The 14 Most Beautiful Patios For Brunch In Los Angeles
Los Angeles is #blessed with sunny weather pretty much most of the year, which means it's easy to do what we love most: brunch outdoors. On lazy weekend mornings, we're willing to wait in long lines to get some sort of variation on eggs and bacon, and treat ourselves to boozy bottomless mimosas. If there's an outdoor patio involved, then we've basically snagged the golden ticket. Here are our favorite brunch spots throughout the city that have the most gorgeous outdoor patios—from a rooftop that overlooks the city, to a foliage-covered terrace where we picture Hobbits having elevenses.
The patio at Estrella (Photo courtesy of Estrella)
Estrella may just be a stone's throw away from classic Strip venues like The Viper Room and Whisky a Go Go, but instead of Guns N' Roses, think more along the lines of Joni Mitchell in terms of the restaurant's vibe. (There's even a drink named after the legendary singer here.) Even though the inside of the restaurant is beautiful and rustic, we'd still much prefer having our weekend brunch out back in the bohemian patio. It's all about getting that vitamin D. Vines cling onto the walls that are adorned with faux window frames, and shrubbery surrounds the charming, mismatched furniture. It's a place where you can throw back a creative and refreshing mid-morning cocktail (we suggest the beet-and-tequila Beat It), while you dine on the seasonal brunch dishes that come from the mind of chef Dakota Weiss, whom you might recognize from Top Chef. Her menu features light and seasonal fare like an asparagus-tomato-Gruyere tart, or a peaches-and-cream dish topped with graham cracker crumbs. Then there's her much more decadent Rolling Stone—a soft-boiled egg that's wrapped in avocado, then swaddled in bacon and deep-fried. It's as if an Epic Meal Time dish grew up and became an adult.
Estrella is located at 8800 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, (310) 652-6613. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
L'ami's Mediterranean patio (Photo via lamirestaurant.com)
The shuttered Little Door in Santa Monica may have been taken over by French-Mediterranean L'Ami earlier this year, but the design of the space has pretty much stayed the same—and we're very happy about that. The open terrace, which is surrounded by fountains and vibrant cobalt blue accents is set against bright white walls, making for a chill brunch spot ripe for a romantic date or group outing. The menu is mostly French-tinged, and runs the gamut of Parisian-style omelets with ham and Gruyere, to croque madame sandwiches and eggs Benedicts of all kinds. The best part is that L'ami has bottomless mimosas on the weekends for $19, so you can idle away your day with a slow meal and drinks like the French would.
L'Ami is located 246 26th St., Santa Monica, (310) 310-8064. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
'60s vibes dining poolside at Viviane (Photo by Meghan Bob Photography, courtesy of Viviane)
Viviane is the perfect brunch spot when you need a secret hideaway. The sexy restaurant is tucked away next to a figure-eight-shaped pool inside the chic Avalon hotel, and is decorated in Mid-Century Modern furniture. Basically, you'll feel as if you've been transported to Palm Springs and you're in a Shag painting. The fun part is that if you want some privacy and shade, you can dine in the cabanas. Chef Michael Hung (formerly of Faith & Flower) helms this menu, so you know you're in for some gourmet Californian cuisine. Think brunch offerings like ricotta pancakes; stacked brioche French toast paired with a blueberry compote; and crispy pork belly and eggs sitting atop a pool of charred tomato salsa. If you want a livelier brunch, the hotel throws a weekly Oasis Pool Party on summer Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m., with DJs spinning on the ones and twos. It's a time when you can also get special summer cocktails created by Head Bartender Ryan Wainwright (Terrine, Faith & Flower). If you spend at least $40 on brunch, then you can get full access to the hotel pool, so you can take a dip and make a whole day out of it.
Viviane is located at 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 407-7791. Brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There's live music on Sundays in the patio at Idle Hour (Photo courtesy of Idle Hour)
We were stoked that North Hollywood's historic barrel-shaped bar, Idle Hour, got a second life when 1933 Group—who also owns Highland Park Bowl and Sassafras—bought the space and redeveloped it last year. Even though it's a delightful experience drinking cocktails inside the gigantic barrel, it's even more fun getting to brunch outdoors in its lively garden patio on Sundays. Surrounded by a large ficus tree and a replica of the original 1928 Bulldog Cafe, you can nosh on your usual brunch fare like chilaquiles and lox bagel sandwiches, while you wash your meal down with some $15 bottomless mimosas. If you need some more serious food to soak up all that booze, then you might want to go a little heavier with their slow-smoked brisket and BBQ spare ribs. There's an extra bonus on Sundays as well: Starting at 1 p.m., guests get to enjoy a live cover-band performance featuring Mike Bray, who's performed with bands like Tenacious D and the Kyle Gass Band. Music, mimosas and BBQ? Sounds like a party to us.
Idle Hour is located at 4824 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood, (818) 980-5604. Brunch is available Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The hip rooftop at E.P. & L.P. (Photo courtesy of E.P. & L.P.)
E.P. & L.P.
What better way to enjoy brunch outdoors than on a rooftop bar with panoramic views of the city? The trendy L.P. rooftop portion of E.P. & L.P. recently launched weekend brunch service, where you can get Chef Louis Tikaram's signature pan-Asian rooftop dishes like pork belly and soft shell crab bao, or make a build-your-own breakfast sandwich; to healthier fare like fresh berries and cherries swimming in a coconut yogurt, and soy-ginger brown rice bowls. They've also got boozy $10 brunch cocktails—like sangria, mimosas and bloody Marys—to keep you sated. If boba's your thing, then you might want to check out one of their boozy bubble drinks.
E.P. & L.P. is located at 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 855-9955. Brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The gorgeous patio at Alcove (Photo by Eugene Lee)
ALCOVE CAFÉ AND BAKERY
Alcove is one of our favorite, tried-and-true breakfast spots for dining al fresco. When you walk down the brick-lined path to the cheery patio, you'll find that the space is completely surrounded by foliage, and shaded by trees and umbrellas. It's a perfect spot for people-watching in Los Feliz, and a place to imbibe on some summer crushers—refreshing and delicious cocktails courtesy of head bartender Cari Hah. (Trust us and try the Apple Bottom Jeans and 77 & Sunnie drinks.) As for food, the rather large menu has everything from tasty crab cake Benedicts to breakfast quesadillas. The best part is that this Cheers-like bar restaurant serves breakfast until 5 p.m., so if you're a late riser you'll still get to fulfill those breakfast hunger pangs long after people have even finished lunch.
Alcove Café & Bakery is located at 1927 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, (323) 644-0100. Breakfast is available daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Terrine patio (Photo courtesy of Terrine)
The focal point of Terrine's charming back patio is a giant Javanese bishopwood tree, whose leafy arms provide shade over the plush red banquettes. You can't help but be drawn to this classy terrace. The brasserie is launching a new seasonal brunch menu this weekend with an aptly named "Rosé All Day" deal for $20, but it would be amiss to not try any of the other craft cocktails helmed by seasoned barman Ryan Wainwright. Chef-and-owner Kris Morningstar always delivers delicious Californian-meets-French fare, and this time around he's unveiling a burger Benedict topped with a sunny-side-up egg, Comté cheese and béarnaise; as well as a smoked trout potato cake. But for regulars who have their favorites, don't worry, he'll still be keeping items like his fried chicken and grits, and smoked brisket hash.
Terrine is located at 8265 Beverly Blvd., Beverly Grove, (323) 746-5130. Brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
RAY'S & STARK BAR
We like to bundle a lazy weekend afternoon with some brunch and culture. Luckily, at LACMA, we can do both at the same place. The outdoor dining area at Ray's & Stark Bar has the backdrop of the museum's beautiful structures and is in eye's view of the striking Urban Light lamp-post art installation. Even though the vibe here is casual, the food is definitely more elevated. The new Italian-Brazilian chef at Ray's, Fernando Darin (formerly of The Foundry), melds his different cultures into his food. For brunch, you can find dishes like a decadent pork belly sandwich with scrambled eggs; or Darin's unique twist on the trendy avocado toast, with the addition of sweet potatoes, apples, hard-boiled eggs and cucumbers. But since you're already there, you might as well try one of his wood-fired pizzas—we suggest the bianca—because it's one of Darin's biggest passions—and we always think pizza for breakfast is a great idea. They have a huge wine and cocktail list here, but if alcohol isn't your thing, they also have a high-end water menu curated by water sommelier Martin Riese in case La Croix just isn't cutting it for you anymore.
Ray's & Stark Bar is located at LACMA at 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Grove, (323) 857-6180. Brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cliff's Edge (Photo via Facebook)
From the bustling street, you wouldn't be able to tell that a tranquil garden is tucked away behind Cliff's Edge. The terrace, which is densely covered by trees and bamboo, seems more like something you'd find on a tropical island rather than in Silver Lake. Comfy Moroccan-style pillows decorate the benches here, making for a perfect setting to impress a date for brunch. While we go here mostly for the ambiance, the brunch options are solid, with heartier dishes like pork belly hash and eggs, or lighter fare like burrata toast with a fried egg on top. And if you're with a group, you might want to consider getting a carafe of mimosas to share.
Cliff's Edge is located at 3626 W Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, (323) 666-6116. Brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Outdoor dining at Redbird (Photo courtesy of Redbird)
The architecture at Redbird is breathtaking. The downtown restaurant, helmed by husband-and-wife duo Neal and Amy Fraser, inhabits the former rectory belonging to Vibiana—a deconsecrated cathedral that now serves as an event venue. Even the name of the elegant restaurant is a nod to the cardinal who once lived in the residence. This new iteration of the space has outdoor dining under a retractable glass ceiling full of magenta and orange couches. Greenery surrounds the space. The kind of Sunday brunch dishes you can expect here have a global touch. Picture succulent duck confit with a Korean gochujang sauce, or a refreshing yellowtail crudo complemented by sea beans and Japanese togarashi seasoning.
Redbird is located at 114 E 2nd St., downtown, (213) 788-1191. Brunch is available Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Plant Food + Wine (Photo by Geoff Souder/Plant Food + Wine)
PLANT FOOD + WINE
Brunch food isn't all bacon and eggs, there's something for the vegans, too. Over at Plant Food + Wine on Abbot Kinney, chef and author Matthew Kenney (formerly of M.A.K.E.) makes cooked and raw plant-based food more accessible even to carnivores. Think polenta scrambles with wild mushrooms and chimichurri sauce, plates stacked with house-made cashew and macadamia nut cheeses, and rice bowls chock full of veggies and sea beans. If you're a wine aficionado, they have an extensive wine list with different organic and biodynamic wine varietals. The best part is guests get to be served in a dreamy courtyard that feels akin to something you'd find at an Ojai retreat. Fig and olive trees provide shade over communal tables and the French oak floor, and an on-site garden serves not only as decoration but as a source for some of the restaurant's seasonal and local ingredients.
Plant Food + Wine is located at 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (310) 450-1009. Brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rose Cafe patio (Photo courtesy of Rose Cafe)
ROSE CAFE & RESTAURANT
Some people may have been upset about the revamp of the original Rose Cafe that had been an iconic Venice Beach spot since 1979, but the new version very much embodies a California seaside vibe. It may be just a little trendier now, but it's stunning. Just blocks away from the beach, the expansive space boasts a massive outdoor patio with a gorgeous and vibrant green-and-white motif. Basket-woven lamps hang from the high canopy that mimics the feeling that you're in a room with a vaulted ceiling. There's no claustrophobia here. Chef Jason Neroni (Superba) leads the charge on this menu, and brings some of his expertise in Italian cuisine to this spot, like a bacon-and-poached-egg carbonara, or a pizza topped with prosciutto, burrata and charred pineapple. He also injects global cuisine into his dishes as well; you might find a spicy mole in his breakfast burrito or a bowl of healthy grains paired with a cucumber kimchi and poached eggs.
Rose Cafe & Restaurant is located at 220 Rose Ave., Venice, (310) 399-0711. Brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Eveleigh patio (Photo courtesy of Eveleigh)
When you step into Eveleigh, it feels as though you've walked into the Shire. Vines wrap around the arches in the entrance and everything about the rustic patio has a woodsy feeling to it. Move to the back patio, and it feels like you're in an open-air greenhouse lined with hip banquettes. It's our little refuge from the hustle and bustle of West Hollywood. (Psst, it's also a dog-friendly spot.) As for the food, the menu here is farm-to-table. Think scrambles with leeks and lox, corned brisket hashes paired with veggies and potatoes, and milky chia seed pudding with fresh berries. They also have a full bar here, so you can either get your regular old mimosas or venture out with one or two of their craft cocktails.
Eveleigh is located at 8752 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (424) 239-1630. Brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Baltaire terrace (Photo by Kristin Teig/Baltaire)
When you dine at the sleek Baltaire steakhouse in Brentwood, you might find yourself in the company with a celebrity or two. Everyone from Judd Apatow to Dustin Hoffman have been spotted here. Aside from star-gazing, brunch is your chance to get a taste of the restaurant without having to shell out too much of your hard-earned cash. It doesn't feel too pretentious here either. You'll still get some elevated cuisine like shakshuka baked eggs, or king crab biscuits and gravy (BTW the biscuits here are to die for). Executive chef Travis Strickland also makes some amazing BBQ, which you can sample in the form of BBQ brisket during brunch. The outdoor terrace is sprawling, and you'll find a retractable roof as well at outdoor fireplace and Mid-Century Modern furniture surrounded by citrus trees.
Baltaire is located at 11647 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, (424) 273-1660. Brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.