Secret Eats: 10 Hidden Gardens Around LA

By Lesley Balla  |  July 26, 2013

When outsiders complain that there's too much sunshine in Los Angeles, we like to remind them that we can dine alfresco just about 365 days a year. There's no better way to enjoy one of the perks of being an Angeleno than finding one of the secret gardens and tree-lined patios around town. Here are 10 that top our list.

  • Sirena

    You knew it as Pane e Vino for more than 20 years, but with new owners, chef and redesign, Sirena has new life as a spot for seafood-focused Mediterranean fare, great wines and seasonal cocktails. But that gorgeous garden patio remains, with its trees, twinkle lights and flickering candle-topped tables.

    8265 Beverly Blvd.; 323-852-7000

  • Goldie’s

    Like its sibling Eveleigh, which has one of the best patios in town, the sidewalk patio at this Third Street newcomer feels hidden due to the row of bushes along the sidewalk, and is like a garden thanks to the wall of plants along the side. When the windows are open, the entire place feels like a woodsy alfresco hideaway, perfect for seasonal cocktails and fare.

    8422 W. Third St.; 323-677-2470

    Photo: Elizabeth Daniels courtesy Goldie’s

  • The Raymond and Bar 1886

    The craftsman house used to be the carriage house for a Pasadena hotel that’s long gone, and new owners have worked hard to create a lovely hideaway for new American cuisine and clandestine cocktails in the back bar. With its tree-lined arbor and nooklike corners, the patio behind 1886 is a hidden gem.

    1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave.; 626-441-3136

  • A.O.C.

    It’s no secret that the new home for Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne's restaurant has one of the most beautiful patios in town. But during the day when it’s a bit quieter, or even for brunch, the leafy trees and herb-lined space make you feel like you’re miles away from the city, even with all the bustling Third Street traffic just on the other side of the walls.

    8700 W. Third St.; 310-859-9859

  • Pedalers Fork

    In addition to the seasonal, healthful-leaning menus at this newish Calabasas spot, there are cocktails, a bike shop and great coffee drinks. Sit on the patio out back and let the creek and trees soothe you.

    23504 Calabasas Rd.; 818-225-8231

  • Cliff’s Edge

    You wouldn't know about the leafy garden patio by driving by this Silver Lake restaurant, or even when you walk into the main room and bar. But once you make it through the back door, the entire space is canopied by trees and lush landscaping on a hill. It’s a magical spot, for both brunch and dinner.

    3626 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-666-6116

  • Wilshire

    Even if the place gets a bit clubby on weekend nights, the back patio is a lovely retreat for dinner or brunch. On one of the quieter nights, grab a drink at the back bar, which is even more hidden.

    2454 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-586-1707

  • Willie Jane

    Probably the best part about the Brad Johnson and Govind Armstrong (Post & Beam) restaurant is the tree-lined patio. Then we’d have to say it’s the pork chop. Should you crave the two while hanging around Venice, this is exactly where you need to go.

    1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310-392-2425

  • Chateau Marmont

    This is one of those bucket-list restaurants. The restaurant patio at the storied West Hollywood hotel is perched high on the hill, where you can catch snippets of the city below between trees and flowering shrubs and bushes. It’s as exclusive as its clientele - go for lunch and linger for as long as you can.

    8221 Sunset Blvd.; 323-848-5908

  • Malibu Cafe

    One of the most hidden and bucolic settings is this lovely spot at the Calimigos Ranch in the Malibu Hills. It pretty much has everything: a pond where you can pedal boat for free; umbrella-topped tables; room for dogs, swings, trees and “nouveau barbecue”; and bottomless mimosas for brunch.

    327 Latigo Canyon Rd.; 818-540-2400