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How to dine outside in L.A. this summer

Looking for the best patios in L.A. right now? Want to dine on a closed street? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Photograph: Courtesy Birdie G's/Lindsey Huttrer

There’s never a bad time for outdoor dining in Los Angeles, but in the era of social distancing, it makes perfect sense (come on, twist our arm). Given our year-round sunshine and plenty of public parks, beaches, patios and sky-high rooftop bars, L.A. was built for eating alfresco—especially in the summertime.

Thanks to new rules and programs across L.A. County, we’re seeing even more of a reason to get out there and soak up the sun (and a few cocktails). But reopening guidelines and timelines are changing constantly, so we’ve put together this handy guide to staying safe, sane and well fed outdoors this summer at L.A.’s best restaurants, whether you’re looking for the latest reopening guidelines or the latest and greatest in patios. Here’s where to dine out, outside.

Your guide to outdoor dining in L.A.

These patios are now open for dine-in across Los Angeles
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These patios are now open for dine-in across Los Angeles

Take that lobster roll alfresco.

You can dine on closed streets in these neighborhoods
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You can dine on closed streets in these neighborhoods

Thanks to new temporary programs, we’re takin’ it to the streets.

The best outdoor dining in L.A.
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The best outdoor dining in L.A.

By the beach, on a pier or in a hidden garden, these spots have you covered.

Where to buy the best picnic food
Restaurants

Where to buy the best picnic food

Pick up and get out there (and don’t forget the blanket).

Highland Park’s Hermosillo reopens with a new drive-in, walk-up format
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Highland Park’s Hermosillo reopens with a new drive-in, walk-up format

Ride, walk or drive up for some of L.A.’s best craft beer on the converted patio.

The best rooftop bars in the city
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The best rooftop bars in the city

Step right up for soaring views and world-class cocktails.

Guerrilla Tacos launches a patio coffee shop
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Guerrilla Tacos launches a patio coffee shop

The new Arts District café serves one of the best breakfast burritos in town.

California restaurants can only serve outdoors
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California restaurants can only serve outdoors

Gov. Newsom’s decision will last at least until late July.

Here are L.A.’s guidelines for relaunching dine-in service
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Here are L.A.’s guidelines for relaunching dine-in service

Servers and diners, ready your masks.

The new L.A. Al Fresco program lets restaurants add sidewalk and parking lot seating
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The new L.A. Al Fresco program lets restaurants add sidewalk and parking lot seating

A new citywide initiative wants to make it easier to dine outside.