January 27, 2022 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Dining Al Fresco on the Westside

By Charles Trepany| Outdoor dining has become as much a part of summer in Los Angeles as going to the beach on the Fourth of July. From eating under the stars to making new friends, here are four Westside restaurants, each with their own take on the outdoor dining experience.

Community is On the Menu

At Plant Food + Wine’s outdoor patio in Venice, general manager Justin Pineiro said customers can enjoy “a fairy-like environment,” with small lights hanging from trees, a garden where a large portion of the restaurant’s ingredients are grown and a large table for communal seating.

“The outdoor patio is definitely like a little magical oasis,” Pineiro said.

Pineiro said the restaurant’s patio is also a great place to make friends, especially at the communal table.

“Dining outside is just an experience that makes everybody feel like they’re at home,” he said. “We get a lot of people that just connect outside. If they haven’t met, it just sets the stage for everybody to feel welcome and feel like they’re all dining together, but also in their own individual experience at the same time.”

According to Pineiro, the best summer drinks are the Havana Crush and seasonal Sangria.

Pineiro said the patio is one of the most relaxing places to sit, day or night.

“It’s a little hidden gem. It makes you feel like you’re in a completely different place and at the same time enjoying everything that’s magical that L.A. has to offer.”

Address: 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Website: www.matthewkenneycuisine.com/plant-food-wine-venice

Dinner Under the Stars

A summer brunch special of rosé and toast, plus a patio with a retractable roof, make the outdoor dining experience at Baltaire Restaurant in Brentwood perfect for any weather, said Brandon Guidry, the restaurant’s general manager.

“The terrace itself has these lovely, dim, glowing light fixtures and candle features on the table,” he said. “The ambience out there is just absolutely perfect.”

The restaurant’s outdoor seating, which includes a lounge area with a fireplace, is covered by a retractable canopy roof that can be pulled over the patio or brought in, depending on the weather.

“If it’s lovely and warm, we can open it,” Guidry said. “If it’s too bright, too breezy, looks like it’s going to rain, we can close it.”

Guidry said the roof can filter partial sunlight during the day while keeping the heat from beating down on guests. On warm summer nights, he said the roof opens so guests can dine under the night sky.

“The people who dine in that area get the true dining al fresco experience of having their dinner under the stars,” he said.

Last Saturday marked the beginning of the restaurant’s “A Toast to Rosé” summer brunch special, where customers can order from a menu of four appetizer toasts, which the restaurant’s beverage director has paired with four rosé wines from around the world.

The special, which first began last year, will be available every weekend for the rest of the summer.

Guidry said the toasts and rosé wines are perfect to enjoy on the patio.

“To have that experience of eating a lighter fare like the toasts, having the rosés which are great for warm weather, and the ambience of the patio would just be a fantastic combination,” Guidry said.

Address: 11647 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Website: www.baltaire.com/

A Classic That’s Always Fresh

This summer at the restaurant Wilshire in Santa Monica, guests can enjoy a diverse summer menu on one of the restaurant’s two outdoor patios, said co-general manager and events manager Eryn Bradley.

Complete with fire torches, a fireplace and a fish pond, the outdoor seating at Wilshire is a staple of the restaurant.

“Outdoor seating is probably 65 to 70 percent of our restaurant, and it’s certainly the most in demand area of the restaurant, as a far as diners are concerned,” Bradley said. “If you look in our reservation books, you’ll see every single person has requested outside seating.”

The outdoor seating also includes a loft space called the Sea Garden Lounge that overlooks the lower patio.

Bradley said the patios at Wilshire are a favorite for locals.

“We have guests who’ve been coming here for 13 years that have their particular table and who come here specifically because they can sit outside and enjoy our beautiful patio,” she said.

Bradley said patrons can always count on Wilshire to have a variety of menu options, as they switch out items on their menu on an almost weekly basis to include the freshest ingredients from the nearest farms.

“If you want to have a true summer dining experience, not only will it start with the beautiful aesthetic of the patio, but it will end with the menu that is catered to and based on seasonal summer ingredients,” she said.

Wilshire will offer a new cocktail menu of summer beverages this week as well as live acoustic music on the patio every Sunday brunch.

“Our Sunday brunch is really becoming something special, and it’s large part due to that outdoor patio area,” Bradley said. “It’s a great place for an outdoor patio brunch.”

Address: 2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

Website: www.wilshirerestaurant.com

An Authentic Hideaway

At Café Chez Marie in Century City, customers can enjoy a diverse menu of authentic French, Moroccan and American cuisine on a secluded outdoor patio resembling that of a Parisian café.

“You feel that you are in Paris, because of the French feel we have created. Everything we have is authentic,” said Marie Saltzman, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Steve. “It’s like Paris, except instead of having noises and cars, you have gardens, and flowers, and trees, and hydrangeas and roses.”

Founded almost 19 years ago, Café Chez Marie is located in what used to be an early 20th century French Revival Cottage, and the building has been designated a Los Angeles City Cultural Historical Monument for over 30 years.

Saltzman said the restaurant’s cultural authenticity makes it special.

“There is no B.S.,” Saltzman said. “Everything is authentic.”

Saltzman said customers can enjoy the restaurant’s outdoor patio any time of the day for a quick getaway.

“It’s so quiet and peaceful,” she said. “You feel like you are not in the middle of the city. It’s an escape.”

Address: 10681 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Website: www.cafechezmarie.com

in Dining
Related Posts

Shake Shack is Finally Open in Culver City

January 26, 2022

January 26, 2022

Westfield Culver City now open By Dolores Quintana Shake Shack has officially landed in Culver City.  The Westfield Culver City...

Culver City Getting New Wine Store

January 19, 2022

January 19, 2022

Total Wine & More coming to Culver City By Dolores Quintana Culver City is getting a new wine shop.  Total...

Michelin-Starred n/naka Opening Second Restaurant Soon

January 12, 2022

January 12, 2022

n/soto coming to 4566 Washington Blvd By Dolores Quintana Acclaimed Westside restaurant with two-Michelin stars n/naka will soon be a...

Killer Cafe Relaunched as Killer Shrimp

January 5, 2022

January 5, 2022

24-hour American diner to become sushi restaurant By Dolores Quintana In the former Killer Cafe space in Marina del Rey...

Food Review: Go Go Bird Brings LA-Style Fried Chicken to Westside

January 5, 2022

January 5, 2022

Chef Brandon Kida’s Go Go Bird comes to Citizen Public Market By Dolores Quintana Culver City’s Citizen Public Market has...

Westside Today’s Best Dishes of 2021

December 28, 2021

December 28, 2021

By Sam Catanzaro Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime in-between, the Westside has no shortage of world-class food to...

Langer’s Expands Delivery Service to Westside With Hefty Price Tag

December 22, 2021

December 22, 2021

$74 for two sandwiches  By Dolores Quintana Langer’s Deli, the venerated and 74-year-old institution, knows what the Westside has been...

Free Udon With Ugly Sweater, Supermodel Closes Ice Cream Shop

December 21, 2021

December 21, 2021

Plus COVID-19 outbreak at Venice restaurant, popular Westside burger joint expands Westside Dining Scene December 22, 2021 | By Dolores...

Islands Closes in Marina, Schwartz’s Opening on Pico, Prime Pizza Coming to Santa Monica

December 15, 2021

December 15, 2021

Westside Dining Scene December 16, 2021 By Dolores Quintana and Sam Catanzaro Schwartz’s Opening on Pico In the Pico-Robertson District,...

Former SpaceX Engineer Opening Robotic Pizza Restaurant

December 15, 2021

December 15, 2021

Stellar Pizza coming to LA-area in 2022 By Dolores Quintana Stellar Pizza, a new robotic pizza restaurant concept from a...

Renowned Tokyo-Born Ramen Restaurant Opens Third U.S. Location on the Westside

December 15, 2021

December 15, 2021

Ramen Nagi makes SoCal debut in Westfield Century City By Kerry Slater A legendary Japanese ramen restaurant has opened its...

Chinese Restaurant Closes, CBD Restaurant Planned, Pizza Chef Featured on Hulu Show

December 8, 2021

December 8, 2021

Westside Dining Scene December 9, 2021 Brentwood Pizza Chef to be Featured on Hulu Dough Show Pizzana, the pizza and...

One of LA’s Best Omakase Counters is Tucked Away in a Santa Monica Hotel Lobby

December 8, 2021

December 8, 2021

Sushi Chef Masa Shimakawa’s Soko restaurant offers an extraordinary culinary experience By Sam Catanzaro Tucked into the lobby of a...

Culver City Soul Kitchen Closes

December 2, 2021

December 2, 2021

Westside Dining Scene December 2, 2021 By Dolores Quintana Louella’s Cali Soul Kitchen at the Citizen Public Market has sadly...

Self-Serve Taproom Comes to Marina Del Rey

November 23, 2021

November 23, 2021

Beach and Brew open on Washington Boulevard A self-serve taproom is open in Marina Del Rey, a first of its...