L.A. is all about prime real estate. Instead of pining for that dream house in the Hills, savor some of the city's best food and drink in the backyard of one of these outdoor spots.
Here are some of the best spots to take advantage of all the great outdoor dining L.A. has to offer.
① Estrella: The haute-hippie setting at this West Hollywood spot from Top Chef alum Dakota Weiss will have you rethinking your aversion to hemp as you dine among macrame and greenery. Speaking of greens, indulge in some with shaved fennel and crisp Brussels sprouts dolloped with mascarpone.
② Viviane: Sure, everyone loves a drink by the pool. But finding something to snack on other than cocktail garnishes is much harder. This elegant menu from chef Michael Hung is perfectly poolside appropriate with dishes like mahi mahi steamed in banana leaf.
③ Maré: You'll have to work to find the door to the speakeasy-esque patio at this Fairfax seafood spot. However, Eric Greenspan's fresh seafood, like whole branzino with fig-pomegranate sauce, is definitely worth the search.
④ Redbird: Housed in a former cathedral, outdoor dining at Neal Fraser's Downtown restaurant is nothing short of a religious experience. Small details, like the clever "amuse-booze," will leave you feeling the spirit.
⑤ Cliff's Edge: Dine with the stars—or rather, under a roof of twinkling lights at this favorite among chefs and locals. Dishes like cauliflower with avocado, puffed rice and cilantro are not only magical but not to be missed.
⑥ Perch: We love a good patio, but sometimes it's nice to go above the fray. You'll have no trouble leaving your worries behind atop this rooftop Downtown, where the people are as pretty as the dishes coming out of the kitchen.
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Find Maré here, or in our DINE app.
Find Redbird here, or in our DINE app.
Find Cliff's Edge here, or in our DINE app.
Find Perch here, or in our DINE app.
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