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10 New Rooftops and Patios for Eating and Drinking Around LA

By Lesley Balla
April 23, 2014

We all love a great outdoor space for dining, drinking or just hanging out, and Los Angeles has no shortage. With warmer weather here to stay until, um, this time next year, here are 10 great new patios, backyard bars and rooftops to soak up the sun, sip some cocktails and watch the stars glow from above (or at the table next to you). 

  • Cast & Plow

    The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey restaurant - formerly known as Jer-Ne - has a new lease on life. The patio out front is slick, with boats bobbing right out front during the day and firepits glowing by the tables at night.

    What to Get: Depends on the time of day, but breakfast along the marina is calmer than most spots along the coastline, especially on warm, beachy mornings. You can’t go wrong with the breakfast burrito and strong coffee. But you can always sit back for a cocktail and sunset in the evenings.

    4375 Admiralty Way; 310-574-4333

  • Gracias Madre

    The gorgeous tree-lined patio at the West Hollywood vegan spot is perfect for an afternoon or evening margarita.  Filled with twinkle lights and a few fireplaces, it’s romantic as all get-out, too. And even if you’re not vegan, the healthful Mexican fare is pretty delicious.

    What to Get: Sweet potato-filled taquitos and a margarita - and then another margarita. That patio beckons for at least two.

    8905 Melrose Ave.; 323-978-2170

  • Photo by: Frank Ishman

    Good Times at Davey Wayne’s

    The funky Hollywood bar is the latest from Mark and Jonnie Houston, the brothers known for hot spots like La Descarga, Pour Vous and No Vacancy. This time it’s a throwback to the '70s, complete with a vintage shop in front (which also hides the door), and an awesome patio in back with a deck, grassy area, hammocks and a trailer bar - that's right, a small trailer that's been converted into a bar.

    What to Get: Try the They Call Me Maurice, a twist on the classic grasshopper made with mezcal. And don’t miss the Sunday pig roasts in the backyard.

    1611 N. El Centro Ave.; 323-515-3401

  • El Condor

    The guys from L&E Oyster Bar and Bar Covell took over one of the more beloved, long-standing Mexican joints in Silver Lake and gave it a much-needed upgrade. The former El Conquistador is more vibrant than ever, with the same cute patio lined with yellow and blue tiles.

    What to Get: A happy-hour margarita is one of the best things you can do for your day, any day. And maybe a couple of enchiladas.

    3701 Sunset Blvd.; 323-660-4500

  • Photo by: Lesley Balla

    Upstairs at the Ace Hotel

    The rooftop at the Ace is poised to be one of the hottest spots this summer (it’s already been packed since the fall debut). Head up there any time of day for drinks and views of the Downtown historic district. Watch the sun set as the “Jesus Saves” sign blazes up at night.

    What to Get: A mai tai in a plastic cup, of course.

    929 S. Broadway; 213-623-3233

  • Cavatina

    The hidden gem at the Sunset Marquis has recently undergone some changes, most notably with new chef Michael Schlow at the helm. The menu has been available since January, but the new look of the patio - one of the most beautifully discreet spots to dine outside in town - was just completed. Dining-room renovations will be revealed soon.

    What to Get: Dine like a rockstar, because you’ll probably be sitting next to one: cauliflower panna cotta with lobster and caviar, crunchy olives stuffed with cabreles cheese and speck powder, and beef tongue with lentils and shaved vegetables should do the trick. To drink - bubbles, of course.

    1200 Alta Loma Rd.; 310-358-3759

  • Photo by: Ryan Tanaka

    Mud Hen Tavern

    Susan Feniger hit a home run with her replacement for Street. The neighborhood tavern is great for drop-ins and groups, especially on the new patio. There’s more seating, more umbrellas to cover the sun, better (yet ambient) light at night, and just a more convivial vibe overall.

    What to Get: Happy hour is the way to go here, mostly for the $5 well drinks and $4 beer and wine, plus things like lamb meatballs with mint chimichurri, margherita pizzas, tuna ceviche and beer-battered onion rings - all for under $8.

    742 N. Highland Ave.; 323-203-0500

  • Madera Kitchen

    The former Wonderland nightclub in Hollywood has been transformed into this modern Mediterranean spot that’s pretty much all outside. Olive trees line the lush patio, huge wood logs sit alongside a fireplace and the Capital Records building is steps away.

    What to Get: Grilled oysters, skirt steak with sunchokes or ricotta ravioli. A Manhattan goes down nicely here.

    1835 N. Cahuenga Blvd.; 213-261-3687

  • Picnik

    Granted, it gets pretty warm in Pasadena in the summertime, but on glorious springlike days, you have to sit outside. The patio at this multiuse spot is full of communal picnic tables and umbrellas for shade. On the weekends, there’s a Bulagrini gelato cart, to boot.

    What to Get: Order a sausage, a pile of fries and a cold beer from the window and grab a seat on the patio. Or for early birds, try breakfast or brunch at KTCHN, which shares the outdoor space.

    168 W. Colorado Blvd.; 626-793-8008

  • Herringbone

    Replacing Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian Hotel, the Thomas Schoos-designed space is definitely breezier, more like a living room than a dining room, with ostrich-bone chandeliers, cypress trees, lobster traps filled with puffer fish for the bar, and the designer's own paintings as tabletops. The views from the top of West Hollywood, of course, remain the same.

    What to Get: Whole-fish ceviche, shrimp and grits and chicken-fried uni and waffles are just some of the dishes from Brian Malarkey’s menu. And don’t miss the Peter Rabbit made with Pimm’s and pickled carrots.

    8440 Sunset Blvd.; 323-848-6000

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Mud Hen Tavern

Gastropub • Hollywood

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Cavatina

Mediterranean • West Hollywood

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Herringbone

Seafood • West Hollywood

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Gracias Madre

Organic • West Hollywood

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Cast & Plow

New American • Marina del Rey

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PICNIK

Bar And Grill • Pasadena

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Madera Kitchen

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El Condor

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Good Times at Davey Wayne's

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