You can feel it in the air. Spring, yes. But even more that things are starting to get back on track, just a little bit. Once winter restrictions were lifted to allow outdoor dining again, Los Angeles restaurants dusted off the furniture, stoked the fires (and heaters), and opened for socially distanced dining. More and more are added to the mix daily. That’s good for everybody — staff, owners, and customers who simply want to eat something brought to them that isn’t in a to-go box.
And if you want that experience to be extra special? We’ve assembled 12 of the best patios and parklets to enjoy right now — whether you’re eating lobster rolls with an ocean view, twirling spaghetti and meatballs in a star-studded parking lot, or downing tacos in a breezy desert-like landscape. Make reservations when you can; almost all require it. If you don’t see your favorite restaurant open yet, you can always use My Hit List to stay notified about when it plans to reopen. And you can always check our full current list of outdoor options, too.