Best Alfresco Dining

08/29/2012

Cliffs Edge
This extremely hidden spot lives in the middle of Sunset Junction. Dine among giant lighted trees on their romantic patio. 3626 W Sunset Blvd.; 323.666.6116

Dominick’s
I love this quiet spot with its NYC-style patio. Their menu is delicious and the service is impeccable. Order up the rich Italian Arancini rice balls and ricotta fritters  under the white lights or cuddle up near the fireplace. 8715 Beverly Blvd.; 310.652.2335

Primitivo Wine Bar
Primitivo’s back patio is perfect for an intimate, sexy date or a fun, lunch with friends. With tasty tapas and delicious sangria to wash it down, you will leave here more than satisfied. 1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310.396.5353

Mohawk Bend
This sprawling Echo Park terrace one of the newest hot spots for fresh air and yummy food. If it’s still a little chilly, they have a warm fireplace to snuggle up to! 2141 W Sunset Blvd.; 213.483.2337

Palihouse Courtyard Brasserie
A favorite for birthdays and special occasions, the Palihouse courtyard restaurant is perfec for a memorable evening. Try the Writer’s Block cocktail for a refreshing splash of cucumber. 8465 Holloway Dr.; 323.656.4500

Pace
Nestled in the Laurel Canyon hillside, Pace’s outdoor space is both bohemian and glamorous. It’s the kind of place where you can enjoy Italian wine for hours. 2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd.; 323.654.8583

Venice Beach Wines
The front deck of this local spot is small and fills up quickly. Get there early and call dibs on a table for prime people-watching. Oh, and their tasty tapas are some of the best plates in town for sharing. 529 Rose Ave.; 310.606.2529

Le Clafoutis
Sunset Plaza is always bustling and it’s the perfect spot to park yourself down for interesting people watching. Le Clafoutis has French fare to keep you sustained while you take that people watching seriously. Grab a light lunch of one of their many salads. 8630 Sunset Blvd.; 310.659.5233

Taste on Melrose
Stop by Taste for great eats and drinks to keep you going during your Melrose shopping excursion. The terrace is the place to be. 8454 Melrose Ave.; 323.852.6888

Café Stella
Decadence is the name of the game here. Enjoy French fare, mood lighting and stylish peeps. The patio is always buzzing. You will feel as if you’re in Paris! 3932 W Sunset Blvd.; 323.666.0265

La Sandia
On a warm evening, head to this spot for some great tequila. Plus, their happy hour can’t be beat. This open space on the Promenade serves some of the yummiest Mexican on the Westside. 395 Santa Monica Place; 310.393.3300

Alcove Cafe & Bakery
Los Feliz’s prettiest garden terrace has gourmet bites (they make their own chocolate!), and a casual atmosphere. Plus, right next door is Big Bar, to grab a hand crafted cocktail or two. 1929 Hillhurst Ave.; 323.644.0111

Wilshire Restaurant
This neighborhood restaurant was included in Bon Appétit‘s Top 10 Outdoor Dining Spots! There are three levels of fire pits, fountains and private spots for an intimate eveing. 2454 Wilshire Blvd.; 310.586.1707

Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant
Takami serves up spicy tuna rolls and sashimi 21 floors above downtown Los Angeles’ Financial District. The porch wraps all the way around the penthouse level for spectacular skyscraper views. 811 Wilshire Blvd., #2100; 213.236.9600

The Little Door (and Little Next Door)
The outdoor terrace and courtyard of these sister restaurants will transport you straight to France. The Little Door has been named Most Romantic Restaurant in Los Angeles. 8164 W 3rd St.; 323.951.1210

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