West Hollywood’s Best Al Fresco Dining
With gorgeous weather all year round, eating outdoors is one of the most popular pastimes in West Hollywood.
From bright and bustling destinations to lowlit after-dark escapes, there is something for everyone when it comes to the city’s awesome open-air restaurant environments. Al fresco dining is rival to none in WeHo in fact, and there’s a plethora of inviting patio settings to choose from.
8 Spots That Top the List
It’s known as one of the most popular gay nightclubs, but what happens on dance floor isn’t The Abbey’s biggest draw. The real excitement happens in its uncovered areas, where tables and booths are smattered about outside amid brick, wrought iron and trees, with a set-up that provides the best people-watching while grubbing in WeHo. The menu offers an impressive array of salads, sandwiches, breakfast items and cocktails, but it’s the DJ driven music, dishing/dancing diners, and the fabulous scene in general (especially on Sundays during their “Drag Brunch”) that’ll make your experience at The Abbey full of audacious amusement.
Taste on Melrose
After a recent expansion, this Melrose staple now features a courtyard and extra dining room. Good thing too. Taste is one of the more popular WeHo dining destinations, especially for Sunday brunch and bottomless mimosas. Living up to its name with an amazing selection of farmers market fresh favorites –salads, pasta dishes, egg options- Taste on Melrose’s clean lines and white color palate make for an unfussy ambiance that’s light, bright and lets the food shine.
One of the biggest patios on Santa Monica Blvd., K24 is a great place to sit and absorb the energy of the neighborhood: locals strolling, dogs walking with their owners… it’s the essence of bustling WeHo life. You can enjoy it around the clock too (the “24” refers to the fact that it’s open 24 hours). Decorated with a funky neo-industrial, retro design amped by pink and brown accents, it’s a modern diner with a hip twist. The restaurant’s patio scene is popular, but the biggest draw is the food, especially the breakfast and desserts (delectable cupcake flavors, which change every month).
Its former identity as a Jerry’s Deli is but a distant memory, and a big part of Granville’s marvelous makeover is highlighted in its outdoor area. Sleek and modern lines, angular windows, funky light fixtures and plenty of nice natural light inside and out, make this spacious spot the perfect place for a casual brunch or classy dinner. Whatever the time of day, you’ll find comfort here in both the place’s food (sweet potato fries, steaks, mac n’ cheese) and its feel, especially enjoyed outside.
The skylight above the patio here creates diverse moods from day to night and both make for blissful dining vibes. You’ll enjoy this Peruvian-driven restaurant’s ambiance whether the sun is shining cheerily from above, peeking through the plentiful hanging green plants into your paella (a must try!), or the stars are gleaming down upon wine glasses and decadent dessert. Live music compliments the cuisine and the scene at Rosaliné.
Ivory at Mondrian
Sky Bar at the Mondrian Hotel boasts a celebrity clientele, exquisite cocktails and a breath-taking view of Los Angeles, and its adjoining restaurant is no different. Ivory has some delectable dishes, all served on pretty blue and white china plates with elegant stemware to match. Enjoy steaks, salads, cheese plates, breakfast dishes, and decadent desserts as soft jazz and pop melds with breeze and bites here, and gets livelier as the bar next door fills up. Décor is simple, because here, it’s all about the view– one of the best in town to soak up the city lights.
Hidden behind an old hardware storefront, Laurel Hardware offers a magical outdoor oasis complete with enchanted looking trees, twinkling lights, and inventive food and craft cocktails… and not a wrench in sight! This speakeasy-style locale really would fool most not familiar with its location walking by, but it’s no secret to foodies in town. It’s one of WeHo’s hottest date night nooks, with a high-energy vibe on Friday and Saturday nights. Great bites with an Italian flair and booze concoctions with artisanal accents add to the whimsy.
Green walls and checkered flooring make for a funky feel at Mardi, the restaurant inside the trendy Palihouse Hotel. The food is just as fun too: garnished veggie dishes, an array for fresh salads and playful proteins, and their famous “Grandma’s Bread” with smoked olive butter. DJs and occasional live music add to the cozy home away from home allure.