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Time for Al Fresco Dining

Dave Robles

"When you have roots in a community, you love to help it grow. Mine run deep." The Los Angeles area has been my home since birth...

"When you have roots in a community, you love to help it grow. Mine run deep." The Los Angeles area has been my home since birth...

Aug 5 4 minutes read

It’s Time for Al Fresco Dining.

Where to enjoy a warm evening on the Eastside

Salazar - Silver Lake

This mostly outdoors restaurant is full of desert-chic vibes and a seriously hip crowd to match. With those outstanding tacos and equally great cocktails, it’s easy to linger here all day. 2490 Fletcher Dr. Los Angeles, CA Note: Their website is under construction but you can find them on Instagram. 

Sawyer - Silver Lake

For those who believe that seafood ought to be eaten outdoors, head to Sawyer in Silver Lake. A table on the tiled patio is a must, and so are the lobster rolls. 3709 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026  (323) 641-3709

Little Beast - Eagle Rock

Set in an old Craftsman, Little Beast gets our vote for loveliest restaurant in Eagle Rock. But while its back patio and front porch are certainly charming, it's the gracefully-executed New American staples that keep us coming back for more. Small plates of lamb meatballs and seasonal salads make for an ideal start while the entrees, like plump sautéed diver scallops served with roasted sunchokes and chanterelles, don't miss. The Little Beast burger finished with red onion bacon jam and blue cheese, comes with a mountain of crispy fries.  1496 Colorado Boulevard; (323) 341-5899

Señor Fish - Eagle Rock

Some Señor Fishes are better than others, and the one in Eagle Rock is one of the good ones. The scallop burrito is not to be missed, and even the simple combination plates of charbroiled fish, rice and beans are so satisfying. The seafood cocktails and ceviches are always fresh and go down great with a beer or an agua fresca. 4803 N. Eagle Rock Boulevard; (323) 257-7167

La Grande Orange - Pasadena

Pasadena's original train station (circa 1911) has been handsomely renovated into this cheery, popular dining room beneath lovingly aged wooden beams. The kitchen in the former ticket booth serves a menu of New American cooking: burgers, salads and build-your-own taco platters such as short rib or grilled ahi. Watch today's Gold Line trains go by from the generous bar. 260 S Raymond Ave,  626.356.4444

Raffi’s Place - Glendale

Glendale is a city that lives and dies by their neighborhood staples, and Raffi’s is one of the very best. This Middle Eastern restaurant’s specialty is kabobs, and the barg (thinly-sliced filet mignon) is the best. Most dishes run above the $20 mark, which seems high until you realize Raffi’s portions will feed you and your roommates for a week. The space itself is festive and truly massive, perfect for any-sized friend or family dinner. 211 E. Broadway (818) 240-7411

Idle Hour - North Hollywood

The 2015 revamp of this legendary North Hollywood spot provided Valley denizens with an idyllic place to sip cocktails while nibbling on bar-friendly bites. Grab a seat outside under the watchful eye of a replica of the Bulldog Cafe.  4824 Vineland Ave Los Angeles, CA 91601 (818) 980-5604

Perch Restaurant - DTLA

 With bird's-eye views for miles, Perch is all about atmosphere; this rooftop bistro is easily one of the sweetest spots in downtown L.A. Sunset transforms mundane office buildings into sparkling towers, and the day's cares fade into the twilight. To reach this perch, you'll board an elevator in the vaulted lobby of the circa-1924 Pershing Square Building. The sprawling patio is literally perched over the noir-ish cityscape below. Greenery lends some lushness, and fireplaces add warmth and romance. A rooftop party space can be found another level above.  448 S. Hill Street (213) 802-1770

Dama - DTLA

The former Pacific Banana Co. building has been transformed into a lush indoor-outdoor cocktail bar and outdoor patio, this Fashion District staple is the place to gather when the sun’s out. Snag a seat at on the inviting patio overlooking Rossoblu and settle in for chef Antonia Lofaso’s Latin-inspired fare.  612 E 11th St Los Angeles, CA 90015 (213) 741-0612

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