushi , celebrity clientele, and living your best Los Angeles lifestyle. 

Where: 22706 Pacific Coast Highway

For more information on Nobu Malibu.

Terra Rooftop bar at Eataly

Neighborhood: Century City

Head up to the third floor of Eataly to instantly transport yourself to the flavors and feeling of Florence, Rome and Tuscany—with views of the Hollywood Hills, that is. Terra is open seven days a week but the true scene stealer is their weekend brunch, which puts an Italian spin on brunch essentials. 

Where: Eataly Westfield 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard

For more information on Terra Rooftop bar at Eataly LA.


Neighborhood: Fashion District DTLA 

Let Dama's palm-printed decor will transport you to the tropics. This Latin-inspired restaurant and bar pairs fiery fare with deco-tropical vibes. Menu highlights include a seafood tostada and “Linguisa” sandwich.

Where: 612 E 11th Street

For more information on Dama.


Neighborhood: Burbank

Castaway is not only one of the best outdoor patios in the city—but also one of the most romantic! Whether with dates, friends or family though, all will enjoy sinking into a plush cushion by the fireplace, enjoying refreshing cocktails and California fair, with an unmatched view of the San Fernando Valley and DTLA from every seat.

Where: 1250 East Harvard Road

For more information on Castaway.

Saddle Peak Lodge

Neighborhood: Santa Monica Mountains 

This fine dining spot nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains offers a warm, rustic  setting to appreciate some upmarket New American fare. Their brunch menu offers a crab cake benedict, brioche French toast, and caramelized breakfast potatoes. 

Where: 419 Cold Canyon Road

For more information on Saddle Peak Lodge.

Ballast Point

Neighborhood: Long Beach

Grab the crew  and hit this two-story harborside spot with outdoor patios, fire pits, and over 60 beers on tap to enjoy while watching passing boats and gorgeous sunsets. This is a place you could truly stay all day at. 

Where: 110 N Marina Dr

For more information on Ballast Point.


Neighborhood: Santa Monica

Sit back and relax at one of the prettiest patios in Santa Monica. The spacious patio is adorned with string lighting, pine trees and an airy bar to pull up a seat at as well. As luring as its atmosphere is FIA's coastal-inspired Italian cuisine, we suggest one of their handmade pastas.

Where: 2454 Wilshire Blvd

For more information on FIA.

Alta Adams

Neighborhood: West Adams

Get back to basics with Alta Adams' earthy patio. Serving up comforting Cali-soul food from Wednesday through Sunday, this West Adams is a staple for weekend brunch with standout items like brisket grilled cheese and fresh-baked cornbread. And, they’ve just recently renovated a bit: implementing a wooden structure to hold an enchanting vine canopy above its patrons.

Where: 5359 West Adams Boulevard

For more Information on Alta Adams.

The Front Yard

Neighborhood: Studio City

Situated inside the Garland Hotel, The Front Yard offers modern California eats and is especially known for its popular weekend brunch. Pull up a seat among the sycamores and enjoy their homey vibe.

Where: 4222 Vineland Ave

For more information on the Front Yard.

Conservatory West Hollywood

Neighborhood: West Hollywood

While this epic patio spot tends to draw in the crowds, Conservatory also has a more casual cafe attached – perfect for all our outdoor dining needs. Its varied menu makes it great for any day, any time. 

Where: 8289 Santa Monica Blvd. 

For more information on Conservatory West Hollywood.

The Violet LA

Neighborhood: Westwood Village

Violet Los Angeles is a vibrant Cali-French bistro with a full bar, shop, and even a cooking school in the heart of Westwood Village! We love spending a day on their patio sharing their award winning Mezcal flights. 

Where: 1121 Glendon Ave

For more information on the Violet LA.

Bacari Silverlake

Neighborhood: Silver Lake

Bacari has multiple locations throughout LA—each neighborhood gems—but their latest installation (opened last June) Bacari Silverlake, is already requesting reservations at least a week in advance. And it's not hard to see why. 

Patrons can enter their enchanting “hidden forest” patio, and enjoy the best of Mediterranean and Italian fare fusion (inspired from Venetian and “Tuscany farm life”) around in the form of shareable brunch and lunch bites—along with a roster full of vegan options to boot. 

Where: 3626 Sunset Blvd

For more information on Bacari Silverlake.


Neighborhood: Culver City

Simonette is an all-day cafe and bar that will transport you to a traditional French bistro, while still in the heart of LA. Our “that girl” dreams consist of a daily early morning espresso and croissants here on our way to work…and an ice-cold Rosé or two. 

Where: 3626 Sunset Blvd

For more information on Simonette Restaurant.

Home Restaurant LA

Neighborhood: Los Feliz

Home prides itself on being as cozy as home itself. They serve large plates of comfort food: including homestyle fries, steak and fish options for dinner, mac’n cheese, and of course: plenty of margaritas and palomas along with a full bar.. They are also known for their great bottomless mix-and-match brunch every Saturday and Sunday, with options ranging from pancakes and french toast to “egg” turmeric tofu scrambles. And all of this stomach-warming goodness is served on a spacious, twinkly-lit and heated patio.

Where: 1760 Hillhurst Ave

For more information on Home Restaurant.

Idle Hour

Neighborhood: North Hollywood

This landmark building is hard to miss, and why would you want to? Idle Wild's patio is the perfect casual spot for grabbing bar-friendly bites with your pals. Stop by to learn more about the building’s seemingly goofy architecture. But don’t forget to order a pint with your 1940s history lesson! 

Where: 4824 Vineland Ave

For more information on Idle Hour.

Spago L’exterieur

Neighborhood: Beverly Hills

Spago was founded by renowned chef Wolfgang Puck. The iconic restaurant first opened its outdoor dining concept Spago L’exterieur in 2021. Diners can now enjoy the iconic Beverly Hills restaurant fare and cocktails on a stunning and uber modern 6,500 sq-foot patio. 

Where: 176 N Canon Dr

For more information on Spago L’exterieur.

L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele

Neighborhood: Hollywood

Lucky for us Angelenos, this famous Neapolitan pizzeria chose LA to set up its first US outpost. With traditional pies served in a breezy, tile-lined outdoor space, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele creates the perfect ambiance for a dinner out. 

During the COVID-19 variant surges, L’Antica opened an attached lounge: Caffe degli Artisti. To enter, patrons must show a COVID-19 test from the last day, or take a $12 rapid test onsite (if they have them at the moment). The lounge is currently running after five, but owner Zimone plans to add breakfast, yoga classes, and more.

Where: 1534 N McCadden Place

For more information on L’antica Pizzeria da Michele. 

Formosa Cafe

Neighborhood: Hollywood

Originally built in 1939, this Hollywood landmark spot serves Asian eats with a side of nostalgia lining the walls.  This dates back to Formosa’s rich history of frequent star regulars, like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley (once John Wayne was even caught making scrambled eggs in the kitchen after passing out in a booth the night before)! The history of starhood is matched well by Formosa’s menu today—voted best in West Hollywood by LA Eater—filled with delicious dim sum, tropical cocktails and fan favorite chile wontons.

Where: 7156 Santa Monica Blvd

For more information on Formosa Cafe.


Neighborhood: Venice 

At Chulita, an Alta California-style Mexican restaurant in the heart of Venice, let the bartenders shake up mezcal and tequila-tinged drinks as you soak in the sunny outdoor space. Two can’t miss cocktail options include the hibiscus margarita and the mezcal negroni. 

Where: 533 Rose Ave

For more information on Chulita.