Finest Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is well known for its sunny skies and breezy afternoons that create the perfect atmosphere for being out and about. If you’re on the hunt for a destination fit for taking advantage of LA’s unparalleled weather, look no further than the many al fresco dining options scattered throughout the city. Whether you’re toasting to Sunday brunch, or enjoying a romantic night under the stars, these outdoor dining restaurants in Los Angeles each have an outdoor space perfect for an unforgettable dining experience.

 

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Avra

With a thriving NYC location, Avra is expected to be a go-to for Greek cuisine in Beverly Hills. Their plentiful outdoor seating is sure to be a favorite as guests dine from their fresh seafood menu.




Perch

Take in unobstructed views of Downtown LA’s skyline at this rooftop favorite. Their French-inspired menu makes use of seasonal ingredients that will satisfy your senses as their fireplaces and landscaping help set the mood.




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Viviane

Cozy up by the pool at this intimate, West Hollywood outdoor space. This eatery inside the Avalon Hotel offers up European and American cuisine with a California twist.




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Gracias Madre

Enjoy a refreshing plant-based meal on Gracias Madre’s outdoor terrace. Umbrellas and greenery provide shade while you feast on delicious plates made with organic ingredients.

 

The Rose Café

This iconic Venice destination poses a refreshing escape into their garden-style, open-air dining. The artsy setting pairs with a menu of Southern California cuisine to complement the atmosphere.

 

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The Henry

Stop by this West Hollywood eatery for a meal that’s sure to satisfy. Sit on the outdoor terrace while you enjoy an American-inspired menu and people watch in the Robertson Boulevard neighborhood.

 

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Salazar

The minimalist patio seating in this artsy, Southwest-inspired taco spot makes it easy to enjoy the little things. Their mouth-watering menu will keep you satisfied as you take in the Silver Lake sun.

 

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The Malibu Café

An ideal Sunday funday destination, The Malibu Café at Calamigos Ranch surrounds you with nature as you enjoy their “noveau barbeque” dining and take a relaxing walk on the lake.

 

Rays and Stark Bar

Stop by to dine at this Mid-Wilshire lounge space on the LACMA property. Their delectable pizzas and pastas are sure to keep you coming back for more than just the art.

 

Sunny Spot

Pop in to this colorful Venice eatery for a bite on the open-air patio. This lively, neighborhood hot spot will revitalize your mood as you choose from their diverse American menu.

 

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The Highlight Room

With unmatched landscape views of the Hollywood Hills, The Highlight Room is the perfect escape for Californian cuisine atop the rooftop of The Dream Hotel.

 

Alcove

The garden patio setting makes for a delicious, breezy brunch at this Los Feliz favorite. Their menu of quality, American classics will have you feeling right at home.

 

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Idle Hour

This North Hollywood historical building is one-of-a-kind in its architecture, and a go-to for an outdoor meal. The vintage feel will put you in the mood to chow down on the variety of classic, American dishes.

 

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Barbrix

Head to this cozy Silver Lake hideaway for an intimate spot to take in a sunny LA day. The outdoor patio is great for catching up with friends with mimosas and Mediterranean-inspired plates.

 

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Electric Owl

Duck into this Hollywood neighborhood spot for a nostalgic setting that serves up Californian cuisine with global flavors. The vintage, train station décor will take your palate on a journey in their outdoor space.

 

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The Best Fine Dining Restaurants in South Africa

South Africa is a country full of culture that goes back nearly to the beginning of recorded time. If you’re not busy hiking beautiful waterfalls or snorkeling off the coast, you’ll want to taste the variety of dishes served at the historic country’s fine dining locales. Their unique location provides a variety of ingredients that are used to put fresh new spins on classic favorites or create new dishes altogether. Take a bite of some top picks for the best fine dining restaurants in South Africa for the next time you head to Mzansi.

 

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The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Situated on top of Schapenberg mountain, The Restaurant at Waterkloof is an internationally-renowned and multiple award-winning eatery that turns a meal into a whole experience. Revered chef Gregory Czarnecki has gained global recognition for his gift of creating elegance and luxury in simplistic but artistic ways.




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The Test Kitchen

An elaborate and extraordinary menu, along with world-class service, has put The Test Kitchen on the map for fine dining. Owner and head chef Luke Dale-Roberts knows how to surprise and excite diners with some of the most inventive and creative food in the country.




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La Colombe

La Colombe serves as one of South Africa’s most recognizable names in the fine dining circuit and continually ends up near the top of every list of the world’s best restaurants. Located on the grounds of the picturesque Silvermist Organic Wine Estate, La Colombe serves a mix of classical French and Asian cuisine that pairs perfectly with anything off of the wine menu and the breathtaking views.




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Restaurant Mosaic

Restaurant Mosaic, inside the famous Orient hotel, has quickly risen to fame along with its head chef. Chantal Dartnell, who recently won the award for ‘Best Female Chef in the World.’ She crafts an ever-changing but always top-tier menu that leaves guests’ jaws on the floor. From your first arrival to final departure, not a single detail is missed.

 

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Wolfgat

Wolfgat rests inside an unpretentious, white-washed fisherman’s cottage that only seats 20, making it tough to get reservations during peak travel months. Chef Kobus van der Merwe works miracles in the kitchen, creating ethereal dishes from ingredients that can be found right outside the restaurant. Some of the dishes at Wolfgat take months to prepare, which shows the dedication to perfection that comes from van der Merwe and his team.

 

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The Camphors at Vergelegen

This South African signature restaurant takes its name from the ancient giant Camphor trees planted in 1700 that sit at the front of the property. The restaurant’s seating overlooks these beautiful trees and the rest of the expansive lawn, adding something special to your dining experience. Their seasonal menu is crafted around their signature wine list in order to complement the wine, and not the other way around like you may be used to seeing. Although The Camphors is quite a highly-awarded eatery, the experience is genuine and the staff does a wonderful job at educating their guests about the wines and foods offered.

 

Greenhouse

Discover the complexities of South African cuisine in this modern conservatory that offers breathtaking views of the historic Cellars-Hohenort Hotel. Chef Farrel Hirsch serves up high-end but playful dishes that complement the local ingredients of South Africa like none before him.

 

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Satisfy Your Cravings at the Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles

Great Mexican food is almost like a birthright for Los Angeles, considering the area used to be part of Mexico. With such a strong cultural influence still present in the city today, Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles are plentiful, including menus of upscale Mexican cuisine. With Cinco de Mayo filling the city with cravings for tacos, quesadillas and the like, what better way is there to celebrate than by grabbing a bite and a margarita at one of the best Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles.

 

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Gracias Madre

In a city known for its availability of vegan food options, Gracias Madre quickly rises above the competition. Their secret is to take traditional Mexican dishes that are already close to being vegan and push them over the edge. Gracias Madre is widely known for its tasty guacamole, mezcal, and cashew-based cheese. They also serve an agave-heavy cocktail menu that won’t have you feeling guilty in the morning.




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Toca Madera

An extensive cocktail menu and expertly-crafted Mexican cuisine classics make Toca Madera an all-in-one package. For a night out, look no further than a drive to West Hollywood where you can lounge at Toca Madera all night and never get bored. Celebrities, locals, and visitors alike flock there each day for high-quality dishes and one of the most lively dining atmospheres in Los Angeles.




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Broken Spanish

Located a few blocks from the Staples Center, Broken Spanish should be your go-to spot for a night out before or after the big game. Whether you’re looking for an upscale restaurant or a place for drinks and dancing, Broken Spanish has it all. Crowds from all over the city congregate here for some of the best modern Mexican food in the city.




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Petite Taqueria

Petite Taqueria in West Hollywood boasts a menu of Mexican classics with a twist. The prime La Cienega location in the heart of the neighborhood’s bustling nightlife scene makes it the perfect pre-party destination for enjoying a mouth-watering dinner. Fans of savory Mexican dishes and flavorful cocktails are sure to enjoy the Petite Taqueria experience.

 

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Coni Seafood

If seafood is what you seek, Coni’Seafood has what you’ve been looking for. Beginning in the owner’s backyard in 1987, the restaurant has been fueling the larger LA community with Nayarit-style seafood for decades. Widely considered one of, if not the best seafood restaurants in Los Angeles, everything from ceviche to tacos de Marlin is served up with care and precision at both of their LA locations.

 

La Casita Mexicana

Heading south of Downtown lies La Casita Mexicana, a colorful Dia de Los Muertos themed restaurant that has been serving up some of the area’s best Chile En Nogada for years. The two head chefs of La Casita Mexicana are absolute rockstars when it comes to cooking up Mexican food, and they have quickly turned their restaurant into a Southern California institution.

 

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Red O Taste of Mexico

The Red O culinary team prides themselves on using fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients in their classic Mexican dishes, as well as their steaks and seafood dishes. The restaurant, located in Santa Monica, houses a friendly and inviting interior that makes guests want to sit and have just one more glass of wine.

 

El Compadre

If there’s one thing that can get you ready for the weekend, it should be margaritas and dinner at El Compadre in Hollywood. Flaming drinks, an all-night mariachi band, and authentic Mexican food come together to create the perfect atmosphere to have a party. Experience this Los Angeles outpost for a menu of delicious dishes made from family recipes that won’t disappoint.

 

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Best Restaurants in LA to Order Delivery and Takeout

In response to the pandemic of the COVID-19 virus and Mayor Garcetti’s ruling to shut down all in-house dining, Los Angeles restaurants have stepped up to offer delivery and takeout options to satisfy their guests’ cravings. You can now dine at home while enjoying some of LA’s finest restaurants along with neighborhood favorites. Have a five-star feast in your own kitchen when you order delivery and takeout from these delicious restaurants in LA.

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Katsuya

This Japanese favorite is offering an appetizing curbside pickup menu with items like Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail Sashimi and Miso-Marinated Black Cod. Guests can order by phone to save 20% from any of their Hollywood, Brentwood and Downtown LA locations.




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Spago

Order dinner from Spago’s to-go menu in Beverly Hills to enjoy Wolfgang Puck cuisine right in your own home. Choose from a curated selection of appetizers and entrees along with a limited wine list as well as “Bake at Home” desserts.




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Cassia

Order from Cassia in Santa Monica to enjoy Asian dishes like Organic Chickpea Curry, Spicy Vietnamese Cajun Crawfish Noodles and Smoked Beef Short Ribs. Request takeout, curbside pickup or delivery to dig into their delicious fare.




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The Nice Guy

If you’re hungry in West Hollywood, The Nice Guy is the place to go with favorites like Rigatoni Bolognese and Chicken Parm available to satisfy your craving. Pizzas are currently 30% off along with free delivery at this go-to hot spot.

 

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Employees Only

This lounge in West Hollywood is getting creative with their services and offering both dining options and Cocktail Kits for guests to make their own DIY Employees Only drinks. Just mix their ingredients with the suggested spirit to enjoy a craft cocktail with an Employees Only flair.

 

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Gwen

Order delivery or takeout from this in-house butcher shop and restaurant in Hollywood. Serving up delicious items from 10am-7pm, you can enjoy quality meats and flavorful vegetables right in your own home.

 

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Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe

You’ll have breakfast in Santa Monica all figured out when you order from Huckleberry’s menu of coffee, pastries, muffins and more. The expanding menu of dishes is available for delivery or takeout for your convenience.

 

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Tocaya Organica

Tocaya Organica has been a Los Angeles delivery favorite for years and is the perfect choice for a healthy lunch. Whether you’re in West Hollywood, Venice or Downtown LA, their bowls, burritos and salads will hit the spot, along with meal prep options to keep you full all week long.

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Delilah

This buzzworthy lounge in West Hollywood is offering free delivery for guests to chow down on their elevated American fare. Get 30% of their popular item “The Burger” or opt for Mac n Cheese or the Cauliflower Steak to satisfy your taste buds. 

 

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Republique

This Downtown LA hot spot is offering a limited delivery and takeout menu for you to order some of your favorite dishes. They’re offering items from their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus from 8am-7pm and guests can order via phone or in person.

 

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Crossroads Kitchen

You can’t go wrong ordering delivery or takeout from West Hollywood’s Crossroads Kitchen. Their dishes serve a table for two, with pastas like Bolognese, Fettuccine Alfredo and Lasagna packed up as a Meal Kit for you to enjoy right in your own home.

 

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Sqirl

Sqirl isn’t just for brunch anymore–you can now order from 8am-8pm from this Silver Lake favorite. Not only can you dine from their classic restaurant selections, but you can also order things like jam and marmalade from their online store.

 

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Tacos 1986

Try out the buzzworthy Tacos 1986 for takeout tacos in Westwood Village. Their delicious selection of tacos started as a food truck and are gradually expanding to brick and mortar locations across Los Angeles. Try out their Tijuana-style Mexican cuisine yourself to add some flavor to your night in.

 

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Milo & Olive

This Santa Monica favorite is offering up Pasta Meal Kits to keep you filled with delicious Italian cuisine. Stop by for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery of delicious dishes like Spaghetti with Organic Chicken Meatballs. Their selection of mouth-watering pizzas also make for the perfect staying-in dinner.

 

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Bar Restaurant

Order from Silver Lake’s Bar Restaurant for a creative selection of dishes and produce boxes to stock your fridge. Produce, meats, spices, pastas and wines can be delivered right to your door for you to make your own Bar Restaurant-style meal.

 

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The Best Bars to Enjoy a Craft Beer in Los Angeles

We’ve all had those days when you just want to kick back, relax, and crack open a beer with a few friends. With unique, craft beers becoming a necessary addition to drink menus across the country, there are plenty of places to choose from when you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind brew with a unique twist. The next time you’re at any of these LA watering holes, take the opportunity to try out a quality craft beer in Los Angeles that will leave you buzzed and satisfied.

 

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Arts District Brewing Co.

This brewpub is a destination sure to keep you entertained. With over thirty beers brewed on-site, you can taste the variety of flavors until you find the perfect fit for your palate. Their entertainment area with classic bar games will bring out your inner child as you sip your brew.




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Caseys Irish Pub

This go-to spot in a historical LA building is a great place to go for authentic, Irish drinks. Whiskey isn’t the only thing on the menu, as their Irish craft beers are also a great option. Live music performances are also an occasional event sure to keep you entertained while you have an authentic Irish beer in hand.




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The Normandie Club

The Hotel Normandie plays host to this sleek, vintage cocktail lounge in Koreatown. Cocktails may be their specialty, but their menu also provides some great beer choices for anyone searching for quality ale. From ciders to stouts, beer lovers will feel right at home at this laid back venue.




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Harlowe

If you’re in the area, stop in to this vintage bar that celebrates the Golden Age of Hollywood. Their booth seating is perfect for sipping on one of their many craft beer selections. From Oregon to Colorado to California, their variety is large enough for you to choose the perfect fit for your taste buds.

 

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Stout Burgers and Beer

With a few locations around LA, Stout is a great place to grab a burger along with a quality craft beer. Their numerous options each pair with their burger menu to create the perfect combination of flavors. This gastropub is sure to satisfy at any of their Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Studio City locations.

 

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BiergartenLA

What do you get when you mix Korean food with German beer? You’ll find out if you visit this unique K-Town venue. Their extensive list of craft beers gives you plenty of options that go great with their one-of-a-kind food menu.

 

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The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse

This British pub-style brewhouse has an on-site craft brewery with a range of eclectic options. With British bites served all day long, you can eat, drink and be merry in this vintage, West LA space.

 

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Spring St. Bar

With 26 beers on tap, head downtown to try out the multitude of flavors they have to offer. This neighborhood bar offers build-your-own beer flights to let you try out any of their options. Order a signature sandwich from their menu to get the full Spring St. experience.

 

Wurstkuche

This go-to sausage place is a favorite for anyone who lives near one of their two LA locations. The exotic meats are a draw for some, while others enjoy the extensive craft, German beer on tap. Try out something new as their unique brews are sure to please your palate.

 

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Mikkeller Bar

Check out this beer hall if you’re a fan of ambers, IPAs, and everything in between. Their rotating menu of craft and imported selections allows you to always find something new at this Downtown locale. Their food menu is also sure to please with plenty of options to go with your cold, glass of brew.

 

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Best Garden Restaurants in Los Angeles

There’s no shortage of al fresco dining spots around Los Angeles, but not all of them are decorated with lush greenery in a natural setting. Dining with the background of a garden landscape can be romantic, sophisticated and magical with twinkling lights hanging from trees to set the mood. With warmer weather opening up your options for outdoor dining, stop into any of these restaurants for the best garden restaurants in Los Angeles views for your dining experience.

 

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Plant Food + Wine

This Venice sanctuary is a staple in LA vegan community. If you happen to not be vegan, their extensive and tasteful variety of wines should be plenty to get you through the door. The outdoor community aesthetic is stellar and makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a little restaurant in the mountains.




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The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel

This elegant hotel lounge and restaurant isn’t just for hotel VIPs, it’s also open to the public. If you’re in the market for a great date spot or somewhere to impress a potential client, The Polo Lounge is a great choice due to its scenic, outdoor garden atmosphere.




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Cliffs Edge

Sitting down in this walled garden, you would never know that Sunset Blvd. is right on the other side of the hedge. Cliff’s Edge in Silver Lake is a one-in-a-million space that serves modern American cuisine in a chic outdoor atmosphere.




Michaels

Michael’s is a true gem of Santa Monica that has stood the test of time. Recently the restaurant underwent a full makeover and the patio has never looked better with plenty of foliage and soft lighting, creating a truly magical look each night.

 

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Sawyer

This Silver Lake hotspot is a hub for community activity. The light and airy atmosphere, indoor and out, is enough to make anybody want to strike up a conversation with the person at the next table. Sawyer’s vibe is infectious and beautiful with a green, open back patio that could put anybody in a cheery mood.

 

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Yamashiro

This beautiful Japanese-based restaurant and lounge is a staple of luxury dining among Hollywood locals. A full Japanese garden dining setting overlooking Hollywood, a perfectly thought out and prepared menu, and an expert staff make Yamashiro an unforgettable experience.

 

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The Little Door

Even though there are plenty of picturesque places to eat around Beverly Grove, The Little Door still manages to stand out. A light and airy garden atmosphere along with an innovative menu make The Little Door the perfect place for date night or just a fun dining experience.

 

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Griffith Park Beer Gardens

If you’re interested in spending a casual warm night somewhere with a beautiful view of the sunset, this is definitely the spot for you. A great beer menu, charming Griffith Park location, and tasty food just a quick walk away make the Beer Gardens at Roosevelt Cafe a summer must.

 

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Sip and Savor at the Best Wine Bars in LA

Good wine can be easy to find, but enjoying an exceptional wine can be an unforgettable experience. With plenty of wine lovers in the Los Angeles area, the number of wine-dedicated establishments has risen to accommodate the ever-growing hobby. Whether you’re stopping in for happy hour or getting cozy during date night, there are a number of places you can visit to get unique and rare wines that will please your palate. If you’re a love of a great white or tasty red, check out some of the best wine bars in LA.

 

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Heritage Fine Wines

Placed in a prime Beverly Hills location, one might think Heritage Fine Wines would be a place only limited to wine professionals or knowledgeable connoisseurs, but that’s simply not true. Heritage Fine Wines does an incredible job of making all their guests feel welcomed with a staff that’s always happy to give you a few wine tips if you need it.




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A.O.C.

A.O.C. in Beverly Hills is owned by duo Caroline Styne, a top LA sommelier and James Beard Restaurateur of the Year, and Suzanne Goin, a 3-time James Beard Award-winning chef. A.O.C. quickly gained industry recognition for their delectable food and rich wine pairings.




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Bacari West Adams

This unique, Downtown wine bar has gained famed for its creativity and innovation. A rebranding of the former Bacaro LA, their wine list consists of small-batch labels and oddball flavors from all over the world, but namely from the budding winery markets in Slovenia and Morocco.




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Bar Bandini

A dimly lit, moody interior and friendly service are just a few of the reasons this Echo Park locale is a neighborhood favorite. The wine list focuses on California natural wines made with little to no intervention, making for a fresh sip paired with Bandini’s small bites.

 

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Bar Covell

Bar Covell in East Hollywood is the quintessential Los Angeles wine bar. Started by Dustin Lancaster and Matthew Kaner, this homey and welcoming wine bar boasts a selection of over 150 labels from 24 countries. Come in for a visit and the bartender will recommend some selections to pair with their delicious small plates.

 

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Marvin

Stop into Marvin for Sunday brunch in West Hollywood, and after a couple bottomless mimosas, you might forget you’re not actually in a French bistro. Between the vast wine selection, the menu and the decor, this go-to destination is about as close to a French wine house as you can get in Los Angeles.

 

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South End

South End in Venice serves up one of the best combinations you can think of: fine wines and delicious pizzas. Their variety of unique labels and taste profiles ensures that no matter what kind of pizza you’d like to order, there is a perfect wine pairing just for you.

 

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Vertical Wine Bistro

A quaint wine bar in Old Town Pasadena, Vertical Wine Bistro offers over 650 different wines by the bottle, and over 70 by glass. With such an extensive list, it’ll be a challenge to settle on just one bottle. Taste a few favorites by ordering one of their wine flights to try out a variety of flavors.

 

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How to Spend a 21st Birthday in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known to be a hot destination for anyone celebrating a big life event, including the rite-of-passage of a 21st birthday. With the newfound ability to order a drink on your own, the possibilities are endless for how to spend your time in a city known for its world-renowned reputation of revelry. Narrow down your options with a rundown of how to take your Vegas birthday adventure to the next level.

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Book Your Hotel Room

Your choice of hotel will make all the difference in the world, so why not splurge on your once-in-a-lifetime 21st birthday adventure? The Cosmopolitan is known for its sleek and sexy atmosphere that will have you feeling sophisticated during your entrance into adulthood. The Wynn and Encore towers will also give a luxurious feel to your stay with a classic style and beautiful views.

The extravagant Venetian Resort will also put a lavish touch on your stay with spacious suites and opulent Italian decor. For a great stay just off the strip, the newly renovated Palms will have you feeling like a rockstar with a chic, contemporary design and one-of-a-kind specialty suites.




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Birthday Activities

Once you step foot onto the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll feel the energy of the city with people from all over the world thrill seeking in the lively, neon setting. You’re sure to get your heart-rate pumping on your 21st birthday by taking a few laps around the track driving a luxury sports car at Exotics Racing.

If seeing the city from great heights is more your style, take a helicopter tour of the Vegas Strip for unparalleled views of the night’s sparkling lights. You’ll also get an adrenaline-filled view from the top of the Stratosphere–the tallest observation tower in the country that also includes multiple thrill rides that dangle you over the bustling city below.




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Dine at the Best Restaurants

Make the most of your Vegas 21st birthday trip by indulging in some of the world’s finest cuisine featured up and down the Strip. The SLS Hotel is home to Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, an imaginative culinary experience that is known to put an innovative twist on traditional Spanish dishes. Enjoy dinner at Catch at Aria for a trendy, eye-catching destination with an Asian-influenced menu.

You won’t go wrong at Spago by Wolfgang Puck, where the celebrity chef has created a menu of mouth-watering American cuisine at The Bellagio. Hakkasan isn’t just a nightclub, but also a luxurious restaurant with a Cantonese-inspired menu that makes for an unforgettable dining experience in a stylish atmosphere.




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Dayclub Pool Parties

One of the best parts of Las Vegas weather is being able to take advantage of it through attending sun-filled day parties where you can celebrate your 21st birthday poolside while hearing your favorite artists. Encore Beach Club at the Wynn is a known favorite where DJs like The Chainsmokers, Diplo and Kygo show off their talents to energized crowds. Head to a Drai’s pool party atop the Cromwell Hotel where hip hop’s finest, including Snoop Dogg, Migos and Future, are known to take the stage.

Wet Republic is a go-to for fans of EDM DJs like Steve Aoki, Tiesto and Zedd while at Daylight at Mandalay Bay you’ll find Morgan Page, Rick Ross and Duke Dumont. Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan is also a hot destination boasting performances from DJs like Don Diablo, DJ Ruckus and DJ Mustard.

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Watch the Best Shows

A city made for entertainment wouldn’t be complete without a lineup of shows and music acts to dazzle you during your 21st birthday experience. Lovers of pop music will have plenty of talented stars to choose from with Diana Ross, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Cher and Gwen Stefani all putting on regular performances in the city throughout the year.

You’ll also find bands like Aerosmith, Boyz II Men and Zac Brown Band taking their place on stage at hotels along the Strip. You can also take in one of the awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil shows like O Show or Zumanity, or see Absinthe for a vintage circus and cabaret experience.

 

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Party at the Best Nightclubs

It wouldn’t be a 21st birthday in Vegas without taking advantage of the overabundance of nightclubs along the iconic Strip. Head to the Aria to experience Jewel, a nightclub that brings artists like Tyga, Lil’ Jon and DMX to the stage regularly. You’ll be feeling the energy at XS with performers like Drake, Alesso and Marshmello entertaining crowds in the indoor-outdoor space.

You’ll also get a unique experience at Encore Night Swimone of the few nighttime pool parties on the Strip, featuring acts like Anna Lunoe, Disclosure, Galantis and Rufus Du Sol. LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay will have you dancing to artists like Saweetie, T-Pain and E-40. Marquee at The Cosmopolitan puts on shows from dance music legends like Benny Benassi and Fedde Le Grand. Aria is home to Jewel nightclub, which features EDM and hip hop acts like Tyga, Nicky Romero and Party Favor.

 

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Bars & Lounges

If you’re narrowing down a place to buy your first drink and kick off your 21st birthday night, the best way to go is to stop into one of Vegas’ hottest lounges for an enhanced pre-party experience. Start your night off at APEX Social Club at The Palms with bites and drinks on their rooftop balcony overlooking an iconic view of the Strip. 

Head to the Waldorf Astoria to enjoy the sleek SkyBar for signature cocktails and an unparalleled floor-to-ceiling view from the 23rd floor. You’ll also enjoy the view at the elegant Chandelier lounge in The Cosmopolitan, with three levels to take in the sparkling crystal decor. For a vintage-inspired hideaway, The MGM’s On The Record speakeasy experience is a unique destination with an impressive record store theme.

 

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The Top 10 New Food Trends for 2020

With every new year comes a wave of new trends projected to gain popularity in the world of food products, dining and hospitality. These top new food trends for 2020 will likely start to pop up on grocery store shelves and restaurant menus as the months go by. Add some variety to your diet this year by tasting some of the front runners that should be soon coming to a table near you.

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Pinsa

This century-old, Italian style of cooking pizza makes for a fluffier dough by using soy and rice flours, making it a healthier alternative to traditional pizza. The trend is already common in Italy but is now expected to make its way to the US.

 

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Ghost Kitchens

With delivery apps increasingly making up a larger portion of dining out, sometimes a brick and mortar restaurant isn’t even necessary. Delivery-only ghost kitchens are expected to become more common, even offering a variety of cuisines or brands all made in a single private kitchen.

 

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Alcoholic Kombucha

Consumers have embraced kombucha in past years, and will moving towards integrating booze to enjoy it as a health-conscious, alcoholic beverage. The product has already become popular along the coasts and will soon find its way across the country as a food trend in 2020.

 

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Cauliflower

Those following vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or keto diet plans have given cauliflower its time in the spotlight in recent years. This vegetable will continue to be seen as an alternative to starches like potatoes and gluten products like bread.

 

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Wood-Fire Cooking

While many are used to seeing pizzas cooked in a wood-fired method, 2020 will bring new creativity with chefs using open hearths to make different kinds of food. Guests love to see their food being prepared in real time, and this cooking style is expected to deliver a show along with your meal in 2020.

 

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Mocktails

Non-alcoholic cocktails will have a moment in 2020, with dry happy hours and zero-proof beverages piquing the interest of consumers. Thoughtfully-made elixirs with fresh juice blends are sure to keep guests interested in these healthier alternative drinks.

 

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Oat Milk & Milk Alternatives

With cow’s milk slowly but surely phasing its way out of fridges across America, non-animal based alternatives are being adopted as necessities for consumers. With soy and almond milk being a favorite, soon oat milk will be added to the group as a go-to alternative.

 

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Seafood Snacks

Stores and restaurants will be taking Japan’s lead in embracing seafood, including vegetables, as a snack food. Roasted seaweed and salmon skins will gain more traction along with innovative items like kelp jerky.

 

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Hummus

There’s no secret that hummus is a go-to snack for many people, but this year it’ll be used differently than consumers have seen in the past. Adventurous flavors will come about along with menus integrating hummus into desserts, making for a unique and healthy treat.

 

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Probiotics

Many people have integrated probiotics into their diet for digestive health, but this year the trend will also include dry items that can be stored in your pantry. Things like cereal, granola, nut butters and nutrition bars will be made to be shelf-stable for long term storage.

 

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Vegan Meat Snacks

Veggie versions of popular dishes have made their way onto menus all over the world and will continue to do so throughout 2020. Consumers will also see vegan meat snacks line the shelves of your local grocery store with options like soy jerky and mushroom bacon chips.

 

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Celtuce

Kale and romaine are on their way out with celtuce, a lettuce cultivar, moving in as an alternative. The health benefits to this versatile, Chinese lettuce makes it worth adding to any meal as a side dish or even as an ingredient in juices and smoothies.

 

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20 of the Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

Choosing a party venue for your event involves plenty of planning and preparation to create the ideal atmosphere for a memorable experience. Whether it’s a holiday party with friends, a wrap party with colleagues or a company-wide corporate event, Los Angeles offers a variety of beautiful hospitality spaces to set the scene for a special day. The space you select will make all the difference when you choose any of these event venues in Los Angeles to be the site of your good time.

Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

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Warwick

Large scale parties work great in Warwick’s lavish setting complete with a wrap-around bar and upstairs enclosed glass balcony. The upscale decor makes an impact as your guests will have free-range to mix and mingle in the attractive environment.




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Warwick Hollywood

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La Descarga

La Descarga is one of Los Angeles’ favorite speakeasies with an impressive hidden entrance and seductive burlesque performers dancing to the sounds of talented live salsa music. The one-of-a-kind bar has a main room with plenty of space for dancing, a cigar room for smoking and an additional private room perfect for your next lively event.




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Photo: La Descarga

Beauty & Essex

Whether you’re aiming for a full buyout or a semi-private space, Beauty & Essex offers up a sleek, contemporary atmosphere sure to impress your guests. Their variety of spaces for dining, lounging and mingling means the sky’s the limit for your night of revelry.




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Avenue

This Hollywood nightclub plays host to numerous events throughout the year due to its diversity of spaces including an indoor bar, main room and atrium garden. The seamless space with state-of-the-art equipment will make your event a night to remember.

 

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Photo: Avenue LA

Cannabis Cafe

Those who enjoy relaxing in a cannabis-fueled haze will love an event at Cannabis Cafe, the country’s first cannabis cafe. The rustic decor with an open-air, vintage feel creates a welcoming environment for any type of gathering.

 

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Photo: Cannabis Cafe

Delilah

The vintage style of h. Wood Group’s Delilah makes for a perfectly elegant celebration in the dimly lit space where you can toast to the good life. The venue boasts burlesque shows with talented dancers that are sure to keep your guests entertained.

 

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Photo: Delilah LA

Mr. C. Beverly Hills

Timeless glamour is the main attraction at this elegant hotel perfect for tying the knot with a luxurious backdrop. The 360-degree views of Beverly Hills will put the right touch on your special day.

 

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Photo: Mr. C Beverly Hills

Bootsy Bellows

The recently remodeled Bootsy Bellows is a great place for a full buyout in their Palm-Springs inspired environment. The spacious floor and plush seating is perfect for large group celebrations or smaller bottle service splurges with friends during an exciting night out.

 

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Katsuya Hollywood

Katsuya’s intimate dining room makes for a great place to celebrate in privacy, while also being suitable for large-scale events for as many as 400 guests. Their event team and award-winning catering takes your special event to the next level.

 

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Photo: Katsuya Hollywood

Perch

This sky-high destination is the perfect backdrop for baby showers, engagement parties and everything in between with their unmatched views of Downtown Los Angeles. The multiple floors available in the building that can accommodate up to 250 guests allow for events of any size.

 

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Lono

Embrace the tiki spirit when you host your event at tropical hot spot Lono—an expansive and detailed space with a surprising size given its Hollywood Boulevard location. The sky’s the limit when you choose their quality cocktails and welcoming environment.

 

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Photo: Lono Hollywood

The Highlight Room

Take the elevator to the top of the Dream Hotel for an event at The Highlight Room, where their outdoor space and indoor lounge both offer up a picturesque view of Hollywood. Their swimming pool makes for a great touch on summer events and can be covered to provide a dancefloor.

 

Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

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Photo: The Highlight Room

Catch

Let your guests experience Catch’s garden-inspired atmosphere for seated dinners, cocktail events and everything in between. The trendy West Hollywood rooftop spot makes for the perfect backdrop to your celebration.

 

Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

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Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

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Harriets Rooftop

A view of West Hollywood can be seen for miles from Harriet’s Rooftop—a great place for a celebration in a chic and stylish lounge. The sophisticated indoor-outdoor setting with makes for California cool festivities at the very top of LA’s 1 Hotel.

 

Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

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Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop

Goya Studios

If creativity and attention to detail are needed, Goya Studios is the place for your event to succeed offering up all the necessary lighting, sound and visual technology you’ll need to impress your guests.

 

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Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

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The Bungalow Santa Monica

Watching the sun set over the ocean is the perfect way to celebrate by booking one of The Bungalow’s many indoor and outdoor options for private spaces.

 

Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

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Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

Rosaline

Make a reservation for delicious Peruvian-inspired cuisine at West Hollywood’s Rosaline. Their beautiful garden atrium is the perfect place for a dinner party with family or mingling with colleagues for a company event.

 

Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

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Photo: Rosaline

Elephante

Host an event at Elephante to treat your guests to breezy, coastal surroundings. The rooftop restaurant overlooks the Pacific Ocean making for dazzling sunset soirees and starry-sky dinner parties. Whether its a full buyout or intimate birthday gathering, you’ll enjoy the best of the Westside at this airy hotspot.

 

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Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

Photo: Elephante – Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

Redbird

This modern restaurant in Downtown LA has an eclectic variety of private dining spaces for your group to enjoy. Their outdoor garden space brings you in touch with nature while their East and West rooms are ideal for an intimate dinner party.

 

Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

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Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

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Doheny Room

Doheny Room makes for a great event destination with an upstairs escape perfect for mixing and mingling and a downstairs level to toast drinks over dinner.

 

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Photo: Doheny Room

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