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The Best Vegan Outdoor Dining in Los Angeles

While there may be a lot of restaurants that shutter their patios and box up their outdoor furniture for winter, Los Angelenos continue to enjoy the al fresco dining scene all year round. Be it a sunny brunch or a twinkling candlelit dinner under the stars, Los Angeles restaurants know how to set the mood with outdoor dining. Make your reservations for these vegan hot spots that deliver on both taste and atmosphere.

1. Seabirds Kitchen

Costa Mesa and Long Beach

Although we might not have scientific proof, brunch tastes better outside, especially when accompanied by a decked-out Bloody Mary, or in Seabirds’ case, Birdy Mary. The relaxed restaurant is a hit with locals, and outdoor section is always bustling. Dogs are also welcome, and if they strike the right pose, they might be featured on the Seabirds Instagram account. Beyond a stellar weekend brunch, the restaurant also offers lunch and dinner seven days a week. Just be ready to wait. If the sun is shining and you’re going during peak hours, you won’t be the only one vying for an outdoor table. Reservations are only taken for groups of six or more.

2. Gracias Madre

West Hollywood

Gracias Madre is the sister restaurant to Cafe Gratitude with a Mexican flair. It’s often used as a gateway restaurant for non-vegans; no one can resist the mouthwatering Quesadillas de Calabaza or Flautas de Camote. It also has a robust cocktail menu and a cool bar scene. But if you’re in the mood for some fresh air, gravitate toward the expansive open-air patio and soak in the ambiance while sipping that Oaxacan Sour. A bit chilly? Grab one of their soft complimentary blankets and warm up by the fireplace. And beyond the people-watching (it is Weho, after all), the Gracias Madre patio is prime for dog-stalking. Particularly during brunch and lunch, you’ll find the well-mannered canines of LA dining along with their human companions — from fluffy Bernese Mountain Dogs to adorable Frenchies.

3. Plant Food and Wine

Venice

Chef Matthew Kenney’s flagship restaurant is one of Los Angeles’ first fine dining vegan establishments — and it has won over both vegans and omnivores alike. Beyond the expertly crafted small plates and outstanding desserts, the restaurant also offers a beautiful outdoor patio tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Abbot Kinney. It’s like dining out in a garden; you’re surrounded by greenery. The space is perfectly cool and shady during the day, but intimate and romantic at night. Want to impress a date or take things a bit more seriously?

4. Sage Plant-Based Bistro

Culver City

Nestled in a prominent corner spot in a strip mall off Sepulveda Blvd. is the Sage Plant-Based Bistro Culver City location. While the natural surroundings may not be picturesque, the restaurant creates an intimate outdoor dining experience with its sheltered outdoor patio, complete with soft white string lights and a nursery’s worth of plants. This spot is great for a late dinner with a fun group. The menu is so extensive, you’ll want to bring a crowd so you can try it all!

5. Flore Vegan Cuisine

Silverlake

Like to people watch? This Silverlake staple is the place to go. While confined to a just a few tables and chairs on the side of Sunset Blvd., Flore’s outdoor dining scene is prime real estate for soaking in the neighborhood’s hipster scene. The kitchen cranks out an impressive array of lunch and dinner entrees, and the weekend brunch is hard to beat. Just don’t leave without a piece of the signature Lemonberry Cake.

6. Cafe Gratitude

Multiple Locations

We are grateful for the sunshine! The Cafe Gratitudes all feature excellent outdoor dining options regularly coveted by diners. Go with a group and don’t pass on the cocktail menu; like the atmosphere, the drinks are simply outstanding. All locations are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, plus brunch on the weekends.

7. Little Pine

Silverlake

Tucked away from the street traffic of Rowena, Little Pine’s backyard patio offers a quiet respite. Enjoy a latte with a perfectly buttery croissant alone, or invite a date to share an astounding vegan dinner by candlelight. Enjoy the fresh air and incredible food and give yourself a pat on the back because all profits from the restaurant go to animal rights organizations. (Did we mention that Moby owns the restaurant?!)

8. Tuesday and Friday Nights at Block Party Highland Park

Highland Park

Technically, eating street food curbside is outdoor dining. And while not really “scenic” or “intimate,” the bi-weekly vegan community events on York Blvd. are not to be missed. On Taco Tuesdays and Fridays, vegan vendors line the street, centering around the bar with all the games – like shuffleboard and more. Cena Vegan is always there cranking out fresh-pressed corn tortillas and huge burritos, but you’ll also find Avocadamama, Plant Food for People, and a variety of other vegan pop-ups. Chow down on the curb or bring it in to the Block Party patio — it’s BYOG (Bring Your Own Grub). Before the night ends, swing by Donut Friend for a sweet ending to a truly satisfying night. But be ready to wait in line because everyone wants a taste of their delicious donuts.

Tanya Flink

@trainertanya

Tanya Flink is an Orange County journalist willing to run for vegan food. She’s written for several plant-based publications, including VegNews, Organic Authority, EcoSalon, and LIVEKINDLY. She currently serves as the Content Manager for Switch4Good.

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