Best outdoor restaurants in Los Angeles: Great places to eat out right now

Few industries have been as crushed by COVID as the restaurant industry, especially here in Los Angeles, where most venues saw their dining rooms closed for the majority of 2020 and well into 2021. But if there was a pandemic-induced silver lining for restaurants big and small, this was an opportunity to expand their terraces to provide diners with the option of eating outdoors safely. Fortunately, we’ve also made considerable progress in the pandemic, with vaccines now readily available for people aged five and over and restaurants in Los Angeles requiring proof of vaccination to dine indoors (until new order, anyway).

While indoor dining has been back to full capacity for some time now, there are now more sidewalk tables, converted parklets, tent patios and rooftop oases (often with impressive views ) in Los Angeles than ever before. And now that the spring weather is here (as if it’s gone), it’s rather tempting to meet up with friends for dinner or a drink under the sun or on a sparkling, lit terrace after dark. Read on for 25 places around town where you can have an exceptional meal and enjoy the fresh air at the same time, and note that although masking requirements have eased, restaurants are still free to set their own policies – stick to the guidelines and tip generously!

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