As COVID-19 hospital stays appear to be slowing and the region shows signs of recovery, more and more Angelenos are choosing to feel comfortable experimenting with al fresco dining served on-site at local restaurants.
Many restaurants have taken creative steps to adapt to the situation, from rearranging existing patio areas to allow greater distance between tables, to creating entirely new outdoor dining areas in former parking lots, alleys or sidewalks. This is a sign of the resilience of hospitality professionals – and creates a lively outdoor experience for long-time customers.
Remember, when you go out to eat, the waiters, buses, cooks, dishwashers, and everyone else involved in your experience are literally at risk of providing you with a luxury experience – and the vast majority of them don't get any the risk payment (or even health benefits) for it. Show them that you value their lives and that of their families and communities by always wearing a mask when you interact with them – and tip generously.
The best alfresco dining in LA
Photo: Terra in Eataly
Located on the Eataly complex in Century City, Terra's expansive, brightly sparkling terrace offers plenty of space to spread out, take in city views, and enjoy a cocktail (guest bartenders from some of the best bars with LA- Break in LA pop up weekly) and enjoy Italian wood-fired dishes. After your big meal, Eataly is open to stock up on groceries and cook more at home. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City.
Blair & # 39; s Eagle Rock location is temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but the Silver Lake store is open and serviced locally. For a romantic date night, a small group of two tables, comfortably spaced apart, sits on the sidewalk in front of the corner restaurant. 2901 Rowena Ave., Silver Lake.
The parking lot at Tallula is now a full-service terrace with tables arranged one above the other. You can almost hear the ocean waves as you run down your margaritas and whole pans of nachos. The restaurant's health procedures have given it the new GTHR SAFE certification, indicating that it is complying with the standards set by safety experts. 118 Entrada Dr., Pacific Palisades.
Treats through dialogue
Tidbits is not just an outdoor space for elegant dialogue, but a new concept in itself. The pop-up offers small dishes and wine bars with a French flair – and an elevated view over Third Street Promenade. 1315 3rd St., Santa Monica.
Photo: Hotel Figueroa
The Mexico City-inspired al fresco veranda extends over the pool terrace of the historic Figueroa hotel in the city center. With the kitchen and the ambience, head chef Adrian Garcia wants to create an “urban oasis” that comes as close to a vacation as we get today. 939 S. Figueroa St., downtown.
Opening a brand new restaurant in the middle of the pandemic may be risky, but the Nueva team is trying. Outside you will find a cheerful and colorful terrace. Indoors, the staff prepares modern Mexican dishes in a kitchen that is large enough to allow a certain distance and that is equipped with a state-of-the-art indoor air filtration system. 822 Washington Blvd., Venice.
The Venice waterfront
This beach-chic spot has reopened its sunny terrace so you can nibble on laid-back bites and enjoy a glass of rosé (or CBD-infused kombucha if you prefer) all day. Guests' temperature will be checked upon arrival. You must agree to provide contact tracing information should this arise. 205 Ocean Front Walk, Venice.
Alcove Cafe & Big Bar
The most popular terrace restaurant in Los Feliz (maybe the world?) Has spread its tables and welcomed eager guests back. Enjoy casual dining and inventive cocktails from bar star Cari Hah from breakfast until late at night. 1927 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz.
The bar restaurant had only officially opened in the former Malo room a few months before the pandemic, but they have quickly adapted to the changing times. Now the attached parking lot has become one of the larger dining room areas in the neighborhood. 4326 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake.
Photo: BOA Steakhouse
BOA's Sunset Strip has converted an outdoor area into “BOA Garden”, a super elegant dining terrace with high hedges, large-format flower patterns and real tables and chairs (nothing foldable or plastic in sight). This is where to eat after getting married on Zoom. 9200 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood.
The Roberta & # 39; s is located in the main square of the open-air shopping mall Platform and has a large terrace where you can share pizza and glasses of wine with your friends. If you want to stay home more, you can also pick up DIY pizza sets. 8820 Washington Blvd., Culver City.
The bamboo club
The Bamboo Club is a tiki bar with above-average food and has moved its tropical party outside into a large, open tent decorated with disco balls, in which tables can be accommodated at a distance. 3522 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach.
Anajack Thai cuisine
On the weekends, Anajack Thai Cuisine only provides a single table for on-site service, so groups of two to six people can enjoy the space without interacting with other customers. All you have to do is commit to buying at least two bottles of their interesting natural wine list along with your meal order. Book in advance through Instagram. 14704 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Fortunately for this Italian import, a sparkling tree-strewn terrace has been the centerpiece of the dining area since it opened in 2019. The window offers the pizzaiolos the opportunity to serve guests outside directly from the wood-burning oven. 1534 N. McCadden Pl., Hollywood.
Photo: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Blue stripe at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Enjoy a meal overlooking the beach that gathers around your personal fire pit on the patio at the Loews Santa Monica Beach hotel's Blue Streak restaurant. Currently, the restaurant has limited capacity to keep the distance between guests. Make sure to reserve in advance. 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.
Dan Tana knows it wouldn't be the same without the checkered tablecloths and cheesy red cabins – so they literally rolled out a carpet and dragged the entire operation out, cabins and everything. Old Hollywood, pandemic style. 9071 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.
Seventh Ray Inn
A small pandemic didn't stop this classic, groundbreaking LA restaurant. Conveniently, the quirky garden has been a selling point since it opened almost half a century ago. 128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd., Topanga.
You probably don't eat out that much these days, so you may be trying to make it big when you do. If that sounds like you, Nobu Malibu and its incomparable, rap-lyric inspirational waterfront are ready to welcome you back. 22706 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu.
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