1. The Little Door
The outdoor patio at The Little Door is magic. The breathtaking ambiance, candelabras and twinkling lights might make you feel as if you’ve stepped into your own personal secret garden. A koi pond and fountain add to the whimsical elements that make dining outside at this Mediterranean restaurant a treat any time of the year, regardless of the weather.
8164 W 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048
2. Cliff’s Edge
Though it’s called Cliff’s Edge, the most unique feature of Cliff’s Edge outdoor dining scene is the huge tree located right in its midst. You might go for the ambiance, which includes twinkling lights and a romantic ambiance, but you’ll stay for fresh California fare from Chef Benjamin Bailly and to-die-for cocktails like the cucumber margarita at this Silver Lake mainstay.
3626 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026
3. Il Cielo
The outdoor patio at Italian eatery Il Cielo is reminiscent of a movie set. It is often referred to as the most romantic restaurant in Los Angeles, and after a meal at this Beverly Hills boîte, you’ll understand why. After sampling the restaurant’s primarily Tuscan fare, you, too, will be singing “That’s amore!”
4. Fuego at Hotel Maya
For the best views and some of the best food in Long Beach, look no further than Fuego at the Hotel Maya. Nibble on Mexican, Latin American and South American nibbles from award-winning Executive Chef Victor Juarez as you gaze out at the Long Beach waterfront. In addition to stunning sights like the historic Queen Mary, you’ll be treated to live music and stellar seafood dishes. As its name implies, Fuego truly is one of the hottest spots in Southern California for outdoor dining. Latin
700 Queensway Dr., Long Beach, CA 90802
5. Shades Restaurant & Bar
For a relaxed evening that includes an amazing meal, winning wine and panoramic views, look no further than Huntington Beach’s Shades Restaurant & Bar at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort. Executive Chef Jeff Littlefield serves simple, elegant fare from the local farmers market and also imports gourmet goods from all around the country. Be sure to stop by for a stunning sunset and some excellent vino on Thursdays, which is when weekly wine-tasting events are held.
21100 Pacific Coast Highway Huntington Beach, CA 92648