10 Great Hotel Restaurants in LA With Outdoor Seating

March 4, 2021

            One of my favorite things to arise out of the last year has been the rise in restaurants offering “al fresco” dining. Open air dining makes me feel like I have been transported back to Europe, and there is something so romantic about enjoying LA from the outdoors. After exploring the city, I have compiled a list of the 10 best hotel restaurants in LA that offer outdoor seating. LA already has so much amazing food to offer. Pair great food with al fresco dining and you have an even more amazing experience. 

The Tower Bar at The Sunset Tower Hotel

Location: West Hollywood

Vibe: Relaxed and Casual

The Tower Bar is more than just a breezy poolside escape. Located in Bugsy Siegel’s  former apartment, The Tower bar oozes class and sophistication. Step outside onto the Terrace to enjoy poolside drinks in beautiful 72 degree weather. Whether you are in the mood for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, The Tower Bar is the perfect place to make even the most seasoned Angelenos feel like they are on vacation.

Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Location: Beverly Hills

Vibe: Romantic

The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel is one of the most iconic dining spots in the city. Step outside onto the Patio for an experience that is romantic and laid back while still being upscale. This quintessential LA spot is full of palm trees and flowers, twinkling lights, and soft music in the background. Whether you are picking a great spot for date night or a girl’s night out, The Polo Lounge is the perfect location for an enjoyable al fresco meal. 

Cabana Cafe at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Location: Beverly Hills

Vibe: Casual and Glamorous

There is just something special about The Beverly Hills Hotel and that’s why it makes the list twice. The Cabana Cafe is perfect for casual lunches or private parties with a perfect view of the pool. Not to mention, you would be hard pressed to find a more insta-worthy place in LA. Casual yet glamorous, this institution is an absolute must whether you live in LA or are visiting. 

Wolfgang Restaurant at Hotel Bel-Air

Location: Bel-Air

Vibe: Elegant

The Wolfgang brand is synonymous with quality no matter where you go. At Hotel Bel-Air, casual elegance is at its finest at Wolfgang Restaurant. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients paired with heated floors and a retractable screen overlooking Swan Lake makes this the perfect place for year long outdoor dining.

The Rooftop by JG at The Waldorf Astoria

Location: Beverly Hills

Vibe: Swanky

 If you are looking for a great place to see and be seen that also offers truly exceptional food, this is it. Sitting 12 stories high, The Rooftop by JG offers sweeping views of the city and some how brings a garden setting to the middle of Los Angeles. With a menu consisting of caviar, truffle cheeseburgers, Creekstone Farms Tomohawks, and Waygu Tenderloin, you just can’t go wrong. 

Culina at the Four Seasons

Location: Beverly Hills

Vibe: Modern

Chef Luca, who grew up in Italy, brings a modern twist to classic Italian fare. Fresh food, beautiful surroundings, and quality make Culina a must visit on any outdoor dining list. Be sure to order the Sformatino Di Bietole, Culina’s signature dish. 

Belvedere at The Peninsula Hotel

Location: Beverly Hills

Vibe: Romantic

Belvedere perfectly blends California al fresco dining with the romance and charm of French cuisine. Modern twists on classic French dishes will have you coming back time and time again. Enjoy a complimentary Laurent Perrier champagne toast every evening at 8 PM to kick off a beautiful night of dining. 

The Roof at The Edition

Location: West Hollywood

Vibe: Swanky and Chic

Whether you are looking for a full dinner or craft cocktails, The Roof at The Edition is the place to be. With sweeping views of the city, a long list of mescals and tequilas, and fresh, colorful California cuisine, you can’t go wrong. Whether you feel like soaking up the sun by day or enjoying chic vibes by night, don’t forget to add The Roof to you list of places to try for al fresco dining in LA.

1 Pico at Shutters on the Beach

Location: Santa Monica

Vibe: Luxurious Beach Casual

1 Pico does Coastal Cuisine absolutely perfect. Chef David Almany uses colorful and fresh ingredients to make this beachfront dining experience one you will always remember. The menu changes periodically to ensure in-season cuisine is always used. If you are ready for some time away from the tall buildings in LA, and are ready to reconnect with the beautiful beach and nature, 1 Pico is the perfect place to visit. 

Calabra at The Proper Hotel

Location: Santa Monica

Vibe: Upscale Casual

This outdoor rooftop has both a restaurant and bar  that is perfect whether you are craving a day by the pool, or sunset drinks. An elevated atmosphere, stylish patrons, boutique wines and small-batch spirits make Calabra a fan favorite of Angelenos and tourists alike. This is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ocean breeze. 

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