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Inn of The Seventh Ray
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman Inn of The Seventh Ray

Settle in at the 11 coziest restaurant patios in L.A.

Curl up near a fire pit or beneath the stars at these cozy, comfy patios across the city

By Stephanie Breijo

L.A.’s temperate weather means patio season is always in fashion, but when our temperatures dip—especially in the evenings—there’s almost nothing better than a night huddled up at some of our favorite restaurants, a cocktail in hand and a hearty meal on the table. Whether you’re hoping to dine and sip surrounded by nature or sitting fireside on a metropolitan DTLA rooftop, here are the coziest restaurant patios in Los Angeles.

Curl up on these 11 cozy restaurant patios

Little Beast in Eagle Rock
Little Beast in Eagle Rock
Photograph: Courtesy Little Beast

Little Beast

Restaurants American creative Eagle Rock

At the nexus of comfort and romance is Little Beast, an intimate Eagle Rock restaurant that just begs for cuddling up on the patio. The husband-and-wife team of chef Sean Lowenthal and Deborah Schwartz-Lowenthal brought a touch of elegance to this repurposed Craftsman-style bungalow, where New American dishes such as braised short ribs and char-broiled quail warm from within while the gorgeous yellow glow of bulb lights and the ample heaters will keep you comfy and toasty year round. It’s impossible not to linger here; a restaurant is known to be that “third space,” but every visit to Little Beast has us so cozy we almost forget it isn’t the first space, our own homes.

Inn of The Seventh Ray
Inn of The Seventh Ray
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Inn of the Seventh Ray

Restaurants Californian Topanga
Almost more of a fairy garden than a restaurant patio, Topanga’s famous dining haven strings twinkling lights through trees, over tables and around gazebos for a true fantasy retreat. Nature is all around you at Inn of the Seventh Ray, where it’s easy to get lost in the romance of the space, your dining companion, and the rustic (and vegan-friendly) meals before you. Go on and get lost in the magic here, especially in the evenings when the lights and the heaters flip on.

The Raymond 1886

Restaurants American Pasadena

Talk about comfort: The Raymond and intimate bar 1886 serves elevated stick-to-your-ribs fare (steaks, carbonara, pork chops, seasonal focaccia) along with some of the most classic-leaning, well-executed cocktails not only in Pasadena but all of L.A. It’s all best enjoyed on the patio of the former caretaker’s cottage from the famed Raymond Hotel, which provides a bit of local history as well as a fireplace for a rustic and old-timey touch.

Saddle Peak Lodge

Restaurants Contemporary American Santa Monica Mountains

This upscale lodge was once a celeb-favorite retreat in the 1920s, and it’s still got that Old Hollywood magic—especially on the patio. Tucked into the mountains and surrounded by trees, you could almost convince yourself that you’re hiding away from all your adoring fans even if just for the length of one meal. The rugged setting is matched by the menu of wild meats—elk tenderloin, bison short rib—plus fresh seafood and local produce often woven and spun into elegant creations. A marrow-and-mushroom sandwich by the fire pit? Now that’s cozy.


The Waterfront

Restaurants Cafés Venice

Venice’s sceney all-day café and bar might be all party in the front, but in the back—especially in the evening—the Waterfront hides one of the Westside’s coziest patios. Revelers gravitate toward the boisterous tables along the Venice Boardwalk, but walk past them and hang a left to reach quieter quarters: Part alfresco dining tables, part lounge seating, the Waterfront’s more hidden patio features verdant trellises, hanging lanterns and even the occasional live band. It’s also got plenty of alcoves for squirreling away with loved ones and that menu of beachy fare, oysters and beverage director David Purcell’s excellent and inventive drinks.

Alcove, Big Bar
Alcove, Big Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Big Bar/Eugene Lee

Alcove and Big Bar

Restaurants American Los Feliz

At Big Bar and Alcove, two concepts are better than one—and that same philosophy applies to the patio. Part bakery-café and part cocktail bar, this dual-purpose bungalow serves nostalgic classics across a couple patios, each a cozy and comfortable space to eat, sip and hang out beneath the trees. The buzzier front patio is colorful and a total eye-catcher—just walk or drive past during brunch service—while the side seating is quiet and seats but a few. No matter where you sit, this is a true neighborhood spot that oozes comfort, especially when you’re enjoying burgers, avocado toasts and some of the best drinks in town.


Alta Adams

Restaurants Soul and southern American West Adams
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Chef Keith Corbin’s California soul food is comforting in and of itself, but enjoyed on that green and bulb-lit back patio, it feels like a hug. Settle in at one of Alta’s wooden tables surrounded by plant-covered walls; for brunch, it’s comfy and mellow, and for dinner, it’s low-lit and romantic. Pair the ambiance with the cuisine: sunny eggs, biscuits and turkey gravy in the day, with hearty and craveable classics such as oxtails and rice or Corbin’s perfectly crunchy fried chicken with house-made hot sauce at night.

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Restaurants American creative Studio City

This tucked-away patio is, in part, what makes Firefly one of the most romantic restaurants in all of L.A.: It may be the closest thing to a secret garden we have, what with the walls of tangled ivy and the private, curtained tables to really feel transportive. The food is enough to warm you, too, whether it’s mac and cheese silken with mornay or the sizeable porterhouse steak served with Brussels sprouts and bacon—and if for some reason it doesn’t, the tight but ample scotch, bourbon and whiskey list should do the trick.



Bars Hotel bars Downtown Historic Core

Full of cool clientele and equally-cool programming, Upstairs at DTLA’s Ace Hotel is an open-air roof deck that makes for a perfect hideaway with style. Upstairs is smaller than most of the city’s more popular rooftop bars, lending to a more intimate, cozy atmosphere. In addition to gorgeous views of the city, it also sports a fireplace (snag these seats if you can) and bites such as tacos, grilled stone fruit, ceviche and avocado toast.


Bars Wine bars Virgil Village

Hanging lanterns on the tree and a rotating cast of food pop-ups, and one of the best natural-wine lists in town? You can only be at Melody, a breezy wine bar in Virgil Village that’s just as much about small-producer and organic wines as it is about hospitality and finding the perfect (often vinyl) sountrack for your visit. Check Instagram for the week’s food vendors—which might include genre-bending tacos, reimagined Vietnamese cuisine or some of the city’s best burgers—but no matter which night you pick, you’ll be enjoying the intimate patio attached to a repurposed craftsman; given the homey digs, we like to pretend it’s our own private patio from time to time, and can you blame us?


Tam O’Shanter

Restaurants Scottish Atwater Village

The dark wood, the flag room, the hearty fare and the kitschy Scottish decor make the nearly century-old Tam O’Shanter a cozy L.A. icon, but its renovated patio provides an especially comfy atmosphere, too. Twinkling lights dot the shrubbery, bulb lights hang overhead, and if you manage to get a spot near the roaring outdoor fireplace, it makes those luxe prime ribs, hot toddies and maple old-fashioneds even more cushy on a cool night.

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