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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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Embrace Elegance at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Santa Monica is a picturesque city with palm tree-lined streets, flawless weather, and an ocean shoreline perfect for a beach vacation. When it comes time to choose your stay for business or pleasure, Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows lets you take advantage of the city’s offerings along with its own quality amenities that will make you feel right at home.

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Experience the Rooms

Step into a space built for relaxation as the casually elegant atmosphere of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel provides you a warm welcome to Southern California. The 302-room hotel features luxurious suites, traditional rooms, and 32 garden bungalows for you to choose the perfect accommodations fit for your trip. The contemporary design elements mixed with a touch of tropical refinement are just a few of the reasons guests continue to retreat to this beachfront paradise.




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Experience FIG

A sophisticated dining experience is guaranteed at the hotel’s renowned FIG restaurant. Guests are treated to a menu of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine made with a wood burning oven and grill. Organic, seasonal ingredients are a part of the prep as the local Santa Monica Farmer’s Market provides fresh options to be incorporated into flavorful dishes.




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Experience Exhale Mind Body Spa

The on-site Exhale Spa helps you reach the pinnacle of relaxation through mind body programs to elevate your senses. Unwind through therapeutic massages, energy therapies, and more in this sanctuary for positive transformation. Book an appointment to escape your everyday travel stresses through their variety of elegant spa services.




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Lloyds Barbershop

Searching for a quality haircut in a new city can often be a challenge. The Fairmont Miramar has a simple solution with Lloyd’s—their premiere men’s barbershop on the ground floor of the hotel. Stop in to be pampered with a complimentary Bourbon, Cognac, or Scotch as your grooming experience rises above expectations, leaving you prepared to tackle any meeting or gathering with a fresh cut.

 

Glam&Go

The ladies also have their own on-site hair solution with the Glam&Go blow dry bar. Hotel guests and locals drop in for their signature 30-minute blowouts and trendy styling options for both business and vacation looks. One of ten locations across the US, you’ll get a glamorous, luxury experience without ever having to leave your hotel.

 

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The Bungalow

A local hot spot for drinks and lounging, The Bungalow Santa Monica bar is connected to the Fairmont Miramar with just a short walk away. No need to hunt for a place to grab a cocktail when one of the best bars in Santa Monica is right in your own backyard. The Bungalow boasts a kitschy, cabin feel with an outdoor patio that overlooks the Santa Monica shoreline. Live performances and DJs stop in to help the trendy crowd mix and mingle at this bustling locale. With ping pong, billiards, and TV screens during big sports games, The Bungalow offers something for everyone, satisfying all your entertainment needs.

 

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A Classic Getaway in St Tropez

Every year, St Tropez draws thousands of travelers looking to experience a classic getaway in St Tropez and it’s picturesque beauty of southeastern France. It became known as a popular celebrity getaway ever since classic Hollywood stars began to frequent the small fishing town on the French Riviera. Since that mid-century discovery, the coastal village has blossomed into a destination offering the best of both worlds—charming, rustic character perfect for glamorous partying.

 

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Yacht Culture

When in St. Tropez, a yacht charter is the secret to taking advantage of the city’s sparkling clear currents. Drawing sailors from around the world, ports bustle with vacationers and residents alike, ready to enjoy a smooth ride along the coast. Luxury yachts are available if you’re seeking the most sophisticated boating experience, whether it be for partying or working on your St. Tropez tan.

Day cruise yacht charters are perfect for sightseeing and stopping off at all the trendiest locations down the shoreline. You can also aim for a holiday charter, allowing you to set sail for week-long excursions to places like Cannes or Iles de Lérins. No matter the itinerary, there’s a yacht fit for every traveler to truly take in the gentle breezes of the French Riviera.




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Daytime Dining

When they aren’t sailing along St. Tropez’ tides, guests of Le Club 55, indulge in decadent French cuisine at one of the most exclusive establishments in the city. Reservations for the beachside bistro are nearly impossible to acquire, leaving those on the outside to daydream of the delicacies within.

Le Club 55 has held its own as a celebrity hotspot ever since Brigitte Bardot graced its presence 50 years ago. It still remains at the top of A-list dining destinations thanks to popular dishes like the fresh vegetable platter, grilled langoustine tops, asparagus mousseline and fraises des bois dessert. Giving off the essence of a shorefront day party, it becomes easy to to celebrate the good life as groups often gather there to raise their glasses to another day in paradise.




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Elegant Hotels

France is known for its historically breathtaking architecture and St. Tropez delivers with its classical yet luxurious hotels. In the Var region of the city, the 19th Century built Château de la Messardière paints the ideal picture of a magical French getaway. In offering over 100 rooms, it’s the town’s largest hotel, spanning an impressive 25 acres.

Guests get to take advantage of the spacious landscape through the many on-site amenities. The gourmet L’Acacia restaurant serves as a romantic, Mediterranean-style culinary experience, overlooking the beaches of Pampelonne. The Château bar Le Soleil d’Eau creates a sultry lounge environment for an intimate cocktail. Guests can also escape to the bar’s Terrace to take in the warm, summer breeze. For those seeking a bit of enlightenment, you don’t have to go far to enjoy the palace’s in-house art gallery. The collection showcases international artists’ exhibitions, highlighting works by Victoire de la Messardière, a descendant of the Messardière family.

What was once a small fishing village can now call itself a festive city with alluring charm. From yacht tours to beachside celebrations, St. Tropez is the place to gather for a mesmerizing taste of the French Riviera. As the glowing sun sets along the coastline, you won’t regret paying a visit to the city that has it all.




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The Future of Hospitality Technology

As modern technology continues to develop at a rapid speed, the hospitality industry has responded by embracing new and innovative ways of integrating tech into businesses. The industry has been able to use technology to increase efficiency from targeted marketing, to POS systems, to loyalty programs. With enhancing the guest experience being the ultimate goal, new trends in the future of hospitality technology are set to disrupt the market and create a world of convenience both for businesses and their guests.

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Nightlife

With the hustle and bustle of managing lively guests experiences, the nightlife industry has been impacted by tech advancements such as exposure through social media algorithms and venue information provided by search engines. As for apps, there have been many companies making their foray into nightlife in attempts to boost the guest experience during their night out.

The up-and-coming Qorum combines mobile, cardless bar tabs with the mindful goal of providing a free ride home for anyone spending 60 minutes at participating bars. With venues offering discounts for in-app purchases, users can drink worry-free as a partnership with Uber allows their ride home to be covered by Qorum. Venues benefit from Qorum’s automated digital marketing while users get recommendations for where they should spend their night. Qorum’s technology platform aims to combat the social problems associated with drunk driving and the nightlife problems of EMV compliance and unclosed bar tabs. Part city guide and part designated driver, Qorum is set to disrupt the market as cash and card payments quickly become a thing of the past.

Nightlife venues are also being enhanced onsite by creative visuals and displays. Companies like Gesturetek have the ability to create interactive tables and bar tops that add a touch of innovation to typical nightlife decor. Zuzor creates interactive walls where motion sensors detect guests’ movements, making for a fun way to become a part of a venue’s scenery. In a generation of social media being a prime way for nightlife brands to market themselves through guest-generated content, these types of enhancements within the space create a draw for patrons looking for visual elements to share online.




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Hotels

The hotel industry has raised guest expectations through the years from mobile device room entry to seamless automated check-in systems. The impact of these types of enhancements has created a push to further explore how a traveler’s stay can be personalized to fit their lifestyle. The company Keypr has created a centralized platform for guests to have their every need addressed right at their fingertips.

They can log on via mobile or in-room tablet to check into the hotel, arrange for room cleaning, book restaurant reservations or use a customized variety of other services. To enhance the experience among staff, Alice is a system that allows different hotel departments to communicate in one manageable platform. Hotel operations are then made easier as management, staff, concierge, and guests are all connected through a single outlet.

Many hotel properties have also started analyzing ways to conserve energy, taking on eco-friendly practices to enhance sustainability. Smart lighting systems can automate usage to improve energy consumption. Places like the Chatwal Hotel in New York have used this method in upgrading to LED lighting, saving the hotel annual expenses as well as reducing energy consumption 90%. These types of thoughtful tech improvements have also improved hotel air conditioning and heating practices.




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Restaurants

Dining locations often see hundreds of guests walk in and out of their doors on a daily basis, and embrace ways to utilize technology in their management operations. In the past decade, systems like OpenTable and Resy have set the standard with being able to organize CRM data along with creating the convenience of mobile engagement for guests. SevenRooms has taken reservation software to the next level in being able to combine guest data among multiple venue locations, generate automatic close out reports, and send alerts directly to management about important guest activities and purchases as they are placed in the integrated POS system.

There are also structural elements of restaurants that are being enhanced by new technologies. Digital ordering has slowly made its way into restaurants in the form of self-service kiosks and tabletop ordering. Customers can browse menu options and pay all within the device, reducing the need for human workers and streamlining the dining experience. An expanding trend in restaurants has skipped the brick and mortar experience altogether, with online ordering apps enabling ghost kitchens to operate and deliver to customers directly. These kitchens have the ability to create multiple brands on apps and websites, all being served out of the same online-only kitchen.

Technology’s role in hospitality will likely continue to grow in the future as many venues will find it to be a necessity rather than an option. With guests becoming more used to competitors offering the convenience of automated systems and mobile integration, businesses will need to focus on staying ahead of the curve to continue to meet ever-rising guest expectations.




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Guide to the Best Hotels & Restaurants in Tulum

Tourism to Tulum has boomed over the past decade due to its peaceful, bohemian atmosphere that stands out in contrast to Mexico’s party towns of Cabo and Cancun. Tulum travelers experience laid back city and beach living through enjoying fresh seafood restaurants, rustic luxury hotels and a bevy of activities fit for rest and relaxation. Book your flight for a rich, cultural trip and experience some of the best hotels and restaurants in Tulum.

 

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Casa Malca

Take in views of the white, sandy beach at this luxury hotel made to focus on design and contemporary art. Mixed materials like velvet and concrete depart from typical Tulum styling with three onsite restaurants and a bar featuring walls covered in a Keith Haring print. Art pieces from owner Lio Malca’s private collection adorn the walls throughout the property offering an eye-catching backdrop to your stay.




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Azulik Tulum

Get in touch with nature at Azulik Tulum, a luxury eco-resort for those willing to experience a distraction-free vacation. The experimental property places sustainability as its top priority, skipping the inclusion of air conditioning, lights and showers to opt for candle lit rooms, bathtubs and the ocean breeze. Each villa comes with a private jacuzzi or pool to relax with a view of the cozy beach in the distance.




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Ahau Tulum

One of the best hotels in Tulum, Ahau offers a luxury experience along with the classic bohemian ambiance of the town. Palapas with high ceilings surround guests in a relaxing sanctuary with easy access to delicious restaurants nearby. Take a yoga class or go scuba diving before retreating to their serene beach cabanas.




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Mi Amor

This romantic destination offers tropical sophistication fit for a sumptuous getaway. Mi Amor is just a short walk to dazzling restaurants, soft, sandy beaches or to Tulum’s historic ruins. Embrace a lavish stay with a private terrace in each suite of this trendy, boutique hotel, offering a breathtaking landscape no matter your view.

 

Nest Tulum

One of the best hotels in Tulum, the exclusive property of twelve rooms has a beautifully-designed interior surrounding guests in a cozy space. Breakfast is all-inclusive and impeccable service elevates your experience as you enjoy the stunning beach by day and pamper yourself with an evening of fine dining at their onsite restaurant.

 

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Gitano

Dinner and drinks at Gitano are a must as this highly-rated destination creates an ambiance you’ll never forget. Contemporary plates are served beneath lush greenery and sparkling lights while a DJ plays music to set the mood. The mezcal bar serves up inventive, fruity drinks while guests dance the night away on the dance floor.

 

Posada Margherita

Head to Posada Marhgherita to experience the best Italian restaurant in Tulum. The rustic, al fresco dining overlooks a breathtaking ocean view made perfect by a dreamy sunset. The mostly-Italian staff create an authentic setting where fresh, housemade pasta pleases your palate at this essential beachfront venue.

 

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Arca

Enjoy a wood-fired dining experience at Arca, an intimate destination surrounded by greenery. The farm-to-table menu means you’ll experience a delicious meal made from locally-sourced ingredients. Innovative cocktails will add a buzz to your evening at one of the best restaurants in Tulum.

 

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Hartwood

Possibly Tulum’s most well-known eatery, Hartwood mixes the best of American and Mexican with fresh-caught seafood dishes, drawing in long lines of guests each night. Secure your reservation a month in advance to ensure you get a seat at this open-air restaurant with a daily rotating menu.

 

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Casa Jaguar

Whether you’re stopping by for drinks before dinner, after dinner, or for a full dining experience, Casa Jaguar is sure to impress in their jungle-inspired atmosphere of rustic charm. Their menu of fresh seafood and flavorful, wood-fired plates makes for an unforgettable experience, or choose your own drink ingredients to have the bartender concoct a refreshing, custom cocktail.

 

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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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