WeHo’s Best Al Fresco!

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.

Here, the 10 hot spots and cool locales that top the list.

1) The Abbey
Santa Monica Blvd

1) The Abbey

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.

692 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310-289-8410

2) Taste on Melrose

2) 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’s clean lines and white color palate make for an unfussy ambiance that’s light, bright and lets the food shine.

9390 North Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310-246-3800

3) Kitchen24
Santa Monica Blvd

3) Kitchen24

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).

8575 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
424-777-0959

4) Verlaine
Design District

4) Verlaine

Navy, black and white stripes and checkers offer major visual appeal throughout the patio at Verlaine. It’s not exactly your typical Mexican restaurant. But revered Latin American chef Diego Hernandez, known for his Baja, Mexico eatery Corazon de Tierra is all about modern twists on Mexican cuisine, and the décor compliments his fresh and innovative menu and mixology-driven bar. Open-topped and surrounded by brick and foliage, you’ll have quite the experience at this warm Latin-flaired eatery no matter what the WeHo weather happens to be.

8715 Beverly Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90048
424-288-4621

5) Granville
Design District

5) Granville

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.

8701 Beverly Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90048
424-522-5161

6) Rosaliné
Design District

6) Rosaliné

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.

8479 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
323-297-9500

7) Ivory at Mondrian
Sunset Strip

7) 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.

8440 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
323-848-6000

8) Loreley
Santa Monica Blvd

8) Loreley

Loreley’s beer garden is brimming with organic charm, from the trees everywhere providing shade, to the furnishings, which are pure woodsy wonder, rustic yet modern in mood. Table tops, chairs, even the walls are brown varnished wood creating a clean and simple backdrop for the brews-driven menu and German fare (sausages!) on the menu. The lively atmosphere and large tables make for an interactive experience, where you’re as likely to leave with new friends as you are a full belly.

1201 North La Brea Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90038
323-378-5869

9) Laurel Hardware
Santa Monica Blvd

9) Laurel Hardware

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.

7984 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046
323-656-6070

10) Mardi Restaurant
Santa Monica Blvd

10) Mardi Restaurant

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.

8465 Holloway Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069
323-656-4020

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