It’s the summer of dining in — or is it? It is possible to enjoy an elegant dinner out on the town. The trick involves finding a restaurant with an alfresco ambiance.
You won’t find any lack of such eateries in sunny Los Angeles, CA. Whether you have a taste for Thai or a fancy for French cuisine, you’ll find something to delight every palate.
1. A.O.C. on W. 3rd St.
Eateries come and go in the City of Angels, but A.O.C. pleased diners well before the representative with the same initials became the youngest member to serve in U.S. Congress. The eatery gained recognition in Zagat’s Best Small Plates in L.A. list for a good reason. You’ll find a variety of French favorites to delight your taste buds without leaving you adjusting your pants — unless you save space for the butterscotch pot de creme.
2. Casita del Campo in Silver Lake
If you have a taste for tacos, you’ll adore Casita del Campo. You’ll marvel at the Frida Kahlo artwork adorning many walls, although you won’t enjoy indoor dining. However, if you plan, you can enjoy eating on the outdoor patio deck surrounded by a cascading waterfall. Enjoy the ambiance, including mosaic glass tables and greenery all around.
3. Lady Byrd Cafe in Echo Park
You can’t get much safer during a pandemic than having a private greenhouse for your dining pleasure. Lady Byrd Cafe takes customer safety seriously and came up with the ideal thematic solution for social distancing. Choose from a wide array of pasta, sandwiches and bowls, including vegetarian and vegan options.
4. Birdie G’s in Santa Monica
Standard operating procedures are crucial to the success of safe, uncontaminated food that’s also delicious. A single glance at Birdie G’s website puts your mind at ease — they request that diners check their customer health and safety guidelines before planning their visit. You can order online for curbside, takeout or delivery, or enjoy a date night on the outdoor patio.
5. Tallula’s in Santa Monica
Open for outside dining — those four words delight a hungry foodie’s heart. If your party contains a gluten-free member and a vegan, you’ll find ample dishes to please them both. Carnivores won’t go hungry, either, if they order the grass-fed curried beef tacos or the tandoori chicken fajitas. The latter is a Mexican-Indian fusion dish nearly everyone should try at least once.
6. Yamashiro Hollywood
What’s your dining yen this evening? The name “Yamashiro” translates to mountain palace in Japanese, and you’ll find countless Asian treasures in the garden courtyard when you dine. You’ll also find a plethora of exotic cocktails. Bring back Friday happy hour? Yes, please! Make sure to pair that adult elixir with a Wagyu cheeseburger or pineapple fried rice to avoid an achy head the morning after.
7. The Rose Venice
If there isn’t sufficient seating on one patio, no worries. The Rose features two outdoor dining areas — pick your pleasure. As if those choices weren’t enough, you can also select a grab-and-go treat from the bakery, enjoy happy hour with an item or two from the full bar or merely find a small table where you can sit with your laptop. If working from home has you feeling isolated, head to this hip spot.
8. Fred 62 in Los Feliz
Fred 62 recently got the green light for dine-in service due to their impressive hygiene, but they also offer ample sidewalk seating. Who said that pizza has to consist of gut-gluing white flour? This eatery’s unique sprouting process for their pie dough breaks down the phytate that can decrease vitamin and mineral absorption. You’ll protect yourself from germs and absorb more nutrients like lycopene to boost immunity. However, you won’t notice you’re eating healthfully as you savor every bite.
You Can Go Out to Eat and Practice Social Distancing
You don’t have to rely on delivery all the time. If you desire to dine out, do so safely in one of the hottest outdoor locations in Los Angeles.