Where to dine outside in DTLA during COVID 19

DOWNTOWN LA

Arts District spot Bavel has reopened their patio for socially distanced dining, serving a fantastic Mediterranean menu with options like oyster mushroom kebabs, spicy lamb and pork sausage flatbread, and grilled jumbo prawns. Reservations available online.

Bavel’s sibling restaurant, Bestia, is another great spot - and they’ve got another great patio, too. There’s a lot to like on their inventive Italian menu , but our focus is always on the handmade pastas. Reservations available online.

Dama Fashion District

Downtown LA spot Dama is back, with a massive patio in the Fashion District and some excellent Latin-inspired food. We especially like the large format meat plates here - including the crispy pork shank with hot pickled vegetables and lettuce cups, and a great roast chicken with tomatillo salsa and fries. Don’t leave without getting the buttered banana soft-serve sundae.

All-day spot Eat Drink Americano has set up a patio in their Arts District parking lot, and even installed overhead cloth tarps for shade. They’ve got salads, sandwiches, and flatbreads, plus a great cocktail selection.

Everson Royce Bar

Everson Royce Bar is home to our favorite burger in LA. But they’ve also got a remarkable list of whiskey, wine, and beer, along with the Mateo Street Margarita, one of the best in townReservations here.

An art gallery, wine bar, and seafood spot in Downtown LA, High Tide is back open on the border of Little Tokyo and the Arts District. Order some oysters and a glass of LA’s best frozé, and watch the glassblower on the patio (from an appropriate distance).

Loqui

An art gallery, wine bar, and seafood spot in Downtown LA, High Tide is back open on the border of Little Tokyo and the Arts District. Order some oysters and a glass of LA’s best frozé, and watch the glassblower on the patio (from an appropriate distance).

Manuela

Manuela, the all-purpose Downtown LA spot, will reopen on Thursday 7/9 for dine-in on their outdoor terrace and patio. They have some of our old favorites like country ham and biscuits and soft shell crab with jalapeño relish, alongside new options like a particularly interesting-looking barbecued king prawn dish. They’re open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch - reservations required.

Oriel

Chinatown’s Oriel is an excellent place to go on a date. (If dates are still happening. We’re not entirely sure.) Regardless, when you’re at this French spot, you’ll find crispy, gooey French onion soup, endless bottles of great European wine, and cheese and charcuterie boards the size of your table. Call for reservations - (213) 253-9419.

Pilot is the rooftop restaurant at Downtown LA’s Hoxton hotel. They’ve got an open air dining room where they serve Mediterranean food, cocktails, and wine. Reserve here.

Red Herring

Downtown LA’s all-purpose spot Red Herring is back, offering weekend brunch and BBQ takeout (10am-2pm) and a socially-distanced patio to eat it on. In addition to their food options - hot links, brisket, pulled pork, and all the BBQ fixings - they also have some great cocktails and a solid beer and wine selection.

Redbird, the DTLA restaurant in the rectory of an old cathedral, has three outdoor dining areas - a courtyard with a retractable roof, a secret garden in the middle of the building, and a patio overlooking the old church’s bell tower. It’s an upscale spot where you’ll eat green gazpacho with soft shell crab, bucatini with uni and lobster butter, and pork shank with rice grits. Reserve online.

A new spot in Downtown LA near Staples Center, Strada is an all-purpose restaurant with sidewalk seating on W. 9th St. They serve an eclectic menu involving ceviche, lobster ravioli, and an ahi tuna steak burger, and have a full bar. Reservations recommended.

Upstairs Rooftop Lounge at Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel in DTLA has one of our favorite rooftops in the city - and they’re back open with an all-day menu including tacos, charcuterie, and other small plates that are ideal to go along with their great cocktails. Reservation only.

The poolside restaurant at Hotel Figueroa, Veranda Al Fresco serves house-made boozy paletas, Ensenada-style fish tacos, and ceviche amidst the succulents at this Downtown LA spot.

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